Synth Site: Yamaha: DX-11/v2 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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karl haese a professional user from south africa writes:
I had a DX-11 in 1989, which I sold for a Roland D-50. What a mistake! Nothing touches the DX's ability to get "real" ac.gtrs and Rhodes- or Wurlitzer EP's!!!!!

I have been trying in vain to get hold of one for the last 15 years. Ebay has had some, but they are either semi-broken or EXREMELY expensive.Not to mention that the shipping to SA will probably be more than the value of the keyboard?

I have the TX-81Z, but hey, the convenience of having a DX to program sounds on in real-time...........

Can anyone help me find one?

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-06-2004 at 15:56
the Whiz a part-time user from USA writes:
The DX11 is capable of very expressive synthesis, as are all the Yamaha DX line, when used with a breath controller. The DX11 has the same sound engine as the WT11, which was the dedicated sound module sold with the WX11 wind controller. It includes the PEG (Pitch Envelope Generator) to put a slight scoop or drop at the beginning of notes, and in mono mode, the portamento will augment the feeling of playing a stringed instrument legato.

The DX11 also includes buttons for Easy Edit, which allows the DX11 to be programmed using an analog-like paradigm. This programming mode works like Yamaha's implementation of analog-like programming on the (then recently acquired) Korg's 707 and DS8. This is an easy way to tweak a sound just a bit, as it affects quite a few parameters simultaneously.

The DX11 is capable of using all the Yamaha 4-op patches/sounds (TX81Z, TQ5, WT11, etc.), including the popular "Lately Bass"/"Heavy Bass." It has a sturdy metal case, and I've not had any problems with any of the switches and connections.

Although I love my DX7II, when I want a sound quickly, I turn to the DX11 for ease of programming.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-07-2003 at 13:26
Mike P a hobbyist user from San Francisco USA writes:
If you really want to get incredible sounds out of a Yamaha DX11, you have to figure out a more efficient and intuitive way to program the thing. FM synthesis is very difficult to think through. It's primarily about trial and error.

So if you want to program this thing, go search the web and find yourself a copy of PFARM, a patch program for 4-op Yamaha synths which allows you to EVOLVE new patches based on existing ones. This program, with its built-in randomization, takes care of a lot of the trial and error for you. All all you do is pick and choose which sounds are good enough to be included in the next gene pool of patches. Then hit EVOLVE again and away you go. It takes only a short amount of time to end up with some really complex and musical sounds.

Grab this program, use it, you will absolutely LOVE your DX11! I get amazing sounds out of my DX11 using PFARM.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-02-2000 at 01:07
Laurence a hobbyist user from England writes:
Had one of these kicking around for a little while but it wasn't mine so I had to give it back. FM can be a pain to program but once you get the hang of it is quite an elegant synthesis system. Yamaha designed the front panel and editing controls VERY well, it's a very fast synth to program. Can do very harsh sounds which are hard to create on non FM machines. Built like a tank, it's also one of the best looking synths ever made. I've got an SY machine now so I unfortunately don't have so much of an excuse to own one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 13:20
Arp a hobbyist user from England writes:
As a four-operator FM synth it's utterly rubbish when it comes to imitating 'real world' instruments. However, it's great at doing bass noises (in particular the 'sub-bass' noise that a lot of drum and bass is bass-ed (ho ho! Pun!) around), and you can get some odd tearing screeching FM sounds which are hard to do elsewhere. Note that it is only 8-note polyphonic and 8-part multi-timbral, and that in order to get the aftertouch to work you need to drive the keys with great force. Another good point is that the synth is quite small and compact, and apart from the aftertouch problem the keyboard is quite nice.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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