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
Jack Deckard
January 27, 2010 @ 5:50 pm
I still have 2 FB-01s. You can get an absolute killer bass sound out of this (probably same as LatelyBass). I wrote an Amiga editor long long ago. Want some voice banks? Send me a message at KVR, look for JackD or klockwerk (same guy, me).
September 1, 2009 @ 5:07 pm
Stumbled over four units today... two was in really bad shape even if three where fully working so I used the two worst ones as spare units. and have two good units working... (anyone need spares ?) :-)
July 29, 2009 @ 1:48 am
This is a... different kind of FM synth. 4-op, 8voice polyphony, but it works differently from, say, a TX81Z. There are less frequency settings, and amplitude modulation can be set for each operator. Feature-wise, it is the most basic FM synthesizer I've seen next to the 2-op PSS-480 though it can create its own characteristic sounds because of its use of amplitude modulation.

Most users pan this device because of its "thin" sound, but the simplified features and low-res DAC are not really drawbacks, in my opinion--just characteristics of the device. The biggest flaw with the FB-01 is its inability to ignore program change messages from other devices. ARGH!
June 11, 2009 @ 8:35 am
I bought mine yesterday for thirty canadian dollars.

I didn'y bother checking out the patches... I went straight to SoundDiver and made the sounds I expected from it: earth rattling dubby basses with very nice harmonic content, thick and grimey (think Maurizio Von Oswald...) and very full of presence.

I make mostly electronic music... minimal techno.
The box delivers, period.
Ross Warren
February 8, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
I really like mine, but I use it as an input for my Korg MX. That means I can produce many poly synth sounds. The biggest drawback is having to use an editor to alter the sound> So far I have not found a program that will edit the FB01 although one is supposed to exist.
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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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