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
September 9, 2011 @ 5:23 am
Depeche Mode played this synth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=887qredDcbI&feature=related
July 10, 2011 @ 10:15 am
Just got this. Pretty same as DX7(and the rest 80's basic Fm synths), no big difference. DX9 is a good Basic FM synth, No doubt, Underrated though. Preset 7 is 90% same as Bon Jovi: Runaway, and that is the reason why i wanted this keyboard in the first place. Value in Europe 120-150 euro. I like this, its good.
June 25, 2011 @ 4:53 am
Well, its not a DX7, coz its DX9.
zomby woof
March 10, 2011 @ 4:22 am
Is it really so bad? Bobby Martin played DX-9, was he a masochist then?
February 28, 2011 @ 4:58 pm
A highly underated synth. Its not as powerful as its big brother, the DX7, but with a little time invested in it, and a bit of knowledge of FM synthesis you can gain some weird and wonderful sounds from it, and some by accident. Its best used with an external effects module to give it some reverb or delay etc. It can produce those Bell like FM pads and stabs as well as giving a woody organic kind of sound.
Here is a demo of some patches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNoLBHe51l8
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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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