It came out in 1983 together with the DX7 representing a less expensive alternative, for those seeking a full synthesizer below the 1.000$ point.
Using the same shell of the bigger brother, it simply cuts lots of the functionalities of the 6op DX7 just for a cheaper price back then. Unlike later 4op synths, there are no features to compensate the reduction of capabilites.
Moreover, as the keyboard is not velocity sensitive, todays is considered one of the worst entries in the FM family. That also means that it can be easily found below 100€.
|FM tone generator (4 operators, 8 algorithms)|
|Simultaneous note output|
|Polyphonic: 16 notes|
|Monophonic: 1 note|
|Voice memory: 1 bank x 20 voices|
|Connection terminals and interfaces|
|Output Phones (phone jack)|
|Control jack: foot switch, foot control|
|MIDI IN, MIDI OUT, MIDI THRU|
|Dimensions and weight|
|101.8w x 10.2h x 32.9d (mm) / 40” x 4” x 13”|
|12.4Kg / 27.4lbs|
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