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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Iceolate
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
MooseHead
June 14, 2012 @ 5:10 am
@andreas:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/fb01editor/files/stable%202.1/
There 9;s a tarball there, uncompress it and try it out!
Andreas
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?
Johan
March 3, 2012 @ 3:05 pm
I'd be very interested in a guide!!
Bulldog
February 24, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
I haven't connected my FB-01 to a editor yet, however I cannot agree with the requirement of an editor in order to make this a "useful" instrument, as suggested in some posts below.
The default patches are excellent (and plenty to choose from), the pianos are electrifying, personally better than the 6-OP counterparts. When connected to a DSP, it's sound comes to its own right.
Also if you want to create more rich sounds, it's always possible to layer them, using it's own UI, but accepting lower polyphony.
Great instrument!
 
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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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