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easy to get, hard to programme but sounds lush!
This synth is one of my favourite classic ones as well! The value is not great which makes it easier for people to pick up. But be aware that the programming matrix with those buttons takes some time getting used to.
A beautifully strange device.
Yes it is the glossy, commercial sound of the 80s pop music machine. However, push beyond the cliche e. piano presets and you will discover a strange instrument that is capable of producing sounds that sometimes cannot even be distinguished as "synth sounds". It can be cold and glassy, yes, but it can also be warm and organic, sounding almost like a living, breathing organism with alien biotechnology enabling it to communicate through otherworldly atmospheric sound.
Still have mine after 15 years. But some broken keys, broken membrane buttons, volume slider stoped work and fixed on maximum volume... This synth is GREAT for today pop, trap, hip hop, edm, etc. Like Michael Mcdonald said in one interview, is fabulous for stacking sounds. You can create a bass, pad, lead, percs, noises, and all will sound very musical and logic in your music, almost in a "workstation quality feel". Not a lot synths can do this. People still say is thin sounding. Not true, sounds fuller than any soft synth. Bass? ANY bass you can do, and fits easily in mixes even betther than operator. Is a beast for ambient music, throw a simple pedal delay on it and the magic happens. Its hart to program, but if you try you can do a lot with. Using reverb and a good chorus you can recreate all that Tears for Fears pads and brasses without much effort. Im a huge fan for using mic preamps for recording synth, (for extra juice) but this guy dont need it. Not even a DI box. Just direct to converter, line level. Well, i can spend all day telling you about this synth, but moderators here will kick me out ahahah. I wish i can buy another on in mint condition, and some day i will!
Amazing sound and depth of synthesis, great tone, although hard to program using 80's onboard interface
Amazing sound and depth of synthesis, great tonal character, can be programmed to sound both analogue and digital, although it is quite hard to program using its retro 80's unlighted, onboard interface.
Great 80s synth
The DX7 is an iconic synthesizer with many iconic sounds, but with those iconic sounds, there are some pretty worthless ones. Despite those, this is a great synth that is programmable, MIDI ready, and decently cheap nowadays. Definitely worth picking up
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A Classic for a Reason
I've tried all the free VST emulations including Dexed (which works as a patch editor/creator for the real thing), the sampled sounds on a Nord Electro, and even put converted MK1 patches on my SY77 (which has an enhanced DX7II inside). Although the SY77 and indeed the DX7II both sound lovely, there is nothing like an actual DX7 for that '80s FM sound. It is fairly heavy and programming it is notoriously difficult, but nothing can replace that sound.