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Recreating the Yamaha DX7 sound of Queen at Wembley 1986

Recreating the Yamaha DX7 sound of Queen at Wembley 1986


Recreating the DX7 for Who Wants to Live Forever – Wembley ’86


About the Yamaha DX7 Digital synth

The DX7 was a digital synth produced by Yamaha between 1983 and 1989. I was lucky enough to have used and borrowed a few DX7s back in the late 80s (it was probably between 1987 and 1989) and it was a fantastic synth for its time. I would guess that I used it for songs like Jump (Van Halen) at the time as Queen wasn’t on my radar (sadly) until the early 90s.


The DX7 and Queen

Queen had a DX7 and in the video showing the recording of ‘One Vision’ and you can see Brian playing the intro to One Vision on a Yamaha DX7. However, you will notice a MIDI cable on that video and the chances are this DX7 was only used as the MIDI Out and it was actually connected to some other synth for the final ‘One Vision’ intro we know and love – perhaps the Jupiter-8 as Queen had one of these also. In fact the Jupiter-8 was probably used to arpeggiate the Bass Riff of Radio Ga Ga. Anyway I digress, I have gone through all the DX7 patches and I cannot find any which match the One Vision sound, so it is doubtful it was used on the album version of the song from the ‘A Kind of Magic’ album.

The DX7 was apparently (I need confirmation on exactly which parts and patches) used on other songs such as A Kind of Magic, Who Wants to Live Forever, Pain Is So Close to Pleasure, One Year of Love, Rain Must Fall, Was It All Worth It and a few others. My best guess is that the DX7 was used as a base sound and the final album sounds were re-eingineered in the studio.

The one place we see promenent use of the Yamaha DX7 is when Queen played Wembley in June 1986. When playing ‘Who Wants to Live Forever’ live, Brian used the Yamaha DX-7 with Syn-Orchestra (or Syn Orch) patch from Rom 2A and then the patch from Rom 2B for ‘I Want To Break Free’. These 2 songs follow each other on the set list, so it was probably setup this way because of the simplicity of using the same patch.

So, I decided to make a little video showing how you can connect a MIDI keyboard, synth or stage piano to a computer and recreate the same sounds. One problem – I don’t have a DX7 synth. Instead, I used the Synth Emulator DEXED. This is a free piece of software which is available for Mac/Windows/Linux and is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. The creators have built this to be companion software for the original DX7 and feature multi formats (VST, AU, LV2). The link for downloading DEXED is included on the DX7 YouTube Video at

The Video is below and I hope you enjoy. Please feel free to leave comments here or on the video and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel for more Queen / music videos very soon.

There are a pre-loaded set of sounds included in the Dexed package and you can also upload presets from what I can see. Hope you enjoy using Dexed as much as I did. The DX-7 remains one of my favourite synths even though it pales in comparison to the complexity and polophony of the synth workstaions we have these days such as the Korg Kronos or Yamaha Fantom, it had a beautiful tone in some of it’s sounds (not all of them) and the retro in me would love to own a DX-7 !

UPDATE MAY 2020 : With that in mind, I just found out that the Korg Kronos has the MOD-7 engine which recreates the DX-7 sounds, so I really want a Kronos now after hearing that !!

If you have any comments about this DX7 / Who Wants to Live Forever video please leave them below or on the YouTube video.

The Queen Extravaganza European Tour

Queen Extravaganza European Tour

Following the recent success of the recent UK and North American tours, the Queen Extravaganza European Tour will visit certain European cities starting in May 2014.

The Queen Extravaganza European Tour will take Queen’s glorious music and live stage experience to a brand new generation of Queen fans … as well the the die hard Queen fan.

The Queen Extravaganza band includes musicians selected via a unique online talent search (but which you couldn’t enter if you were living in the UK … much to my personal annoyance). Anyway, the band is made up of vocalist Marc Martel who has an amazing voice and can do a “Freddie”; guitarist Nick Radcliffe; drummer Tyler Warren; bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon; and keyboardist Brandon Ethridge (who if he wants to resign, I will take his place at a drop of a hat!).

Queen Extravaganza European Tour – TOUR DATES 2014

May 12 Antwerp – Stadsschouwburg

May 13 Tilburg

May 15 Cologne – Live Music Hall

May 16 Hamburg – Gruenspan

May 18 Munich – Alte Kongresshalle

May 19 Frankfurt – Bastchkapp

May 20 Berlin – Postbahnhof

May 21 Vienna – Arena

May 22 Padova – Gran Teatro Geox

May 24 Paris – Olympia

May 26 Copenhagen – Studie 2, DR house

May 28 Oslo – Sentrum

May 29 Stockholm – Tyrol

May 31 Helsinki – Circus

For ticket information, go to

Queen To Play Londons HMV Hammersmith Appollo

Queen To Play Londons HMV Hammersmith Appollo

April 25th : Update – Tickets for the two Queen + Adam Lambert concerts at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo on July 11th & 12th have both SOLD OUT. Brian May has hinted at the possibility of a third date being added to the bill.


Despite the sudden cancellation of the Sonisphere Concert and with Queen set to headline with singer Adam Lambert at Knebworth, Queen have announced they are to go ahead with not just one but two Queen UK concert appearances this summer.

Queen and Lambert will perform at 2 concerts at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo over two nights, July 11/12 2012. Queen also promised to endeavour to give priority booking to all fans who had held tickets for their Knebworth Sonisphere concert.

Queens Hammersmith Tickets will go on sale this week. Tickets for Queens HMV Hammersmith Appollo concerts will be sold first to Queen fan club members, Queen online subscribers and Sonisphere Knebworth ticket holders and then on general sale.

A bit of Queen Hammersmith History

HMV Hammersmith Appollo was originally known as the Hammersmith Odeon. The Hammersmith Odeon venue was the scene of 4 sold out Queen concerts in late November/early December 1975 (at the height of the Bohemian Rhapsody release). Hammersmith Odeon was also the venue for a special Christmas Eve show and again in December 1979 when they played the opening night of a series of UNICEF concerts for the people of Kampuchea.

Amongst Queen fans, the Hammersmith Odeon shows continue to be regarded as some of Queen’s most exceptional concerts.

Queen HMV Hammersmith Appollo Concert Tickets

Tickets for Queen + Adam Lambert concerts at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday July 11 and Thursday July 12 will first be available on a 24-hour pre-sale to Queen Online subscribers, Queen Fan Club members and Sonisphere ticket holders from 9am on Tuesday April 17.

General Hammersmith sales start Wednesday 18th April at 9am at and through Ticketmaster. Caller lines: HMV Tickets 08432 221 0100 / Ticketmaster 08448 444 748.

Tickets are priced at £65.00, £70.00 and £75.00 plus £6 booking fee on all prices.

For tickets by post an additional charge will apply.