This is a demo of the classic Yamaha DX7 II FM Synthesizer.
The Yamaha DX7 was a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1986. It was the first commercially successful digital synthesizer, and its sounds can be heard on many recordings from the 1980s.
Three improved “DX7 II” models were released between 1987 and 1989, all of which featured updated internal circuitry and a new style case.
- the DX7 IID, which improved sound quality from 12 bit to 16 bit, and allowed bi-timbrality;
- the DX7 IIFD, which was identical to the DX7 IID except that it also had a floppy disk drive; and
- the DX7s, which had improved sound quality and the updated case, but otherwise had the same essential functionality of the original DX7.
There was also a TX802 rackmaount version.
DX7 IIs could transmit and receive on any one of 16 MIDI channels at a time.
If you’ve used the Yamaha DX7 II FM Synthesizer, leave a comment with your thoughts/ratings!
- Polyphony: 16 voices;
- Oscillators: programmable 6-operator A & B,
- 32-algorithm FM tone generator;
- Env: 6 Envelope generators with 8 parameters;
- Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch, Split and Layer;
- Memory: 128 patches, external cartridge;
- Effects: none
- Wikipedia entry for the Yamaha DX7 II FM Synthesizer
- Manual for the DX7 II
- Unofficial DX7 resource center
- Info at Retrosound on the Yamaha DX7 II FD
Demo video via retrosound72