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My first SysEx dump
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I'm embarrassed (or pleased) to say I've never needed to transfer SysEx data manually to update a synth etc.

Over the weekend I took delivery of a DX7 Mk 1 and that changed. It's in great condition but I wanted to get some patches into it other than the 32 defaults, so spent a few hours working out how to transfer SysEx data to it from my Mac. After a few hours of frustration I worked out how to do it and felt like I'd won an olympic medal at the end of it grin

So I finally broke the SysEx drought - only took me 35+ years wink

I'd love to hear any recommendations of DX7 soundbanks you particularly love. I'm only using free ones at present and have seen some commercial ones, but interested in people's thoughts.

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Congratulations! For your next assignment, a tape dump.


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It’s funny how one can read a thread title incorrectly. Says a lot more about me than it does you, David.

And...congrats!

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Originally Posted by David Holloway
I'd love to hear any recommendations of DX7 soundbanks you particularly love.

I've been trying to find DX7 soundbanks I particularly love for 30 years. Still can't come up with any. wink


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Originally Posted by J. Dead
Congratulations! For your next assignment, a tape dump.

Never grin

And Dave D. that's interesting as the couple I've found so far haven't grabbed me either.

Paul: you're a sicko! grin

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I hear good things about the Trebuchet series... duck


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Ok so I googled, which sent me back to this forum to a 2016 thread but I still don't get the joke wink

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Don't listen to these guys David. The DX-7 is one of the easiest synths to roll your own on. Yes, you can hunt down thousands of great sounding patches but with its simple straight forward interface you'll soon create your own bank that sounds just as good if not better.

If ever there were a synth you can't make a bad sound on this is it. Congrats and enjoy!

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Originally Posted by Anti-Markyboard
Don't listen to these guys David. The DX-7 is one of the easiest synths to roll your own on. Yes, you can hunt down thousands of great sounding patches but with it's simple straight forward interface you'll soon create your own bank that sounds just as good if not better.

If ever there were a synth you can't make a bad sound on this is it. Congrats and enjoy!

You sir are now officially going to hell grin

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Patch dumps are for beginners! You haven't lived until you've programmed Roland parameter change sysex strings into your controller. My A800 Pro calculates the checksums for you but I remember programming a Peavey PC1600 and I'm pretty sure I had to calculate my own. Fun times!

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Originally Posted by Reezekeys
Patch dumps are for beginners! You haven't lived until you've programmed Roland parameter change sysex strings into your controller. My A800 Pro calculates the checksums for you but I remember programming a Peavey PC1600 and I'm pretty sure I had to calculate my own. Fun times!

Fun times, like having your hemorrhoids removed with a cheese grater? grin

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That's not exactly how I'd describe it, to be honest, but appreciate the, er, descriptive terminology! smile

Actually, I'll admit that my nerdiness quotient was well-satisfied when I figured out how to do this and my trialing & erroring with XORing hex values worked! In my experience, Roland stands out with manuals that clearly lay out everything you need to remotely edit almost every parameter in their synths (at least the ones I was working with at the time).

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Originally Posted by Reezekeys
That's not exactly how I'd describe it, to be honest, but appreciate the, er, descriptive terminology! smile

Actually, I'll admit that my nerdiness quotient was well-satisfied when I figured out how to do this and my trialing & erroring with XORing hex values worked! In my experience, Roland stands out with manuals that clearly lay out everything you need to remotely edit almost every parameter in their synths (at least the ones I was working with at the time).

Yeah I can fully understand the satisfaction part - it's not simple or intuitive stuff so it's nice to get it right smile

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*twitch* *twitch*

Sorry, just having an unpleasant flashback there to a time when I had to load patches (and sysex) into a room full of touchy keyboards, modules and effects units in order to mix a particular song....

Having everything right inside the computer these days is like magic (the good kind). I sometimes miss that imposing feeling of having/being around lots of gear though smile And of course computers can introduce their own hassles.

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Originally Posted by Reezekeys
Patch dumps are for beginners! You haven't lived until you've programmed Roland parameter change sysex strings into your controller. My A800 Pro calculates the checksums for you but I remember programming a Peavey PC1600 and I'm pretty sure I had to calculate my own. Fun times!

After confession, the priest had me study the Roland Fantom X6 sysex parameter manual for absolution.


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