[sdiy] DX7 hacking?

Magnus Danielson magnus at rubidium.dyndns.org
Sat Jun 30 20:31:40 CEST 2012


Barry,

On 06/30/2012 07:00 PM, Barry Klein wrote:
> When the DX7 came out I was one of those in awe.  When I compared it to my
> simple modular I sort of just gave up on modulars and building and just
> spent time playing.  Then I started buying analog synths in need of repair,
> fixing them, playing them for awhile, and then sticking them in the garage
> with the rest.  As analogs were not as well favored as digitals back then,
> analogs needing repair were affordable - so it was a satisfying pastime.
> Going through all this helped me learn a bit about synths that I never would
> have been exposed to earlier - yet alone have the money to buy back then.
> So anyway, as I progressed through this I occasionally went back to that DX7
> and enjoyed its unique character but hearing it in most every patch was
> audibly boring.  I didn't get into effects devices like Eventide or the like
> until much later.  I always expected someone to hack the DX7 into more of a
> monster.
> I never saw it happen.  Has anyone ever made any progress or attempts? -
> something that gives it a sound character other than FM?  Is the design too
> "purposed" for FM to alter?
> I'm sure I could just forget about it and realize that newer synths probably
> have the FM as just one sound option.  I just don't have anything that new.

Back in the days you could upgrade your DX7 with Grey Matter E!. I have 
that on my DX7 IIFD.

Cheers,
Magnus



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