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- Great for classic synth sounds
- Bold recreation of the classic hardware synth
- Worth the price
Had a bit of a sad afternoon
Ended up pulling the trigger on a DX7 off reverb a couple of weeks back… Unfortunately it wasn’t packed too well and I received it in a state much worse than I anticipated. Hoping I can work something out with the seller, but is what it is I suppose - has anyone else had similar experiences?
Additionally, you can change the the harmonic character by changing the integer frequency ratio between operators, add or remove atonality by making the ratio more or less non-integer, and add warble/vibrato/wah-wah effects by detuning the operators like you would two independent oscillators on a subtractive synth. And of course, you can put an LFO on the pitch of the output or even on each individual operator’s level or ratio. This is a rather full set of features, and that’s with only two operators.
After an 18 year wait, I finally got one today.
After the Elektron Digitone and Volca FM were launched the prices of these skyrocketed to at around $600 which in my opinion it is NOT worth it. I have a DX7, and it sounds amazing but the itch for a DX200 still lingered, because the DX7 cannot be tweaked live (without a supermax card). So browsing the local ads I found one guy that was selling his, he had it in storage since 2003, he wanted 600 (because of internet) prices, we talked and we agreed on 400.
Access Virus and Hydrasynth battle for warmth. It's incredible how far digital synths have come. It's also incredible how relevant the virus remains. It wins the battle for warmth IMO.
Definitely the Yamaha DX7. Yamaha really nailed it with that one.
People became absolutely sick of hearing the same presets over and over and many producers (with the notable exceptions of the Detroit techno producers mentioned above and Italian house producers such as Don Carlos and Onrico) moved on to other things. The price of the instruments fell sharply and most producers forgot about them as newer and easier to use digital and analogue modelling synths became the norm. Forgot about them until recently that is
A Yamaha DX7 OR MODX ?
It's a historical relic and while very cool, you can get the fm sound for free via a vst like Dexed, or you can look at some of the other available fm options. The dx7 isn't fun to program and the midi is more limited than the more rare dx7mk2. If you haven't already, I recommend taking a look at the korg Opsix, which is a wonderful 6 operator fm synth that's modernized and enhanced in more ways than just UI.
What is the best Japanese Synth / Keyboard Brand?
Historically: Roland by far
Yamaha reached for the Sun with the CS-80, then destroyed music for all time with the DX7 haha. (I own one so I’m not hating. It’s a great instrument... but those presets literally destroyed music forevermore)
Opinions on DX7
Not worth it. The DX7 is so well emulated on pc and on ios/android that allow for better programming and patch management that getting the hardware is a bit silly for the sound alone, and there are plenty of other, better late 80s / early 90s synths that feature the FX20 or FS style keybeds of the DX7. Getting an SY77 makes more sense.
Opinions on DX7
To be honest, unless you are an incredibly specific kind of person, you will be much better served by an opSix, the software Dexed, or any other modern FM instrument. The learning curve to get great sounds out of the DX7 is steep, and the user interface is a slog.
Number of keys
Aftertouch / Velocity