Synth Site: Yamaha: DX-200: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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charming ray a hobbyist user from chicago writes:

you were wondering if the fm7 and dx200 coexist? check this out: fm7 actually comes with banks of dx200 patches! no lie.

but some voices programmed on the fm7 will sound different on the dx200, because the fm7 has capabilities that the dx200 is not designed for.

but if you're programming on the fm7 and stick to basic fm programming, you can create patches that you can download to the dx200 and take to the gig.

problem at the gig: dx200's sequencer isn't very robust. when you switch from one pattern to another, the synth will hiccup on the first beat of the new pattern. the drums, if you choose to use them, will be fine, but the synth won't play a full note on the first downbeat of the pattern. very ugly to hear.

if only yamaha could solve this problem, they'd have an unquestioned winner of a standalone box, in my opinion. but my guess is that the computer inside the dx200 is too slow to prevent the hiccup, and fixing that would be too costly for yamaha. i'm no expert. it's only a guess.

my guess is yamaha had this idea sitting around for a while then saw the success korg had with the electribes and saw native instruments' fm7 coming and rushed the dx200 to market in hopes of capitalizing off the groovebox trend and the expected rebirth of fm.

still highly usable and a supreme source of first-rate demented sounds. match it with a sherman filterbank 2 and you can take over the world. or if you like smooth strings, mellow electric pianos and thuddy analogue-ish basses for hip-hop, you're covered too. i'll not be selling mine, even though yamaha likely won't fix that sequencer.


posted Thursday-Mar-28-2002 at 22:24
db from usa writes:
Thanks for the feedback Charmie! One more question. Do you know if the two are compatable? I.E. - program on the FM7 then dump it into the DX200 and carry it off to the gig. Am I dreaming here?


posted Tuesday-Mar-26-2002 at 13:21
charming ray a hobbyist user from chicago writes:
fm7 is MUCH deeper than dx200, with more editable parameters because it goes beyond yamaha's version of fm synthesis. fm7's user interface is well-organized and has sliders for most parameters. that gives you visual feedback of how your voice is organized

dx200's editor interface is ok. it doesn't work with Windows 2000 or Windows XP, and Yamaha has said nothing about to indicate they'll update the software. instructions are skimpy, so you have to struggle to figure stuff out if you're new to fm. it's possible, though. i've fallen in love with fm programming.

fm7 is for programming. dx200 is for live performance.


posted Monday-Mar-25-2002 at 22:51
db from usa writes:
Does anyone know how the PC editor for this compares w/ the FM7 UI & features?

posted Monday-Mar-25-2002 at 16:25
Best groovebox in town

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-22-2002 at 13:11
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