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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Dr Tom a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I´m one of those few lucky owners of a DX-5. I´ve been playing on it since 1985. Strted up with playin and programming great horn section sounds, synth bass a s f. Later used it as a Hammond L-100 when I was tired of carrying the old beast. Programmed it by ear drawbar for drawbar. With a original 122-leslie It sounded just terrific. A little unpredictible when programming with the operators, though. The last years I used it as a stage mother keyboard and also piano, since it got 76 keys. The baby is a little worn due to more than 20 years on road, but fully functioning. Fantastic instrument really but now she´s resting in my closet. I´m more into pianoplaying and need the real hammer action. Maybe, I will be bombarded with offers from people wanting to buy it? Maybe if the right price comes up but I think it will come to use again when i fixed a home studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-24-2008 at 10:18
bryce from canada writes:
Luve this synth!!!!!!!!!!!! I own two of them now. One i use on the road and the other i keep in mint shape in my studio. If you Midi them together (like having four dx-7's) the sound is unreal. The bottom end is massive. Almost as good as my new Korg triton extreme but MUCH easier to use and VERY solid construction. The two outputs can be sent to separate panned channels for a hugh sound and even detuned for a "chorus" like effect. There are also twin XLR outs as well as the twin 1/4" out. Programming is not an issue as you can download 1000's of sounds and then mix and match or split the 76 note board to create two DX sounds at once. I would not part with one of the for ANYTHING (well a fairlight maybe!!!!)

Acts as a great on stage controller for synth modules or other keyboards if you want. Big backlit display plus all of the function setings can be stored individually in a total of 64 Performance memories. A preformance memory includes this plus a combination of any two sounds from internal or cartrige in any way you desire. If you ever get the chance to get one.............well do so. You might think that its sound is weak until you put some delay or reverb on it then it gets BIG. Almost like a digital/analog hybrid. Good luck finding one. Very rare indeed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-29-2008 at 16:25
Mather's Studios a hobbyist user from United Kingdom writes:
The last time I saw one of these was when I was meant to perform on it in the school band in about 1994 (It belonged to the school music teacher). In the end I played the Yamaha SY55 - also the school's - which I always used (I think it became an extension of my own body back then!), but I did get to have a quick go on this enormous and very impressive synthesizer.

This is the reason why in the end I got a DX7. I was really trying to find a DX5 but they are really rare now and the next closest thing was the orignal Mark One DX7. I've seen that the DX5 is like having two DX7 synths in a single cabinet so this one surely diserves 10 out of 5 because the DX7 scores 5 for also being a truly fantastic machine!

I was surprised, however, that the synth on it's own was fairly light for its very large size (I ended up with the job of carrying it off stage at the end of the performance!) It was a great synthesizer built the old fashioned way that I have always thought looked cool. I think the end panels were dark brown painted chipboard and then whole panel was a huge sheet of painted brown steel like the DX7. The one I saw had some nasty chunks taken out of the end panels - would definitely benefit from replacement panels made of hardwood.

In comparison with the DX7, However, the'5 has a larger LCD display and there are more controls on it, which are actual buttons rather than the '7's flat flush membrane controls. The DX5 also sports four slider controls rather than the DX7's two, but I am not sure what these extra ones are for. Some would argue that this is much better but I think that both systems are equally as good. (If the membrane switches were bad they wouldn't have lasted this long).

The sound that happened to be active at the time was some sort of synth brass sound. Although I never got to actually play the synth, I was standing directly next to the person who did play it, and therefore I could tell the sound. It was huge! I really loved it. I would never have known at the time though that it was 12 operators of FM synthesis!! The DX5 sounded bigger than the DX7 because it made use of two sounds at once, and could also load two sounds at once because it had two ROM slots. This thing must have cost a bomb!

What a great synth - shame they don't make them like this any more. I envy anyone who still has one of these. I found some good photos of it on the web and felt really rather jealous of the owner!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-25-2003 at 05:37
Anssi Vilkko a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I bought DX5 as my first synthesizer. I was told that I shouldn't choose such hard-to-program synth to start with, but I wanted the DX sound... Lucky me, I got a copy of Howard Massey's Complete DX7 with it, so getting into programming wasn't so painfull experience as I was told it would be. DX5 sounds great, and I don't think its too noisy like some people say. It's a matter of opinion, but I'd say a bit of digital noise is important part of the DX-sound. You learn to live with it (and like it), or if not, you should get something else. If you are into 80's (or otherwise perverted), consider DX5. If you can spare some time to learn how to program this thing, it will be worth it.

P.S. If anyone knows a pc editor/librarian designed especially for DX5, drop me a line...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-30-2002 at 07:33
Carl Bessette a part-time user from Glendale, RI USA writes:
Paid $650.00 A very elegant synth. So comfortable and expressive to play. Much much more than 2 DX7's in one keyboard. Huge(for it's time) backlit display. Sound librarys are everywhere! 2 cartridge slots..I keep a box of RAM cartriges and mix and match sounds to my hearts content.The 2 sound engines can be detuned to produce much fatter sounds than a DX7. Very nice medium weight 76 note channel pressure keyboard action. Midi is very functional, but not as accessable as modern synths. Extremely capable, but a bear to program. Difficult to find a good fitting flight case for it (over 17" deep). Capable of great organ sounds. By combining 2 DX e piano sounds, this keyboard is capable of more expressive and fatter DX Rhodes sounds than a DX7 or sampleplay back DX wannabees. 32 voice polyphony is a wonderful treat. Capable of long strangely evolving sounds with filter mods that sweep the timbres in and out of the mix. FM noise is only apparent in headphones and not as bad as some have complained. Stereo outs are warm and reliable. Never needed anything but cleaning the key contacts (easily done). Very well made. Not too heavy to gig, with the same sound engines as the DX1. Can also sound very analog. Extremely versatile and bullet proof. Somewhat rare but often sold for only a few dollars more than a clean DX7. Seek one out..and you will never regret it. A Centenial Edition version of the DX7 was produced in very limited quantities which has almost all of the features of a DX5( features glow in the dark keyboard! and w/ gold hardware).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-06-2002 at 02:42
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