This sound 'represents' the sound esthetics of the 1980s. Whitney Houston (Where Do Broken Hearts Go; 1988), Chicago (Hard Habit To Break; 1984), Phil Collins (One More Night; 1985) and many other artists used the famous Patch No. 11 in their productions as a substitute for the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. Its warm and bell-like sound was both an alternative to and an extension of the acoustic piano sound, easy to amplify and manipulate. To this day, the DX7 is the most-sold synthesizer using FM synthesis.


Most Exposed Uses Of The DX7

1983Sergio MendesNever Gonna Let You Go
1984Peabo BrysonTonight I Celebrate My Love
1984ChicagoHard Habit To Break
1984Julio Iglesias & Willie NelsonTo All The Girls I've Loved Before
1985REO SpeedwagonCan't Fight This Feeling
1985DeBargeWho's Holding Donna Now
1987Linda Ronstadt & James IngramSomewhere Out There
1989SurfaceShower Me With Your Love
1990Luther VandrossHere And Now
1991Keith SweatI'll Give It All To You


Number Of Songs In The Billboard Top 40

Most Frequent Appearances

Genesis / Phil Collins10
Whitney Houston8
Chicago / Peter Cetera7
Richard Marx5
Mariah Carey4


"Not just another Synthesizer"

– John Chowning

"I immediately recognized the brass tone"

– John Chowning

"128 presets, not 32 …" Programming the first DX7 presets

– Dave Bristow

"Yamaha did not invent FM"

– Tom Rhea

"It’s light, it's dependable and it can make many, many sounds"

– Tom Rhea

"It cuts through ..."

– Tom Rhea

About the Yamaha DX7

– And.Ypsilon

About the Yamaha DX7

– Boris Blank

About the Yamaha DX7

– Maurice 'Pirahnahead' Herd

"I did edits to almost all of my sounds"

– Henning Flintholm