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 obsoletion. 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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25 Visitor comments
February 6, 2011 @ 6:13 pm
I liked my Dx9 in its day I gave mine to my brother. As my mates would have been upset at the offer. I backed all my sounds up to an alesis datadisk remember them?
Well a few years ago I imported all my dx7 dx9 and dx100 sound into Native Instruments FM7 wilthonly a little tweeking to get them sounding like the original. Virtual instruments can do a good copy of digital synths so sorry "mic romoog" not really worth keeping any of them. sysex dump all you patches to midi and load them into FM7. Virtual synths can't do analog well enough to dump the minimoog but they have the DX range nailed
Mo Mannakin
December 27, 2010 @ 8:31 am
Hey Station - I know what you mean about nice layering of the DX9 and Poly-800 (actually, I think I still have YOUR Poly-800! =0) I think the DX9 was great even for its limitations and would still love to have one (since I have a pretty good handle on FM synthesis now!
August 11, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
@Dazzjazz: Just bought one off German ebay for €34,- . Cheap enough ;-)
Luckily I got some of the other FMsynths of that era as well, so this buy was just to complete the collection..
Dark Knight
August 10, 2010 @ 2:31 am
I remember this synth, horrible in everyway, i feel really sorry for the DX9, Yamaha naused it up bigtime with this one.
June 28, 2010 @ 5:34 am
This was my first polysynth in 1985. Just left school and couldn't afford a DX7. The DX9 was a poor substitute for it's big brother. Even the action was cheap compared to the 7's stellar touch.
Some sounds were OK - don't pay much for one if you do buy.
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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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