I would just like to quibble with Hollowsun's reasoning about why the DX7 was succesful -
I am uncomfortable with the idea that people "wanted" [ ****** ] slap bass sounds and brass stabs (or that Peter Waterman could be right about anything
I think it was probably successful because it was a passable Hammond/Rhodes emulator, robust and hugely more portable than the real things. And it had a quite pleasantly playable keyboard action.
I don't think it succeeded so much because people liked naff FM sounds, but rather cos they loved old electromechanical sounds so much more. Expecting people to lug round Hammonds and Rhodeseses in 1985 is about as realistic as expecting me to write this in to Sound on Sound in a paper leter, have it printed next month, and for everyone else in the thread to respond the month after that.
If the DX7 had had the knobs of a Jellinghaus DX programmer built in (and, really - are *knobs* so very expensive?!? I don't get it!) the rest of the 80s might have sounded very different....
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