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Yamaha DX7 experimentalists

Post by nathanscribe » Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:57 pm

Anybody know of any good music to check out by people who use/d the DX7 properly - that is, programming the c**p out of it and not using presets? All that comes to mind is Brian Eno on Apollo... there has to be more. Any recommendations?

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Post by ryryoftokyo » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:08 pm

Depends what you mean by "properly". "Another Part of Me" by Michael Jackson, "People Are People" by Depeche Mode, and of course, Brian Eno across the board, but our opinions may differ. Beyond that, Kraftwerk, Vangelis, and Chick Corea made good use of the DX7 in my opinion. I could say my music makes good use of it too :lol:
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Post by nathanscribe » Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:27 pm

ryryoftokyo wrote:Depends what you mean by "properly".
Well, I don't need to hear another cheesy EP/Bass/Mallet/dodgy brass ballad, etc. I'm talking about examples of the DX as a synthesizer, rather than just a preset machine.

Probably the DX1/5 would be good examples too, I know the Pet Shop Boys used them for basslines etc on at least the first couple of albums. And New Order, come to think of it; FM (DX5 I think) is pretty evident on Technique.

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Post by Jabberwalky » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:28 pm

Anything by front 242 would work.

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Post by groy » Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:48 pm

Danny Wolfers definitely uses DXs. You could probably check through the Legowelt site gear pages and see what was used on what.

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Re: Yamaha DX7 experimentalists

Post by Sweep » Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:41 pm

I can't add anyone to the lists already given, but for what it may be worth I've used the DX7 (and also the TX81Z) in ways that I haven't heard anyone else explore. I also discussed this with one of the people heavily involved in promoting FM in the 80s, and he hadn't heard anyone do what i do, either.

Basically I play the DX/TX synths in edit mode and reprogram while playing.

Examples from my website at http://www.musicbysweep.com/

Llanfairfechan (number 22 in the music player) - DX7.

Late Afternoon Snow (37) - TX81Z and ARP Axxe.

Parisian Parks in Autumn (46) - TX81Z

Diving Through Crystal Waters (58) - DX7

The DX and TX are used on other pieces (Lakeland Fells is a massive, album-length DX7 piece), but the others should be clear enough examples of how I approach FM synthesis.
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Re: Yamaha DX7 experimentalists

Post by Walter Ego » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:20 pm

EBM heavy-hitters Covenant have used the DX-7 extensively...I think on pretty much every record they've done. Their basic recipe over the last couple decades has been

Prophet 2000
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DX-7

The fact that they use it extensively and I'm never really able to pick it out in a mix tells me they know what they're doing with it. (Or maybe it tells you I don't know my FM tones well enough...)

Also, if you listen to Presets: Pacifica, there seems to be a lot of FM synthesis going on; not sure if that's soft FM or not, but it sounds distinctly FM. It recalls typical 80s patches, but they're all twisted and modulated.
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Post by tim gueguen » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:07 am

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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Fri Nov 22, 2013 12:14 am

French violinist/keyboardist Jacques Deregnaucourt (who also played briefly with Lightwave) did some amazing stuff with his DX-7.

At least I found it amazing some 15 years ago.

Oh, yes, and Tangerine Dream in the late 1980s... the ubiquitous "Stratotron" patch from some DX library.

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Re: Yamaha DX7 experimentalists

Post by wertpog » Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:13 am

I know Autechre make use of FM synthesis, dunno about specific models though.
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