Synth Site: Yamaha: EX-7: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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(billy) a part-time user from usa writes:
I agree with most of the the complaints about the EX7 here...but...I have had mine for almost three years, added SCSI, RAM and outputs (necesary additions) and am sstill damn glad I bought it, over Roland XPs and the Trinity (Triton wasn't out yet). The sounds are simply killer. The filters rock, the effects rock. I've sampled in my own drumsets for the most part, and use a few sampled sounds and loops...as I am not a big samplehead, the lo-level sampler in the EX is fine for me. Yeah, one song at a time is rough live, and the sequencer is not the best. There is a STEEP learning curve on this synth (like yamaha could make a manual that HELPS) but is worth the time and effort. A 4 because of the gripes...but I love it, will never be replaced. Inspiriation factor is huge.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 12:50
Doomsday a professional user from cananda writes:
Well i've had my EX7 for just over a month, i bought it to suppliment my home array and have a better 'feeling' keyboard. let me say 1st off all the complaints you'll read here are correct. The Ex7 is not the board for you if ya want to run sequences live, nor is it a great sampler (not enough ram even fully loaded), poliphony is suspect...blah,blah, blah. So why the hi 4 out of 5, cause the thing sounds so cool, it's keys feel real good and it sound creating archetecture is amazing. I have an E-synth and an EX5 in my studio setup and will be buying an E4 ultra to add sampling power but the EX7 is a great quick writing tool and and it is a solid 'fun' synth for a home or demo unit. The manual is not bad as far as manuals go and once you get around Yamahaease it isn't to bad. I would recommend that you buyu the scsi card though just for editing and ease of use....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 10:09
Alexander Kowalski a part-time user from Germany writes:
The Yamaha EX7 is a very great sounding synth but it has some disappointing features: If you need a wide variety of natural sounds this is the wrong machine. In its Sample-ROM you will NOT find sounds like pizzicato-strings or solo violins. Also most of the drum sounds are ugly, like the hi-hats and cymbals. There are also only a few percussion sounds that are also not very good.

So, if you think about providing missing sounds by expanding the sample RAM and loading them via the optional (and very expensive!) SCSI interface you will be disappointed again: The SCSI speed is a bad joke! The interface transfers only about 35 kBytes per second! That's nearly the speed of a PC floppy drive (and about four times faster than the internal EX floppy drive...) !

Loading 11 MBytes of samples form a 205MB Iomega Zip drive results in waiting for about 10 (!!!) minutes for this upload!

So, using the EX as a sampler is not very satisfying...

But the supplied sounds (on the additional floppy disks) are very nice and also the internal FX sound good too. The user interface is ok, but the display could have more contrast (like the one in the VL-1!!!)

The response of the keys is a little to soft but the three wheels and the ribbon controller are good to handle.

When using the EX7 with an external sequencer you will notice that on higher polyphony the timing of synth will become very bad. Also the 64 voices will often not be reached and notes will be cut even if you use only about 40 voices...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-30-2001 at 05:32
Squeak a professional user from USA writes:
Ok let me give my 2 cents in this... SO many people give negative reviews on synths with really lame complaints about them.... This EX-7 is an AWSOME synth. Yes it doesn't have all the features of the EX-5 (which is why it's called the EX-7 DUH!) Why can't people understand that? People expect it to perform like the EX-5, but it's not the EX-5..... It's the 61 key "little brother" to the EX-5... This synth is AMAZING for the price it goes for... How many keyboards offer this much for the price. Seriously think about it.. I've played everything from the Triton down to the lamest Casio. The EX-7 has great sound editing capabilites, it has (3) separate sequencers, BEST synth weighted keys I've ever played (and yes they are synth weighted too.... Yamaha just didn't advertise this) Also the pattern sequencer has indendent track loop recording, meaning you can do a 4 bar drum loop and a 2 bar bass line (again yamaha didn't advertise this either... you have to own this beast to see all these things...) I've heard so many people complain about the DSP limitations, but guess what... This is nothing new for ANY synth... Many synths allow you (1) DSP per song.. Even the roland Xp-60 does that, and it too only holds one song in memory... I seriously think that people are expecting way too much from a synth these days... Remember that a professional synth takes a MUSICIAN to run it. The synth doesn't produce the music... It's the person playing that does this... So many people with little to NO musical experience are buying pro synths expecting them to make them sound like a pro themselves, and when they don't they bash the thing and give it negative reports.... The EX-7 provides exceptional sound quality, ease of use, performance features, and much more. This is no toy, and it shouldn't be played like one either.......

Squeak

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-02-2001 at 14:37
Vivace a part-time user from Canada writes:
I just got a used EX7 for few days, i love it already, it's very inspiring. the flexibility is so high. Probably it's will be a little bit hard for beginners.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2000 at 15:40
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