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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17 Visitor comments
Mishel Z
March 4, 2011 @ 10:05 am
This is probably the only one of the old samplers and a 12-bit and even more so, can record any sound (converted into a format TX16W) to a floppy disk under Windows XP! And not a floppy image, but the file somehow.
The sound of TX16W interesting. Libraries piano is very good.
August 8, 2010 @ 5:40 pm
I owned one of these back in the early nineties.
Contrary to what it says in the description, the unit was capable of 16 parts multitimbral operation in performance-mode.
The OS from Yamaha was extremly slow, sported no dynamic voice-allocation and the OS-disk had to be used frequently as not all of the OS would be in memory at once.
I spent some money on additional memory and the Tyhoon Os, getting a much more usable instrument, altough it ended up acting mostly as the percussion-section before I sold it off.
The 12bit sampling-resolution was adequate, but sounds with high frequency would tend to sound just a bit off on some notes.
July 26, 2010 @ 7:21 pm
A totally awful sampler!
I got into music production in the early 90's and back then there wasn't a great deal of "affordable" samplers about. I couldn't stretch the budget to get an S1000 which was the dogs nuts at the time, so I ended up buying this awkward bugger for about £500. I seem to remember bothering to get the typhoon upgrade but quickly got shot of it after replacing it with a gimmicky but usable Roland DJ-70 (also a bag o' [beep] e but was a breath of fresh air after this fella!)
riot boi
April 28, 2010 @ 7:13 am
The OS is slow, granted but it's not that hard to navigate, plus I think I spy, an analog filter & amplifier on the board. Great for Lo-fi, mid-fi sampling & cheap to boot.
July 11, 2009 @ 6:28 am
still using and loving my machine since 2002, now more than 20 years old, it is still delivering powerful bass drum, snares and claps. i sampled, just for the fun of it, an old Ibach salon piano from 1924, sounds like a fat M1-Piano. NO ALIASING at all. Far comparable to its contemporaries (17 filter Types with Typhoon OS).
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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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