DX7 V

FM synthesis gamechanger.

The DX7 brought digital synthesis to everyday musicians, transformed the sound of the charts, and won the title of best-selling synth of all time. DX7 V is a software reimagining of the icon, bringing that iconic glassy, punchy, crystal-clear sound to your DAW.

FM the way it was
meant to be heard.

FM synthesis exploded the sonic palette of keyboardists and producers almost overnight.

Going where analog doesn’t, it’s still one of the most versatile approaches to sound-making there is. But musicians found the original DX difficult to program and lacking in real-time control. DX7 V amps up the advantages, loses the limitations, and adds tons of functionality that put it right at home in a modern music making rig.

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Need to nail that ’80s chart-topping sound of Sting, Tina Turner, or anything that happened within a mile of David Foster? DX7 V has you covered.

Cutting Edge

Struck, plucked, and bowed sounds were the DX’s specialty, as were percussive keyboards like EPs and Clavs. Hear that FM edge rendered with loving precision.

Digital Personality

From FM classics to lilting pads and sparkling motion-synth soundscapes, listeners will wonder how you got “that” sound.

Well Behaved

Expanded with tons of tempo-syncing and MIDI mapping features, DX7 V’s classic sound fits into the modern workflow without a hitch.

Music for the
Masses

FM easily produced sounds that eluded analog synths.

When the DX made it affordable, everybody wanted one — and pretty much everybody got one.
Once the exploratory genius of a Stanford University professor met the marketing savvy and production capacity of the world’s largest musical instrument maker, keyboards would never be the same again. After its introduction in 1983, it would go on to sell over 200,000 units and define countless sounds from the ‘80s and beyond.

FM is a simple idea at its core: audio-rate modulation of one waveform by another. But it was Dr. John Chowning of Stanford University who made FM viable as a synthesis method all on its own. His work proved that by carefully tuning the modulating waveforms, you could duplicate the harmonic profiles of all sorts of acoustic instruments.

Discover the history of DX7

Yamaha® licensed the technology from Stanford in the mid-’70s, leading to 1980’s massive GS1 - with its piano-like cabinetry and green-screen programming terminal - co-developed with Dr. Chowning. New England Digital had also re-licensed FM from Yamaha as the basis of their first Synclavier systems. The word spread through the synth industry: Digital was the future.

Making FM patches editable in an affordable way was a hurdle in reaching the pro synth market. With its membrane keyboard and Data Entry slider, this is what the DX7 achieved in 1983. Importantly, it did so for almost $2000, offering six FM operators, 16 notes of polyphony, a velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive keyboard, 32 preset locations, and expanded sound banks on memory cartridges. That leapfrogged analog synths on specs alone.

Factory presets by Gary Leuenberger and David Bristow showed how realistically the DX7 could produce electric piano, mallets, harmonica, slap bass, and more. These sounds anchored seemingly every song on the pop charts after 1983. Weekend bar band keyboardists could now afford the same instrument as the artists they covered. Once you played a DX, you had to have one.

To hit that sub-$2,000 price, corners were cut. For example, the operators produced only sine waves and shared a single envelope. Some players lamented the lack of knobs and real-time control. DX7 V uncuts all those corners, making a synth of ’80s dreams part of your creative reality.

A different breed
of synthesizer

DX7 V delivers a faithful recreation of the instrument that brought the unique sound of FM digital synthesis to the masses.

At its simplest, FM creates sound by modulating the frequencies of one signal (called the carrier) with those of another signal (called the modulator) at audio rates, resulting in much more complex harmonics. Just as with FM radio, changes to the frequency and amplitude of the modulating waveform can radically alter the sound. Let’s dig a bit deeper.

Operators

The DX7 V’s six signal generators - called operators - can be used as carriers or modulators. Each operator consists of a simple oscillator with its own frequency and level controls, plus a dedicated envelope-controlled amplifier. Generally speaking, the carrier’s envelope affects amplitude while the modulator’s envelope changes the timbre, with optional keyboard tracking adding the final realistic element of timbre changing with pitch, like an acoustic instrument.

Modulation

The timbre of an FM sound is very dependant on the relationship of the carrier and modulator operators. When the modulator frequency is under keyboard control, its frequency ratio to the carrier determines the basic harmonic profile of your sound, with integer ratios producing more recognizable waveforms and the fractional ones typically resulting in more clangorous, inharmonic ones. Modulator amplitudes also affect timbre, with higher frequencies generally yielding brighter sounds.

Algorithms

A selection of 32 algorithms determines the architectural relationship of the DX7 V’s six operators as carriers and modulators. These familiar foundations are perfect ready-made starting points for creating and modifying sounds beyond recognition. On top of the carriers’ direct connections to the output and the modulators’ various results, some algorithms also provide a feedback loop, conjuring anything from raspy effects to full-blown distortion.

FM Made
Easy

All the sound of the hardware.

All the real-time control it never had.

DX7 V’s uncluttered interface gathers exactly the controls you need for compelling performances and inspired sound creation.

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01. Digital ’Rithm

Quickly select or step through the original 32 FM algorithms. Operators are color-coded to simplify editing.

02. Analog Control

Make bold performance gestures in a single move with the Data Entry sliders, which control multiple assignable parameters at once.

03. Global Group

Synth-wide settings like tune, transpose, and depth of pitch and depth of pitch and amplitude modulation are always available.

04. Quick Edits

Set the amount of the tone-defining FM feedback loop, as well as the pitch envelope depth, here.

05. Just Glide

Players loved the DX’s polyphonic portamento, but you had to dive into a menu to use it. In DX7 V, just turn it on and tweak the time.

06. Ups and Downs

Add riffs and motion with the multi-pattern, tempo-syncable arpeggiator — a feature not found on the original.

DX on
Steroids

More waveforms. More envelopes. More modulation. Filters and FX. In hardware, these features would have made for a five-figure synthesizer.

Having just one slider and a bunch of buttons made programming the original somewhat tedious. Electronic music pioneer Brian Eno even built a custom knob controller to get at every parameter of his DX7 at once. With DX7 V, there’s not only more of everything, but our interface also makes it easy and fun to control.

  • We Saw the Sine

    The original did great with only sine waves. Any DX7 V operator can generate a variety of waveforms, allowing near-limitless harmonic possibilities.

  • Excellent Envelopes

    Create sounds that move and morph with independent envelopes for each operator. There’s also a dedicated pitch envelope, and two more assignable modulation EGs.

  • Digital, Meet Analog

    Some DX players longed for the filters familiar from their analog synths. DX7 V has six of them — one for each operator.

  • Multiple Mods

    Assign sources like the sliders, velocity, aftertouch, and many more to a plethora of destinations in DX7 V’s intuitive modulation matrix.

  • Up to Scale

    Make the operators track the keyboard using the curve-based approach of the original DX, or create your own curves with multiple breakpoints.

  • Virtual Rack

    If you had a DX, you had pedals. Put that final polish on your sound with up to four studio-quality FX in series or parallel.

Hear it
in action

Like with so many classic synths, we now say the DX “has a sound.”

But it won hearts and minds precisely because of the diversity of sounds it could make. From unashamedly digital to surprisingly analog, these audio demos showcase the creative range of FM synthesis.

Presets

Part of what made the DX so recognizable is that even the pros tended to stick to factory presets rather than learning to program it.

DX7 V presents no such obstacles, so our world-class sound designers went to town creating 540 Presets covering every instrument type and musical style imaginable. After listening to these, download the free demo and play them all!

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Included in
V collection

Legendary Keyboards Reinvented

This instrument is also part of the V Collection -your complete dream line-up of the legendary synths, organs, pianos and more that made keyboard history. They’re modeled with the most advanced technologies for authentic realism, and enhanced with new creative options. Whether you use it as DAW plugins in the studio or standalone at gigs, V Collection puts the greatest keys of all time at your fingertips for instant inspiration.

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The features
you need

  • In-App Tutorials

    Integrated in-app tutorials guide you through every aspect of the instrument, from individual parameters to tips from our sound designers, so you can focus on the creative stuff. It shouldn't be this easy, but it is!

  • ASC

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  • DAW ready

    Our virtual instruments and plugins are designed to fit right into your setup without hassle. Whatever your style, you can explore sound while enjoying full compatibility with major DAWS, on both Windows and MacOS.

  • Preset browser

    Instantly find the sound that’s in your head with intelligent & streamlined preset browsing. Search with keywords, explore by instrument type, musical style, and more - you can even save your favorites to quickly recall later.

  • Resizable GUI

    Whether you want the full visual immersion of our classic instrument emulations, or to save precious screen real estate, the interfaces for all of your Arturia virtual instruments can be resized to a scale that suits you.

  • Perfect integration

    Instruments come seamlessly mapped for the Arturia KeyLab range - but they’ll place nice with other MIDI controllers too. Instant sound tweaking macros, easy DAW integration, and standalone operation.

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Main Features

32 original DX7 algorithm

All DX7 original parameters

Original DX7 SysEx import

25 available waveforms per operators

6 Operators with multi-mode filter and feedback per operators

DX7, DADSR and Multi-Segments envelopes (syncable and loopable) per operators

2 Modulation envelopes

4 assignable macros

Advanced modulation matrix

A step sequencer, 2 LFOs with 6 waveforms and an arpeggiator

4 FXs slots that can be routed in parallel or in serie

An oscilloscope

Vintage and Modern DAC Mode for a proper emulation of the DX7 converter

32 voices of polyphony

4 voices of unison with unison detune

432 factory presets

Platform specifications

Windows

  • Win 10+ (64bit)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost)
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
  • ARM processors not supported on Windows

Required configuration

  • Works in Standalone, VST, AAX, Audio Unit, NKS (64-bit DAWs only).

Apple

  • Mac OS 11+
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 4 cores CPU, 3.4 GHz (4.0 GHz Turbo-boost) or M1 CPU
  • 3GB free hard disk space
  • OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU

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