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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52 Visitor comments
June 15, 2013 @ 4:10 am
It seems the reviewers on this site are a bit jaded. Either that or they want to keep the prices down. I love my FB-01 and will never ever sell it. Does all the FM stuff, especially in the mix. Also has virtually the same chip as the Sega Megadrive (Genesis) - so you can get all excited when you realise how much X Men used all these synclavier presets - whilst taking up less space in your studio than a CD player. These cost at most a quarter, or even an eighth of a big, heavy, hard-to-program-anyway DX-7, get one get one get one.
May 16, 2013 @ 4:48 pm
my demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRk6dOdr4_g
March 24, 2013 @ 2:23 am
i heard Biosphere recorded their album Substrata with this thing too!
March 19, 2013 @ 6:36 pm
i picked one of these up for cheap recently and love it. some nice built in sounds plus you can find a ton of sysex patches for it on various websites.
Paul FitzZaland.com
March 6, 2013 @ 3:13 pm
The FB-01 is a truly underrated little synthesizer.

The bass and synth sounds are outstanding. Patches can be combined, layered, and panned in unique ways not available in it's monotimbral cousins. With one of the easy-to-find editing programs it's a very flexible source of vintage FM sounds.

Don't dismiss the FB-01 because it isn't a DX-7. Love the FB-01 because it's a cool little synth.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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