FM8 dx7 patches – Although there are many modern synthesizers and tools available today there is always the need for classic, warm tones of the past. Here’s how to Import DX7 patches into FM8.

The most notable and widely used FM synthesizer of the past is undoubtedly the famous DX7 synth.

It is responsible for many classical sounds heard in pop and rock music of the 80s and 90s. So if you want those sounds out of nostalgia or its specific aesthetic value I have great news for you.

The FM8 can accept System Exclusive Data (preset parameters) from Yamaha’s DX7, DX7II and DX200 synthesizers and convert the sound to its own parameter format.

In standalone mode FM8 automatically receives any MIDI SysEx data in the recognised formats (do not click on Import SysEx; this process is automatic). Single Presets go into the edit buffer (and need to be stored manually), while banks are converted into .ksd files and saved automatically.

Alternatively one can load the SysEx data from a file.

Click on the Import SysEx button in the File menu and navigate to a compatible SysEx file (it will usually have a .syx suffix under Windows), and open it.

You can find lots of DX7 SysEx data files on the internet.

You can also capture MIDI SysEx data and save it to disk as a file using programs like Midi-Ox (PC freeware for private use,, as well as sequencer programs and even some keyboards.

Note that receiving SysEx data via MIDI is not possible when using FM8 as a plug-in because VST and the other plug-in standards do not currently support SysEx.

Also you can only import one bank at the time.

In video below there are instructions how to import more than one bank at the time with Microsoft Excel also there is a link with DX7 patches and sound libraries to try them out.

Have fun!

FM8 dx7 patches – How to Import DX7 patches into FM8

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  • Patrick

    Can you provide an Excel spreadsheet with the VBA macro? Although I am a programmer, it does not make sense to reinvent the wheel. :)