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 Dexed by Digital Suburban is a Virtual Instrument Audio Plugin for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It functions as a VST Plugin.
Dexed
Product Dexed
Developer Digital Suburban
Price (MSRP) Free
Type / Tags
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Instrument(s) 
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Latest
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 0.8.0  Downloads Released
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Dexed is a multi platform, multi format plugin synth that is closely modeled on the Yamaha DX7. Under the hood it uses music-synthesizer-for-android for the synth engine.

The goal of this project is to be a tool/companion for the original DX7. Sound engine with 'float' value parameters, different waveform à la TX81z would be great but anything that goes beyond the DX7 should and will be a fork of this project. This is to keep the compatibility with the original machine.

Dexed is licensed on the GPL v2.

Features:

  • Multi platform (OS X, Windows, Linux) and multi format (VST, could build a AU also); by using JUCE.
  • The sound engine music-synthesizer-for-android is closely modeled on the original DX7 characteristics.
  • 144 DAW automatable DX7 parameters available from one single panel.
  • Fully supports DX7 input and output Sysex messages; including controller change. This means that you can use this with a native DX7/TX7 as a patch editor.
  • Each operator have a realtime VU meter to know which one is active.
  • Can load/save any DX7/TX7 sysex programs. It is also possible to save a single program into a different sysex file.
  • Comes with a 1024 programs compilation.

Version 0.8.0:

  • New UI by AZur Studio.
  • You can now copy/paste the operator/envelopes values by using the right-click mouse button on the operator.
  • Fixed some of mono mode ticks on lower frequencies.
  • SynprezFM preset are now in a submenu.
Discussion: Active

Discussion

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14 June 2014 at 6:25ammztk

Dexed V5 is read by Orion on startup but not appearing in.

plugin list :( gonna try older versions. win32/vista.

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14 June 2014 at 9:33pmbob bobwood

here's what I tried earlier, but I'll bet you've been there already....

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=33&t=413740

30 June 2014 at 2:17pmballacr75

Why not make mouse vertical movements?

6 July 2014 at 12:21amarkmabat

Free presets by Tim Conrardy:

http://patcharena.com/downloads/comment.php?dlid=620&ENGINEsessID=64373a5c0652c6a9147bada9d58d7530.

7 July 2014 at 12:36pmDrewDale
1 August 2014 at 10:15pmrootberg

This is actually a very interesting emulation. I haven't really been impressed by FM8 as _an emulation_ of DX7s etc, but I can respect it as a good synth in it's own right. From this I actually hear a very DX7 sounding synth. I think brass patches sound very cool for example, in a way that can't really be made with other synth types. Well done.

And man is the interface pretty.

Jk, it looks ass, but charming in its own way :)

5 August 2014 at 3:33pmtnkdesbois

Outstanding DX7 emulation ! A masterwork !
Features to add :
- A "panic" button that kills all sound output as some sounds seem to be buggy and loop forever.
- An "init" button to start sounds from scratch, like there was one on the original DX7.

12 September 2014 at 2:30amasb2m10

The "init" button has been added in the 0.7.0 version.

The sound loop bug is fixed; so, no need for "panic" button.

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5 August 2014 at 4:35pmrootberg

tnkdesbois: I hear ya. I think the "loop" you might talk about is when you play a patch and change patch while holding a key, then the old patch never receives a note off and keeps going, if I'm not mistaken. But your problem might be different.

And you can actually flip back to the old patch and hit the hang up key to make it stop. But yea, a bit confusing :)

28 September 2014 at 11:15amStudioDave

The latest codebase does not build on Fedora 19 x86_64. Here's the error:

[dlphilp@localhost Linux]$ make
Compiling PluginEditor.cpp
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp: In constructor 'DexedAudioProcessorEditor::DexedAudioProcessorEditor (DexedAudioProcessor*)':
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp:216:60: error: 'juce::Button::ButtonState' is not a class or namespace
monoButton->setState (processor->isMonoMode () ? Button::ButtonState::buttonDown : Button::ButtonState::buttonNormal);
^
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp:216:94: error: 'juce::Button::ButtonState' is not a class or namespace
monoButton->setState (processor->isMonoMode () ? Button::ButtonState::buttonDown : Button::ButtonState::buttonNormal);
^
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp: In member function 'virtual void DexedAudioProcessorEditor::buttonClicked (juce::Button*)':
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp:365:64: error: 'juce::Button::ButtonState' is not a class or namespace
monoButton->setState (processor->isMonoMode () ? Button::ButtonState::buttonDown : Button::ButtonState::buttonNormal);
^
../../Source/PluginEditor.cpp:365:98: error: 'juce::Button::ButtonState' is not a class or namespace
monoButton->setState (processor->isMonoMode () ? Button::ButtonState::buttonDown : Button::ButtonState::buttonNormal);
^
make: *** [build/intermediate/Debug/PluginEditor_94d4fb09.o] Error 1.

AFAICT my Juce code is up-to-date. Any suggestions ?

Btw, is there an email addy or other contact address for the developer ?

Best, .

dp.

28 September 2014 at 11:38amStudioDave

Fixed by removing namespace qualifier in PluginEditor.cpp at lines 216 and 365.

28 September 2014 at 2:10pmBlackWinny

It is not here that you should write all that. Talk about the code and the compilations here is totally useless. Te comments written here are sent to the users, and 99,99% of them are single users, not at all involved in the development nor in the tests.

The right place to talk about the aspects of the development, the code, etc. it is on the forum of the Dexed development:

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=413885&start=285

14 October 2014 at 1:12pmStudioDave

Thank, I missed that there was a dev forum for Dexed.

14 October 2014 at 6:50pmopoo

I think for all the novices it should be helpful to make them aware that the original DX7 had only a velocity range up to 100. Todays MIDI standard is 127. This actually srews up the majority of all classic DX7 presets. Its like playing Piano with a slegde hammer. So please, before trying to explore those old DX7 presets make sure you adjust your masterkeyboard or software so your velocity will not exceed 100.

14 October 2014 at 6:59pmBlackWinny

Hello opoo.

Come and join us on the dev forum of Dexed! You're welcome.

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5904565#p5904565

22 October 2014 at 10:34pmclou

great stuff. thanks, man. could you add the feature "key mode" please? I'm not sure if this is only in the dx-7 II. you can switch there from polyphonic to monophonic and especially unison poly with the unison detune from 0-7. sounds great.

22 October 2014 at 11:37pmBlackWinny

See the new GUI:

http://le-son666.com/software/dexed/dexed0.8b1.png

See at the bottom left of the picture, just above the blue button called "Store".

So... once more, as I answered just above to opoo, I invite you to join us at the dev forum of Dexed. It is the right place to discuss the features, not here on the place made in the current page for general comments on a product.

In the dev forums everybody is welcome to suggest new features, comment those which are already existing, report bugs, try beta versions, etc.

The dev forum of Dexed is here:

http://www.kvraudio.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=5903996#p5903996

23 October 2014 at 6:02amclou

Sorry, I answered at the other forum now.

26 October 2014 at 8:23pmrootberg

Just wanted to say that the new GUI is amazing!!!! Thank you!!.

I love Dexed!!!.

1 November 2014 at 6:33amlayzer

brilliant! this thing sounds just like the real deal, now... if somone could just make a free D-50 emulation as good as this without getting sued!! lol.

1 November 2014 at 9:36amtnkdesbois

That's the difference between emulating a synth based on unpattentable, uncopyrightable mathematical formulas and emulating a synth based on proprietary, copyrighted waveforms.

However you made a point here : Only Korg turned it's old flagships into VSTs (see the legacy series). Yamaha could have done it with their brilliant DX but... Digital Suburban did (and they had 15 years or so between the invention of the VST norm and the release of Dexed to do so !), and having set it as an free open source project is even greater.

It's a shame that while Roland used to own cakewalk software that they didn't do - atleast for their in-house daw Sonar - a D50 VST emulation.

Anyway, I never tought I'm gonna get a plugin - and especially a free / open source one ! - coming so close (read = being the exact equivalent) to the almighty FM emperor the DX7 was !

Congrats, Pascal ! (Digital Suburban).

2 November 2014 at 10:01pmopoo

So I was working with dexed v8 a couple of hours and here is what I came up with:

much better, but still....
the six operator windows are still to cluttered. Increase the space between them and make more contrast to the background. Have background black for example.
Separate OP1-3 and OP4-6 with the lower parameters in the middle.That makes it more friendly.

when i work with FM I want to see all 16 algorythms to choose wichever I find appropriate. Dialing is distracting.
The way its on the DX7II is exactly how I like it. Yes it takes some space. But a great synth has a right for his space. Don't worry.

For me it was also always important to mute some operators, while working on the others. Best way for this would be to click and toggle on the operator in the algorythm grafic, which should change its color for on or off.
I also need to point out, that the DX7s had only a velcity range to 100. All this old original sounds have been designed under this.
Today all keyboards run up to the 127 real easy, which destroys the sounds many times. i used to use "velocitycurve" from Trombettworks to tame my keyboards. I suspect it would be a good idea to implement a "velocity tamer" in the app.
Another one: What happened to the Aftertouch ? No Aftertouch?...
Now sadly I myself never learned how to program, so I have no idea how much work my suggestion require. But I dare to mention all this because I have been working with the DX7s since it came out, you know when.

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5 November 2014 at 11:20amtnkdesbois

A small Dexed video demo, made using v0.8 (the one with the new gui). Demonstrates a few patches (classic DX patches and newer pads) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSs1-020nNY

5 November 2014 at 2:31pmBlackWinny

Splendid demo!!! Superb.

20 November 2014 at 7:23pmmisharit

Dexed 0.8 under Reaper x64 on W10 (!) - flawless. And reads the zipped SYX batch like a charm (just a splendid idea - to parse ZIP contents and place them as separate banks, each corresponding to SYX file) - great job!!.

30 December 2014 at 1:31amBolanath

OOh! Nice new GUI! Thank you.

7 February 2015 at 1:04pmspankysimi

I love the synth. I have a major problem though. I am not the best with computers. i managed to install it via juce and use it in ableton (on Mac). after doing a clean OS X install on my macbook i had to reinstall Juce and dexed. now i just can't remember what i did and can't seem to make it work. is there somewhere a manual as to how to do this? I love the synth and miss it.

19 March 2015 at 6:01pmrobohymn

Fantastic plugin. Huge thanks to the developer, especially for version 0.8.0, amazing stuff. Hope he can find a way to commercialize it some day, I'd gladly pay average synth VST prices for this. Can't speak to how close it actually is to a real DX7, but it doesn't matter -- on its own it's a great, great synth.

29 April 2015 at 4:19amnovaflash

Nice VST / Editor .

i use it since a few days to edit my TX-802, all seems works very well.

i only found two small problem when saving sysex :

- the num pad keys + and - in/decrease the prog. change into host (into the the save as box)

- the output level seems low vs other VST.

great job, thanks :)

dexed 0.80
Windows 7 pro 32-bits
Minihost (toby bear)

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