Digital Suburban DEXED
Dexed is a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Under the hood it uses music-synthesizer-for-android for the synth engine.
The goal of this project is to be a tool/companion for the original DX7. Sound engine with 'float' value parameters, different waveform à la TX81z would be great but anything that goes beyond the DX7 should and will be a fork of this project. This is to keep the compatibility with the original machine.
Dexed is licensed on the GPL v3.
- Multi platform (OS X, Windows or Linux) and multi format (VST, AU, LV2).
- The sound engine music-synthesizer-for-android is closely modeled on the original DX7 characteristics.
- 144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters available from one single panel.
- Fully supports DX7 input and output Sysex messages; including controller change. This means that you can use this with a native DX7/TX7 as a patch editor and SysEx manager.
- Each operator have a realtime VU meter to know which one is active.
- Can load/save any DX7/TX7 SysEx programs. It is also possible to save a single program into a different SysEx file.
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Based on 16 Reviews and 68 Ratings
Simply the best free FM soft synth. There are tens of thousands of presets out there, plus you can use Dexed to load the sounds on an actual FM synth if you have one, including a Volca FM or one of the Yamaha DX series. Great value, very versatile.
Best free DX7 emulator
Dexed can read DX7 patches, sounds quite like a DX7, is way easier to program than a DX7 and is completely free of charge. I'd happily pay 10€, if only they could make the GUI a bit better...
DEXED simulates the mighty Yamaha DX7 FM synthesizers of my youth. I still have one. Basically this thing is 98% a real DX7 sound but what you lose in sound quality DEXED makes up for with ease of programmability. While maintining the vintage Yamaha look in their GUI, Digital Suburban have incorporated the best virtual-knob and graphical controls from various popular DX7 midi-patch-creation freeware. This is much easier to program than your DX7, can load up actual DX7 saved patches and is just a joy to screw around with. I still use my DX7 when I want to grunge up an FM sound through a guitar amp or something, but if I want crisp, DI Yamaha sounds I go for DEXED.
Essential software for the Yamaha DX7
I use Dexed and the Roland UM-ONE USB MIDI Interface as a librarian for my Yamaha DX7. Loading patches to the DX7 is quick and easy, and programming the DX7 is much easier from Dexed. The one downside of Dexed is that notes will stick when using the DX7 as a MIDI controller.
A DX7 emulation and librarian, enough said
Look, you already most likely know what a DX7 is these days. This here is an emulation of a legendary classic, and it's free.
Arturia's DX7 plugin might be better, it might be more accurate, and it certainly is a hell of a lot better to use, but this has a significant advantage over it in that it can communicate with real DX7 units and read/write patches to and from a real unit (and this also includes other synths that support the DX7 format)
Here's a tip, instead of trying to make your own patches, there's dozens, and I do mean dozens, of DX7 sysex files floating around the interweb. One source in particular is linked on the same page where you'd download this, and it's a very wealthy collection of sysex files that you can use with Dexed. One would say too many patches! Well, I would too, there's genuinely a LOT of those bad boys out there.
Now, why this tip? Well, the interface isn't the friendliest you can interact with for sure. There's a lot of knobs that aren't really labeled well enough, and it takes quite a bit of prodding to get anything useful out of it. Not to mention, FM synthesis by itself is not a very easy concept to understand. If you do understand how it works, definitely give patchmaking a shot, as you could end up with some really interesting stuff! Hell, I'm slowly working on cobbling together a patch set of my own, I... should probably work on it instead of writing reviews en masse here...
ANYWAY, you should absolutely get this if you're on the lookout for classic sounds, but make sure you at least get ahold of the factory patches (should be a .SYX file), as the default patches Dexed comes with, well, they're not the best showcase of DX7 in my opinion.