Thank goodness for Props thinking of a DX to PX convertor!
I've crashed through a whole bundle of DX sounds I've found from various sources, which weighs in about 700MB. That's somewhere around 56,000 individual sounds, in who knows how many banks.
At the moment, I've not had chance to sort through for duplicates. No doubt there will be several, due to the nature of the beast.
How best to handle this?
What I did notice, just glancing through, were several banks which look like they're from DX Owners Club. Also, some looked like they were banks for TX816 & TX812.
Believe me, as I was involved with DXOC (co-opted by Tony Wride - mainly to be the librarian for DX9 sounds, and help out generally), sorting through all of this isn't going to happen with in a few hours or days. So, once those have been checked..... I can't give any timetable but, it could be so much released at a time. That's much as we used to do back with the DXOC..... We're talking almost 30 years ago!
Now.... How do I wangle getting single sounds converted from .syx? That's me thinking out loud, I guess! Who knows where I can get a good DX Library/Editor for Mac?
I've gone like HAL again! My mind is going - I can feel it!
There's a complete bank of TX816 voices. To get the full effect of those, what I'd recommend is finding out how the TX816 worked. Blocks of 6 voices come together to form the whole 'event' of 1 voice, spread over a complete 88 note keyboard.
TX816 (and TX812, 2 module version) linked in with the KX88 mother-keyboard. Along with a QX1, that made for a powerful (at the time) combination.
Anyz! First looks can be deceptive. Basically, I have 30 of the DXOC DX7 Banks. Originally, they came in (to Tony Wride - assisted by his lovely wife, Hilary) from various members around the UK. I have no idea of the grand total of voices received, but, judging from how many sheets I worked through (Yeah, very old skool using paper and pen), It would've been more than 30 banks worth. So, you have a good idea of how much there is to be worked through, to check.
As I said earlier, there's a complete series for TX816, that's banks of matched sounds. You could apply these in pairs for TX812.
** Not to be confused with TX81Z, as that was a 4-operator FM synth. Go look on sites for Vintage Synths for more information. I'm just going off the top of my head **
Also, I've spotted a few banks for DX5. (That was either a scaled up version of 2 DX7 in one case, or.... a scaled-down DX1, without the parameters display and weighted wooden keys.)
And, finally, there's just one bank of DX9 voices. Note - this only had 20 voices per bank compared to DX7 having 32 voices per bank.
After all that - I still have a mountain to climb sorting through everything. What I'm trying to do is see how many banks there are, without duplications. Unless you work through each voice in each bank, there's no easy way of checking for voice duplications. Names don't always help.
The DX5 was basically 2 DX7s in one 76-note keyboard. You could layer, split, or scale the 2 tonegenerators. The DX1 is a DX5 with a weighted keyboard and a display for every parameter.
DX1 arrived before DX5, hence the way I've compared them.
The mistake you missed showed how I was when I put the thread together. TX816 is an EIGHT module beast, not 6 as I'd said. When you get to my age, suffering from vertigo and insomnia.....
Going through everything, voice by voice is proving to be more...... ZzZzZz.... I get like that!
In amongst all the rubbish I've collected, what did I find? The yellowing pages of the original paper manual, at the bottom of a box. No clue to where my TX7 modules are though.
Almost there with the first volume of sounds. I need a break to clear my head. (Vertigo vs Insomnia is not good at my age!)
The whole thing has brought back all these great memories from several times when a bunch of us from DXOC got together. We had conventions for members, featuring other members performing. I recall Ian Boddy did the first one, and he's a great guy too. Katrina Bihari? Where are you now? A certain gentleman introduced me to his son, who, later, was part of Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Ian Bellamy.
You can tell I've got fond memories from almost 30 years ago! That's how it was.
Where was I?
Almost there with the first volume. All I need now is somewhere to park this, and other refills. Once It's tested and checked, I'll issue a link.
Right now, I do need a break. Vertigo isn't much fun when you get to my age!
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