Yamaha TX16W

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The ‘16’ in TX16W stands for 16-voices, which is nice, but unfortunately it does not apply to this late-eighties sampler's specs. It's only 12-bit (as opposed to 16-bit) and shipped with a slim 1.5 MB of RAM. Albeit, this is a sampler more than 15 years old. Supposedly marking Yamaha's entry into professional rack-mount samplers, the TX16W seems to take its rack-design from Yamaha's REV-series effects processors. A narrow 2-line LCD display, numeric keypad and about a dozen other buttons makes for a lousy sample-editing experience - yet this was how it was done in 1987/88. With internal RAM expandable up to 6 MB's, floppy disk storage, digital filters, and 8-part multitimbral operation, the TX16W was good for its time but is certainly now, a dinosaur.

This 12-bit sampler has a variable 50 kHz sampling-rate without aliasing, eight monophonic outputs, polyphonic stereo out and an external audio input (Mic, Line) on the front-panel. The original TX16W's System OS had to be loaded from 720kb disks in non-DOS format, and frequently needed reloads from the System disk. Moreover this OS is one of the worst ever made. Alternative: Typhoon 2000, a freeware OS provides much easier handling, support for RS422 (you can connect it directly to the built-in MIDI interface of a Mac for SCSI-like communication), 17 factory filters and support for the AIFF audio format. Typhoon is a must have to stay healthy while working with this sampler. It is good for M1-type pianos, percussion sounds, voice samples and your basic 80's style sounds. It has been used by Jimmy Edgar.

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Pip
April 10, 2009 @ 5:40 pm
We had two of them, both with full expanded (6Mb) memory. Yes, the OS was a pig - we used to have to plan out on paper how we wanted to set up each program. However, the filters, for a sampler of that era were fantastic - you can here it on the strings on our remix of Gary Numan's Down in the Park and Are Friend's Electric circa 1993. The envelope generator were also superb - unbelievable on many pad sounds - better than most synths at the time. It's a shame we sold the pair of them before Typhoon came out. Having said that the disks were readible under DOS.
John Location
August 27, 2008 @ 5:49 pm
This product really [beep] ED! I bought it as one of the first in Denmark - but BOY was I dissapointed ?! It sounded horrible and metallic. Wish I hadn't bought it ever... It actually kept me from buying Yamaha-stuff ever since though Im sure they make fine products today...
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Sampler - 12-bit, 50kHz (mono), 33.3kHz (stereo), variable.
  • Memory - 1.5 MB (expandable) for 16.3 seconds at 16.7kHz in mono. External 3.5" disks.
  • Filter - 17 including resonant types, one per voice
  • Sequencer - None
  • Effects - Filter, Phaser, all possible thru Typhoon 2000
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-part multitimbral), Remote start/stop
  • Date Produced - 1987/88

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