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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Simon Madsen a part-time user from Denmark writes:
Where is it possible to get soundmodules (catridges) for the dx-7? I must say im dissapointed with the strings and organs, so im looking around for new sounds of that kind. (the lead-synth-sound is fanatastic though)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-17-2001 at 09:26
MoonRivers a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Just picked up a used DX-7 in the LA area. Some record producer / musician type sold it to me. Nice guy. He almost didn't want to let it go as he was playing it for me. But I flashed the cash ($280) and got the synth plus a ROM cartridge and a RAM cartridge from Digital Music Corp? (not Yamaha) Anyhow, I love it. I wish it could talk and tell me how many metal bands used it at gigs on the Sunset Strip! Or how many beers it's had spilled on it! This board has had the $%&! played out of it. It looks liked someone threw it out a car window on the freeway! But all the electronics work perfectly. A few keys have popped up higher then the rest and a couple screws are missing, so I'm having it worked on for about $100 (Buelly Electric in Ventura, they mainly fix amps, but assured me they fix synths too.) Great electric piano and clav sounds. The organ's not bad (I can't afford a VK-7) It's a bit noisy but that 's funky. I'm a drummer turned keyboardist so this is a great all around synth. I might beef it up with two amps and a stereo course effect. Any suggestions on where to find more ROM/RAM cartriges and an after market sustain pedal that's compatible?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-31-2001 at 18:09
Mather's Studios a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Well, I just got this synth a couple of weeks ago for 295 quid, and I've got to say I don't really think it is all that hard to program. After a couple of days I had already programmed a synth/trance pad sort of sound (with a really cool metallic edge on it). OK, so it took me two hours to program a realistic perc. organ starting from an INIT VOICE, but I did it, and really enjoyed it. The key is to look at each parameter logically and find out how it affects the sound, and then start maniulating each different value until you get what you want.

The build of the synth is excellent, pretty heavy steel which is what I like to see in a professional synth. I have the original MK1, and I don't really mind the membrane keypad because you can still feel a good positive click in the buttons under the surface, and you don't get dust trapped in the gaps between the buttons and the front panel like on many synths. The LCD display is small, but displays the information you need. Could do with a backlight perhaps for those dark studios but hey, at least you haven't got to worry about the bulbs burning out if there aren't any!

I was impressed with electric piano and organ sounds, and even a couple of the ordinary piano sounds are pretty convincing in the lower registers when we consider this synth is almost 18! I was also impressed by the synth effects and lead sounds on the ROM cartridge. String sounds are a bit weak, although I quite like Strings 4, in internal memory, and also Strings 7 on the orchestral ROM cart.

The verdict? I give this synth a four out of five. I like my thick swirly pad sounds and can't get them from a DX7 and must leave that to my Korg, but piano, organ and bass are a real strength on this board.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-11-2001 at 05:47
sjmojo a professional user writes:
this is my first polyphonic synth i used,but not owned,its my elder bros synth but we played music together in early days.but sadly its not my favorite type--analog,i was not silly to think it can make those wet and flowing analog tunes.but this classic really has its own character and status,especially for those who really a performer/keyboard player/or a serious digital synth programmer who love to deal w/ sgot vast possibilities to program lots of extreme strange sounds and efx u never ever heard.besides,as many users do,used the preset built in or from third party cartridges,imo,the best tunes and couldn't be replaced by other synths are tubular bells,the metallic feels and detailed contents of this bell only can be reproduced by dx7(ok,also,dx1,dx5,but ot dx9).other over-used presets are slap bass,plucked bass,synth bass which seriously over-used by pet shop boys and the likes,and some chessy pop tunes,u know.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 18:25
Justin Havu a professional user from USA writes:
I programmed a Hammond B3 sound on my DX7 and it took a half hour to get it right. Great synth, but TOO DAMN HEAVY!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-27-2001 at 13:04
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