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
March 13, 2013 @ 6:34 am
I have progammed 24 awesome presets into my DX27S. Is there a way to save them incase they get erased? Or is there a way to transfer the presets to another DX27S? (I bought a backup just incase).

Also... should I be worried about the battery running out? Should I have it repalced? Will the memory erase if I do?
February 28, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
the DX27 is an under rated synth in my opinion, like other people have said it has a thin sound and the factory presets leave a lot to be desired, but that being said if you use it as a solo synth with another synth as your main(in my case a Roland Super JV) it really shines, you just have to play to its strengths. People also say it hard to program, but I found it intuitive and straight forward, I can and do spend hours playing and programming this guy just because it's so fun
David Clavey
January 22, 2013 @ 4:23 am
Still use my DX27S, I interface to MAC or PC using a Edirol UA-25. (Which allows both MIDI and digital audio capture/replay)
September 17, 2012 @ 4:58 am
Tim - please PM me if you need a tape, I've just bought a mint DX27 off the 'bay and the tape is with it...could possibly copy it to CD and send you that
July 28, 2012 @ 2:19 am
Yes you Can buy USB/midi interfaces.
If you will control the DX27 from GarageBand You Will need to download a small program plugin otherwise it won't work. If you just want to use the DX as a controller You do not need the plugin program.

Br Jens
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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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