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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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grant a part-time user from U.S. writes:
What a great little synth! I used to have a DX-27s, loved the sounds but it was a bear to haul around. Recently found myself wanting one again, but I did some research and found out about the DX-21. So I got one. It sounds even better than the DX-27! Having the dual bi-timbral mode with the built-in chorus is crucial. The only drawback I can find is inability to save edits to memory permanently, as you can with the DX-27. so luckily I found DX-21 midi software control (patch loaders, etc.) for sale on ebay. No saving to tape for me...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-04-2007 at 13:05
Rhys Ladipo a professional user from U.K. writes:
I got one for £30 & loved it so much I got another.

This may seem over the top but its better than my Dx7(S) & DX7 MK1!!!!:0

The DX7 has 6 operators & I think this is too much.

Quote from John Chowning:- " I don't think there's much use in more than four in a stack(Operators)"

"As for the design of the algorithms, some of the choices on the DX7 were really surprising to me. They all do use the four basic forms I worked with, but the implementation is different. On our system at Stanford we would have done it a slightly different way. We would have coupled two simpler units together to achieve more or less the same thing. And they've done it all in terms of six operators."

Anyhow I think the DX21 with its dual mode & 4 opertors is basicly what he's talking about above.

The Dual & split mode are awesome and pure joy.

And the Chorus!!:D My God! What a Chorus! Much better than the Chorus on my Juno 106!!! I'd go so far as to say this is equally as fun to play as the Juno 106 if not a little more!!!!

I opened it up and its very well made and even has the odd Carbon Composite resistor & the famouse JRC4558D Chips used in the Vintage TS808's.


I did by two. The 2nd sucked big time!!! I tried reloading all the sounds it still sucked. By sucked I mean I did not get that Blues Brothers,"I've Seen the light!" moment when playing it!

I compared the two and the one that sucked had 2 extra blue capacitors (C20 & C19)on the power supply section. I took a chance and removed them, & prayed they were nothing more than filter caps! I turned it on and man!:) Boy! Oh Boy! That DX21 was more righteous than James Brown!!

Its the most perfect Syth I've played!

Average price on Ebay £30-50!!!!!!!!:) Go get one!

Rhys Ladipo

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-08-2006 at 11:12
ALAIN a hobbyist user from MONTE-CARLO FRANCE writes:

I am a graphic designer. I am a music lover amateur too. 2 years ago I was given a DX 21 by a friend of mine who was about to throw it away!. I never used a piano, nor a synthe...and since then, when I have some free time of leisure I play it... Un regal (means in French : a great pleasure for me; I really groove, playing some films tracks spliting orchestra and clarenette, discovering sounds and so on... Now I would like to enter some another new sounds but I don t know well I to do it from a cassette. Is there another way?

So long


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2006 at 17:23
HELiX a professional user from Boston, MA, USA writes:
I found this keyboard for $125.00 in pretty good condition. My first impressions were that it had a lot of unusable sounds for hip-hop but after a while of using the confusing interface i found that there are a lot of usable sounds, but they just take some time to try finding them.

This keyboard is pretty fun to use, as long as you get the idea of how the interface is set up and how to find sounds and alter them.

Theres no special features on this. Just pure keyboard that has some sound editing functions and Pitch and Modulation wheels.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-05-2004 at 21:33
richard a part-time user from UK writes:
I wasnt too sure about this synth at first, I thought it was full of simple and non proffesional sounds, If anything I found you have to do a lot of work to create things with it, the lack of standard analogue controls and using buttons instead is a bit bad, but all in all this synth has many uses

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-12-2004 at 14:03
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