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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Demos & Media

Yamaha FB-01 Overview
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djnatecraun
FB01 custom sounds example
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Alex Mauer
ManualDownload the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

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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Images from Perfect Circuit Audio.

Additional information provided by Jeff Bergman.