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
November 10, 2013 @ 10:32 am
The first synth I ever owned! £429 it cost in 1987. The lack of an appregiator forced me to learn how to play though. Proramming from scratch was impossible, the presets were a bit thin, but edit an existing voice and you could get great result. I remember my edited bass sound "Rubber Bass" Fantatsic! One complaint I had was the DC adaptor; a brick. It also made the connector at the back loose and I had to get it repaired. Memories.......
July 21, 2013 @ 7:14 am
Hi, does anyone know a good editor for the DX27 on mac ?
I've tried one called Four FM which is ok but for some reason doesnt work 100% and also lacks the option of downloading patches and importing them into my DX.
Also I was able to find loads of DX7 patches on the web but nothing for DX27, anyone got a good link to share ?
July 14, 2013 @ 3:32 pm
After hearing a lot about how cold and metallic it was, I was apprehensive but bought one used because it was dirt cheap (sub 100$) for a classic FM synth. Glad I did, totally whack 80's sound but has some real character. Some of the presets are absolute garbage, but some of them have surprising charm - the calliope is just over the top and made me smile. Definitely a niche keyboard out of the box, but fits my niche.
Emanuel Posse
May 14, 2013 @ 4:49 pm
I have one, i had a dx 7 and 11 in the past, but they get stolen, now i have the dx27s,. love the build in speakers and the patch club hammond organ !!!
March 24, 2013 @ 10:30 pm
to murraymovie. u have to always remember to turn back on memory protect before turning off the synth for one, I learned that the hard way and lost 5 hours of me making weird sounds haha. but if that doesnt work which it didnt for me either, u have to order a CR2032FH battery for it and solder it. It doesn't take long at all and there is some vids on youtube I'm sure on replacing them. Also not to drag this on but I recently found a software to back up my sounds and edit them as well called fm-alive look that up on google, the trial is free its 20 bucks to buy tho. good luck man. :)
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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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