Buying Yamaha Tx802

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Buying Yamaha Tx802

Postby Graph » Mon Dec 17, 2007 6:00 am

Hi, i have the oportunity of buying a TX802.

Is it worth of buying? i have some experience using DX7(i dont own one), and i love how it sounds. But the seller is selling it quite expensive. Not much, but i may be doubting if it is worth buying, having today FM8(300u$s), or i have the option of buying a TX7 for half the price.

Here, in Argentina, there arent much options to buy :( should i buy the TX802?

Thanks!
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Postby oryjen » Mon Dec 17, 2007 11:36 am

Hi!
Not higher than 100$ for that synth!!!!
It sounds exactly like a DX7, but you can layer 8 different sounds, so it sounds wider.
The programming interface is an absolute shit! :x
2 hours to make a sound... :?
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Postby Altitude » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:42 pm

The TX802 is the rackmount version of the DX7II. If you want 8 parts to work with, that thing is the way to go. If not, a TX7 would do the trick
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Postby desdinova » Tue Dec 18, 2007 4:52 pm

8 part multi-timbral, 8+2 output, more algorithms/cleaner outs(vs dx7), performances (dx7ii doesn't do this sans E!, iirc), microtonal scales
I use mine more than I use my soft FM synth. The interface isn't bad once you get used to it :P
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Postby i_watch_stars » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:02 am

Well it depends.

I haven't used mine since I got my TG-77, which essentially supercedes it. If you love FM and don't mind a learning curve, look into the TG/SY series of synths. AFM simply blows regular FM out of the universe.

The TX-802 is just like 8 DX7s, so if you like that synth, then that is a good thing (you will get all of the presets). It is hell to edit. Yes it is...even after you have used it a lot, still like paiting a room through a keyhole.

Don't pay over 170$ (American) for it, unless you have cash to blow or the pickings are really that slim. Don't be afraid to use eBay, also. I got mine for 150$ and that was a year ago.
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Postby Altitude » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:05 pm

i_watch_stars wrote: The TX-802 is just like 8 DX7s,


Not really. It still has only 16 voice which you can multi up to 8 channels, which would result in 2 voices per multi ch. 8 DX7s is the TX816. Plus the TX802 is based on the DXII not DX7
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Postby Synthaholic » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:50 pm

Programming the TX802 isn't THAT bad, sure it's not like spinning knobs on an analog, but it is certainly doable. A software editor like Midiquest would make it a lot easier though.

I have a TX802 and FM8, and so far I've only used the TX. Sometimes I play with FM8 at work on my laptop, but it's a totally different approach to programming than the TX. For example, there's no direct way to translate parameters on FM8 to the TX and vice versa. For example, if I want "algorithm 5" in FM8, I have to recreate it, or search for it, as the preset algorithms in FM8 aren't named/numbered corresponding to the DX algorithms. FM8 can read DX sysex files, but there's no way to create DX sysex from FM8, so it's a one way road.

Plus, as a child of the 80s, I like playing hands-on with a piece of gear from that area, as opposed to a modern software emulation.
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Postby Altitude » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:57 pm

Synthaholic wrote:Programming the TX802 isn't THAT bad, sure it's not like spinning knobs on an analog, but it is certainly doable. A software editor like Midiquest would make it a lot easier though.

I have a TX802 and FM8, and so far I've only used the TX. Sometimes I play with FM8 at work on my laptop, but it's a totally different approach to programming than the TX. For example, there's no direct way to translate parameters on FM8 to the TX and vice versa. For example, if I want "algorithm 5" in FM8, I have to recreate it, or search for it, as the preset algorithms in FM8 aren't named/numbered corresponding to the DX algorithms. FM8 can read DX sysex files, but there's no way to create DX sysex from FM8, so it's a one way road.

Plus, as a child of the 80s, I like playing hands-on with a piece of gear from that area, as opposed to a modern software emulation.


Did they change that? You used to be able to load sysex dx patches directly into the FM7
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Postby Synthaholic » Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:29 pm

Altitude wrote:Did they change that? You used to be able to load sysex dx patches directly into the FM7
You can load sysex *into* FM8 but you can't save FM8 sounds as sysex to go *from* FM8 to a DX.
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