For each of them you’ll find comments about company or sounddesigner and a detailed patchlist. Several of them also include image(s) from the original support.
This collection is not complete, if you have material that is not listed here, I would be largely interested in!
ROM CARTRIDGES, EXTENSIONS & FLOPPY DISKS COLLECTION
Sounddesigners/programmers (alphabetical order):
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a) a lot of four original cartridges named ROM#1-4 (2×32 patches – banks A/B). Volume 1 was generally delivered with the synth.
b) twelve cartridges delivered as the VRC-Series (2×32 patches – banks A/B) which included selections from different sounddesigners.
SSU is an american society (Los Angeles) which developed complete sounds/samples libraries for a large collection of diverse synthesizers/samplers models.
Their products were distributed by Greytsounds™ (owner: Bob Grey) via their website since the mid 90’s.
Sound Source Unlimited (SSU) was then renamed “Sound Source Interactive” (SSI).
Now, this website is offline since 2016. They seem to sell their products via their eBay store only.
There were at least a total of 5 double ROM cartridges (banks A/B) for the DX7 mkI, most of them programmed by Manny Fernandez.
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).
Any informations about it or – best of all – a sysex version of the missing soundbanks would be largely appreciated!
PA-Decoder is a german company (Bielefeld) which produced 2 different DX7 mega ROM cartridges:
– “MONST-ROM” (16×32 – 512 patches). This cartridge was organized as a 4×4 categorized banks (A1-D4) that you could select with switches combinations.
– “HYPRA-ROM” (32×32 – 1’024 patches/very rare!). This cartridge was organized as a 8×4 banks (alpha/beta A1-D4) that you could select with switches combinations. It gathered all patches from MONST-ROM plus 16 new additional soundbanks.
Bo 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 (almost all of them 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!