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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26 Visitor comments
grassa dato
January 24, 2012 @ 10:03 am
Hi there!
I have a dx9 and I would like to make those sounds.... can I download those sounds somewhere? thanks
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?
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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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