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  • Yamaha DX-7 on Dr Who :What a fantastic synth this is

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q52eb1eGBo
    I'm sure some of you DX-7 lovers may have seen this video before. This is the first I'm hearing DX-7 with such a different palette of sounds. It is absolutely gorgeous. Being a vintage analog addict I have to confess that this thing sounds as good as those analogs if not better. If it had a Jellinghouse like add-on factory accessoir in its time it would have been in a different position today. I really wonder how those sounds were discovered while most people were used to analog way of thinking. My guess is that it required top sound engineering to get such sounds via a rather difficult interface at the time. Most people used the presets and very few were lucky to have a good understanding of FM and got professional results. I have a Casio CZ-3000 from that era as well but it is not even in the same league as the DX-7. Just wanted to share with you. Wish I had put a bid on OGG's Jellinghause And those low res D/A converters have some real magic in it...
    Alesis A6 Andromeda SCI Prophet-5 Korg Trident Roland Juno 106/60 DSI PolyEvolver Rack Moog Little Phatty Vermona Synthesizer Yamaha DX-7 Casio CZ-3000 Roland D-50 Nord Lead-3 Roland XV-5080 Korg WaveStation AD Yamaha A5000 Sampler Crumar Orchestrator Roland M480 Presonus Comp16&EQ3B

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    I love FM8. If Yamaha made a synth that could take FM8 dumps, I'd buy it for a gig board.
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    • #3
      I love FM8. If Yamaha made a synth that could take FM8 dumps, I'd buy it for a gig board.

      FM-8 is indeed fantastic in its own right, still there is something in this old bad boy.
      Alesis A6 Andromeda SCI Prophet-5 Korg Trident Roland Juno 106/60 DSI PolyEvolver Rack Moog Little Phatty Vermona Synthesizer Yamaha DX-7 Casio CZ-3000 Roland D-50 Nord Lead-3 Roland XV-5080 Korg WaveStation AD Yamaha A5000 Sampler Crumar Orchestrator Roland M480 Presonus Comp16&EQ3B

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      • #4
        Yeah! if that was all done on a DX7, im very impressed/surprised.

        Also being a Dr Who fan, im surprised ive never seen this episode?

        That woman droping the bombs down the hatch looks very similar to Servalan in Blakes 7.

        @Teoman, superb avatar sir
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        • #5
          Hi Flat, That avatar pictures my own Trident Sir Waiting your updated avatar as well That Dr Who thema is undoubtedly DX-7 maybe except the drums. All that bass lines, melodic lines and wild brassy textures are all typical DX-7. Honestly, it is much better than many analogs. Maybe it is time to fire up my DX-7 again. It defies no comparison. Very original and unique!
          Alesis A6 Andromeda SCI Prophet-5 Korg Trident Roland Juno 106/60 DSI PolyEvolver Rack Moog Little Phatty Vermona Synthesizer Yamaha DX-7 Casio CZ-3000 Roland D-50 Nord Lead-3 Roland XV-5080 Korg WaveStation AD Yamaha A5000 Sampler Crumar Orchestrator Roland M480 Presonus Comp16&EQ3B

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          • #6
            Peri is rather fetching.
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            • #7
              Im surprised I dont remember the sontarans in that episode.. although I don't recall it being any good either.

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Two_Doctors

              I'm curious if the poster took the music from CD or tape and layered it over the video. He credits Peter Howell.. so I guess so. I thought maybe it was a fan soundrack, as I've wanted to do that myself.
              Give me my moog, but **** off you american techno rockstar! people in countries I've never been to do it better than you!

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              • #8
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q52eb1eGBo
                I'm sure some of you DX-7 lovers may have seen this video before. This is the first I'm hearing DX-7 with such a different palette of sounds. It is absolutely gorgeous. Being a vintage analog addict I have to confess that this thing sounds as good as those analogs if not better. If it had a Jellinghouse like add-on factory accessoir in its time it would have been in a different position today. I really wonder how those sounds were discovered while most people were used to analog way of thinking. My guess is that it required top sound engineering to get such sounds via a rather difficult interface at the time. Most people used the presets and very few were lucky to have a good understanding of FM and got professional results. I have a Casio CZ-3000 from that era as well but it is not even in the same league as the DX-7. Just wanted to share with you. Wish I had put a bid on OGG's Jellinghause And those low res D/A converters have some real magic in it...


                Cool stuff! thanks for posting

                Some of the brassy lines in that clip sound like the Yamaha CS-80 to me, I don't think it's all DX-7. I'm sure Peter still used the CS-80 to some extent at the time.

                Micke

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                • #9
                  Reminds me of some of the music made for the film Runaway (yes, the one starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons). A TX816 was used for that.


                  Jerry Goldsmith (R.I.P) used a lot more than that on Runaway...

                  Here's a list of what synths he used on that score:

                  Rhodes Chroma
                  Yamaha GS-1 FM synthesizer
                  Memorymoog
                  Oberheim OB-8
                  Yamaha DX-7 (x2)
                  Minimoog
                  Jupiter-8
                  SCI Prophet T8
                  plus a rented Emulator

                  That's quite an impressive setup!

                  cheers,
                  Micke

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                  • #10
                    If Yamaha (or for that matter, anyone) made a controller with the same keybed as the original DX7 I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

                    Unless I find a way to make the DX7IIFD less noisy.
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                    • #11
                      Jerry Goldsmith (R.I.P) used a lot more than that on Runaway...

                      Here's a list of what synths he used on that score:

                      Rhodes Chroma
                      Yamaha GS-1 FM synthesizer
                      Memorymoog
                      Oberheim OB-8
                      Yamaha DX-7 (x2)
                      Minimoog
                      Jupiter-8
                      SCI Prophet T8
                      plus a rented Emulator

                      That's quite an impressive setup!

                      cheers,
                      Micke


                      Possibly... But those dissonant chords between 1:29 and 1:45 sound very digital, metallic and DX-7 to my ears. It is indeed possible with DX-7 to get such wild sounds as I audition the character closely these days.
                      Alesis A6 Andromeda SCI Prophet-5 Korg Trident Roland Juno 106/60 DSI PolyEvolver Rack Moog Little Phatty Vermona Synthesizer Yamaha DX-7 Casio CZ-3000 Roland D-50 Nord Lead-3 Roland XV-5080 Korg WaveStation AD Yamaha A5000 Sampler Crumar Orchestrator Roland M480 Presonus Comp16&EQ3B

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                      • #12
                        I can hear Roland strings at the end. The DX7 can do convincing VP330 strings with external effects but I think they used an analogue synth here.

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                        • #13
                          For the strings, yes there maybe some sort of Roland. What concerns me is the brassy textures though.
                          Alesis A6 Andromeda SCI Prophet-5 Korg Trident Roland Juno 106/60 DSI PolyEvolver Rack Moog Little Phatty Vermona Synthesizer Yamaha DX-7 Casio CZ-3000 Roland D-50 Nord Lead-3 Roland XV-5080 Korg WaveStation AD Yamaha A5000 Sampler Crumar Orchestrator Roland M480 Presonus Comp16&EQ3B

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                          • #14
                            If Yamaha (or for that matter, anyone) made a controller with the same keybed as the original DX7 I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

                            Unless I find a way to make the DX7IIFD less noisy.


                            Yes! Why, why, why did they drop that design?

                            I love the sound of the DX7 (a distinctly different timbre than the higher resolution output of my TX-802, although noisier) and hope to find one in good shape eventually, but would love one solely as a controller, it feels so nice to play.

                            Evolution in this industry is definitely not a straightforward proposition.

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                            • #15
                              Yeah! if that was all done on a DX7, im very impressed/surprised.


                              The DX7 is a bit underrated these days. Perhaps it is because there is an awful lot of bad DX7 tracks out there.

                              (Listening to some old Hearts of Space shows reminded me of this recently. There was a period in the mid 1980s, I guess after Ray Lynch DX7ed his way through Deep Breakfast, where practically every New Age music composer switched out their arsenal of analog toys for a single DX7. The results often were awful.

                              Which makes you forget the awesome DX7 ambient tracks.


                              )

                              Anyways, yeah, that Who track that does sound all-FM to me.
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