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Dexed
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Dexed - DX7 style synth
Dexed is a FM synth closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7.

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.
  • Multi platform (OS X, Windows, Linux) and multi format (VST, could build a AU also); by using JUCE.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Comes with a 1024 programs compilation.


(1.2 Mb)
  V 0.9.3
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  V 0.9.3
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  V 0.9.3
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  V 0.9.3


 

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Dec 09 2017
  Chris
VST
  5  / 5
Awesome! Came across this the other day and started using it with MainStage. Works really well and is a perfect alternative to having to use my actual DX7 which can be a bit temperamental. Thanks so much for building this!

Nov 16 2017
  Clint
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  ?  / 5
Unable to load download. My computer says it has to know who created the dexed program.
charlie simmons
Nov 25 2017
You have to select the option to allow the files to load as long as you believe they are safe to use. There is no program that can stop you from installing or accessing files unless you are in a corporate environment. Use that option wisely.

Nov 04 2017
  Adrian Georges
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  ?  / 5
Absolutely cool engine. Sounds brillant. Thanks a lot.

Oct 16 2017
  oldskool
VST
  5  / 5
I recently downloaded the synth banks for this, and am a huge fan of this plugin! The original DX patches work brilliantly with this plugin, have been using it nonstop in my production work! Cheers!

Oct 04 2017
  harun
VST
  5  / 5
I use it since a lot of years, I still love it, useful in lot of situations !
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Sept 14 2017
  Jason
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  ?  / 5
Keeps crashing. I have tried reinstalling it and it freezes my DAW everytime
Alex
Sept 18 2017
In wich daw ???

Aug 29 2017
  Mato
VST
  5  / 5
This is a very close emulation of the Yamaha DX7 synth. For a freebie plugin this synth sounds excellent. Really great freeware. And loading sysex patches from the DX7 is so much fun.

Apr 19 2017
  YODAKIDODA
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  ?  / 5
Is it compatible with Macshine Native Instruments?

Apr 07 2017
  Andy C
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  ?  / 5
Love your software! Great job!!! Thanks so much for sharing! This is a Godsend!! Is it possible to save my favourite voices to one 32 voice sysex patch, as in, for example, a compilation of the best pads, for easy access, instead of fishing through the many different folders of "DX7_AllTheWeb". Thanks, Andy.

Mar 25 2017
  David
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  4  / 5
Love it, but can't find DX7 sounds.

Feb 22 2017
  Juan Riccio
VST
  5  / 5
I've had the original DX7, then got myself a DX7 II-s (I modded it with the Grey Matter Response E! board, anyone remember that?), and finally an SY-77 just because it had "real" pianos for gigs. I still have the latter two. This is the closest I've heard to the real thing. Not exactly identical, but 1) remember the velocity issue - all Yamaha keyboards at the time were limited to around 105 max velocity. Maybe the plugin could use an option to map 0-127 to 0-105 or whatever the limit was? This would make some patches less squeaky/harsh. 2) This plugin only emulates the digital circuits that performed FM. The sound of the hardware synth also has D/A converters and preamps. These add some noise, distortion, "grit", "magic" or "mojo", whatever you want to call it. I haven't tried, but I guess that if you really want a phylologically perfect emulation, it would only require: a) limiting the velocities by some clever DAW remapping, b) inserting a couple of plugins after dexed's output: add some noise, maybe add bit reduction to 12 bit (if it isn't 12 bit already) and a (little) bit of preamp simulation (but no tube preamps, guys!).

Feb 21 2017
  tz
VST
  5  / 5
Realy great work. I love it!

Feb 05 2017
  Scarf
VST
  5  / 5
Great work!

Feb 02 2017
  Hans
VST
  5  / 5
Seems great to me. Can't find the Wakko-Jacco preset I remember from the 80's. (Both DX7 and DX9 as far as I remember)

Jan 04 2017
  vcs3
VST
  5  / 5
The DX100/9/21/27 are a 4 operator FM synth and the DX7 6 operator, so there not compatible with DX7 architecture.

Nov 24 2016
  Denis Mathys
VST
  5  / 5
Your software is amazing, thank you so much for sharing it!

Jul 04 2016
  Mr.Tom
VST
  ?  / 5
I had a Yamaha DX100, which was the smaller version to the DX21. The DX7 was better than both of those, but the FM synthesis was the same. This virtual synth is AWESOME, it imports only DX7 sysex, but it SO accurate in regards to replication! If you just want to play the DX7 sound patches for your recording software (DAW) and you do not need a synth module like the Korg Volca FM.. THIS IS ALL YOU NEED!

Jul 01 2016
  Don Montaigne
VST
  ?  / 5
Does anyone else have a problem with this instrument crashing? I've tried the Windows 32 and 64 bit versions with the same result. I have Windows 7 64 bit and am using LMMS. LMMS might be the problem, so if anyone has experience with the program, please let me know.
lukas owens
Jul 28 2016
Yeah, it's lmms I have used it with ableton, fl, and sony acid too, it works in all of those, another thing could be your computer.

Jun 26 2016
  Mark Yurkovic
VST
  4  / 5
Using it in DP8 to try to transfer patches to a Volca FM..... doesn't give me the ability to transfer? Mac OS... Any advice? very frustrated! tandm.yurkovic@comcast.net

Jun 15 2016
  Mark
VST
  5  / 5
The best Fm synth

Apr 24 2016
  jbro
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  ?  / 5
When I go to init patch, only one operator plays. How do I enable the other operators ?
Troy
Oct 05 2016
Turn up the level volume of the other osc's

Apr 10 2016
  Kamal
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  ?  / 5
This plug in is truly incredible. thank you !!

Apr 09 2016
  Roger
VST
  3  / 5
E'thing perfect. A question: can I assign a different folder for sysex? I must copy all of mine to the dir dexed uses by default... TIA!

Apr 09 2016
  Roger
VST
  5  / 5
This is awesome! It solved ALL my probs with my DX7IIFD... :-) THANKS!!! ... if anyond is interested: I actualle figured out how to read/write the floppies using a cheap (Windows) 10!) PC USB drive, and I know how to bundle the sysex couple-wise and write them on the Floppy xxx.Ixx. Take care everybody!

Feb 13 2016
  Anonymous
VST
  5  / 5
Thanks this is what I was looking for!

Aug 07 2015
  xanu
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  ?  / 5
Not responsingb to sysex in Logic or Life. Anyone a solution?

Jul 22 2015
  SecludedSandwitch
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   / 5
I just downloaded this and the DX7 Alltheweb preset packs, when i use the AU in logic pro x and try to open the SYX files, they are all greyed out, I cannot select them that is. Does anyone know how to open these files with Dexed in Logic?

Jul 18 2015
  Puddn
VST
  5  / 5
Some of the people on here have no idea of the beauty of FM. I own a real DX7 and this is the nearest I've heard to the real synth. I love the sound of FM it is my favorite type of synthesis. I also have FM8 and this is soooo much better than FM8 in my opinion. There is nothing wrong with the GUI at all. I've been looking for a good DX7 editor librarian and this is a dream come true. Thank you so much. You have made me very happy. Some of the people complaining here haven't got a clue about FM. Don't listen to them. This is well worth the download.

Jul 14 2015
  TJ
VST
  5  / 5
By far the best in this catagory! Peeps talking bad about the gui need to get a life- theres more to plugs than gui's. Been using it so often for long that i kinda take it for granted (shame on me). This is 5 star awesomeness for real!!!

Jul 09 2015
  kronos
VST
  5  / 5
FM synthesis is limited per se. DEXED does what it has to do, nothing more nor less. Great if you want metallic sounds, it is not an analog sounding synth, don t blame it for that !

Jul 07 2015
  Robin
VST
  ?  / 5
Everything I hate about keyboards of the 80's is here in one VST

Jun 21 2015
  Ken B
VST
  0  / 5
I do not know what is going on here. The one I downloaded has 32 very poor presets, useless.... sorry.
alex
Sept 25 2016
Looks like you don't know much about synths. If you don't like the presets make your own and if you don't wanna program, then use samples.

Jun 18 2015
  Ricksails
VST
  3  / 5
Love the e-piano sound that I coupled with a terrific chorus and reverb. Sounds exactly like my old Yamaha TX802. The only problem I have is the pitch doesn't seem to be exactly 440. Does anyone know how to tweak it for more correct tuning. PS: Not trying to tune while in chorus mode etc.

May 26 2015
  A Believer
VST
  5  / 5
I finally found God. He is using "Digital Suburban" as an alias!

Apr 23 2015
  DEE-EX
VST
  5  / 5
Dunno what anyone is complaining about with this plugin the price is right and this has saved me forking out for a 2nd hand DX7, all the sounds I want are right there and far more tweakable enjoyable and portable!!! Amazing!

Mar 31 2015
  terr
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  ?  / 5
any1 tried using with maschine? it finds it, but will not find it if that makes sense (no ticks in preferences ) can some1 point out what goin on pleease?

Mar 25 2015
  Joe
VST
  5  / 5
Really like this but can somebody please help me save patches. Once i like my sound I press SAVE but when I load this sysex file it reverts the first sound from the bank I was in? Please help!!
Steve
Aug 01 2015
I am having the same problem. I'm maybe just doing something wrong. Fantastic vst synth though. I had an original DX7 years ago. This is just bang on the money. Great sound, great to have those DX sounds again. Just wish I could save my creations and keep them.

Mar 20 2015
  xanu
VST
  ?  / 5
Great work.. would be nice to have this as AU.

Mar 13 2015
  Anonymous
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  ?  / 5
HI, excellent sounding but I cannot seem to load all the 2000 presets that I got. Not sure how to do this. I can load 1 at a time and listen to it. Can you help give me instructions.

Mar 10 2015
  Mr Deluxe
VST
  4  / 5
Absolutly fantastic! I made lots of patches back in the days on my DX7 with a editor on a Mac Plus. The DEXED is even better than the real thing! I hope in the future the DEXED will have the master tune feature implemented. That way I could have 8 DEXED's in paralel and detune them a bit like the TX816 !!! Highly recommended vst !!!

Mar 04 2015
  dave the csp dx7 player
VST
  5  / 5
Haven&'t explored this much yet, but looks and sounds good so far in Cubase essentials 5. I had original dx7 hardware, which went faulty, then I bought fm8 for my main computer. This free option will bring dx7 sounds to my wifes laptop which she thankfully lets me use when I'm on the move and wanting to create music. Will supply an update to this post when I've had chance to try it properly. Thanks, I am having some fun here.

Jan 27 2015
  Paul_DeBrione
VST
  5  / 5
Holy crap we live in permanent science fiction. We have the sum total of human knowledge in the palm of our hands. We can never get lost or bored. And now I can download a tiny bit of code for free and suddenly I have a DX7 synth that is far superior to the original. How is it superior you ask? Have you ever tried to program the original DX7? We all gave up and just pressed for the next patch. It was a nightmare. This positively begs for tweaking. It's superbly designed and sounds great. Does it sound exactly like a DX7? Well which DX7 do you want to compare it to, since they all sounded a little different. This is close enough and when you integrate it into a track it does exactly what we used them for all those years ago. To cut through everything else and stand out front in the mix. I can't recommend this enough and Digital Suburban should get the Nobel Prize for coolness. BTW to people like "thefixer" and "POS Master" all I can say is "WOW really?" I dare you to try and do half of what this guy has done. He didn't even go down the old Synthedit route. He coded this all from scratch and produced an excellent tight synth for those of us who remember what it was really like in the glorious "Analog" days.

Jan 16 2015
  knackers
VST
  5  / 5
This negates the AU issue as much as possible right now, for mac heads running logic and the like! http://www.refusesoftware.com/products/feature/3

Jan 03 2015
  Eddie P
VST
  3  / 5
Great for free. Some cool features that no other freeware fm synth has. The GUI is slick, astheticly pleasing, and nicely laid out, all on one page, thats what I like :), but... I'm guessing the GUI was designed more with the app, than the vst in mind, its cramped, and yet only uses 1/4 of the screen. make it bigger. It would be nice if you could manipulate the graphic displays too. The biggest problem is the sound quality. The operators have really audiable pitch steps, even the fine tuning, there are problems with envelopes with short release times too. The overall sound quality is pretty poor in comparison to commercial fm vst's. A valiant effort, but sound quality is everything. Thanks for sharing this, I had fun playing with it, your definitley on the right lines ,I'll definitly be checking out the next version, but there's still a lot of work to be done before this is a viable alternative to the FM vstis I use.
Richard
Jan 20 2015
Lulz i crack up reading that. So it is an exact recreation of a classic fm synth sound... Can you not read that again and realise how idiotic you sound (comparing the DX7 to commercial synths that feature fm). Have you perhaps also thought you might need to learn about applying effects to the signal?

Dec 31 2014
  Chris Summers
VST
  5  / 5
Best free plugin I have used.

Nov 22 2014
  Great sound
VST
  5  / 5
Nice to use, sounds great.

Oct 20 2014
  Tukotal
VST
  5  / 5
Not noisy, sounds great, the new GUI is splendid, try it!

Oct 20 2014
  albertodream
VST
  5  / 5
Great emulation of the Yamaha DX7. Probably the best.

Oct 18 2014
  Speedee
VST
  5  / 5
Sounds realy nice, great presets and I love the interface.

Sept 19 2014
  SMW
VST
  ?  / 5
Sounds great, but midi support crashes it on LMMS :-( Hope it gets fixed soon.

Aug 14 2014
  mrbo5
VST
  3  / 5
So as an all time DX7 lover, knowing certainly most DX7 compatible software it is nice to see this vsti. It can load the DX .syx files and they sound nice. The GUI is quiet painful. I hate to scream into my monitor. But if you have your favourite DX7 sounds that don't need to be tampered with. Let's call it DX7 syx player, and everybody is happy.

Jul 16 2014
  Digitizer
VST
  5  / 5
It should be worth noting that this VST is now on Version 0.6.1 with a lot of fixes and the ability to browse DX syx cartridges from within the synth. Top marks indeed. :)

Jun 23 2014
  Anonymous
VST
  5  / 5
I absolutely love how you can hover over the controls with the mouse and use the mouse wheel to tweak the parameters! I wish more vst's were like that. Best FM plugin to date!

Jun 20 2014
  the best ever
VST
  5  / 5
This is a DX7! great synth!

Jun 19 2014
  Digitizer
VST
   / 5
Now it's been updated to sort out the noise issue, I got to say this is by far the best ever DX emu. None of the presets will disappoint and there are plans to make a new GUI for it too, not only a keeper, but a must for anyone wanting real DX sounds. The C++ runtime is only a rapid download, so no big deal there. I love it, it's low on CPU and has very inspiring sounds.

Jun 19 2014
  ubagod
VST
  5  / 5
The absolute best DX7 emulator! Even has classic presets in the banks! 10 out of 5 stars!

Jun 17 2014
  Anonymous
VST
  5  / 5
Awesome. This thing loads and saves dx7 sysex. This can be used to actually create patches for a real dx7! I stopped using mine because it was so tedious to make sounds and not have enough memory to store them. I do believe my dx7 is about to be used more!

Jun 16 2014
  synth master general
VST
  5  / 5
It is a weird layout but after a few minutes it makes sense. As far as the "knobs" go, you can click the knob with the mouse and use the thumbwheel to adjust it rather than using the whole mouse. If you learn the GUI this synth is amazing if you want DX7ish sounds. As far as the complaint about the c+ runtimes, many computers have it but if not, download it from Microsoft. It is a small file and the whole process takes like 3 minutes. THIS PLUGIN IS A GEM!

Jun 16 2014
  The POS Master
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  0  / 5
I agree with "thefixer" you might be able to make some sounds if it weren't for that wretched gui with it's tiny unmarked knobs and no way of knowing the signal paths. Maybe if you had severe autism this might make sense! Oh yeah you also have to load C++ runtimes on your computer to run it! It claims to be a DX7 styled synth... programing an actual DX7 would be easier than this convoluted mess!
Anonymous
Jun 23 2014
I guess FM synthesis is too difficult for you to handle!
Richard
Jan 20 2015
The original is like that though, sort of like a modelling synth you expect to find weird sounds, it would never be a goto performance synth where you want to tweak dials on the fly as small changes cause radical sound alteration... Ableton operator is like that.

Jun 15 2014
  thefixer
VST
  0  / 5
Noisy, sounds crap, awful GUI. Avoid!
Robin
Jul 07 2015
Thank you, one of few on this page with any taste. The presets are thin and cheap sounding, who wants that?
AnOnim
Jan 17 2017
Also, if you use FL Studio and don't like this synth (I haven't tried it) you can use Sytrus as well. There are more features and you can create automation clips.