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Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 6:14 am
by ill electro
check out synthzone.com if you have not already. There you can find a database for older synths with FREE patches and editors. I must worn you some links are dead but if you dig you can find some gold.

Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:36 pm
by Big Gnome
MrFrodo wrote:First, I think of the DX7 MkII (most likely selection) or the TX-802. Then, I start wanting a DX5 or a rackmount version thereof. Beyond there, I start wondering about an instrument from the SY/TG series. Paralyzed by indecision. What comes most highly recommended, people?
I have no experience with SY/TGs, but as far as DXs go, I'd recommend a DX7 Mk. II on cost, availability, and size (the DX5 is huge); and although the '5 has the best interface of any of the DXes I've played, it and the Mk. II are (almost) identical otherwise. Both have more informative, backlit displays, better converters and increased patch memory over the original DX7, both can do layers/splits, both have performance memories, etc.

Posted: Tue May 06, 2008 10:51 pm
by MrFrodo
That's exactly what I needed to hear, Big Gnome.

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 2:40 pm
by desdinova
It's amazing how cheap the TX802 can be gotten, it's powerful, sounds great and has individual outs. It's the rack version of the 7ii with a few more features.
If you want unweildy, but raw, power- there's always the TX816. :P

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 4:22 pm
by D-Collector
Man, I have always wanted a TX816 but I have never seen one for sale, only single TF modules. Although I think it may be cheaper to get 8 TX7 modules - or more :wink:

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 6:27 pm
by sam
D-Collector wrote:Man, I have always wanted a TX816 but I have never seen one for sale, only single TF modules. Although I think it may be cheaper to get 8 TX7 modules - or more :wink:
I have been offered one for 500e.

Is that cheap..?

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 7:04 pm
by MrFrodo
What is the aftertouch like on the DX7 MkII FD? I'm leaning towards the keyboard version, which may later control the microKorg or MS 2000r.

Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 8:49 am
by Yoozer
You know the II still hasn't solved the issue with the velocity not going over 100? This is something you probably want to consider when programming patches.

Other than that, it's a really really nice keyboard; aftertouch is not as smooth to trigger as on an AN1x, though, so you have to push a bit.

Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 10:54 am
by Don Solaris
OriginalJambo wrote:I bought some Kid Nepro soundbanks for my DX7 and from the ones I've tried thus far it's mostly been disappointing.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

No wonder. There are three people actually on this planet who can program a DX-7.

Posted: Fri May 09, 2008 11:14 am
by Yoozer
1) Brian Eno
2) Howard Massey
3) ?

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 11:39 pm
by LesDeuxLoveOrchestra
got to be one of the lowest rent rip off scams there is. if you're gonna rob people there ARE perhaps more profitable scams. mosty it's just pathetic.
smallsynth wrote:i think this is exactly what people were complaining about, and it upsets me as well.....

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:14 pm
by ERIC31
Are there any drum patches that can be loaded into the DX synths so I can avoid buying another drum machine? I haven't seen any so far in my travels around the 'net.....

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 9:25 pm
by Yoozer
The DX synths have nothing at all to do with drums, unless you painstakingly program a patch that does 2 or 3 of 'm, and it's still going to sound like c**p.

If you want to avoid buying another drum machine, sample your existing ones, sell them, and buy an Akai MPC.

Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 7:55 pm
by mute
out of curiosity.. which of the DX's have decent/free editors or vst frontends that scenesters have made? Obviously the DX7 has alot and a ton of VSTs support importing/exporting DX7 patches, but is there a DX7 front end VST that someone has released? What about the TXs?

The DX9 was one of my first synths many many years ago and I've still got it. Love it's sound, but one of it's biggest problem is no decent editor exists for it. Theres a couple u can run in an Emu (atari) but they're c**p.
I'd like to get rid of my DX9 but pick up a TX to replace it (12bit output ftw). I want something editor friendly though with as many resources out there as possible. Otherwise I'll just ditch it and stick with FM7.

Posted: Thu May 15, 2008 9:17 pm
by ERIC31
OriginalJambo wrote:I bought some Kid Nepro soundbanks for my DX7 and from the ones I've tried thus far it's mostly been disappointing.
This is true, they are disappointing. I was just last night going through an old box of floppy disks and found one that i had forgotten about. a few years ago I bought the DX-21 soundset from Kid Nepro but didn't have a clue how to get the sounds to my synth. I gave up after a while and put the disk away.

So anyway, after I found it last night, I loaded up the sounds and was very disappointed. They are not really that much better than the presets. No clarity, no bottom end or anything. No zip! Just blah like Corn Flakes! I have found much better sounds just poking around the internet.

My suggestion to these companies is to have sound samples from their various offerings so we can see if they are worth the money or not before hand. (some of them do) Then again, maybe they know their sounds are not that great and wouldn't be inclined to do that. I do understand that a lowly DX 21/100/27 synth is not even on their list of priorities but still they should have a quality product for the lower end synths. Not all of us have the $$$$ for the big 1, 2 and $3000 pro synths!