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
Bert de Vries
January 9, 2013 @ 9:26 am
Wow, didn't know they were that much today, bought mine 2 years ago for a merely 80 Euros...
October 19, 2012 @ 1:05 pm
wow..these are selling near $300 now! one up on ebay at $195. someone better grab it at that price! these things are so cool. wont ever sell mine. get this classic now! vector control is bad-ass!
October 12, 2012 @ 5:36 am
@ relic

I'm glad I got mine when I did (in mint condition for $120)...but I'd still buy another one if I had to...which kind of negates what I just said lol...I wonder why the price went up...oh well...it's an awesome machine...right now mine is in "quarantine" but I plan on having fun with it again...someday :D
July 16, 2012 @ 4:21 pm
I am looking for a decent adaptation for in emagic sounddiver, or a standalone program for XP or Atari st to store my voices on my PC. Does anyone now where i can find this?
June 8, 2012 @ 1:48 pm
I got this about 5 years ago for a flat $50 USD. The best part is if you get impatient trying to program the 4 layers for the vector stick, you can have the unit choose Random 'Elements' for you, and poof! you're off to new sonic textures instantly. Some might sound similar, but it is totally randomizing all 4 elements for manipulation with the joystick. Recoding Joystick movement to evolve the sound is awesome, and I believe the vector axes are controllable via MIDI. I'd never get rid of this one. The bad thing is my vol knob stopped working but is at a perfect lvolume evel!
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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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