Historic Synthesizer: Yamaha DX7 (1)

The Music Telegraph | Text 2019/08/21 [14:23]

Historic Synthesizer: Yamaha DX7 (1)

The Music Telegraph| 입력 : 2019/08/21 [14:23]

 

 

 

Historic Synthesizer: Yamaha DX7 (1)

 

 

In the spring of 1983, there was a rumor that a great synthesizer would be released from Yamaha. However, only few people knew about the rumor except for some media officials. It was late April of that year that such a new product was stripped of its veil; Yamaha opened an exhibition of landmark names called 'X-DAY' in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya to promote the new product.

 

 

People were amazed at the vividly simulating FM notes that they had never heard of, and they were surprised by the specifications of 16-note polyphony (in thosedays 6-note polyphony was common), the adoption of initial after-touch, the use of RAM as an external memory medium, and the adoption of MIDI, which had just begun to get into the spotlight. It was not the only surprise; each sound patch was named on the parameter, so it could be edited numerically and named tones.

 

 

▲ Yamaha DX7s advertisement circa 1987

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The DX7 was a dream machine. The price of the DX7 was 248,000 yen. For reference, the price of a common polyphonic synthesizer at that time was over 500,000 yen. When the first DX7 was introduced, the unique sound from the FM Synthesis system adopted to DX7 received the best evaluation from many musicians. Before the DX7 came out of the world, the FM synthesizer was virtually rare.

 

 

We will focus on the FM synthesis system adopted to DX7 and develop the contents with this topic. Readers should focus on understanding the FM synthesis method rather than learning how-to-use DX7 synthesizer through the upcoming articles. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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