About the project:

The Yamaha Reface DX is a great little synth and I love it. But before I continue I want to make a few things clear. Don't believe everything the ads and salesmen try to tell you! I know what I am talking about:

- The Reface DX is NOT a remake of the legendary DX7
- The Reface DX is NOT compatible with 4-operator FM synths from the past like the TX81Z, DX100, or DX9
- Therefore it is NOT possible to load patches from those vintage Yamaha FM synths in a Reface DX

Did I say "NOT possible"? I wanted to give it a try anyway. Some years ago I started a Python project called DXconvert. The original goal was to be able to convert between the many different file formats that people have used and use to save Yamaha DX7 System Exclusive voicedata. Not much time later I started developing TXconvert to support 4-operator FM synths. Over time this project has grown to support hundreds of fileformats and a whole family of vintage FM synths.

When the Yamaha Reface DX arrived I immediately hoped to be able to (re-)use my huge library of SysEx patches for 4-operator FM synths that I had collected since I bought my first Yamaha synth somewhere in the late 1980's. But because of the major differences I had to put a lot of time and effort in expanding the conversion power of my TXconvert software.
This website is the result of these efforts. I have (tried to) re-create the original patches from several vintage Yamaha (and Korg!) FM synths to System Exclusive files that can be loaded in the Yamaha Reface DX.

Please donate to support and to encourage me to continue this project, to improve the quality of the conversions, and to maintain this website. On request I can also provide patches as QR code images for people using the Yamaha Reface Soundmondo App (iPad/iPhone)

e-mail: m.tarenskeen@zonnet.nl

Copyright ©2017 Martin Tarenskeen
This website was last updated on May 7, 2017