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
March 2, 2013 @ 3:22 am
my favo sampler ever !! and with a powerfull sound( think dx7)
January 2, 2013 @ 6:23 pm
My first and worst sampler! I HATED the TX16W back in the day (1992)! Quite possibly the worst operating system ever. Thank god times have moved on. One thing I will say in it's defence is that it was the ONLY affordable sampler when my dream Akai S1100 was out of reach!
Vincent Fries
September 28, 2012 @ 5:39 am
The TX16W is one of the best Samplers that have ever been built! Don't forget that we are back in 1988. This Unit has 18(!!!) different filter types and the only Sampler i know that i able to record 12bit AND Stereo! It sounds so awesome. If you sample in Stereo your Maximum Rate is 33KHz, in Mono its up to 50KHz(!). If you are looking for a Special sounding sampler get it. With the typhoon os it is very Easy to use. Listen to "L.S.D. - Watch Out for the third rail" Album if you want to know how it sounds. No Akai or E-Mu 12bit sampler sounds more crunchy that the TX16W..
August 25, 2012 @ 4:26 pm
To make a Typhoon OS disk what is the last operating system that will work to make a winimage 720k floppy disk? XP? my windows 7 does not work.
I really like the sampler so far
April 8, 2011 @ 11:29 am
I have two of these. I haven't used in a very long time that I'm willing to part with for the cost of shipping.
Going by my bad memory:
One has one mem chip upgrade the other two(maybe more).
I only have the stock OS. I adjusted to the quirkiness of the OS.
I have over a hundred floppies of sounds, but they are old and some may not be any good any more.

This was a good sounding sampler, better than most of the 16 bit samplers of the day.

I also have other vintage stuff I am getting rid of.

I live in Brooklyn, NY, USA
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  • Manual - Download the original owner's manual from SoundProgramming.net.

  • 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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