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In-depth Feature:  Yamaha DX200
Trevor Curwen writes:
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    Ease Of Use
    The DX200 is a very functional hands-on unit, turn any of its control knobs or press one of its switches and the value associated with it instantly shows up in the display so you always know exactly what and how much you are adjusting. If you make some inappropriate changes there's a convenient 'Original Value' function that lets you know what each knob/switch was set at before you made any changes. The 16 squidgy step buttons of the pattern sequencer are laid out in two rows of 8 in a manner that means they can double as a one octave keyboard (with buttons 1, 4 and 8 inactive) for playing the synth when required. A pair of octave buttons allow transposition over an 8 octave range.

    Although there are a multitude of functions that can be accessed from the front panel, the layout is kept simple by the use of a shift button to give some of the other controls a dual function, and all are clearly marked so that it doesn't take an eternity to learn what everything does. Better news is that the DX200 comes with a CD-ROM containing an editor and librarian software that expands the range of possibilities even further with some features not available from the front panel including EQ and more intricate and deeper editing facilities. (see Software section)

    Sequencing and sounds are inextricably linked in the way the DX200 stores its data, although you can access both the synth and the rhythm sounds separately over MIDI without making use of the 16 step sequencer if you prefer. The DX200 concept is that it stores patterns (256 factory preset, 128 user) as its basic memory unit, each pattern has not only any sequence data but can also store two different synth sounds (which necessarily have to share some features) designated scene 1 and scene 2 which can be switched or morphed between using a pair of buttons, a rotary knob or MIDI control. This, incidentally, is a great feature with a nice array of sounds to be found at the various points between the two extremes of the knob.

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