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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mather's Studios a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This is a really great synth of which I have reviewed at least twice before here, and at Harmony Central. I am back to offer some advice and a few words of warning when you inevitably have to have a new backup battery installed. I had this done a couple of months ago and was altogether not satisfied with the result. Luckily, due to research I managed to rectify the problem myself.

When I got the synth back, one of the keys (second A# from the top) was stiff and felt as though it was sticking or, even worse, the key pin or spring was damaged. I had to open the bonnet and lift out the keyboard unit and beneath, there is a wide ribbon cable that connects the keyboard into the internal CPU. This cable had not been replaced in exactly the right place (there's not a lot of room so it has to be put back in exactly the right place so as not to get caught in the key mechanism). Once I managed to get it in the right place it was good as new but for anyone who has to go out to a technician for a new battery, before you come away, check ALL of the keys (I think I checked them all except this one!) and if you experience anything wrong make them put it right!

One final endnote, there really is no other synth out there like the DX7. Well done Yamaha, even all this time later!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-21-2007 at 13:30
Julskey a hobbyist user from Philippines writes:
I bought a DX7 MK1 just 2 weeks ago for $225. It was a very good deal because the unit was in mint condition and includes a hardcase. I really love the rhodes piano and all the electric pianos of this legendary synthesizer. I love the keys even more, very solid, yet responds very well too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-16-2007 at 07:37
a professional user from usa writes:
The DX7 is a classic keyboard, I used to own a DX7S which had 16bit-d/a converters instead of the original DX7 which was 12-bit.After the success of my 1st release the DX7 played a major part in my release.Then after a few years later I sold it.Working on my 2nd release I had to obtain a DX again,the synth alone MADE my sound,per say.It added that Industrial-like edge to my music,which will never be obtained on any other synth.Programming can be a bitch..But many rewards are offered,cycle through the algorithms see what develops.If I could describe this synth in 1 word it's 'DNA', precisely my point.Think of programming this synth is similar to designing a DNA code,there is no limitation whatsoever to sound-creation.If your'e hoping for analog bass or filter sweeps or other analog goodies,forget it.If your'e looking for metallic bass,or any of these words describing this synth:weird,harsh,screamy,distorted,fuzzy,glassy,crystalline,clangorous,hollow,etc.This is the synth for you.By the way it's built tough as nails and sound wise, it's 'bark' is as deadly as it's bite!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-09-2007 at 11:52
Dennis10844 a professional user from USA writes:
I can tell you one thing and one thing only...The DX7 rocks...period. I have had Rolands, Hammonds, Kawai, Ensoniq, Korg, Oberheim, Moog, Arp, Alesis, etc...and I can tell you that the DX7 is bullet proof. I have had to have all of the above mentioned synthsmodulesdrum machines serviced over the last 20 years.

I have never had to have my DX7 serviced for anything...bar none. Rocks. Rocks harder. Rocks on.

That deserves 5 stars anywhere, anytime, for any reason.

It will be interesting to see which MIDI controller aftermarket piece of hardwaresoftwarelaptop will still be out on the road after 20 years like the Yamaha DX7 has, is, and will be; for just a few more years and dollars to come. Keep on keepin' on.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2006 at 13:15
Alex a professional user from USA writes:
What a curious synthesizer! I got my Mark 1 DX-7 last year and I like it a lot. First of all, right now I am doing industrial tracks, and scince It can make sounds that sound like hitting metal, well that is very useful. And then there are those digital harsh sounds it can make which is also very useful in industrial music. But, its is also GREAT at other odd sounds that only FM can bring. Like, stormy pad sounds ("St. Helens"), or unique metallic PWM sounds. Or droney pads or nasaly buzzy sounds (Like "Wasp Sting") It's great with basses, and can reproduce a slap bass sound almost flawlessly. The keys are a whole lot like the ones on my Dad's Ensoniq EPS. I love those membrane buttons and how they click. It is very heavy, but not too heavy, and is a headache to program. But I dont do it manually, I use DX manager. I actually did see how bad was to program, and I programmed the Fulltines sound with a datasheet. It gave me a headache, and I had to take a break. But it sounded like Fulltines, and I was happy. This is a cheap, historic, interesting synth and you need to buy one before Trent Reznor breaks them all.

(I lost all of the original internal presets in a SysEx mishap. If you have them please E-mail me!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-01-2006 at 20:48
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