C O M M E R C I A L S O U N D B A N K SHere
is a repertory including actual and discontinued commercial soundbanks
that I collected since over 30 years from ROM cartridges, floppy disks
each of them you'll find comments about company or sounddesigner and a
detailed patchlist. Several of them also include image(s) from the
This collection is not complete, if you have material that is not listed here, I would be largely interested in!This page is organized in three sections:1°/ ROM cartridges, extensions & floppy disks collection2°/ Books collection3°/ Missing soundbanks (I mean the material that I'm still searching for...)ROM CARTRIDGES, EXTENSIONS & FLOPPY DISKS COLLECTION
Companies/distributers (alphabetical order):
Sounddesigners/programmers (alphabetical order):
|Bristow, David||Ciani, Suzanne||Fernandez, Manny||Fukuda, Yasuhiko||Karm|
|Krischker, Peter||Leuenberger, Gary||Maass, Hubertus||Mukaiya, Minoru||Müller, Friedrich|
|Otwell, Marshall||Paich, David||Peer, Scott||Porcaro, Steve||Rausch, Klaus-Peter|
|Russ, Martin||Sakamoto, Ryuichi||Tobenfeld, Emil||Tomlyn, Bo||Trinidad, Elson|
|Ubukata, Noritaka||Verret, Scott||Watts, Cosmo|Downloadable
soundbanks are available in standard Sysex (*.syx - 4'104 bytes), SMF
(*.mid) and Midi Quest© (*.vbk) file formats
KEEP IN MIND THAT SENDING THESE SOUNDBANKS TO YOUR SYNTH WILL ERASE ALL DATAS STORED IN
YOUR DX7/TX7 INTERNAL MEMORY
Click here if you need some help or indications on how to transfer these soundbanks to your DX7/TX7
YAMAHA The japanese
company produced and distributed two different series for its own synth:
a) a lot of four original cartridges named ROM#1-4 (2x32 patches - banks A/B). Volume 1 was generally delivered with the synth.
b) twelve cartridges delivered as the VRC-Series (2x32 patches - banks A/B) which included selections from different sounddesigners.
SOUND SOURCE UNLIMITEDSSU is an american society (Los Angeles) which developed complete sounds/samples libraries for a large collection
of diverse synthesizers/samplers models.
Their products are distributed now by Greytsounds™ (owner: Bob Grey) via their website since the mid 90's.
Sound Source Unlimited (SSU) was then renamed "Sound Source Interactive" (SSI).
There were at least a total of 5 double
ROM cartridges (banks A/B) for the DX7 mkI, most of them programmed by
I only succeeded in collecting volumes 3, 4 & 5
through the years.
I also know that SSU distributed a mega ROM
cartridge including 8 soundbanks (certainly volumes 1-4).
informations about it or - best of all - a sysex version of the missing
soundbanks would be largely appreciated!
PA-DECODERPA-Decoder is a german company (Bielefeld) which produced 2 different DX7 mega ROM cartridges:
- "MONST-ROM" (16x32 - 512 patches). This cartridge was organized as a 4x4 categorized
banks (A1-D4) that you could select with switches combinations.- "HYPRA-ROM"
(32x32 - 1'024 patches/very rare!). This cartridge was organized as a
8x4 banks (alpha/beta A1-D4) that you could select with switches
combinations. It gathered all patches from MONST-ROM plus 16 new additional soundbanks.
Tomlyn is an american musician who worked with famous artists during the 80's-90's (Prince,
Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Chicago,...) as keyboardist or synth programmer.
After the successful introduction of the DX series, Bo Tomlyn - along
with Mike Malizola (Yamaha product manager) and Chuck Monte (owner of
Dyno-My-Piano) - founded Key Clique company (Studio City, California) which distributed the nine DX7 soundbanks listed above (all programmed by Bo).
It seems that Symphony company finally sold these cartridges under Key Clique license.
I also read in a mid 80's commercial publication that Bo Tomlyn programmed the following soundbanks: "Orchestral",
"Studio", "Stereo", "Hard Rock", "Electro Techno", "New Wave", "Latin",
"India", "Easy Listening", "Church" and "Country Western".
I never heard from it since and don't know if they were distributed by Key Clique, Symphony or another company.
Any additional informations or - best of
all - a sysex version of it are welcome!
is an american company (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania - owner: Frank
Leister) which edited soundbanks for several 80's synths models.
They distributed a total of nine DX7 soundbanks.I don't know if their DX7 soundbanks have specific names other than "Volumes
A-I" as mentioned here.
Any additional informations about it are
AViC SOFTAViC Soft (which belonged to Rittor Music) is a japanese society (Tokyo) which produced six DX7 ROM cartridges
(banks A/B) programmed by famous japanese or american musicians/sounddesigners.
| KV-01 "Shofuku Part 1" (2 soundbanks - programmed by Y. Fukuda & N. Ubukata - also labeled "IR-01")||Patchlist||Image|
| KV-02 "Shofuku Part 2" (2 soundbanks - programmed by Y. Fukuda & N. Ubukata - also labeled "IR-02")||Patchlist||Image|
| KV-03 "Minoru Mukaiya" (2 soundbanks - programmed by Minoru Mukaiya)||Patchlist||Image|
| KV-04 "Ryuichi Sakamoto" (2 soundbanks - programmed by Ryuichi Sakamoto)||Patchlist||Image|
| KV-05 "TOTO" (2 soundbanks - programmed by David Paich & Steve Porcaro) ||Patchlist||Image|
| KV-06 "Shofuku Gaiden" (2 soundbanks - programmed by Yasuhiko Fukuda & Noritaka Ubukata) ||Patchlist||Image|
DIGITAL MUSIC CORP.
Music Corp. is an american society (Woodland Hills, California) which produced three
DX7 ROM cartridges.
They also distributed RAM cartridges (many thanks to Daniel Forró).
KID NEPROKid Nepro is an american
company (New York - owner: Steve Proto) which is developing products since 1984.
They distributed a mega 32 soundbanks (1'024 patches) collection for DX7 models sold on a 3.5" floppy disk.
is a japanese company which seems to be at first a retail chain in
Japan (around 15 stores - please, correct me if I'm wrong).
They produced at least three DX7 (banks A/B) ROM cards.
"Volume 1" ROM card has been distributed in Europe as the BIAS ROM card (I don't know if other volumes were also distributed by BIAS).
Data is an american society which produced a 32 patches DX7 ROM card
programmed by Suzanne Ciani and named "East Meets West".
Sounds is a german society (Hamburg - owner: Peter Krischker) which
distributes two special DX7 soundbanks collections via their website:
- "Best DX-Collection" (10 soundbanks): a sort of "Best Of" compilation essentially exctracted from Yamaha VRC-Series ROM cards
- "Super DX-Collection" (9 soundbanks): a second compilation collection including an original soundbank ("Tekksyn")
Both collections are now sold together as the "Complete DX-Collection".
is an american society (Salt Lake City, Utah) which essentially
distributed Bo Tomlyn's products under Key Clique license.
They also produced a 4x32 patches (banks A-D) DX7 ROM cartridge named "Symphony 128 - ROM I" programmed by Cosmo Watts.
They proposed too 128 patches RAM cartridges.
| "Symphony 128 - ROM I" (programmed by Cosmo Watts - 4 soundbanks) ||Patchlist||Image|
LIVEWIRE AUDIOLivewire Audio is an american society
(Oceanport, New Jersey) which produced a 2x32 patches (banks A/B) DX7 cartridge named "Super ROM".
ELSON TRINIDADElson is an american keyboardist who sells his own DX7 programmations as independant a few years ago via the Web.
E-mail him at email@example.com if you want to get this soundbank for a $16.00 price.
is an english society (Cheltenham) which distributed a sixteen DX7 soundbanks set.
Several of these soundbanks were also included with an Atari editor named "DX Heaven" and distributed by Dr. T's (Bob Melvin/Emil Tobenfeld society).
GEERDESGeerdes is a german
company (Berlin) which is distributing now MIDIFiles songs.
They began in 1985 with synth soundbanks and editors for Atari or Commodore 64.
They produced a DX7 sixteen soundbanks megacard named "DX-ROM 512" in the late 80's.SYNTECHSyntech is an american company which distributed several DX7 products:
a 10 soundbanks set which seems to have been extracted from the same
file (I don't know if it was originally a ROM cartridge, a floppy disk, a
- a 64 patches ROM cartridge (2x32/banks A&B) programmed and signed by Marshall Otwell
- blank RAM cartridges
METRA SOUNDMetra Sound is a german company which produced a mega 32 soundbanks (1'032 patches) DX7 ROM cartridge named "Mega ROM".
Their products are now delivered by Sound Art website (Dahlenburg, Germany - owner: Roger Person).
Vertrieb (which seems to be the same firm as Metra Sound) is a german society which distributed several DX7 ROM cartridges.
They also gathered their total production on a mega 16 soundbanks ROM
cartridge named "MX 1". I own one of these, but it seems that
soundbanks 6-9 are defectuous. Any additional informations or - best of
all - a sysex version of it are welcome!SOUNDENGINESoundEngine is an american
society (Bâton-Rouge, Louisiana) which is apparently selling now - among others - products developed
in the past by Technosis company.
They are proposing two DX7 soundbanks: "Analog Feel" and "Ouch That Hurts!" (programmed by Scott Peer).
Music is a german company which distributed ROM/RAM cards for diverse synths.
They produced a mega 16 soundbanks DX7 cartridge named "Super ROM".MSX
is a german society which seems to be at first a recording studio in Wittmund (owner: Georg Albrecht).
They produced seven DX7 cartridges.
their sounds are in fact the same ones as those contained in the PA-Decoder mega cartridges.
Certainly this society did sell their copyrights to PA-Decoder. Any additional informations about it are welcome! SYNTHWARESynthware is an american
company (Reading, Pennsylvania) which commercialized four DX7 ROM cards as the "Sound
Pack" (or "Voice Pack") Series.
All have been programmed by
Scott Verret, a sounddesigner who worked during the 80's with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Genesis,...
They have been distributed for a while these last years as sysex files via
the Waterfall 440 Studio Music website
| Sound Pack 1 "State-of-the-Art Digitals" (programmed by Scott Verret - 2 soundbanks)||Patchlist|
| Sound Pack 2 "Symphonic & Orchestral Group" (programmed by Scott Verret - 2 soundbanks)||Patchlist|
| Sound Pack 3 "Contemporary and Modern Songs" (programmed by Scott Verret - 2 soundbanks)||Patchlist|
| Sound Pack 4 "Hybrids, Analogs and Basses" (programmed by Scott Verret - 2 soundbanks)||Patchlist|
REC'UPThis swiss website is still developing products for old vintage synths. They are proposing now eight
DX7 original soundbanks as the "R" Series.
Patchman Music is an american company (Brecksville, Ohio - owner: Matt Traum) which is distributing three DX7 soundbanks via their website.
Volume three is integrally programmed for a breath or wind controller use.RITTOR MUSIC
Rittor Music is a japanese
company (Tokyo) which distributed ROM cards and also edited interesting books about
They sold the AViC DX7 cartridges.
They also produced a cartridge named "Shinzui" (Sound Data Series Vol.1) and labelized "KB Special Data Cartridge/VD64-7CRTI ".SOUND CONNECTIONSound Connection is an american society (Palo Alto, California) which distributed a 4 soundbanks DX7 ROM cartridge .SOUND SOURCESSound
Sources - not to confuse with Sound Source Unlimited - is an american
company (Tualatin, Oregon) which distributed several types of DX7 cartridges:
- 2 types of RAM (32 or 128 patches)
- 1 type of ROM (128 patches)
- combined RAM (64 patches)/ROM (64 patches)
The 128 ROM cartridge I got is defectuous and patches 2-5 from bank A are not readable. Any informations or - best of all - a sysex version of it are welcome!BITEC
Bitec is a japanese society which produced three DX7 ROM cards as the Sound DataX 64 Series.FID MIDISOFTWARE
Midisoftware is a german society (owner: Friedrich Müller) which
developed a DX7 software named "DX-Soundstore" for Commodore 64 computers
during the 80's.
They joined with it three sets of 39 soundbanks each (total: 3'744 patches) on 5.25" floppy disks.
VERY BIG THANKS to Daniel Forró who carefully converted and repaired all of it!
DATA STORE ®Data Store is a german society (Bremen) developed by Hubertus Maass. They produced a total of six DX7 soundbanks.(Many thanks to Daniel Forró for his contribution).HUBERTUS MAASSHere are two DX7 soundbanks signed by Hubertus but which seem not to have been distributed by his society Data Store (please, correct me if I'm wrong).
is an american society which produced a ROM cartridges system developed by Martin Russ in 1985.
consisted of a single ROM cartridge unit that you plug into the DX7
Then, you can clip on it different chips which are in fact
additional ROMs. This society developed a total of 5 ROMs (64 patches
each - banks A/B).
BACK IN TIME RECORDSBack In Time Records is a german society (Wiesbaden - owner: Klaus-Peter Rausch) which is distributing via the Web
soundbanks for hardware or virtual synths and samples collections.
They edited in the past (1985) a DX7 book named "Die DX7 Fibel" (written
in german by Klaus-Peter Rausch).
They are proposing it again via their
website with 2 DX7 soundbanks set (soundbanks are delivered via e-mail,
book by postmail).
is a german company (Rellingen) which is now renamed Emagic. They
developed in the past the famous Atari "Notator" program.
They edited two DX7 preloaded RAM cartridges as the "X-RAM 128" series (4 soundbanks each).
Volume 1 is named "Performance Collection" (many thanks to Daniel Forró) and volume 2 is named "Recording Collection".
This last one is still missing to my collection. Any informations or - best of all - a sysex version of it are welcome!BARB & COBarb & Co is a french society (Mésanger - owner: Stéphane Garganigo) which is developing products for several synthesizers.
They recently produced an original two DX7 soundbanks set named "Neptune-X7" available as sysex file via their website.
is a DX7 expansion board originally developed by french engineer Dan Armandy and commercialized by Dan and Alain Seghir.
card included an expansion memory (512 patches - 16x32 patches), an
arpeggiator, a chorus-delay section, sound creation functions,....
They also included with it two original soundbanks.
It is now sold via the web as the SuperMAX+ by the american society Music Technologies Group (California).
GREY MATTER RESPONSEGrey Matter Response is an american company (Scotts Valley, California).
They produced and distributed an internal extension board named E! Card which enhanced DX7 mkI models.
It added extra memories (576 internal patches), patch mapping, bi-timbrality, layering, LED brightness,...
delivered it with a seven 3.5" floppy disks set including soundbanks.SOUNDSATIONS!SoundSations!
is an american company which is proposing a hundred and fifteen DX7 soundbanks set on floppy
The best way to obtain it, is to keep an eye on
eBay US auctions.MANYMIDIManyMIDI is an american
society (Beverly Hills, California - owner: Elmo Peeler) which developed huge sound libraries for several synth models.
DX7/TX7 library is constitued of two sets for a total of 6'225 patches.
All are organized in specific categories (Pianos, Brass,
Strings, Organ, Bells, Marimbas,...).
a long time I wonder what could be the exact origin from this strange
DX7 green mint reversible ROM cartridge listed on this webpoage and
named "L.A. Standard".
| ManyMIDI DX7/TX7 Set#1 - General (All except Perc/FX) -- (140 soundbanks - 4'009 patches)||Patchlist||Order it|
| ManyMIDI DX7/TX7 Set#2 - Percussion/FX (80 soundbanks - 2'216 patches)||Patchlist||Order it|
A few weeks ago, I found three DX7 cartridges
with identical design (only colors change - see pictures below). And I
had the surprise to see that these ROM cartridges contained commercial
soundbanks distributed by AViC and Yamaha (see desription below).
So, I may think that these cartridges are in fact illegal copies from other commercial material.
here is the question: from which soundbank was this "L.A. Standard"
cartridge duplicated? Could it be the Volume 1 or 2 distributed by SSU?
Any precisions or additional informations about it are welcome!
| Green mint "L.A. Standard" cartridge||Patchlist||Image|
| Green apple cartridge (duplicate from Yamaha VRC-107 Special Selection "David Bristow")||Patchlist||Image|
| White & Red cartridge (duplicate from AViC KV-01 "Shofuku Part 1")||Patchlist||Image|
| White & Blue cartridge (duplicate from AViC KV-02 "Shofuku Part 2")||Patchlist||Image|
Books/publications (alphabetical order):AMSCO "100 PATCHES FOR THE DX7" (Vol.1-4)Amsco is an american editor (New York) which distributed 4 different books with patches for the DX7.
Each one gathered 100 original sounds to program.AMSCO "600 VOICES FOR THE DX7" Here
is the famous "600 Voices for the DX7" book distributed by Amsco (USA)
for the english version and Paul Beuscher (France, Paris) for the
french version.RITTOR MUSIC "VOICE DATA 128"A
japanese book called "DX7 Series Voice Data 128 Vol.1" (Ed. Rittor -
1987) gathering replicas from patches used by famous groups or artists
on their respective songs (some of them are certainly the original
Y. FUKUDA "DX7"Yasuhiko Fukuda is a japanese sounddesigner who programmed commercial DX7 sounds for AViC company.
also published an english book named "Yamaha DX7" (Ed. Rittor-1984)
about DX7 programmation and functions.
This book - a reference!
- contains 16 original new sounds to program.VALHALA
757 voices book by Steven C. Streebing named "DX7 Sound Patch
Library" and published by american society Valhala (Ferndale, Michigan).
These sounds were originally distributed during mid 80's on TX7 data cassettes tape.
A. CASSAGNAU "MAITRISEZ VOTRE DX"
A very good book about DX7 programming, considered as a "must" by french-speaking musicians or sounddesigners.
book included 20 new original great patches (many of them programmed by
Some good news today because a new online
edition is available here:
"SOUNDS & NOTES"An
obscur origin book in german which contains 33 sounds to program with
physical acoustic phenomens and FM synthesis explanations.HAL LEONARD "EASY DX7"A
joint publication of Yamaha Music Foundation and american society Hal Leonard Publishing
Corporation (1986 - Winona, Minnesota) about DX7 functions and programmation with 20
original sounds."THE ORIGINAL DX7 PATCH FAKE BOOK" (VOL.1-3)A
total of 5 different books published by american society Alexander Publishing (Sepulveda, California) and which
gather each 32 new original patches to program. I'm still searching for
Volume 4 "Record Date" (by Jeff Fair) and Volume 5 "Nuclear Be-Bop" (by
| Alain Cassagnau "Maîtrisez votre DX" (Musicom Publications-1985) ||Patchlist||Image|
Any informations or - best of all - a sysex version of it are welcome!
| "The Original DX7 Patch Fake Book" Volume One: Top 40 (Lorenz Rychner & Scott Frankfurt)||Patchlist||Image|
| "The Original DX7 Patch Fake Book" Volume Two: From The Movies (Clark Spangler)||Patchlist||Image|
| "The Original DX7 Patch Fake Book" Volume Three: More From The Movies (Larry Steelman)||Patchlist||Image|
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