The retail version the earlier CSDX prototype, the DX1 was a digital synthesizer aimed at the large studios. With only 140 models made, a retail price of 13,900$ / 7,000£, and its huge size only few professionals could afford it.
As a top of the line machine for 1983, it features not only a dual DX7 setup (double sounds, double memory) but most importantly a 16bit DAC and much more control over the DX synthesis. The input philosophy is the same, one data entry point and rows of buttons to access the settings, but the big addition is an expanded interface that allows for a quick overview on the sound being created.
The DX1, even if it features wooden sides, doesn't take inspiration from the analog machines of 1 setting = 1 knob. It simply avoid cramming all the information in a small non-backlit LCD like the DX7.
And yet techonlogy run so fast that it took just 4 years for Yamaha to slowly give all these once expensive features to the consumer public, with the DX5 in 1985 and the DX7 mark 2 later in 1987. However, this synthesizer remains the only one in the DX line with full size weighted keys and studio-ready XLR outputs on the back.
|73 wooden weighted keys|
|Touch control: key velocity, after touch|
|FM tone generator (6 operator x A-B, 32 algorithms)|
|Simultaneous note output|
|Polyphonic: single 32 / dual 16 / split 16+16|
|Monophonic: single 1 / dual 1 / split 1+1|
|Voice memory: 4 bank x 8 voice x A-B|
|Performance memory: 8 bank x 8 performance|
|Connection terminals and interfaces|
|Output A, Output B, Output P (phone jack, XLR type balanced)|
|Output Phones (stereo phone jack)|
|Control jack: modulation, volume, sustain on/off, portamento on/off|
|Cartridge insert A, Cartridge insert B|
|MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, MIDI THRU|
|Dimensions and weight|
|1255w x 225h x 640d (mm) / 55” x 9” x 25”|
|51Kg / 12.2lbs.|
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