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
July 27, 2011 @ 6:39 pm
If you have a dx synth with the display on but no sound then the internal battery might need changing (not a difficult job if you can solder!) if you hold down the 16 and 32 buttons and press edit(or something like that, soz cannot remember exact!) you get the internal sounds. There are a lot of troubleshooting references on the net about the dx range!
July 27, 2011 @ 1:02 am
The Dx11 IS velocity sensitive! And it also has after touch too. And this information is sent down the midi. The Synth is quite cool, probably best on after DX7. AND IT DOES A LOT MORE THAN JUST METALLIC SOUNDS. Great bass and leads if you stack sounds. Many software programers out there which makes life a lot easier when programming sounds. Module version is often cheep and adds a lot more power to keyboard S
July 27, 2011 @ 1:01 am
Yes you have to plug it in to an amp and speaker or a stereo system or head phones will do. It's just like an electric guitar, to hear its sound you have to plug it in, to a keyboard amp. The jack output is at the back, there are two and a third one just for head phones.
To correct Fengland, IT DOES have an in built amp and so do almost all synths, otherwise the head phones would not work. On analogue synths its called a VCA (voltage, controlled, amplifier). However synths often need further amplification for live performance.
bobby h.
May 23, 2011 @ 10:54 am
@anita. most mid to pro level synths (other than some arranger keyboards) do not have on-board speakers. You will need to, preferrably, get a keyboard amp. If you can't manage to get your hands on a keyboard amp, a bass amp may do justice until you can get one. There are some good keyboard amps that are reasonably priced from Musician's Friend. Good luck.
the captain
April 16, 2011 @ 8:23 pm
this keyboard just looks totally amazing, the whole look is seriously cool and i love the metal casing.. i've got one and probably want to sell it.. i'm very interested in the velocity sensitivity thing though because that's why i don't use it, i thought it was not capable of this....!!... is it?????!!!!!! I never realised it could be velocity sensitive? sorry all you synth people who are prob thinkin [beep] .. i'm a bass player.. x
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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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