Dexed free FM synthesizer + 3,000 presets

By | 2017-01-07T11:26:10+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Free VST Plugins|

Yesterday I wrote about the new synthesizer Helm, here today it’s time for another open source project – Dexed by Digital Suburban.

This free synthesizer Dexed is a multi platform and multi format instrument plugin thought of as a clone of the famous DX7 vintage FM-based digital synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1989. Dexed’s synth engine is built on music-synthesizer-for-android, a music synthesizer and sequencer for Android for live performances and recording.

Besides its destination as virtual instrument by itself, the target of this project is to be a companion of the original DX7. That’s why, in addition to a very convincing sound character shown in plenty of presets, Dexed offers SysEx compatibility with the original synthesizer. This operation is straightforward and provides all the sound parameters on one screen, programming sounds being so easy.

Audio demo:

A reader of ours complained yesterday that Helm has no factory presets, which makes it uninteresting. We can not help him in this regard, but we can prevent this problem today, adding a link with a pack with 3,000 (yes, three thousand) .SYX presets from the original DX7 synth, that you can easily import within the software plugin. First, download the soundbank here.

In the tutorial below, see step by step how to install these presets.

How to add SYX presets to Dexed

Open Dexed and click CART

Then click SHOW DIR. A window with the presets folder will open. Leave it opened.

Locate your newly downloaded and extracted presets (the 3,000 SYX files).

Select all banks, copy and paste them into the previously opened window – more precisely, the Cartridges folder.

Back to FL Studio, open a new instance of Dexed and click CART again. All folders containing the banks will appear.

Double click on each SYX file to load presets.

You may feel the presets a little plain/ dry, so I recommend you to use some external effects such as reverb, delay, etc.

Currently the project is at version 0.9 , I am sure many surprising things will be added to future versions. Dexed is available for Mac and PC, 32 and 64-bit versions.

More info:

Dexed 0.9 free FM synthesizer

About the Author:

Stephen Rich

Stephen is the founder of flstudiomusic, and every day brings you the latest music production news. He also writes reviews from time to time. You can find him on Facebook.


  1. Lindsay Aug 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    how do i install ๐Ÿ™

    • Lindsay2 Aug 19, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

      Just extract the files on your VST Folder, then refresh your plugin database and mark as favorite ๐Ÿ™‚

      • jutsch Sep 28, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

        The vst plugins folder doesn’t work

  2. Crosley Feb 10, 2016 at 2:41 am - Reply

    How to add

    1. unzip.
    2.copy Dexed.dll to C:\Program Files\Image-Line\FL Studio 12.1\Plugins\VST
    3.Start Fl studio
    4.Go to , ADD , channel, More plugins (In the top)
    5.(In fl studio 12.1)Go to Manage plugis (down in left corner)
    6. New window pop up. (Left upper corner) choose start scan, then left your pc scan for new plugins.
    When it is done the new plugin Dexed.dll will come in the list (In green color)
    7.Hock up Dexed.dll (Little box in front of the plugin) then close window.
    8 now Dexed.dll should come in channel fl studio

  3. Mark Yurkovic Jun 7, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I’m desperate to get help trying to load patches out of DEXED and into a Korg Volca FM. There is no “send” button on DEXED and Mac doesn’t have a right click function. Can anyone HELP!!!

  4. Mark Yurkovic Jun 7, 2016 at 10:04 am - Reply

    I’m desperate to get help trying to load patches out of DEXED and into a Korg Volca FM. There is no “send” button on DEXED and Mac doesn’t have a right click function. Can anyone HELP!!!

  5. Mark Dec 15, 2016 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    there is no dexer.dll

  6. Mark Dec 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    dexed*, I found it already

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