I’ve been having a DX7 obsession.
It was my first synth back in the day.
I’d like to incorporate some of the textures that the DX7 & FM do well into my rig which incorporates Emu romplers, analog, analog hybrid, and samplers. Definitely NOT looking for a ‘do all’ type of synth, nor one with a sequencer.
- MIDI controllable (obvs)
- Accepts DX7 SysEx and/or is suitably editable. (I doubt I can remember how to pgm the DX7, but it’d be fun to see how much comes back to me!)
- Prefer something that isn’t ‘desktop’ as my current rig for performance (if that ever happens again) is a keyboard + Pyramid on a stand with a rack case (full) with a couple things setting on top.
I’m thinking my options are:
Dexed (or similar software emulator) -> Sample that -> play on Rample (or other sample playback device)
Pro: I have these now; Dexed is a great emulator & has the textures I’m looking for
Con: Playability/flexibility altered by sampling (as in, Velocity no longer controls synth parameters, etc)
Microdexed + Teensy (homebuild)
Pro: Playability perhaps (It’s reportedly a thorough emulation in a teensy package); would be small so I can incorporate it mounted on the inside wall of existing rack case
Con: Totes unknown quality/resiliency; I rarely finish projects like this; case suitability questionable
Zynthian + Dexed
Pro: Available; small package; Dexed is a great emulator & has the textures I’m looking for
Con: Consensus seems to be Zynthian unreliable for live performance; threads on Zynthian.org regarding Dexed are daunting/confusing (I want to play music, not troubleshoot hardware); desktop type module, although it’s relatively small and might work with existing rig.
Pro: Available; and sexy
Con: operators can’t modulate themselves, which I think was necessary in the patches I want to do; again a desktop module, but also relatively small
rPi + DAC + Dexed (homebuild and “eeek!”)
Pro: As flexible as I want it to be; might likely be small enough to be mounted inside my existing rack case
Con: Have to design/build that flexibility and again: projects like this I rarely finish, etc (would most likely hire someone to do this for this option)
ReverbDOTcom: buy used DX7 or TX802
Pro: Real & actual synths for familiarity & comfort!
Con: Old gear which means there will be something wrong with them and I’ll need to build a stronger relationship with a tech; with a DX7 would most likely sample it, which puts me back at the first option; don’t really have room in my rack for a TX, but will make it if the option is resilient
Yamaha Reface DX
Con: Doesn’t really have the sound I’m looking for; doesn’t read DX7 SysEx
Korg Volca FM
Con: 3 Voices; sound quality=?
Do you think I’ve covered all my options there?