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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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bruce percy a part-timer user from Scotland writes:
Totall non-practical, but I love mine to bits!

The DX1 is huge. Think of a Prophet 10 and you'll get an idea of the size of it. It's also the heaviest piece of gear that I've ever owned - so heavy that it takes two people to move it!.

In terms of class and uniqueness i'd give it full marks. It has a poly aftertouch wooden weighted keyboard (sadly it does not transmit poly aftertouch :-( and it bristles with LED's showing you the values of all the parameters for the currently selected operator).

If you want the sound of a DX1, the DX5 will give you all the same sound features for a steal, and it will also prevent you from getting a hernia!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-02-1999 at 06:44
Chris Cummings a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have one of these 50kg units, and it has been the most reliable piece of gear I have EVER owned (and I'm 50). Still works absolutely perfectly after 12 years, and a better synth keyboard feel I have never experienced. Still the only unit I know of with individual aftertouch *on each key*. Early MIDI unit, but good overall implementation. Some of the sounds are a little dated now, but the machine is still an excellent MIDI controller, and double 6-op FM programming can still throw some neat sound surprises at you. Beautiful rosewood cabinetry and a terrific LED light show.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
David Evans a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
The DX1 is a lot more fun than you might think. FM is one of the most painful but at the same times rewarding synthesis methods to program and the DX1's front panel makes it a joy. After a few months with mine I've created timbres that I'd hever have even attempted in the four years I owned a TX81Z. Great keyboard feel, too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
Andy Horrell a hobbyist user from England writes:
One of the greatest synths of all time - Long live FM. It's a shame that the MIDI implementation is so quirky, only transmits channel aftertouch (it does not transmit poly aftertouch data) when in omni mode and the keyboard velocity scaling is a bit odd - it will not transmit velocity values between 2 and 34. But I would never be without it - partnered up to the TX816 it has so much hidden power. Was there ever a ROM update??

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:18
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