Arturia DX7 V Virtual Instrument Software
In 1983, the DX7 changed the world of music; today, Arturia DX7 V gives you the power to change it again. Nothing says 80s like the sound of the DX7. Arturia's authentic recreation gives you all the same FM digital technology and sounds that earned the instrument a revered place in the history of both keyboards and contemporary music. They didn't stop at just replicating it, though – they reimagined it. New operator waves, extensive modulation additions, arpeggiator and onboard effects chains enhance your sonic possibilities exponentially. For bonus points, an intuitive graphic interface makes what was once a daunting programming task a creative joy today.
The inimitable sound of FM
Frequency modulation (FM) synthesis works by modulating one waveform with another to produce much more complex harmonic profiles than its analog brethren. These sounds run the gamut from acoustic and organic to synthetic and mechanical, spanning energies from subtle to radical along the way. Thanks to an extensive preset library, you don't have to be an expert on FM in order to tap into all this sonic power. DX7 V comes complete with a library of all the signature 80s hit-making FM sounds like electric pianos, basses, marimbas, synths and more, plus an extensive battery of hot new sounds from Arturia's elite sound design team.
Unleash your inner sound designer with expanded features
DX7 V gives you a unique tool for customizing and creating new musical instruments and sound effects. With its radical departure from analog designs, FM synthesis helps you chart new sonic spaces. DX7 V is capable of producing an incredible spectrum of sounds ranging from natural-sounding instruments to unique synths to alien worlds, complete with all the crystal clarity and punchy transients uniquely associated with FM.
Since having an instrument with such extreme depth and potential is the dream of every sonic explorer, Arturia challenged themselves to go even further and added a host of new features including multiple waveforms, a filter and feedback loop on each operator, new modulation sources, a monster unison mode and more. DX7 V is the perfect design tool for designing unique new instruments and ear candy that help you make your own distinct musical statement.
Design elegance meets sound design power
DX7 V sports a stunning interface allowing intuitive control over all of the instrument's dramatically expanded features. While retaining the feel of the original design, Arturia streamlined the main interface of the DX7 V to make it much simpler to use and understand. Here you'll find an uncluttered presentation of only your everyday performance controls, as well as the fundamentals to start visualizing and exploring new sonic structures. When you're ready to dig deeper and flesh out the detailed character and animation of your sounds, one click presents a programmer's paradise of incisive controls and displays light years beyond the tedious original hardware interface. Balancing usability and all the added power in the DX7 V, tabbed windows easily put your fingers on logically grouped functions spanning enhanced operators, additional envelopes, matrix modulation, step sequencer, effects architecture and more.
While early FM technology produces a surprising range of sounds using just sine waves as operators, Arturia has expanded the possibilities exponentially with a selection of 25 waveforms per operator. These include traditional and additive waveshapes, plus those from Yamaha's later TX81Z and OPL 2/3 chipsets, exponentially expanding DX7 V's versatility for both music and sound effects.
Filter per operator
Each operator also features a resonant tri-mode filter (low pass, high pass or band pass). One of the many uses of this design is to modulate the filters for a blend of FM and subtractive synthesis, even employing different filters for each carrier to create complex parallel sound chains.
Arturia upgraded the audio output from mono to stereo to accommodate the added stereo effects. You can also switch the output DAC resolution to keep the original artifacts supporting the vintage authenticity or to get rid of them for the most pristine audio.
Individual feedback and unison
In addition to the original algorithm-related feedback loop, each operator now integrates an individual feedback loop for when you want to get edgy. Furthermore, unison mode complete with detune lets you combine up to 32 voices on a single note for massive leads, basses and more.
Envelopes and level scaling
Arturia has added two independent modulation envelope generators routable to many targets. You can set each one to the original DADSR style or a new multi-segment envelope (MSEG). MSEGs even let you set loop points and tempo sync complete with metronomic grid-based editing, great for trailblazing effects in loop- and dance-based music. These new envelope types are also now available for you to apply to the original pitch EGs for additional programming flexibility. You can also switch from the original keyboard level scaling to the modern multi-point keyboard tracking to create dramatically different sounds at specific scale break points.
LFOs and step sequencer
DX7 V gives you not one, but two multi-waveform LFOs, each of which can be synchronized to note triggers and/or tempo to add metronomic energy to your tracks. For example, you might send a square wave to a carrier for a trill and sample-and-hold to a filter, all in sync with your beat. Arturia also added an extremely flexible step sequencer that lets you infuse metronomic energy into your tracks by routing it to a wide variety of parameters. Apply the sequencer to operator pitch for melodic progressions or parameters like frequency modulation ratio to animate only the sonic textures.
The intuitive 8 × 24 modulation matrix puts a whole new world of modulation capabilities at your disposal. Want to route separate EGs to the filter cutoffs of different operators? Go for it! Control the amount of feedback with an EG and LFO at the same time? No problem! In fact, every parameter you can imagine is available in the matrix. You can route up to eight different modulation sources to a single destination, with as many as eight destinations modulated by a given source.
The original DX7 lacked any onboard effects, leading to the prevalent use of external processing. Arturia has simplified that for you by including a complete suite of custom-crafted effects including analog delay, analog chorus, reverb, distortion, parametric EQ, filters and more. Better yet, you can either run effects in serial or parallel chains and blend them into the mix to get just the sound you're looking for.
Ready to rock right out of the box
DX7 V is compatible with patches from the original hardware architecture, and Arturia has included all 128 original factory patches so you'll find all the sounds you know and love. They also kept a team of world-class sound designers busy creating a ton of new jaw-dropping sounds that take advantage of all the enhanced sound design capabilities they've added. You'll find fresh ideas for just about any kind of music you're into, and you can edit any of these presets to make them your own. Better yet, start from scratch to embark on endless new sonic journeys.
Arturia's redesigned preset browser lets you quickly find just the sound you're looking for. Search by name or simply select the appropriate tags to dial in on the exact sonic character you're looking for. You can mark and recall your own favorites, enter comments and set up playlists. There's never been a more intuitive way to manage your library of designer and personal presets.
The user interfaces for all your Arturia instruments are now resizable, making it easy to work with any high resolution screen, UHD or Retina. You can decide whether you want to fill the screen with awesome graphic reproductions of classic instrument goodness, scale the window down when you're working in a DAW and screen real estate is at a premium, or even zoom for detailed work.
- System requirements
- macOS 10.10 or greater
- 4GB of RAM
- 2.5 GHz CPU
- 1GB hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- Win 7 or greater (64-bit)
- 4GB RAM
- 2.5 GHz CPU
- 1GB hard disk space
- OpenGL 2.0 compatible GPU
- Plug-in compatibility
- VST 2.4
- VST 3
- Audio Unit
- Can also be run as a standalone application
- This software is protected by the Arturia Software Center, Arturia's utility software for managing your installations, activations and updates
- Activations allowed on up to 5 different computers simultaneously
|Software Type||Virtual Instrument|
|Plug-In Formats||VST 2.4
|Operating System Compatibility||macOS 10.10 or greater
Windows 7 (64-bit) or greater
|Licensing Method||Online Authorization|