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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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nic a part-time user writes:
cool little machine. nothing special about the sequencer...in fact it sucks. the free eg's are cool, but hook this baby up to your sequencer and tweak away, brain metling!!

a good synth if you want to get away from the VA world for a while.

its my first fm synth, and one of my favorite.

the filters are awesome, a little bit "steppy", but really usable.

the editor unleash a moderate potential, but i hate working with editors for some reason.

i love Yamaha gear in general (new and old), and like the fact that they dont step too much in the "groovebox" world.

ill give this synth a 4 cuz its not multitimbral and you cant edit all operators from the front panel.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-23-2002 at 05:07
lazlo a part-time user from uk writes:
i am a litle confused, i think some of you seem to have got faulty models, coz mine switches between patterns in real time playing with absolutley no problems. And i have got some HEAVY sounds out of it and ive never bothered with hooking it up to PC. You just have to put a little effort into turning a few nobs. I get the impression you all expect to have all the work done for you? spending time Making your own sounds is kind of the whole point isnt it? I am quite happy to spend hours on end tuning the sound, simply coz i enjoy it, most musicians tend to. There is nothing quite as satisfying as writing a fat mutant bass line on this thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-22-2002 at 18:27
JB a hobbyist user from DK writes:
Sound: basically it's a DX7 with filters, some effects and a modulation sequencer - so the sounds are of course very DX7-like. Since you don't have access to all parameters, you're stuck with modifying the presets (256), and it's often difficult to get the sound you're searching for. You do have access to all parameters by using the software - but that's not what one would expect when buying hardware synth - is it? Still, the DX200 is capable of producing interesting metallic sounds. The included bass/drum samples are ok, but not great - I would like to have some more bass samples to work with though...

Sequencer: it's a bit akward, but not impossible to use. There's one thing about the sequencer that almost renders the DX200 useless as a groovebox - when changing patterns, the DX200 cuts the first notes of the new pattern! I've tried to look for an update on yamaha's website - but there's not help there! This means that creating songs with the DX200 is virtual impossible.

Software: the patch editor comes with almost no documentation, and is also not very userfriendly. Having to hook up the DX200 to the pc to edit patches is awful this way.

Documentation: useful for getting started - but almost no details on exaclty what the "Harmonics", "FM Depth" and "FM Delay" buttons do! Also, no tips and tricks for programming patches in detail (would have been nice with this kind of synth!)

I would NOT recommend this unit until the bug in the sequnecer is fixed!

So - now I've bought the excellent Korg MS2000R, and I'm look at Native Instruments FM7 Virtual VST Synth for FM synthesis.

2 out of 5 for the hidden potentials...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-20-2002 at 08:36
Klaus Paulsen a professional user writes:
It´s a great little box, matches my RS7000, AN1x and Nord Micro Modular very well. Don´t expect to much, it has a few limitations in the interface and you don´t have full access to the DX7 inside, without the editor. Otherwise, sonically it´s fantastic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-12-2002 at 12:56
Martin Demsky a professional user from Slovakia writes:
This loopfactory machine (a Yamaha term for groovebox) is fantastic. I use it with Fatar Studio 1100 masterkeyboard and MU128 and it works without any problems. My production tools is mostly in software-form and finally i can compose and write music at a studio quality without turning my PC on. Just switch lights off turn on machine and imagine, everything is possible. :) Yes it is FM synth, but you can learn how to create "analogue" waveforms (adding harmonics to 6 sine waves is cornerstone of fm synthesis), and without loss of polyphony you can tune every operator in softeditor separately for very fat sound. :) BTW i heard it is possible to upgrade OS, it is true?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-28-2001 at 12:47
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