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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Michael a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I have been blessed with a DX7 II-D, a fantastic, beautiful machine! On top of that, was able to keep it for $500! Then when connected via a Mac, 3000 more voices available! Mentioning the variables that can be used with just one voice... I will never be able to cover all ends for the rest of my life!

That was then, this is now.... I can't convince this gateway PIII that the Dx7IId exists, or reconise it's voices. Any suggestions? Please?


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-22-2002 at 22:09
Justin a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Like most synths, it's great in some areas, and lacking in others. But that, in turn, is what makes it unique. People are able to do amazing things with FM synthesis, as is evident by the thousands of patches online to download (albeit, not all are great, but there are more than a few gems if you search). Great electric pianos, bells, basses, synth sounds... and despite what some might say, there are some very decent analog-sounding capabilities. Tough to program, even with a software editor, but that makes it all the more worthwhile... the payoff is great when you do learn and are able to come up with interesting sounds of your own.

And last but not least, the keyboard action is wonderful. A great synth to have around.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-13-2001 at 00:33
Rod Neon (Joe Maffei) a professional user from USA writes:
I just bought a DX7IID from someone who only used it in a studio. It's impeccable and it came with some great sounds, especially the Wurly/Rhodes-like patch that was probably programmed by the previous owner. I had never really played a DX7 before and I as very impressed at the variety of tones you can get out of that thing! I always thought it would be pretty much limited to electric piano and bell tones, but FM can go way further if you work hard enough.

The factory presets SUCK. I had a nice bank of sounds that came with the board and decided to reload the factory banks via SysEx... what a mistake. I was very disappointed by the thin, cheap sounds of the much acclaimed presets. They were supposedly programmed by two gurus of FM synthesis, but they didn't impress me AT ALL.

With the DX7II the possibilities go even further with the addition of patch layering. You get half the polyphony (8 voices) but you get 2 groups of 6 operators running at once, just like having 2 DX7s in parallel.

I'm in an 80s cover band and that's why I bought it. But I'm sure I'm gonna be using the DX in many other projects. I currently bought an analog-modelling board, in addition to a sample-playing keyboard I love (Ensoniq TS-12) and I knew my rig wouldn't be complete without an FM synth. And for $375 I knew the DX would be the perfect match.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-13-2001 at 05:14
jude a part-time user from miami writes:
i had mine 8 years ago and i guess i am kinda affraid to mess up with it. i bought it 2nd hand, pratically new. i have the big books to program it, and search for new sounds but i still keep it as a baby. actually i use it as the center piece of my little studio. it a good good machine!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-13-2001 at 17:49
Racquel a part-time user from US writes:
The presets are mostly a joke--unless you like yr cheese. Get the Howard Massey book if you haven't had much experience programming non-knob synths. Once you manage to get to the internal workings and programming, this machine will really blossom. All sort of fun to be had. The Unison Poly w/the detune opens up possiblities, though it does cut down on yr polyphony. Really, I've had it for yrs, my 1st synth, and I'm still in love w/her. PS: I don't generally go for attempts at acoustic instruments or organs, etc, but I did manage a decent nylon-stringed guitar.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 10:56
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