The Yamaha DX7 is an FM synthesizer introduced in 1983. It has 16 voices of polyphony and operates at 12-bit/49.096 kHz resolution. The TX816 (1984) is a rack mount synthesizer with up to 8 DX7 sound modules operable from one MIDI input. The DX7 mk2 (1986) is 2-part multi-timbral, and operates at 16-bit resolution. The TX802 (1987) is a rack mount version of the DX7 mk2 and is 8-part multi-timbral.
The DX7 was the first commercially successful digital synthesizer, and was one of the bestselling synthesizers in history with over 200,000 units sold. It was also one of the first synthesizers to implement MIDI, which was still in development at the time of its release. It excelled at creating percussive, metallic, plucked and reed sounds, but could also create convincing versions of analog classics. As its operation was more complex than most analog synthesizers, most users relied on factory presets & aftermarket patch libraries rather than programming their own sounds.
These now-iconic sounds were used by countless artists from the mid-80's through the early 90's, including A-ha, Alexander O'Neal, Al Jarreau, Babyface, Beastie Boys, Berlin, Billy Ocean, Bob James, Bon Jovi, Brian Eno, Bruce Hornsby, Chicago, Chick Corea, Cherrelle, Commodores, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Enya, George Michael, Genesis, Hall & Oates, Harold Faltermeyer, Herbie Hancock, Howard Jones, Kate Bush, Keith Sweat, Kenny Loggins, Kool & the Gang, Janet Jackson, Jan Hammer, Kraftwerk, Level 42, Lionel Richie, Loose Ends, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Micheal Jackson, Mr. Mister, New Order, Nu Shooz, Pet Shop Boys, Prince, Phil Collins, Philip Glass, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Rick Astley, Rush, Sade, SOS Band, Starship, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Supertramp, Tangerine Dream, The Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, Thompson Twins, Tina Turner, Toto, Vangelis, Whitney Houston, and Yes among others.
This page contains patch banks for the DX7, TX816 and TX802 in SysEx format. All archives are complete collections, checked and labeled for accuracy. Many thanks to Bobby Blues for his work in documenting thousands of commercial sounds on his DX7 page, which was an invaluable resource while compiling these banks. Please note that these sounds require the original hardware or a VST emulation to play.
MIDI Quest allows you to label, organize, and search your sounds, which is invaluable when dealing with massive patch collections. Below are links to DX7 patch libraries in MIDI Quest format, with labels for sound type, author, ROM, and patch number. As labeling must be done manually, these libraries are only available for select patch banks.
We're looking for the following patch banks:
C-Lab Software (X-RAM 128), Comm Sci Corp., Data 1 (Volumes 1-4), Data Store (Volumes 1-6 & Volume S), Easy Sounds (Best DX-Collection & Super DX-Collection), FID Midisoftware (Sounddisk 1-3), Ishibashi (Sound ROM 2 & 3), Metra Sound (Mega ROM), MIDImouse Music (DX Journey, Pro-Sampler & Sonic Voyage), MusicData (TV & Film, Techno Studio/Live, & East Meets West), Skyslip (ROM 1-5), Sound Source Unlimited (0701, 0702 & 0705), SoundEngine, Sound Lab (Pro Vox), Sound Sources (ROM 128), Sound Vertrieb (MX1 06-09), and Ultraphonics Unlimited.
If you have any of these banks (or any sounds not listed here), please send an email to:
All sounds that are available for purchase have been linked to their official websites. If we've mistakenly hosted any sounds that are still for sale, send us an email and we'll redirect our link.
We recommend the following SysEx librarians:
Digital Suburban has developed a VST emulation of the DX7 which is able to load patches via SysEx:
The DX7 (and its variants) can be upgraded by Jim Williams to reduce its noise floor: