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
Marilyn M
July 18, 2012 @ 4:47 pm
The FB-01 also allowed microtanal changes to create alternate SCALES! Awesome!!
June 16, 2012 @ 1:41 pm
Awesome synth. I had a Yamaha DX7 that broke on me so I used this unit as a back up. With the editor I've been able to program excellent sounding EBM basses (front 242, front line assembly etc) and that's all I really use this for, I also only paid 20 dollars for it!

If you see one of these for cheap pick it up. Also if anyone is interested in some patches you can email me - the_dark_technology@aol.com
June 14, 2012 @ 5:10 am
There 9;s a tarball there, uncompress it and try it out!
May 15, 2012 @ 11:21 am
I happen to have one. I mainly use it for its effectsounds. I want to explore its sonical abilities more. Is there any editor aviable for linux?
March 3, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
I'd be very interested in a guide!!
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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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