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
May 7, 2013 @ 11:05 pm
Does anyone know if there are any differences between the DX11 and the 'V2' version?
Analogue Crazy
June 8, 2012 @ 5:35 am
When programmed right this is up there as one of the best FM Synths. It lacks polyphony but apart from that its an absolute wonder. The extra waveforms not only add greatly to the sonic possibilities; they make it so easy alter a sound. The performance mode surpasses the unison mode of the DX7 mkII by a country mile, as you can layer up to 8 individual sounds together and detune them. This severely reduces the already measly polyphony, but the versatile voice allocation makes this not as big a limitation as it seems. This is one of my favourite Synths, at home in any style of Electronica.
gustavo berocan
October 12, 2011 @ 11:30 am
if you feel curious to listen other sounds this wonder is able to do please check this song i've recorded with it's unique FM sinth timbers.


mine was found on trash in barcelona. unfortunately i had to sell it. :(
August 18, 2011 @ 4:52 pm
Please keep your comments relevant. Do not post requests for help, do not use for sales, do not post unless you have something interesting to say about this instrument. This used to be a great site.
July 31, 2011 @ 2:02 pm
The DX11 has also been used on stage by Tears for Fears. You can spot it on Live from Santa Barbara.
I had once a DX21 but sold it because I was too much expecting DX7 sounds from it. Also the presets were complete rubbish and I was not so keen in programming the damn thing.
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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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