Yamaha TG33

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The TG33 sound module is a slightly enhanced key-less version of the SY22. It is a digital synthesizer that employs frequency modulation (FM) synthesis combined with low-fi (12-bit) AWM ROM samples. However, this machine is not low quality (especially for the electronica-oriented musician). Its preset sounds are a bit thin, however using the joystick controller you can manipulate and combine the 12-bit samples with the any of the 256 FM vector voices. This gives it a range of tone and sound that is as dynamic and mysterious as other vector synths such as the Korg Wavestation and ProphetVS.

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Also available is a drum kit, effects, 16-part multitimbrality for layering sounds and 32 note polyphony! Definitely a powerful little beast that can create pretty nice sounds with lots of motion and character. With its wide range of sonic possibility, the TG33 has what it takes to create unique sounds that will keep you and you're music sounding a little different from the rest!

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37 Visitor comments
March 25, 2009 @ 2:20 am
Awesome little desktop module. Its great for underlining beds of ambience and strange sounds that contain great character. As one reviewer already stated, it really is perfect for minimal techno. I have it running out through my virus ti for effects and it sounds wonderful. If you can find one for less than a $100, pick one up. You will not be disappointed
March 18, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
Jeff Mills, Paul Birken, and Woody Mcbride have all used this little monster......

And no one can deny that those three are among the most talented electronic music producers:)

find one and buy it.... keep it forever
February 9, 2009 @ 3:04 pm
this thing is perfect for minimal techno when sequenced with ableton or my Korg mx-1.
If routed through effects it sounds so feckin awesome!!!!!!! buy one if you come across it
October 8, 2008 @ 2:05 pm
I bought one of these a few years ago for $36.
My guess is that you need to be quite creative to get good sounds from this box. I don't find it very fun to use.
Dan Wilson
October 3, 2008 @ 4:56 pm
Lovely string sounds which layer really nicely with other synths - I can see why the Pet Shop Boys liked using this beasty... It might be cheap but its got one or two cracking sounds in it with potential for making your own presets - so underrated.. yes!

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 Digital FM operators + 2 AWM (using 12-bit ROM samples)
  • LFO - AM, PM, Saw Up, Saw Down, Triangle, Square, Sample & Hold
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - 16 Digital Reverbs and Delays
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 128 preset, 64 user
  • Control - MIDI (responds to Velocity and Aftertouch)
  • Date Produced - 1990
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