The ultimate way to deal with the incomprehensible DX7 is to get an artificial intelligence to program it for you – “This DX7 Cartridge Does Not Exist” has you covered.
Is this cool or just extremely lazy? I can’t quite decide. I guess we all like to benefit from randomising parameters when exploring sounds and ideas so how would this be any different? And rather than being random this is actually applying some intelligence to the process.
I always reject the notion that the DX7 was difficult to program. My first synth was a DX100 and I knew that thing inside and out. But it’s true enough that it can be quite exhausting with its 155 parameters. With this tool the AI uses a machine learning model known as a VAE that reduces these 155 parameters down to just 8. Those numbers are randomly generated and then the AI maps them back to the 155 parameters and 99.9% of the time it’s a generates a unique sound.
It’s free and a new cartridge is generated with every click of the button. Apparently the preset naming is bizarre but you can’t expect an AI to have learned the nuances of human language – one step at a time.
- This DX7 Cartridge Does Not Exist webpage.