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Old 2013-01-17, 14:24
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How does 12,500 PX patches sound?

I've worked through converting more DX banks than you can shake a stick at. The end result is this collection of original DX7 patches now in PX format, ready for anyone to use.

The first collection contains 30 banks of voices from the old DX Owners Club, which, for several years I was an active member alongside a few others. Between us, we helped Tony Wride (founder) to operate the club. Originally, it was purely for UK members, but that soon changed once we hooked up with people in Japan. That started the whole thing literally going global. Obviously, 30 banks doesn't sound much now. Others will exist out there, somewhere, probably stored in a garage.
Along with those are collections for TX816, TX812 & DX5, which use the same parameters as those of a standard DX7. More for reference, really, there's a bank of DX9 voices. That's the 4-operator implementation of FM Synthesis. It also had a few parameters less than for any of the 6-operator FM synths.

My suggestion is that you start there, and it is like going back in time to around 1983-85, when DXOC was gaining ground and membership.
I've not made a flashy demo, There is one and it speaks for itself, showing how a TX816 was recommended to be set up, by Yamaha, There are simple combinators to match TX816, TX812 and DX5. No need to be flash with any of them. They are starting points only.

And so, here we go......

Please note - I take no credit for any of the voices. (I do know which originated from me amongst all of these.) They are issued in the same spirit as we did with DXOC (later to evolve into the X-Series Owners Club). They are free, belonging to the Public Domain.

Back when we issued any banks or voices, there would be a charge for postage & package. Sometimes there was the basic cost of a RAM cartridge, but most sent their own in. We'd also use several computer formats as well, like on data-cassette. ( I can see some of you smile at that!)
The DXOC was set up as a non-profit organisation, for members, by members. That's all I've done here, keeping the spirit alive once more.

No need for cartridges or cassettes (or floppy disks). No postage & package.
Nothing paid out, nothing to recover. My time was given to help others.


Old 2013-01-17, 15:19
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Thanks a lot for your work mate, did great!
Old 2013-01-17, 15:57
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Old 2013-01-17, 16:39
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Downloading and will soon have a go at these, but i will say thanks!!!!! in advance for your work and for sharing!!!
Old 2013-01-17, 21:46
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That's wonderful, especially that they are curated.

I love those refills the kind souls of PUF made of all the public domain patches but they were overwhelming with some gems mixed in with a lot of mediocre patches. Takes forever to find good sounds in them.

Can't wait to dig into these!
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Old 2013-01-17, 23:03
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Much appreciated sir, it's a beautiful thing to see these sounds created by synthesizer enthusiasts in the 80ies get a new lease of life. Collecting them and sharing them here is a labour of love, so my hat is off to you.
Old 2013-01-18, 13:02
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Such is the nature of all patches. Thnk of how it was when we'd have paper to check and input, only to find something off the scale sonically.
It would be a complete time-consuming exercise to work through each patch. All I've been able to do, practically, is knock out the duplicates in most instances. Even then, it's very likely some slipped through.

There's another mountain of patches still to be checked. Right now, there's a case for saying enough is enough.


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Old 2013-01-18, 13:18
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The real thanks for all of these goes to a whole collection of people who are as anonymous now as they were then.
The way DXOC worked was people gave freely to help others. The best advice always comes from others who use the same piece of kit as yours.
What this has really done is bring back a wealth of great memories. I can even place faces to some patches too.
Old 2013-01-18, 13:26
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If anyone meets any problem with DropBox, I can make other arrangements for on-line storage. Sometimes, it just doesn't like too much traffic at one time.

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