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, 2011 @ 1:43 pm
February 20, 2011 @ 12:39 pm
Marcos: I know where you can get a dx 27s contact me at doulagraphs@rogers.com if you are still looking.
February 4, 2011 @ 1:04 pm
Im really interested in finding one, I need it to use my talkbox, to do what roger troutman did, ,very cool! Its a speaker connected to a tube, and everytime you play a note on the synth, it changes your voice to the keyboards tone,
August 19, 2010 @ 7:59 am
I use this for bass drones - there's some good presets for that sawtooth and FM Pulse.

Having said that, I do put it through a Bass Balls envelope filter with distortion on.

Some really terrible voices on it in general.
April 22, 2010 @ 6:11 pm
tremendously underrated synth. built like a tank, killer sounds. can get a little bit oddball and it's weird to program though.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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