How well do software versions of digital instruments match the originals?
That’s the question tackled in the latest Woody Piano Shack video, which compared a vintage Yamaha DX7 keyboard to software versions, the recently released Arturia DX7 and the free DEXED.
While the software versions can match the original digital hardware very closely, there are quirks of both the original hardware and the software versions to watch out for.
The original DX7 has a quirk in the way it handle MIDI Velocity, only transmitting values of 1-100, instead of 1-127. Modern software doesn’t have this limitation, so matching a performance from a DX7 to a software counterpart requires taking this issue into account.
Woody uploaded this follow-up video, where he’s made sure to make an apples-to-apples comparison:
Check out the videos and share your thoughts in the comments!