Initially sold for ¥175,000
It came out in 1983 together with the DX7 representing a less expensive alternative, for those seeking a full synthesizer below the 1.000$ point.
Using the same shell of the bigger brother, it simply cuts lots of the functionalities of the 6op DX7 just for a cheaper price back then. Unlike later 4op synths, there are no features to compensate the reduction of capabilites.
Moreover, as the keyboard is not velocity sensitive, todays is considered one of the worst entries in the FM family. That also means that it can be easily found below 100€, although prices are quickly rising.
- 16-note polyphonic.
- 120 preset sounds on voice cassette provided. 20 available from the moment you switch on.
- Full programmability with 4 operators and 8 algorithms providing endless possibilities.
- Simple storage of your programmed sounds on standard cassette tape using a personal stereo or datarecorder – Swap voices with other DX9 owners.
- MIDI equipped for other MIDI instruments and devices.
- Extra expression using optional remote keyboard (KX5) or breath controller (BC01).