- The Reface DX is NOT a remake of the legendary
- 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 file formats 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.
If you need an offline editor/librarian for your Reface DX you can download the Reface DX Editor Panel that I created for Ctrlr. In the Reface DX Legacy archives you will find a file with *.rdx filename extension. This file allows loading a full bank of patches in my Ctrlr RefaceDX Editor panel using the IMPORT function.
I have collected some links to SysEx Dump Utilities for several platforms. Give it a try!
The patches are also provided as midifiles (*.mid) and as plain text files (*.txt) You can use any MIDI sequencer to play the files to send the SysEx data to your Reface DX. The text files show a list of all parameter values. You can enter the values by hand in your Reface DX for the best educational experience :-)
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