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grider 2013-02-18 23:46

RE's anyone try buy this?
 
I'm looking at purchasing the PX7 FM Synthesizer RE. Anyone think this is the bomb of all Synthesizer RE's or can I go cheaper to find something else very similar?

TIA...

marcuswitt 2013-02-19 00:07

For now, I can say that PX7 stands for its own because there is no other RE available that provides FM synthesis in such a flexibility and complexity. The main question is what kind of sound character you're looking for? And, how familiar are with FM synthesis. I am asking because FM synthesis is by far not as intuitive as subtractive synthesis is and it might take a longer time to get the sound that you desire. If you are familiar with FM synthesis and if you like the sound that a FM synthesizer is able to produce then PX7 will not disappoint you.... simply put: it's really worth it to buy it. :-)

colcifer 2013-02-19 00:10

If you're not sure, then it's not for you. FM is a pain and PX7 is not a particularly user friendly implementation. Unless, of course, you're content with using existing presets; in that case, go for it.

dudelab21 2013-02-19 00:40

If FM synthesis is your cup. Then it's the only FM synth you can buy in the RE market... Even if you're not a synth guy, patch-wise, I think the PX7 has the most patches in the internet available and free, since you can download DX7's patches and use it with PX7...

Mate 2013-02-19 00:41

dudelab21 is right, you can get 100K patches for free, so 100 bucks cool bargain! :)

BoddAH 2013-02-19 01:31

Your question makes it rather obvious that you're not really sure what you're actually looking for.

The PX7 is a 1:1 recreation of a Yamaha DX7 FM synth. It's a powerful synth but you really have to be an synthesis guru to use it. FM synthesis is not for the faint of heart.

If you want a nice, powerful synth to learn, get an virtual-analogue subtractive synth like Viking or Antidote or something like Polysix. Subtractive synthesis sounds great (if different) as well and is MUCH easier to grasp.

You shouldn't dismiss the default synths coming with Reason either. Thor is a (relatively) easy to use powerhouse, Malström is probably the easiest yet still powerful synth I have ever used (also sounds great and unique) and even Subtractor can still be used for creating great sounds.

colcifer 2013-02-19 01:38

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Originally Posted by Mate (Post 1240391)
dudelab21 is right, you can get 100K patches for free, so 100 bucks cool bargain! :)

If he likes the sound of FM...

KenPH 2013-02-19 04:06

I love the synth and think it is the best one to buy for Reason because it will give you sounds you can not get from Reason's own synths. You should try it and listen to the basses, drums and percussion (great with FM), bells, keyboards and pads. If you really like those sounds, you should buy the synth.

Don't worry about it being difficult to program. It is no disgrace to use some of the presets. If you like the sounds, and have enough patience, you can learn to modify the presets or make your own sounds later.

On the other hand, if you can't find a preset you like (out of several thousand) don't bother to buy the synth!

And maybe this is blasphemy, but I wish Propellerhead made this as a VST - I would buy it again.

CeriJC 2013-02-19 09:29

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Originally Posted by KenPH (Post 1240447)
And maybe this is blasphemy, but I wish Propellerhead made this as a VST - I would buy it again.

Out of interest, have you used the old NI FM7? That was a great DX-7 Emulation. It looks like this has been superseded by FM8 now (which from the screengrabs looks like something else entirely) so am unsure if you can still get it. It might be worth tracking down a 2nd hand copy (of FM7) if you're after a VST equivalent of PX-7.

VillaNDubstep 2013-02-19 10:03

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Originally Posted by grider (Post 1240364)
I'm looking at purchasing the PX7 FM Synthesizer RE. Anyone think this is the bomb of all Synthesizer RE's or can I go cheaper to find something else very similar?

TIA...

The PX7 is easy to use, first thing you should do before anything is to read the manual. It will explain how the operators work and what the difference between a carrier and a modulator is, as well as everything else about the synth. After reading the manual I felt like I knew what I needed and started making sounds right away, I'm not saying you'll be a pro but you'll at least know what's what and that's enough.
I bought the PX7 because of the sounds this thing can achieve in a way that was pretty new to me, I also love the layout of everything.
Hopefully that was helpful to you, if you like FM you'll love PX7


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