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Average rating: 3.6 out of 5
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Simon Richards a hobbyist user from England writes:
I have owned an RX-7 from new and the sound editing is really good if you are willing to take the time. The only thing that I would really like it to have is more outputs (like the RX-5). Overall though, it has served me well for nearly 20 years and I have no plans to retire it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-19-2008 at 15:38
Reggie Vision a professional user from usa writes:
I like the sounds it makes especcialy some of the percussion but i have had trouble making it play general midi signals from my computer cakewalk band in a box ect can any one help ? can it even do that . keeps giving me the wrong drum sounds

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-30-2004 at 22:14
a professional user from uk writes:
the rx7 has been a well kept secret for some tim e - its been featured by - future sound of london - massive attack - cocteau twins - no torso - bjork - nine inch nails - this pheonix will be reborn

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-12-2004 at 13:50
Shrike a hobbyist user from Paris writes:
I have it for a few years, and I like the sounds even if they are not up-to-date they have a kind of mid-80's typical sounds. Customisable : ping-pong effects, delay, pitch, all of them with this FM sound, but good quality FM sounds (remember, there are a few DX7 sounds which are fine also and they can be played through midi). It's quite big compared to today's stuffs. A manual is essential (weird logic, but once you got it it's allright) BUT i found mine on Yamaha website and printed it :) Built quality is really excellent. I don't need a tape 'cause i don't use the song sequencer part, only midi sequencers. I just bought an electronic drumkit and surely will use the RX7 sounds from my drumkit!!

I put a 3 mark, 'cause it is a good product, and I wouldn't sell it now I have it. But there are certainly better things to buy (smaller or more customisable or more inituitive to program) unless you want FM vintage sounds.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-02-2004 at 14:02
Steve Slack a part-time user from USA writes:
This is a great secondary percussion module and wonderful for programming rhythms which can be stored as MIDI on a sequencer or computer. The kicks have no bottom and the snare no bite, but the rest of the sounds are good.

You can edit the sounds under the "Voice Edit" or effects features, but your control is somewhat limited. You can also layer sounds for interesting results, but it's limited by the small amount of memory. There are a few DX7 instrument sounds available such as guitars, horns, brass, etc.

Songs are written by writing patterns and then chaining them. You can also chain songs to make a complete set for performance, but the memory limitations really don't allow you to store more than four songs if you want your patterns to be more than the bare-bones basics.

The cassette-record cable connecter is essential if you're going to be able to keep what you've written. The cable has three plugs, one for storing, one for reading/verifying, and I have no idea what the third plug does.

Paradoxically, you will have better results storing to cassette than computer, and storing to a crummy normal bias cassette over a CR02 tape. It is -highly- recommended that you verify whatever you store.

Oh yes, programming or writing on this machine is very, very tedious. It's not for the impatient.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-31-2002 at 12:34
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