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
Mr. Hoffman
January 11, 2014 @ 8:53 am
I don,t understand who writes the opinions (Above) regarding the Synths. presented on this site, but persons opinion about the DX11 is wrong...The DX11 may only have 8 polyphony but that does not make it's sonic ability any less the the DX7..I suppose if the DX11 did not have such steep competition from the Korg M1 and the Roland D-50 Yamaha would had made more of the DX11's, but since so few were made the DX11's abilities are not widely know..The DX11 is a heavy hitter, it will satisfy, it will cut through the mix, parameters can be changed on the fly..It is Sexy looking as well..
October 23, 2013 @ 7:07 am
One of the most powerful 4-op FM synths made! If you're looking for a monster FM lead line you should consider an '11 with its ability to stack EIGHT single programs giving you an awesome 32 operators derived from eight different waveforms (all with independent ADSR, detune etc). Unfortunately released the same year as the Roland D50 and Korg M1 which meant it was never going to sell well, so examples in A1 condition are fairly rare.
September 2, 2013 @ 7:26 am
The most underated of all synths...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXC7kbKASI&list=FLKfyZySbwcIVzDkj-V b3RdA&index=59
August 24, 2013 @ 1:40 pm
8 waveforms = more FM power. Built-in microtuning for just tuning & historic equal temperaments that, played with other gear, get slightly flawed intonation from note-to-note, adding realism. Breath control for a midi sax player. In Performance Mode: Even/odd makes a 2-timbre duet playable in one hand without layering! Multiple keyboard splits for live playing, or multi-channel setups for sequencing, can include both at the same time, with 24 such setups stored on board! 12 programmable 4-note 1-finger chords for stabs! Pseudo delay with pitch alterable retriggering & auto panning!
June 16, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
The V2 was for Japan market, they are the same, only the name change
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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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