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
another matt
January 24, 2012 @ 10:50 am
Aw, it's kind of sad to see the FB-01 only gets two stars. Granted it isn't the most powerful thing out there, but it's definitely got a characteristic sound. It's capable of some really nice bass and brass sounds, and a few decent strings/leads if you're patient with it. I'd give it more like 3.5 stars, especially because it's multitimbral and they're so insanely cheap (got mine for $20 last spring).
B.A. Black
November 21, 2011 @ 9:18 am
I don't know where the FB01 editor for OSX is that people were talking about here earlier. You might have to check around on some French forums or something, since the developer is French. BUT! I did find another FB01 editor for OSX (10.6) :


it seems you have to make sure you are in midi channel 2. otherwise works fine.
October 14, 2011 @ 4:38 pm
Could someone post a link to the open source OSX FB-01 sound editor? Can't seem to find it....
Paul FitzZaland
July 24, 2011 @ 2:05 pm
The FB-01 I used in my high-school music comp. classes circa 1989 is still a centerpiece in my studio. The crisp, crunchy sounds are a nice counterpoint to the smoother, dirtier tones of my analogue gear. The FB-01's FM basses sound terrific underneath Juno-6/106 pads!

I just acquired a couple new FM keyboards, a PSR-36 and a PSS-480, and while the ability to edit/synthesize sound may be pretty rudimentary, these 'toy' keyboards can generate some very useful and musically interesting sounds. A real deal at $20 a piece!

Don't underestimate these 'cheap' old FM synthesizers.
May 28, 2011 @ 2:29 pm
Without doubt, the biggest synth bargain it's possible to get these days. Editing is either odd or fun (you'll whizz through it if you have ever used a DX series), sound is INSANE. Will stick by this over the Virus B, MS2000, Prophecy or Ion any day of the week for basslines. It's so easy to coax thunderous, wondrously digital madness out of it.
Has plentiful presets, (that you'll probably spend a good few hours re-enacting megadrive songs on), highly limited front panel control but there's decent editors about. Just got my second, got one pumping out 8 drum sounds and one 8 synths. BUY ONE.
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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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