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Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Rokk » Sat Feb 01, 2014 5:05 pm

Hi! I'm pretty much new to the forum. Just recently I've made two Yamaha DX7 demos and uploaded them on YouTube.
I've noticed that there aren't many demos that would show more than the famous EP sound on one side and FM weirdness on the other. I decided to put together two demos, one showing pads, strings & ambient sounds and another showing lead & bass sounds. The sounds are a mix of my own creations and sounds I came across when auditioning thousands of presets made for the DX7. I wanted to show how this synth can shine when one adds a quality reverb and a good 80's DCO synth style chorus. I used VarietyOfSound Epic Verb and Korg MDE-X ensemble chorus.
First you can hear raw DX sound with only reverb added, then the same sound follows with a strong chorus effect.
In this way some string patches remind me much of JX8P, which is a good thing imo.

So, enjoy the demos and leave some comments ;)

Ultimate DX7 pads, strings & ambient

Ultimate DX7 lead & bass

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by TheOuterAzure » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:48 pm

These sounds are great, even though they show only a small part of the DX7's sound palette. "Ultimate" is a bit misleading in this context.
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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Rokk » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:19 am

Of course this is only a small part of what DX7 can do. But I choose to show sounds that no demos I've seen cover. Everyone knows DX7 can do great EPs, organs, wooden and metal tuned percussion, plucked sounds, etc, but it is rarely thought of as a synth that can do good synth strings and pads. I also wanted to make a demo of sounds that work well in a musical context and are not of more experimental/noise type. And I focused on synth-type sounds. I named the two demos Ultimate DX7 because I've selected patches I think are the best available for DX. It's not that easy to find good patches as there are thousands of them available on the internet (and most of them show same old FM bass and EPs) and these demos are like a collections of the best ones plus some of my own creations.
I also wanted to show how external FX really bring this synth to another level.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by TheOuterAzure » Sun Feb 02, 2014 1:20 pm

Rokk wrote:Everyone knows DX7 can do great EPs, organs, wooden and metal tuned percussion, plucked sounds, etc,
This is not entirely true, there are many people who wonder what the DX7 is. I'm sure you know the DX7 is great for these kinds of sounds but even in this category there are many surprises, let alone completely "out of this world" voices - I mean the painstakingly designed sounds in people's private collections, never released on the internet.

Leaving the question of what the best or ultimate sounds are (it's subjective), your demos sound excellent and they indeed show many patches that have seen little exposure online.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Push-Pull » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:05 pm

Rokk, your first demo has very cool pads, some are well "Eno-ish"...

The DX7 is often poorly estimated. However, it is able to take us very far in strange musical landscapes !

A few years ago I did a DX7 demo where all sounds came from the DX (except a discrete strings pad starting at the middle of the song), even the drum sounds !
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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by TheOuterAzure » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:08 pm

What a beautiful piece, Push-Pull! It reminds me of Vangelis' Soil Festivities work a lot. I still come back to your earlier From Io to Callisto Jupiter 6 track.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Rokk » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:35 pm

Push-Pull, that sounds very nice! Good drums, bass and rhodes! The lead sound is great, too. Very analogish.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Push-Pull » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:51 pm

Thank's guys ! Image

TOA: Soil Festivities is one of my favourite albums.

Rokk: the deal was to sound the more analog possible on a DX.

Feel free to download the patches I did for this track ! (sysex in .mid files)
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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Rokk » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:11 pm

Cool, thanx!

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Nistegmos » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:14 pm

Thanks so much for these sound demos. It opens my mind.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by commodorejohn » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:59 am

These are pretty sweet, especially the ambient/pad sounds. It really is an amazingly versatile synth.
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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by CS_TBL » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:19 pm

commodorejohn wrote:It really is an amazingly versatile synth.
..and then: Yamaha, in all their wisdom, decides to give it membrane buttons and fixed algoritms.. :facepalm:
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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Rokk » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:48 pm

CS_TBL wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:It really is an amazingly versatile synth.
..and then: Yamaha, in all their wisdom, decides to give it membrane buttons and fixed algoritms.. :facepalm:
Haha! The fixed algorithms are not such a problem, but it would surely be nice to have at least one more algorithm where one modulator can modulate 5 operators.

But the interface...yeah, well, what to do :) i use Herr Mueller's editor/librarian. I might buy Behringer BCR2000 and program it to be a DX7 controller. It ight be more enjoyable than tweaking the parameters with a mouse.

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by ThirdFloor » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:29 pm

Great stuff! I recently acquired a DX7 (<$100 - how could I refuse), but it came loaded with the original boring programs. Starting to search the web, but there are just so patches out there. Being a more or less ambient sort of guy, I'd be sooooooooo appreciative if you could post those in sysex format!

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Re: Ultimate DX7 sounds

Post by Hallu » Wed Mar 05, 2014 10:35 pm

If you give a DX7 to 100 competent synth programmers, they'll make 100 different patch banks with originality.

If you give a standard vintage analog poly to 100 competent synth programmers, they'll make the same patches in a different order.

Taking the time to understand the foundations of synthesis makes a DX7 a snap. The only thing it can't do is a generic sawtooth patch, but it can go to the moon and back while a Jupiter 8 struggles to get off the ground.

Every DX7 sound is ultimate ;)

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