Yamaha DX7

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Postby gcoudert » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:35 am

basssdude34 wrote:Well the DX7 isnt really to high on my priorities list....i just wanted to see if it was worth a look...


You could get a TX7 to begin with. I got mine for UK£40. OK, you can't program it from the front panel but there are THOUSANDS of sysex banks and PC-based editors & librarians out there. It has exactly the same sound engine as the DX7 mark 1 with the added bonus of a programmable key range if you want to split your keyboard sounds between the TX and something else.

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Postby basssdude34 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:41 am

So what do you use to edit the sound?
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Postby crystalmsc » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:10 am

basssdude34 wrote:So what do you use to edit the sound?

talking about editing, I sometime want to get the DX200 mainly for the editor, free EG and knobs, which makes FM more fun.
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Postby gcoudert » Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:31 pm

basssdude34 wrote:So what do you use to edit the sound?


A PC with an editor (or a DX7!). You can load sysex banks downloaded from the Internet into it, edit and rearrange the sounds or create your own into a 32-patch bank and dump it to the TX7. Fiddly but cheap!

I used to run DXHeaven under an Atari ST emulator (Steem) on my PC! They're both free!

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Postby basssdude34 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:30 pm

O really? thats cool i never woulda thought you could do that.....maybe i will get one of these
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Postby gcoudert » Sat Jul 26, 2008 9:52 am

basssdude34 wrote:O really? thats cool i never woulda thought you could do that.....maybe i will get one of these


You'll find DXHeaven for Atari here: http://tamw.atari-users.net/dx7.htm (scroll about a 1/3 of the way down the page for the DXHeaven section).

And Steem here: http://steem.atari.st/. For instrutions on setting it up, look here: http://tamw.atari-users.net/steem.htm

I know it works as I used that system myself with the TX7 for several years until I got the DX keyboard. Steem is I think the only Atari emulator that supports MIDI. It ran fine on my Win98SE machine.

Of course, it is more fiddly than using a DX7 (using a computer, starting two applications, loading sounds, MIDI cables, etc.) but DXHeaven gives you an unequalled visual interface to edit your sounds from. It will load the thousands of sysex banks you'll find all over the web.

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Postby Summa » Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:22 pm

Steem works fine with XP too but seems to have difficulties with Windows XP builtin drivers, but the good interfaces that come with its own drivers should run...
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