Yamaha DX9

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The DX9 was a not-so-special spin off of the aggressively popular DX7. The DX9 wasn't a great synth, it had all of the headache problems associated with its DX7 relative. Difficult programming and limited MIDI implementation to name a few. Still, it is a 4-operator FM synth like the other DX synths and is capable of interesting sounds.

In the mid eighties when the DX9 appeared it was a welcome cheap alternative to the DX7. But current DX7 prices have nearly hurled the DX9 into obsolescence. Also, unlike the DX100 which is famous now for its gritty house-bass sound, the DX9 doesn't have any particular sounds that set it apart from other synths like it.

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January 4, 2009 @ 2:51 pm
I have to say that I like this synth, this is maybe due in part to it's under-dog tag it seems to have acquired. After saying that there are one or two sounds which I've never been able to re-create on any other FM synth. There is nothing more I can really say about it other than if you come across one, buy it, you may be pleasantly surprised and as it's getting rare there will be a 'need to have' collectors rush to have them soon. Often to be found in very good condition as they were not much use as a live/performance synth.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - Digital 4 operator FM synthesis
  • LFO - Standard modulation
  • Filter - None
  • VCA - ADSR
  • Keyboard - 61 keys
  • Memory - 20 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1983

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