by Robin Vincent | 5,0 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 1 Minute
DX7 Cartridge Generator

DX7 Cartridge Generator  ·  Source: Nintorac Audio


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.


DX7 Cartridge

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.

If you’d like to try this out and you don’t happen to have a DX7 knocking around then you can also use it with the Dexed emulation for Windows/MacOS/Linux or the Rockrelay FM Synth for Android.

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.

More information

  • This DX7 Cartridge Does Not Exist webpage.
DX7 Cartridge Generator

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2 responses to “Endless DX7 sounds from an AI-driven cartridge generator – for free!”

    works in arturia DX7 aswell

    Andrea Fox says:

    Very cool. I wrote a random preset generator for the FB-01 (4 operator FM synth) using C programming language and Atari ST. This was about 30 years ago! Very pleased to find modern version for DX7 II!

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