Yamaha TX7

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The TX7 is essentially a non-rack-mountable desktop module form of Yamaha's DX7 FM synthesizer. Editing can not be done from the front panel, but must be accomplished externally via MIDI using either a DX7 keyboard, the PR-7 programmer or a computer. Software such as Unisyn can be used to edit the parameters of the TX7. There are only 32 patches for storing any sounds as on the DX7. It's probably better to collect patches from the internet to expand your library of sounds since FM patch-editing is difficult enough on a professional DX synthesizer. Aside from its limitations, the TX7 is an affordable way to get your hands on original DX7 sounds. It has been used by Genesis, Human League and the producers behind the Spice Girls.

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22 Visitor comments
July 21, 2011 @ 8:35 pm
Using the 'TX7 Editor' on the Mac and it's working fine. I've got the original cassette tape also, but not quite sure what kind of cable I should use to connect - never seen anything like the cassette input on the back of this machine.
November 11, 2010 @ 9:24 pm
I just picked one of these up at my local Sam Ash for like $50 plus a free TRS cable, manual, and some nifty patches. This thing is HUGE!! Really undderrated. And STURDY!
February 7, 2010 @ 5:23 am
One of my favorite synthesizers ever! A bit tricky to program it but not thaaat difficult as some may say...

I chose this mkI TX7 because of its wonderful 12bit DAC that gives a more warm and gritty character to its sound...don't really care about mark IIs ability of layering sounds...I have found the solution for the TX7!

I usually create a duplicate of my sound, save it to the next memory slot and then detune a bit the operators and change a bit their relevant volumes...sounds absolutely fantastic and takes about 20 seconds to do it! As I only use the TX7 for studio use, this trick does the job for me when I need layered sounds!
January 15, 2010 @ 8:27 pm
I got mine for fourty can$.
A box with the whole 80's in it. Great deal.
I edit the parameters with SoundDiver.

Don't get me wrong... NI's fm7 & fm8 are absolutely great. But this is the real deal and sounds exactly like what you heard throughout the 80's. That is for the classic, well known and recognizable patches.

It's also an ABSOLUTELY RUTHLESS bass machine...an endless pallet of timbres so complex and defined and eerie... It quickly became my favorite synth for exploring and creating sounds.
pete m
January 10, 2010 @ 2:40 pm
the weight of bass and tone from this unit is amazing, think it has a lot to do with the lo res DACs and chips etc all adding their character. these were dirt cheap a while ago but seem to be increasing their value
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - 6 FM operators and 32 algorithms
  • #Instruments - (1) Monotimbral
  • LFO - triangle / saw / square / sine / random
  • VCA - 6 Envelope generators 8 parameters each
  • Keyboard - none
  • Memory - 32 patches
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1985
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