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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Dennis
April 1, 2013 @ 12:49 pm
Does anyone know if there is a Special Edition Rom for the TX7 (just like the DX7) or if the DX7 SER can be used in the TX7 to give it the same extended MIDI functionality? Thanks in advance.
Acemonvw
March 7, 2013 @ 4:55 pm
@john,

I believe these FM synths don't have filters at all, and work mainly by modulating the carrier tone over time, giving an effect similar to a filter sweep, but still different than an actual filter.
nightfur
October 4, 2012 @ 3:55 am
Does anyone know where to find the factory patches listed in the manual? I have many DX7 patches, but don't know if the TX7 factory preload was made up of DX7 patches or a new set.
rené
October 3, 2012 @ 7:20 am
I've got a TX7 with a blue backlit LCD mod. It's a very nice synth module with so many possibilities. You can use any keyboard with MIDI to control this little beast. I prefer to use my Korg 707, since it's the only one in my cheap bedroom studio that has both a pitch bender and a mod wheel (yes, it works!). Programming is confusing at first, but is easy once you get used to it. You can practically use this synth for any genre of music!
navar
September 6, 2012 @ 2:49 pm
It was also used by David Frank of The System for the bells on Don't Disturb This Groove. I can't find the blog post but he's said it himself at davidfrankmusic.com.
 
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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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