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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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REENO (King of Electrofunk) a professional user from New York City (home of electro and garage), USA writes:
Ok...I know that the DX-7 is a highly revered synth and that it is a historical keyboard for many different reasons, BUT--c'mon people! The programming interface is the absolute worst on any instrument ever made. (Just ask Tony Banks of Genesis--are you really gonna argue with HIM?) Basically, you don't want to pull your hair out trying to punch in algorhythms, so you ARE STUCK WITH THE PRESETS, of which, only 3 are worth a damn: fulltines, marimba, (and perhaps one other).

To think that people abandoned analog synths, and replaced them with this piece of krap, still makes my jaw drop.

Fast forward all these years, dx-7's can't even be GIVEN away, but the amazing analog boards are fetching upwards of $3,000 (prophets, oberheims, moogs, jupiters, etc.)

Sure, the dx-7 has a unique sound, but it's not warm and fuzzy and pleasing to the ear as analog was (and still is).

As electro pioneer said in a recent interview--"yeah...I used the dx-7 on some records, but none of the IMPORTANT ones. That keyboard didn't age well at all..it's just dated, digital technology, while the vintage analogs still sound fresh and exciting".

Nuff said.

Reeno King of Soulful Electrofunk WWW.MYSPACE.COM/REENOFUNK

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-02-2008 at 19:04
andy a hobbyist user from usa writes:
There is something curiously interesting about the DX7. After its introduction every manufacturer including Yamaha tried to surpass its design (a very normal thing to try and make it better) in terms of sound and looks. So they added the capability of layering and even effects and even took synths a step further and turned them into sample playback devices producing real sounds such as pianos, guitars, sax, etc. All really great....except that now we are re discovering that the DX7 had such an attractive and amazing sound characteristic which does not need any effects to enhance its sonic beauty. The DX7 is highly sought after now. The magic never left. It's as though time allowed every one to do what they thought were improvements and here is a dedicated site proving that the DX7 ranks among if not the best synthesizer in history. I predict that many musicians that own the Motif Es', Fantoms, and the Tritons and Oasys keyboards will hit those great music spots around the world and start playing their DX7's with NO EFFECTS so that the world can once again hear the sonic beauty of this vintage phenomenon. THE YAMAHA DX7 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-09-2008 at 02:02
Sebastián a professional user from Argentina writes:
The Yamaha DX7, well..., that was my dream to get one and I got it! Thanks God!!! I'm 23 y.o. (I born 1 year after that), I think that the DX7 is the most beautiful synth that I know, all the '80s around this keyboard. I learned to program it, yeah, it's a little hard but complete (well, no filters). I programmed a bit of E.Pianos, Brass, Strings, and others. I like play and record songs with a LinnDrum or Simmons drumline (in FLoops) and my "DX7 MkI"!!! I love '80s songs and I compose songs with that styles based in the DX7. The most powerful synth ever created.

Ah..., I forgot, Hey Yamaha! You have to release a DX7 line again with the original board, keyboards and case. You'll see how will sell all the keyboards in one day!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-24-2008 at 12:32
EARL STAPLES IV a professional user from CHICAGO, ILLINOIS writes:
IN CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA MY PARENTS(PASTORS,EARL STAPLES III & LEONIA H. STAPLES)HAD THE MARK 1 DX7....AND THE ROLAND JUNO ALPHA-2 KEYBOARD....THE YAMAHA DX7...IS THE GREATEST AND BEST!!!THE VERY FIRST TIME I EVER LAID EYES ON ONE WAS AT A REVIVAL IN 1983 AT A CHURCH.THE GROUP THAT HAD IT WAS REV.DON DEGRATE AND THE DEGRATE DELEGATION...HIS ACCOMPLISHED PIANIST,THE LATE STAN HARPER,HAD TWO!!!!WHEN I SEEN THE SYNTHESIZER AND HEARD IT, I WAS ENRAPTURED!!!NOW DON'T GET ME WRONG HERE,I AM HOME GROWN,ROLAND RAISED,BUT THE DX7 IS A RARE EXCEPTION....STILL IS!!!WELL,I'M 34 NOW...AND GUESS WHAT? I STILL HAVE THE YAMAHA DX7:THE DX7S:AND THE DX7IIFD.PRAISE THE LORD!!!THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE SOUND OF A "DX" I HAVE SEVERAL POLYSYNTHS,(SYNTHESIZERS)AND ALL OF THEM HAVE THEIR SHARE OF DUPLICATING VARIOUS VERSIONS OF DX OR AND FM TONES...I WAS NEVER IMPRESSED!!THINK ABOUT THIS,OUT OF ALL THE SYNTHESIZERS THAT DEBUT AND PREMIERED ALL THROUGHOUT THE 80'S..EVEN IN CLASSIC MTV VIDEOS WHAT KEYBOARD DO YOU SEE?! AHA!!THE YAMAHA DX7.RATHER IT BE IN IT'S ORIGINAL HERSHEY BROWN STATE OF AFFAIR, OR IT'S RECENT,KNIGHTLY ARMOR BLACK...IT IS THE VAUNTED YAMAHA DX7.ALL OF THESE OTHER YAMAHA SPIN OFFS OTHER THAN THE "DX"SERIES CAN GO TO VALHALLAS KEYBOARD BREAK DOWN OF THE YEAR! LIKE THE SY SERIES!!!WHAT?!ADVANCED FM...OK!!NOW C'MON!!IF THEY WERE GONNA DO ALL OF THAT THEN WHY NOT COME OUT WITH A YAMAHA DX7000 OR DX7EX. LISTEN GOTTA GO, LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH!!!KEEP THE DX7 SPIRIT ALIVE FOREVER.R.I.P.1983 YAMAHA DX7.THE BEST POLYSYNTH EVER CREATED FOR THE MUSIC WORLD!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-13-2008 at 16:28
Paul a professional user from Australia writes:
I have two of these boards and paid $400au for one and $200au for the other. This board has awesome sounds especially of the metallic variety. Built nice and solid and is hard to program but if you persevere you can get some great sounds out of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-04-2008 at 22:14
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