Yamaha DX27

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The DX27 is a full sized keyboard version of the DX100. Like all DX's it uses (FM) Frequency Modulation synthesis. It's not the easiest form of synthesis to program but can result in some excellent sounds. The DX27 is not as flexible nor powerful as a DX7, but it does have some cool sounds. It is most renowned for its great analog bass sound (Patch #01) that is awesome for techno, house, jungle, and acid music styles; it's very gritty, the bass tone with gristle! However, any other preset sounds that you'll find in the DX100 are pretty bad. Though the DX27 adds a standard 61 note keyboard it still lacks filters, arpeggiators, effects or performance wheels and controllers.

Pictured above is the DX27S which adds built-in speakers for the home-user. It also has a stereo chorus effect and Pitch bend & Mod wheels and has support for a Breath Controller.

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35 Visitor comments
May 7, 2009 @ 2:22 pm
Can someone add an image of the standard DX27 alongside the DX27S image? Also, the way it is worded, it suggests that only the DX27S has pitch bend and mod wheels, and that only the DX27S supports the breath controller, where that is not the case. Those were standard features across the series. The DX27S did have stereo chorus (and built-in speakers), unlike the standard DX27, so that much is accurate.
April 8, 2009 @ 10:14 am
True, I've never done time with the real thing, the DX7, but this one does include an easier to program FM engine, if only because it has only 4 Operators and less Algorithms than its more powerful brethren. But MIDI works well, only missing Local Off.

It does gritty bass, medium-thick leads and alien sounds easily, and don't expect it to come up with beautiful pads or realistic pianos and the like. But for FM explosions and game sounds, this the thing. Do take note that nowhere in here is there any form of Cutoff and Resonance.

I imagine it to be the FM version of a Moog Source ( in terms of programming ) and that's fine. For the record, this one ain't goin' to the uncle!
March 27, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
Hey "Pordiepie", this is a site for shared knowledge of synths, not a place for you to unwarrantedly slander other users. Jose didn't insult you (unless you designed the DX-27?), he gave his opinion on a piece of hardware. Right or wrong, he is free to do so without you telling him "he obviously can't play a keyboard". Disagree with someone, but don't insult them. It made you feel big, but made you look like you probably are:
March 13, 2009 @ 4:42 pm
Jose obviously can't play keyboards and needs a sequencer with an appregiator to get any noise out of a synth. I bought one in 1986 and if nothing else it taught me how to play keyboards. If you edited the sounds in it you could get some great noises, rubbery bass, superb strings and brass, but only if you could play it Jose!!!!!!
December 28, 2008 @ 1:25 am
About six years a go, I bought a keyboard called: Yamaha DX-27 and after 5 months I give the Keyboard to my uncle and then he give it to a friend, Conclution.,,.,don't buy a dx-27.,..,. you not gonna liked, there is nothing what to play on this synth. Don't think wrong a bout my comment but is the reality, make your money wort, buying a quality Keyboards.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Different bass tones. Take a listen to the DX100 for a taste of the DX27's sounds.

    Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 4-Operator Digital FM synthesizer
  • Multitimbral - 1 part
  • Memory - 192 preset, 24 user
  • Filter - None
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with no velocity or aftertouch
  • Effects - Stereo Chorus (DX27S only)
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985

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