Synth Site: Yamaha: DX-21: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Steve a hobbyist user from California writes:
The Yamaha DX-21.....I found mine for $50 at a pawn shop. At first glance the DX-21 seems uninteresting and alarmingly close to their PSS line in sound quality, but if you spend a little bit of time in programming, it is capable of pleasant EP's, organs, bells, and odd sounds. I think the key action is distinct, like an old 70's organ, nice and light. Anyhow, the DX-21 is a bargain alternative to the DX-7, if you program it right you'll hardly miss its big brother.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-23-2000 at 03:40
DAVE YOUNG a hobbyist user from york ENGLLAND writes:
Cool synth for phat bass sounds when your head gets round how to programe it anyone want a copy of the manual? get in touch

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-07-1999 at 18:06
Jimmy a part-timer user from USA writes:
Quite an odd synth....came with no manual, so they basically told me good luck...we all know the story w/ programming DX synths...i saw it for a lil o'er 100 bucks, so i picked it up for use as a controller for my racks...its not Velocity sensitive, but i never use it in an instance where it needs to be...i think i'll delve into programming now...god bless me...Bye!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-30-1999 at 19:08
Rob R a professional user from USA writes:
When it was released in 1985, the DX-27/21/100 series was a cost effective, entry level way to get a synth. The patches are somewhat sterile sounding and many are repetitive. The electric pianos and bells are rather good. These buggers are horrendous to program. Do not attempt! You will only hurt your brain. With no velocity sensitivity or aftertouch, these boards are weak as controllers. For a beginner, these boards once were fine starters but with the amount of used gear on the market for someone planning on playing live there are better buys. (Used prices should range from $175 to $250) Avoid the BC-1 breath controller! You have been warned!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-26-1999 at 18:20
Jan den Besten a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I use my DX21 in a band called 'The Lousy Cinderellas' (remember that name,

within a few years where famous ;-) for making strange noises, and that's what

the DX21 is very good at!

But ho can help me with SysEx commands?

I give it a 4 out of 5, because the keys are not touch sensitive...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
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