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
Robert Dopp
July 24, 2012 @ 8:21 pm
I have a DX27 that has almost never been used. I want to use it through my MAC. Is there such a thing as midi to USB converter? rbdopp@aol.com
June 26, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
I have a dx27 my internal battery died n I need the cassette tape to reprogram the sounds. Does anyone have a sound tape or know where I can find one?
steve krebs
March 8, 2012 @ 11:46 am
I have a dx-27 in great shape. email me @ swkrebsjr@yahoo.com
November 26, 2011 @ 7:34 am
I use it as an additionnal instrument in a band and for recordings because I don't have another one, and I must say I'm always satisfied. The dry sound is not the amazing sound you were waiting for, but with some light effects and well used the DX27 sound is easy to use and integrate, and gives a little touch of personnality. I just love it.
July 31, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
I programmed one of these, belonging to my girlfriend, years ago & got the knack of it ok. years later I bought a DX7 . Now I can get sounds out of a DX7 that blow the presets away for pure bass power . however I was stunned to note that the DX7 ( being older) does not have LFOs where at the DX27 does. So altho' you don't have as many operators ( oscillators) to play with you have a different sonic pallette available . I'm just telling you not to write off the later cut down version FM synths they aren't all about disadvantages over the flagship models after all.
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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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