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Yamaha | DX27 (S)
The DX27 is a full sized keyboard version of the DX100. Like all DX's it uses (FM) Frequency Modulation synthesis. It's not the easiest form of synthesis to program but can result in some excellent sounds. The DX27 is not as flexible nor powerful as a DX7, but it does have some cool sounds. It is most renowned for its great analog bass sound (Patch #01) that is awesome for techno, house, jungle, and acid music styles; it's very gritty, the bass tone with gristle! However, any other preset sounds that you'll find in the DX100 are pretty bad. Though the DX27 adds a standard 61 note keyboard it still lacks filters, arpeggiators, and effects. It does have a Pitch bend & Mod wheels and has support for a Breath Controller.
The DX27S is the same but adds built-in speakers and Chorus (like the DX21) for the home-user. You may also find the SDX27S. It is the same and a so called "classroom model".
|16 bit Digital 4 operator FM. 8 algorhythms.
|Chorus on the DX27S
|192 preset, 24 user
|Build in Speakers in the 27S
|1985 - 1985
|Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
|Voltage Controlled Oscillator
|Digital Controlled Oscillator
|Low Frequency Oscillator
|Voltage Controlled Filter
|Voltage Controlled Amplifier
|As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key.
|Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
|Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.