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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Alex Marks a part-timer user from USA writes:
Definately a very unique sounding synth. I did not receive a manual (not that Yamaha manuals are that great anyway) and am having a difficult time programming it. I have the DX7-2FD model (which has a floppy drive) with the "Grey Matter E!" board installed. The board adds multi-tibrallity and some extra MIDI features, but again, I am at a loss without documentation on the thing. I've tried, unsuccessfully to locate RAM cartridges for the DX7, but I hear they are around. While I'm reciting my lon list of have-nots for this synth, I will also add that I don't have extra patches for the thing, but have heard that they can be found. Any ideas on where I might find any of the things that I'm missing would be appreciated. It's primary use to me is for that of a MIDI controller. One thing that I can say is that the thing is seriously tough. I mean you could practically walk on the board without even leaving a dent. I'd really like to learn more about this synth.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-25-1999 at 00:15
Daniel a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Just bought one, and my first expressions are excellent. The keyboard is excellent quality, the sounds are *really* fat, and the programming isn't nearly as hard as everyone would have you believe. The data slider certainly helps, and once you get used to the button layout, it's much easier than wading through a stupid menu/paging system. I only wish it were 16-bit 44.1kHz quality instead of 12-bit 22.5kHz? (no-one seems to have mentioned this), but you can hardly tell. I'm going to try making some songs with it as soon as I hook it up to my computer, and suggest you do the same :) Especially since they're *SOOOO* cheap. Check it out -

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-24-1999 at 12:40
David Shipman a part-timer user from New Zealand writes:
This is a great synth... the most influential digital synth ever, and such a classic. Plus its built like a tank, and with a bit of programming you can get a vast array of wonderful sounds out of it. The only letdown is the very poor MIDI implementation. Speaking of this, is anyone using a Phatboy/ Control Freak/<insert controller here> to do realtime control of the patch parameters? afaik the DX-7 sends sysex commands for all of these, but I heard there was a problem with it retriggering note-on every time it recieves sysex.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-10-1998 at 03:17
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
Ok, I admit I've never owned one, but along with the Jupiter-8 (which I've also never owned) it's probably one of the most influential synths to me. Why? Because, when I was 15 I had pictures of DX7's and Jupiter-8's plastered on my walls like other kids would do of their favorite bands. These two synths were simply the coolest looking synths on the market. I was in love with them. I couldn't afford one as my first synth, so I got a Poly800 instead. Even seeing one now reminds me of my youth. I've owned many synths since then but still never a DX7. I've used one, wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be by it, but I still think they look cool. Maybe I'll frame one and hang it on my wall. A classic.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Drew Gadoury a 0 user from Canada writes:
Great organs. What else matters? ; ) But you gotta add FX (NanoVerb).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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