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Yamaha DX7 

Remarkable for being: Japanese-pop-venture gone wild, first turning the scene upside down and then living a life of its own.
 



 


JAPANESE SYNTH

This has to be one of the coolest synths I have ever heard. FM synthesis and DX synths are truly awesome in their results, and those who spit out primitive judgments like "DX is useless" are most probably malicious haters taking their revenge on the synth's horrible interface (because it really is horrible...)

This is paradoxical, or ironic, but the DX7 which is the epitome of digital technology that ousted analogs back in the '80s is the most 'organic' synth soundwise. And I don't mean instability or little inaccuracies in sound; I mean that the patches you can create using this thing astonish people to the point that they're not sure if they're listening to an instrument or some natural phenonmena. Moreover, DX7 (FM) sounds are not as obvious and "customary" as analog sounds, so they enrich the music to a great degree and you no longer have any reason to say "oh, that's a synthesizer / electronic song". And I guess this would be the ultimate reason for me to choose DX7 as the best synth ever - because it doesn't sound like a synth... at least a synth everybody has heard before. A real individuality still having potential despite being so overused and cliched. One of the greatest rides of my life was the discovery that underneath the official, glossy surface of the typical DX sound, DX7 can sound like some diseased, genetically modified living organism with complex technology incorporated as its interface. And this is what I decided to show to you in the demo (I'm sorry if you wanted to hear the Rhodes patch for the 1000'th time).

If you're looking for this solid yet transparent subbass for your song - it's here. If you're looking for a panzer-tank build quality - it's here. I love the fact that my DX7 is the only synth that had been tossed in a dusty corner without a dust-cover, yet it still works flawlessly after each power-up. I also appreciate the best-keyboard-action ever, and the slight noise that my DX7 gives out (is it normal?), giving it a lo-fi character.

But yes, the interface is a real shame and there's now way of brushing it under the carpet. Remembering the horror I was going through during editing, the experience mark has to be dropped from superb to proper. Nevermore this kind of stupid horseplay.

POLISH FLAVORS

Also, there is a funny story relating to this synth. During the 1980's the Polish television aired a cult series called "Zmiennicy" ("Co-Drivers") about the adventures of a yellow taxi in Warsaw. The series gained cult-status partly due to its great soundtrack. Starting with the late '90s, when the kids who used to watch it on tv grew up and could afford their first synths, everybody was in a frenzy to nail the instruments used to make those cool sounds; "Was it an Oberheim?" / "Was it a Roland Juno-106?" / "Whatever it was, it must have been an analog - that's why it sounds so great", etc. What I myself decided to do, instead of fueling the dead-end debates, was to try to find the now-late Przemyslaw Gintrowski himself. By some miracle I succeded in this and asked him directly what he had used to make those sounds. Guess what he said.

Hint: it wasn't an analog :D


Ten syntezator jest jednym z najciekawszych jakie kiedykolwiek słyszałem; synteza FM i seria DX są genialne, natomiast ci, którzy twierdzą że to lipa, to zapewne złośliwe gbury mszczące się za okropny interfejs Yamahy. Możemy pomijać słabe syntezatory ze słabym interfejsem, ale nie oczerniajmy ciekawych syntezatorów tylko z tego powodu, że dotknęło ich nieszczęście kiepskiego design'u.

Paradoks lub ironia polega na tym, że to właśnie DX7 będący ucieleśnieniem cyfrowej technologii, która obaliła analogi w latach 80tych, produkuje najbardziej 'organiczne' dźwięki. Nie mam tutaj na myśli niestabilności czy małych niedokładności w dźwięku, lecz barwy które można wykręcić na tym modelu i które wprawiają ludzi w osłupienie, nie będąc pewnym czy to co słyszą pochodzi z instrumentu czy od jakiegoś naturalnego zjawiska. Co więcej, dźwięki z DX7 (FM) nie są tak oczywiste, przewidywalne i zwyczajowe jak dźwięki analogów, więc ogromnie wzbogacają muzykę i nie ma już powodów by po przesłuchaniu kawałka powiedzieć "to kompozycja oparta o dźwięki syntezatorowe". I chyba to by było ostatecznym powodem dla którego wybrałbym DX7 jako najlepszy syntezator w historii - bo nie brzmi jak syntezator... przynajmniej nie jak te które już wszyscy kiedyś słyszeli. Pod fasadą klasycznego wypolerowanego brzmienia, DX7 brzmi jak jakiś chory organizm, skomplikowany technologicznie i zmodyfikowany genetycznie. I to zdecydowałem się pokazać w demo.

Ja osobiście lubię ten szumik, który moja DX7 wydziela, nadający jej charakterek lo-fi. A jeśli szukasz głębokiego subbassu do swoich piosenek, właśnie go znalazłeś.

 

 

Watch the video demo:

Or listen to the audio demo:
[ mp3 demo - miscellaneous patches ]

 


 

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