Yamaha Design “Synapses” DX7
Released in 1983, this digital synthesizer with its FM sound engine revolutionized the global music scene.
A squared body with controls flush to its surface. The monumental presence of the DX7 denotes its identity as an enduring standard for digital synthesizers.
In a reversal of the values present in analog synthesizers, the designers removed all imprecise controls that can result in settings that are difficult to reproduce. The multiple switches, along with an LCD displaying parameter settings, establish the DX7 as the true essence of a digital synthesizer.
The DX7 utilizes flat membrane switches, allowing the musician to access all sound functions via a flat surface. The clear DX green that denotes switch groups fosters a clean, professional atmosphere.
The DX7 embodies the flick-of-a-switch method of choosing presets and algorithms used in digital synthesizers. This was a complete turnaround from the image of analog synthesizers, where advanced functionality tended to be indicated by a preponderance of knobs and buttons.
- Yasuhiro Kira
- Yamaha Design Laboratory