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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Tim Gadd a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
My DX7 must have been one of the first in Tasmania. The music store's excuse fot not getting it in on time is that the one I ordered had been hi-jacked by Marc Hunter of Dragon. This is how despereta everyone was to get one of the things back in 1983 (I'm sure it was 1983, not 1984. Perhaps they were released earlier in Oz than the US).

Ironically, despite its amazing versatility, and many great presets, I imemdiatelymissed the fat old analog sounds and the strings always sounded disappointingly thin. At the time everyone treated me like some sort of dinosaur for thinking that; this was the wave of the future, bla bla bla.

Personally I always hated the touchpads and the convoluted programming, but again I was considered old-fashioned (well, heck, I learned on a Moog 12!)

So despite those reservations, why am I giving it 5 stars? Because you can't have everything, and its strengths more than made up for its weaknesses. The elctricpiano sounds were great, and best of all, as far as I was concerned, was the breath controller. It could give you such a fantastic sax sound, if you used it combination with the pitch wheel to slur notes, that I'm guilty of overusing sax solos to a rather obvious degree. One of the lead guitarsounds was great, too. I remember recording a song playing a classical guitar solo using this sound, and recieving a relayed comment from a professional music teacher, complimenting me on my guitar work :)

The thingis amazingly robust too, of course. The only problem I ever had with mine was when someone poured a beer into it. After that, the modulation wheel used to make a grating noise, but still worked fine.

I used it a lot for live work, too. Used to have the DX7 and a DX9 as a second KB on stage. Two problems: the damn display was impossible to read under less than ideal lighting conditions, and if you were playing in a club where they turned the stage lights off between songs, you'd be standing there wondering how the hell you were going to find the right sounds before the next song began.

the other thing of course is it's rather time-consuming trying to edit sounds while playing live. I remember being in a band where I was determined to make the thing howl and chirp and pulse and groan and scream like an old analog synth or an audio generator from Hawkwind. We played this long jam, and I managed to get the thing to do all of the above, but my hands were moving over the control pads like those speeded up scenes of Data using the cokmputer on The Enterprise. At the end I was physically axhausted, but everyone gave me this "You did THAT with a DX7" look, which was priceless.

What the hell; there is now way you could not regard this machine as a classic. It virtually defined mid to late 80's synth sound. You'd be driving down the road listening to the radio, and every second song you heard, you could pick the DX7 presets in it. I sold mine after 10 years of sterling service, and I miss it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-18-2003 at 02:59
analoguser a professional user writes:
The DX7 stinks,

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-24-2003 at 18:06
Sealed writes:
Hi,

I made a new editor for Emagic SoundDiver that makes DX7/TX7 into a 2DCO-Filter-Amp type synthesizer. For downloads and sound examples, take a look at my site.

http://homepage.mac.com/synth_seal/html/index.html

Please share any thoughts and info about DX programming and its user interface.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-08-2003 at 23:51
chinese traveller from earth writes:
yo, homies, chinese people wont fuck with your thing, straight up, because we dont undertand it, we are all about roasted ducks and noodle soap, amreican music is a league of its owned, chinese wont dare to fuck with others rice bowl, we grow our owned rices, peace

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-26-2003 at 14:52
Raoul deTasteless a professional user from Canada writes:
Evidently the previous poster doesn't realize the technology in the DX was invented in the USA and not Japan. (Chowning @ Stanford CCRMA.) It is a very american technology.

The DX didn't kill Moog or Sequential (the big american synth co's) their own crap management did. You realize that Chowning tried to sell his technology to the american companies first, right? And none of them had the foresight to buy it? Don't blame Japan for corporate america's stupidity.

I'm all for buying the hometown product (which is why I don't listen to a lot of the third rate dreck you Americans call music), but wake up and do the reading before posting, numnutz.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-26-2003 at 14:47
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