Yamaha FB-01

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The FB-01 is simply an inexpensive, 8 part multitimbral digital FM synth module. It's only a 4-operator synth which is less than, say a DX-7. This simply means its sounds are not quite as good. You will need an external MIDI system exclusive editor to edit the patches. This can be accomplished by a dedicated editor program like Unisyn, or by creating SysEx control messages within your sequencing program. The FB-01 has a lot of organ, piano, brass, bass, guitar, percussion, and lead sounds. Basically this is a good source of typical FM-sounds at a low price. It is used by Hardfloor and Moog Cookbook.

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Ben Voiles
November 5, 2008 @ 2:26 pm
Worth picking up if you can find one for less than about 30 bucks but the TX81z is almost as cheap and much better. But I like the sounds of the FB01 layered with analog pads.
October 13, 2008 @ 5:27 am
The nice thing about this synth is mono/poly mode switch for every voice. This creates nice leads.

Keyboard splitting is another nice thing. You can split it to maximum of 8 zones, freely defining size of each zone.

8 part multitimbrality may be a joke. Any sound needs at least polyphony of 2 if you want it to sound deep, so it's more like 4 part multi-timbre. On the other hand, for this price it's more than I expected.

Programing is a [beep] . Applications meant to help you, if you find any, must synchronize with synth to make any changes, whitch means no real time tweaking.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital 4-operator FM synthesizer
  • #Instruments - 8 Part multi-timbral
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 240 presets, 96 user
  • Control - MIDI (8 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1986 - 1987

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