Yamaha DX11

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The DX11 was released in 1988, four years after the DX7 hit the market. The DX11's synthesis and sound quality is classic DX-style FM synthesis using 4-operators per voice. The DX11 has one major advantage over the DX7 and other older DX-synths, however. The DX11 offered 8-part multitimbrality, whereas older DX synths were monotimbral. The DX11 is essentially a keyboard version of Yamaha's first true multitimbral FM synthesizer, the TX81Z rack module.

The DX11's multitimbral features allowed you to spread various sound patches across different areas or "zones" of the keyboard. It also allowed for complex ensemble performances using external sequencers or while playing live using "Performance" patches. Also added were some Quick Edit functions so you don't have to delve into the complexity of FM synthesis to make a few simple tweaks. These quick edits affect the tone, envelope attack and release times. Unfortunately there are no on-board arpeggiators or sequencers.

The DX11 is only 8-voice polyphonic. A standard DX7 has 16-voices and though it is monotimbral, superior polyphony makes the DX7 an often more popular choice. Also, with just 8-voices, the DX11's multitimbral performances can wind up sounding pretty thin. Other 8-voice DX-type synths include the DX21, DX100, and TX81Z. And unlike most previous DX synths which all used sine waves for synthesis, the DX11 offers up to eight different waveforms to work with! And all the classic DX sounds can be found in the DX11. Brass, piano, strings, bell sounds, percussion, effects, and much more. Other features include chord-stacking, digital delay, and panning effects, however there is no chorus effect as on earlier DX-synths. At its current low second-hand price, the DX11 is an inexpensive way to get useable DX sounds! It has been used by Astral Projection and Autechre.

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37 Visitor comments
Analogue Crazy
April 6, 2009 @ 3:49 pm
Just got one of these for £40 and can't say in words how impressed i am. The sound can be thick, warm, harsh, metallic...you name it, it delivers. The bass sounds in particular are increadible and have a HUGE bottom end, so watch your speakers! And i find it pretty easy to program. I come from an Analogue background too so take my word for it. Of course it takes a short while to get farmiliar with FM Synthesis, but once you've got the idea it's a doddle to program. Love the look of this thing too, it's so slim and sleek...it's sexy!

Any fan's of Sonic The Hedgehog will love this one. It's rack version was used for the soundtrack to the classic Sega games, so all those timeless sounds are on here. Now that's Retro!
January 3, 2009 @ 12:13 am
I use my DX11 to stack tuned percussive type wave forms on top of everything I play with my Roland TD20 cyborg madness and a VSynth kb to a racked computer.
The DX11 uses the Emu 1820s sound dock effects now
even tho you can detune one (or many) of the same voices in performance mode to add unique chorusing.
I still jam along with the fattest dang 8 voice basslines of performance-mode-WooF you ever heard from this kb.

I run it all thru a 800w CerwinVega woofer and a couple 600w monitor JBLs. This is when you really know what FM synthesis is about.
Its 8 voice ability has never been a setback for me, and I would certainly be nothing without its micro tuning secrets.
I highly recommend a midi connection to a source to help store your 1 billion gazillion sounds you'll make. :)
December 2, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
It's the DX synth with the most user-friendly interface. Even the buttons on the front panel are more than any other dx-synth. Great"Performance Mode": You can combine up to 8 different instruments together. For me the best is to combine maximum 4 intstruments with 2 notes per voice, creating some of the richest dx-sounds with this way. Multi-part keyboard: You can split the keyboard and play up to 8 different voices at the same time. For a live show it's a huge advantage. 4)"QUICK EDIT" function: you can edit your sounds very fast. last but not least: THE SIZE. This instrument is way more smaller and "elegant" that most of the other dx-synths of its qualities. It's the 2/3 of a DX7 mk1 size and weight.
Thomas kenny
November 20, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
I've had the yamaha DX-11 synthersizer at home since 1998 I bought it off an old neighbour in Birmingham so my sister delivered it to me when she came on holiday by car & I sometimes use it whilst adding on to my electronic keyboard & I also can't understand using digital synth controls I use it for preset sounds.
Doug Dixon
October 23, 2008 @ 6:29 pm
Hi just a quick storie. I bought a second hand DX11 a few years ago to us as a master keyboard. The synth was in "showroom contition" and at the time cheaper than a dumie keyboard. I used it for gigging but kept it in good order. The other day I was ordering a new kitchen and told my wife I would sell some of my equipment to help pay for it.
I advertised the DX11 on a website beginning with E but when I unpacked it and started to play it to test everything was ok, I fell in love with it again so got my friend to bid on my beharf to buy my own keyboard back. Sad realy.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 4-Operator Digital FM synthesizer
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - reverb, DDL delay, pan and tremolo (no chorus effect)
  • Keyboard - 61 Keys (velocity and aftertouch sensitivity)
  • Memory - 128 preset patches, 32 performance patches, External cartridge memory holds 64 patches, cassette interface
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-part multitimbral)
  • Date Produced - 1988
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