Yamaha DX-7 by DixonD

Champion(s):

DuffyM


Runner(s)-Up:

WeikleB
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Quiz Description

If the sound of 1980's pop was defined by any one instrument, it was the Yamaha DX-7 digital synthesizer, released in 1983. Although programmable, many artists were satisfied with just using its preset factory patches. Give the artist and title of these DX-7-heavy songs, separated by a slash (eg. Sir Mix-a-Lot / Baby Got Back).

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1 DuffyM 501 98 15
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2 WeikleB 463 94 15
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3 SorensonG 422 90 15
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4 Makdeezy 377 87 15
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5 MeyerS 374 83 15
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6 Matto 347 77 15
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6 Tortoise 347 77 15
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8 BoyerA 329 72 15
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9 BruceM 321 68 15
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10 JordanG 317 64 15
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11 GoodmanDL 314 59 15
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11 BurgerM 314 59 15
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13 PenningtonJ 303 53 15
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14 shesinsane 266 50 15
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15 JonesRW 228 44 15
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15 CoenM 228 44 15
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17 MangaserA 213 38 15
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18 milton 206 35 15
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19 ElendilPickle 183 31 15
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20 MatherV 161 27 15
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21 HerderS 150 22 00
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21 randalleng 150 22 15
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23 ChrisRosenberg 135 12 00
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23 FrostL 135 12 15
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23 quarterrican 135 12 15
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26 LuskT 120 5 00
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27 PolinskyL 86 1 00
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Questions:

This 1984 hit used the HARMONICA1 patch.

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Tina Turner / What's Love Got To Do With It

The E.PIANO1 patch was probably the most (over)used preset sound, heard in this hit from 1984.

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Chicago / Hard Habit to Break

Another instance of E.PIANO1, this time from 1985.

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Phil Collins / One More Night

Another popular preset was the BASS1 patch, heard in this song from 1983.

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Howard Jones / What is Love

This 1985 hit also used the BASS1 patch, along with the Fairlight CMI "syn vox" sound.

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Tears for Fears / Shout

This instrumental hit from 1984 made heavy use of the MARIMBA patch.

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Harold Faltermeyer / Axel F

This 1986 track, the first song on this artist's debut album (written to accompany a BBC documentary about ancient peoples), uses lots of DX-7 sounds, but most notably the TUB BELLS patch.

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Enya / The Celts

This song from 1986 uses one of the STRINGS presets to provide the staccato strings in its intro. The DX-7 was used throughout A Kind of Magic, the album from which this song comes.

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Queen / One Vision

The "trumpet" solo on this 1985 Cold-War-themed love song is actually a DX-7 BRASS patch.

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Elton John / Nikita

Name the TV show whose theme song (by Mike Post) heard here was almost entirely realized on the DX-7, particularly with the E.PIANO1 patch.

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Doogie Howser, M.D.

The DX-7 was used extensively in the making of the album Cupid and Psyche 85, which spawned this hit (the band's only Top-40 hit stateside).

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Scritti Politti / Perfect Way

One of the DX-7's most vocal champions (who at one time had seven of them) was the musician/producer whose track "An Ending (Ascent)", realized on the DX-7, is excerpted here.

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Brian Eno