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Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:15 pm
by Zmeinogorsk
So, I have a chance to pick up one of these synths locally. Both are approximately the same price (within about $50 of each other). I've listened to a ton of sound samples of the EX and DX, and still can't decide which I like more.

I'm leaning towards the EX, but the thing is I don't really need another "pad machine" - all the Youtube EX videos are very much geared towards pad sounds. What I'm looking for: DX-ish bass sounds, interesting percussion bits and just general weird/metallic sounds.

Re: Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:32 am
by ninja6485
Wavestation SRs are really cheap if you wanted to get the best of both worlds... but then there are always those rack editions that feature oodles of DX7s in a tiny rack for dirt cheap. But they're both classic digital synths! Both synths will do what you want, but of course wierd metallic percussion and bass sounds basically describe the FM sweet spot. The wavestation is good for way more than pads though! Which Synth has a nicer keyboard and interface? And are they both in great condition?

Re: Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:53 am
by crystalmsc
Zmeinogorsk wrote:What I'm looking for: DX-ish bass sounds, interesting percussion bits and just general weird/metallic sounds.
Maybe you can start with the DX7 for that and for such a price you can get the Wavestation later if still needed. It's no ordinary pad machine, especially through a decent fx processor. Getting the Rack version is also a great idea if you didn't need the keyboard, but both has some of the best keys and build quality.

Re: Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Sat May 20, 2017 5:42 pm
by jxalex
Zmeinogorsk wrote:So, I have a chance to pick up one of these synths locally. Both are approximately the same price (within about $50 of each other). I've listened to a ton of sound samples of the EX and DX, and still can't decide which I like more.
$50 for a keyboard? Well I would consider both in this case. Thats the only price when they can be with same price gap, otherwise they are overpriced if both are $270 and $320 .

Re: Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 6:54 pm
by minime123
you basically answered your own question. you want a DX. the wavestation's a great synth but for what you're looking for, the DX should make you a lot happier. go get it!
mini

Re: Korg Wavestation EX vs. DX7

Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 8:12 pm
by Zmeinogorsk
Thanks for the thoughts everyone! Still mulling over this one as the DX seller has disappeared for the moment.