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Yamaha Synthesizers / DX-7

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by tplyons, Apr 14, 2004.

  1. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Hi all, I'm looking into synthesizers/keyboards but especially looking at the Yamaha DX-7. I hear Yammie did their best stuff in the mid to late eighties like this is from. Were these really that good? I don't plan on playing keyboards professionally but it's a nice thing to know how to play keyboard. Would this sucker be good enough for me?

    Are there any other recommendations of sweet synth's that aren't too expensive?
  2. Tim Barber

    Tim Barber Commercial User

    Apr 28, 2003
    Serenity Valley
    Owner: Barber Music
    The DX-7 was revolutionary back in the day but now it sounds pretty dated, IMO. The FM synthesis chip can be pretty sterile sounding, unless you are primarily interested in bell/chime/Fender Rhodes type sounds which is what it excels at. For my money, if I was going for something from that era for not too much $$ I would look into a Korg M-1 or Roland D-50.

  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  4. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I agree. The DX-7 was great for then. Nowadays, any General MIDI synth will offer decent sounds.
  5. The FM7 is a totally different animal than the DX7. Aside from being a softsynth, it has FILTERS, which the DX7 unfortunately lacked. I must say that FM + Filters = Synth Bliss. The FM7 is one of the best sounding softsynths out there. Wish my '85 DX7 sounded like it! Still have mine though!
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    How about an Alesis QS6.2? And about how many keys would you recommend? 61 seems like enough to me, but will I ever use the other 25?
  7. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    For just fooling around at home or doing some MIDI sequencing, 61 keys is plenty.
  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Unforuntaltely money is very much a limiting factor. I'd like to keep it under $500 used for a nice synth. Aren't Motif's rather pricey?
  9. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Korg's N series (264 & 364) have excellent sounds and can be found used very cheap!!

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