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 26, 2011 @ 8:13 am
Some of the best FB-01 Factory Presets you can heare @ YT:

April 24, 2011 @ 10:46 am
Also used by Ocatve One on Siege track:

"On another track, “Siege,” we used a Yamaha FB-01 synth module that was multi-timbral but had limited voices. The voice stealing actually was part of the melodic development."
February 24, 2011 @ 2:51 pm
I love this box. If you need a versatile 4-op FM box with features you won't find in any other synth of its class (noise feedback, 8-part multitimbrality, etc.) and a killer sound, this will be right up your street. I use YSEDITOR (public domain) for creating patches that runs on Atari ST (works like a charm with Steem emulator under Win2k/XP/Vista, visit http://www.home.zonnet.nl/m.tarenskeen/yseditor.htm), IMO it's much better than the FB editor for Windows available on Sourcefore. Don't let its car radio look fool you, this is a great machine that usually goes for less than €50/$60.
December 9, 2010 @ 3:30 pm
Just purchased one for $20. Really looking forward to playing with it. Does anyone have a rackmount kit for sale?
Johan Löfgren
October 12, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Re: The open source FB01 editor mentioned before: It is NOW ported to both Linux and OsX!
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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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