Yamaha DX7 IID
Yamaha DX7 IID

DX7 IID, Digital Synth from Yamaha in the DX series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha DX7 IID
For the price it is really well specced. Compression on every channel, 2 effects busses, 16 inputs etc etc.

Price paid



Really really easy. The manual is amongst the best I have encountered. Is easy to follow, it goes into depth about what to use the various effect and compression presets for. It is easy to find an answer if you get stuck. Even though this was essentially my first musical mixer, and I knew nothing about aux sends etc, I did not need the manual to get started, it is very intuitive.

I have had 2 little problems. One of the effects rotaries has a slightly dodgy contact. The parameter wheel kind of fell in a little bit, but this was easily rectified.


Although it's a digital mixer, I am really happy with the sound - it's an honest representation, but doesn't sound clinical. I cannot fault the eq, effects or compression.


I absolutely love this mixer. It does so much it just begs you to try different things. The memories make things so easy - save all your settings with the song, and quickly switch to the next. This is one of the very few things I own where I am continually delighted by new things I find it can do, even after having had it for 2 years. Everything you find you want to do, it has already been designed for. I would wholeheartedly reccomend this mixer. It's hard not to love it

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Yamaha DX7 IID
I believe It is one of the first synths with midi, so there is room for improvement, the user interface could be made better (like having sliders / knobs etc.). there is no filter (accordig to my knowledge because i still haven't found one https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif.

Price paid

Traded it for a cheap behringer mixer https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif (mx802-a)


I don't have the manual because i traded it with my music teacher for a mixer, but i sure have problems with programming this thing, but i guess it all can be learned.


I like the sound it can make, nice basses, bells, rhodes painos etc., it is usable for lots of styles i guess altough i use it mostly for bass in my "trance"songs, but the downside is the lack of reverb, phaser etc.


It is made with a solid metal case, it's like 15 years old now and all the original things are still on it's place and everythinh still works, not even a scratch on it https://static.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif

I sure like it, altough it should be easier to program.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)

ADouwes's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" CARTRIDGE DX7 IID data with Roma"

Yamaha DX7 IID
I found a DX7 IID in brand new condition when I tried to make me a set of synth after long played an upright piano. There were no scratches, in short, the museum object. Everything works perfectly. Simply the beast is heavy but it looks as fragile as a buffalo, the fly that I had with is a true antique wood covered with a kind of sky / leather ... Anyway, very happy with my new toy ! The touch is super fun, light and resistant to both.


First I spent more time getting information about the instrument before tweaking and time to try some settings after a few hours and one or two coffees, unlike anything I've read, I quickly came to find sounds super interesting.
What's funny with this keyboard is that its really gross Pouet Pouet so to speak, but once we worked accompanies what you want: it sounds serious. Over the disk that I had with it is an antique with old sounds of Rhodes to bang your ass down! 128 sounds modifiable combined. It can also play in separating the two parts of the keyboard ... In short, you name it. That is more than full price for.

The instructions are found on the internet. Personally, I prefer to spend time and find out what this synth is in the belly. A discovery!


As I said above sounds of the old one nothing but lost their charm. The animal was in the belly, I never get the volume to over 30% in the headphone. The keyboard responds well.


I use it for a month and it's a real pleasure. For 300 € with the card my only regret is that his weight could not carry it as my Stage Compact on the back to go again.

I remake that choice without hesitation. Old bikes in such good condition for a blocked bread we jump on it. Then it is indestructible this thing.
boogi man12/20/2010

boogi man's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7 IID
Jsynthlib I use for editing and is much more exciting.

with cubase you can step sequencer and arpeggiator also (local mode on



-The general configuration is simple?

having the usual yes

-The editing sounds and effects is easy?

editing sounds is hard on the screen, however, once understood it

feasible ..


By exercising a little one discovers the real machine

using only two operators and the unison mode I got to him

bring out my faith very low fat ..

add to that the stacking of the patch in tune ..! OMG!

not a keyboard designed for sound research but it can be if

one spends the time he has considerable potential ..

I tried a lot of banks from the internet and suddenly they

interest me much more .. once you caught the disease there is FM hooked!

to compare I loaded a few patches on my FM7 and on the same dx

the FM7 makes such a verdict but it lacks, however, realistic and dynamic.

I still have my DX7 mk1 and I could make the comparison with

mk2 apart from the stereo and a slight clarification of his I've found

no audible difference.


Three months that I use, its capacity to surprise me every day and I think

I will never part with it.


Vinz67's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7 IID
Synthesizer 16-voice polyphony. 6 FM operators sinusoidal and a feedback loop. 16 bit processing.
Envelope generator and velocity response different for each oscillator, one LFO per channel.
No effect. Stereo output.
The basic features are ok but could have been expected from Yamaha they include chorus and reverb. Also, have proposed other oscillators waveforms would have improved the potential of the instrument.


The keyboard is very nice. The instrument is made of metal, very solid but not overly heavy.
2x40 backlit screen is a big improvement over the original DX-7, and the buttons are of good quality.
Editing is "easy" so far as can be an FM synth ...
There are 32 buttons so it is easy to change the in-game!
I much prefer the pitch bend lever Roland / Korg to Yamaha wheels / Kurzweil but it is a matter of taste I guess.


I had this synth for 4 years I used it every day. It always sounds FM but with a little programming (it takes a lot of experience) one draws things sublime sounds very much alive. There really are endless possibilities with this synth. It's true that can be sublime Rhodes, Clavinet, but it can do so much more!
Still sorely lacks impact. Chorus and reverb make it the most good.
Today for € 400 or less, only the SY-77 which is greater as FM synth.
I sold mine and I miss the ROMpleurs really picks up the next.


N / A
aurélien chubilleau08/22/2008

aurélien chubilleau's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7 IID
The DX7 is well known, and the DX7 II D or FD is a very attractive development. Remember that this is a digital synthesizer FM synthesis based on six oscillators which can be transformed into LFO. (Operators in the language FM) No sample, no PCM boring. The DX7 is the synthesis of a pure state. It also has a fairly complex LFO and envelope generators 6 comprehensive. They also play an important role in FM synthesis. seventh envelope generator is assigned to the pitch (pitch), which can produce interesting effects.

The keyboards really nice to play, is sensitive (adjustable to 6 oscillators independently of each other) and has aftertouch, assignable to several modulations. The polyphony is 16 voices, or 4 voices with adjustable detune between them, if you want a really thick sound (for those who love Italian Dance ...).

Finally there is a random tune on the keyboard. So it's not just the gypsy violin playing ... gypsy. It can even be fun to change the temperament to play the Baroque more realistic, for example! (This is new compared to the DX7 base)

But the highlight of the DX7 II is that you have two in a DX7! We can superimpose the two patches on each other, or split the keyboard anywhere on this one! As against the polyphony is found halved. It has something for nothing ... but the sound becomes enormous if desired, or super subtle.

South side, the DX7 II is very complete, unlike his elder. Finally we may regret the absence of arpégiator or sequencer, contrary to what is offered on a map Supermax DX7. But there is a map E! Grey Matter for DX 7 II.
Originally, it has 64 memories and 32 performance, you can double RAM with a cartridge. The FD has a floppy drive that can store lots of data, but is not practical Utilia. It is reminiscent of the DOS ...
I give him high marks because, after all, the DX7 II is very complete.


The DX7 is known to be tight enough for neophytes, or simply if there is no user manual. The DX7 II brings to this level a marked improvement thanks to its large backlit display, these pages and navigation simplified. FM synthesis is not what is easiest to address because there are many different parameters to master if you want to get what we want. We can also spend hours, and this is quite exciting. Of course, do not approach the instrument with the prejudices of the classic subtractive synthesis and it really is another world to discover, and it is endless.
The DX7 II is more advisable than its big brother, because it is easier to use, yet comprehensive.

Small problem, however, there are no instructions in French. It can take one of the DX7 to understand the general principle or otherwise, must be proficient in English .. or German.

Finally there are a lot of software that simplifies programming through a computer.


The DX7 is suffering from a ton of prejudice all as wrong as each other (except for the ergonomics ...) No, the DX7 does not know that sounds cold and metallic. No it is not made to reproduce only the sounds of '80s pop (though for those looking for that, it is a must) And anyone who claims to know everything and have toured the DX7 is a true pathological liar or he really had next to it. For it is true, we may well have mixed feelings if the copy on which you fall is programmed with sounds pouet-pouet while sucks, by someone not knowing to use it as it happens sometimes. But this is not definitive, because nothing is fixed on the instrument.

It is simply the most impressive synth I know, the Prophet 5 and Minimoog. It can be powerful or subtle, gently heavy or "pie" (the humor is not forbidden), it can be air or aggressive. With him everything is possible. Rhodes pianos are known, the organ can be skinny like a Farfisa or Hammond as a heavy ... If you dream of the copper of the CS80 unaffordable, no problem on the DX7 also. And above all, he does everything else, because it is terribly expess. You can do everything with, from jazz to black metal (terrible!) Via pop, industry or funk, electro, hip-hop, zouk for lovers ... and contemporary music for the most advanced research. Either way sounds can be so much richer and beautiful than we even need pouurait multi-effects.

The DX-7 II is really a very nice instrument ... very mature and very robust, which I think is for real enthusiasts. Others tap into the endless library that exists for him, but honestly, the best thing to dive into it.
My rating may seem high, but it seems justified.


N / A

blackmore's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha DX7 IID
Level features, soft touch keyboard 61 notes, polyphonic aftertouch.
Internal memory of 64 sounds "simple" and 32 performances (combination of two sounds). Ram4 cartridge slot (very hard to find).
Compared to the first DX7, it is bitimbrale. It can transmit on two different MIDI channel. It can therefore be stacked or split two sounds. The DX7 IID and IIFD are identical, only difference the floppy disk drive 3 "on fd 5 (floppydisk).
The dx7S is itself an updated version of the first DX7 (monotimbral).


The config is very simple
The edition on the other hand is a bit more complicated, it takes some getting used to.
As for the programming of sounds, it's making big head, unless you are an engineer specializing in FM synthesis.
The original manual is very well done, and is also a large PTT Botin.


The sounds are absolutely fabulous. It's a synth legend who knows almost everything.
on the other hand, no effects, no sequencer, no gadgets, it's hardcore!
Very good: Rhodes-style electric pianos wurli
- Style electro bass
- Groundwater style analog
The good: everything else

The not so good:-acoustic pianos
- The kind guitar
All good albums he's 80/90 years! (Level 42, Goldman, etc ...)


I bought new in 1988. At the time it was expensive (14,000 f)
I love it, I keep, I worship him .......