Yamaha DX7

Keyboard

The Yamaha DX7 is a digital sythesizer used by Prince and his band in the mid-1980s. Prince acquired one during the Purple Rain sessions and it was used on Around The World In A Day, Parade and Sign O The Times.

The DX7 was purchased for Prince to use on the song "Love and Sex" (from the Purple Rain Deluxe edition). Prince first commercially available song featuring the DX7 was "When Doves Cry"[1] , where the patch "Koto" was used for the main keyboard part. It was also used on "She's Always In My Hair", which was recorded during the Purple Rain sessions (the "Gotcha" preset).

The DX7 was used extensively on the Around The World In A Day sessions[2] . Songs that feature the DX7 include Around The World In A Day (Recorders, E. Organ 1), Paisley Park (Caliope) and America (Flute 1). Other songs from this period featuring the DX7 include Manic Monday (Harpsichord 1), Nothing Compares 2 U (Vibes) and Kiss (Marimba). Prince would continue using the DX7 on ParadeSign O The Times and Lovesexy albums[3]

Lisa Coleman[4] , Dr Fink and Boni Boyer all used DX7s live on the Purple Rain, Parade, Sign O The Times and Lovesexy tours.

Prince sold his Yamaha DX7, along with his Emu E-max II sampler in 1995. The DX7 and E-max II were put up for auction in 2020.

Song Part Patch Name Patch Number (Rom Card)
Love and Sex Verse - 0:13 Take Off 32 (3A)
When Doves Cry Intro - 0:18 Koto 23 (1A), 22 (3B)
She’s Always In My Hair Intro - 0:02 Gotcha 30 (4B)
Around The World In A Day Intro - 0:00 Recorders 23 (4A)
Around The World In A Day Bridge - 1:59 E.Organ 1 17 (1A), 11 (3A)
Paisley Park Intro - 0:15 Caliope 20 (1B), 18 (3B)
Condition Of The Heart Intro - 0:00 Timpani 28 (1A), 20 (3A)
Condition Of The Heart Intro - 0:07 Flute 1 24 (1A), 01 (3A)
Condition Of The Heart Intro - 1:32 Gotcha 30 (4B)
Condition Of The Heart Intro - 2:23 Accordion 21 (1B), 19 (3B)
Raspberry Beret Chorus 1 - 0:55 Harpsichord 1 19 (1A), 2 (2A)
Tambourine Intro - 0:05 E.Bass 1 (Bass 1) 15 (1A), 30 (3B)
America Intro 0:38 Flute 1 24 (1A), 01 (3A)
Temptation Intro - 0:30 Flute 1 24 (1A), 01 (3A)
Temptation Outro - 6:05 Koto 23 (1A), 22 (3B)
Temptation Outro - 7:05 Tub Bells 26 (1A), 4A (22)
Kiss Verse 2 - 1:11 Marimba 22 (1A), 4A (7)
  1. ^Tudahl, Duane (2017) Prince and the Purple Rain Studio Sessions - 1983 and 1984
  2. ^Tudahl, Duane (2017) Prince and the Purple Rain Studio Sessions - 1983 and 1984
  3. ^Brown, Jake (2010) Prince 'in the Studio' 1975 - 1995
  4. ^Musician (1984) Prince's Sceptres