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
February 22, 2010 @ 10:58 pm
I owned one back in 1996 and had a lot of fun with it.

It made some really sick gritty [beep] cold metallic sounds but I had to dive into every parameter thoroughly to get the beef.

You'll have to spend some time with this or it'll simply sound like a Casio alarm clock.
December 26, 2009 @ 8:31 pm
Grate Synth! Programming is Hard although there are just 4 Operators the DX 7 ueses 6 Operators. For the Programming there are 30 Buttons (some with Shift Function), a Slider and a 2 lines Display. Good for Metallic sounds. without an Effect it sounds a little bit dry... and there is no Aftertouch or Velocity!
September 27, 2009 @ 8:34 am
I agree, Justin. The only differences between the S-version and the non S-version are indeed the built-in speakers and chorus effect. They look al the same, with the non S-version of course a bit shorter.

I like the keys of this synth very much. It plays very smoothly.

On almost every patch I notice some bizare sound artifacts when playing C and C# together. It sounds "in tune" but definitely not the same when playing any other set of notes. I wonder why that is.
Paul Brown
September 24, 2009 @ 7:24 am
Good for dirty gritty digital sounds, especialy through a distortion pedal! Good for industrial or electro clash music but not much else.

Baught one for £100 15 years ago and regreted it.
Pulled one out of a skip recently and it was worth it! ;-)
September 2, 2009 @ 5:21 am
In my opinion this thing [beep] s big time, get a DX7,because thats the real deal. This is a waste of money and time.
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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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