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
April 30, 2014 @ 2:55 pm
lightman July 27, 2012 @ 8:50 am
To those who are waiting for the release of my FB-01 guide: Work ate up most of my time but I'm still at it, will inform you here as soon as its finished. Sorry for the delay.

How's that coming along?
Michael Hubertz
January 4, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Most extraordinary about the FB-01 is it's capability of SysEx-events, meaning you could send any sound parameter, microtuning, panning, MIDI-channel etc included, along with each single note.
Ordinary sequencers aren't capable of exploiting this feature but it is great for algorithmic computer music when the events are calculated by a running program.
October 11, 2013 @ 9:51 pm
@bbbb: Yes, there's battery backup for the patch memory. There's a switch on the back for it that you'll want to make sure is turned on, and you may need to replace the battery if it's run down, but the capability is there.
October 8, 2013 @ 5:26 am
Is it possible to save your own sounds on the fb-01?
September 16, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
its great synth!!! changed it for TX81Z and now im much happier with my fm sounds.... And if you split stereo you can easily have two tracks for your mix and efects. Just love this thing. For few coins you have ultimate FM source, what brings you plenty of fun. I recently used it as a drummachine, and it made a great job! deep kicks and snappy snares.... you can hear it here:
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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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