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
January 9, 2011 @ 7:53 pm
I got mine yesterday and LOVE IT!!!!FM is such a cool synthesis technique and this little baby will keep you wanting more for AGES!!!!Great for lo-fi and clubby basslines(amoungst many other things!!!!). If you get one of these you wount want to part with it!!trust me!! (o:
January 7, 2011 @ 9:39 am
Like this little fella!!!!Such a cool bass sound, along with other FM sounds(kick [beep] with lo-fi sounds or bell like electro-house or tek-trance leads!!!!). A lot of people said to me that the rack version was warmer, though personally i can't notice that much difference!!Am picking mine up soon and am looking very foward to it!!Yeppie!!!
Thad Noland
January 2, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
Bought a DX11 @ a pawn shop for $35 about 4 years ago. Played it for about 6 months before the internal battery went dead and all the internal programs were lost. I actually played it until every last drop of audio came out of it!!! :-0

It worked long enough for me to realize it is a GREAT synthesizer. My friend and I both consistently pick the DX11 over the DX7 when compared.

One day, I will have my it restored...
April 22, 2010 @ 5:38 am
I just found one of these yesterday in Oxfam, that's what I call a good find. I've not had much chance to make my own sounds in it yet, but the presents are really cool, my face totally lit up when I found the Orbital 'Belfast' intro sound. £100 well spent I feel.
October 19, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
At first, I found it quite difficult to make usable sounds with this baby. I managed to make some perfect Atari FX's and very nice drums, but good sounding real instruments proved to be very tough. Happily, the availability of the compatible TX81Z files for download on the Internet supplied me with HUNDREDS of great sounding voices. As a faithful retro-techie, I recorded all the data to cassette tapes for later retrieval.
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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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