Yamaha TX802

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Despite its name, the TX802 FM Tone Generator is basically a rack-module version of the DX7mkII with full 8-part multi-timbral operation for sequencing and/or key mapping. It has 16-voices of polyphony and six digital FM Operators, the same as in the DX7mkII. There are 128 preset and 64 user patches for your sounds, as well as an external memory cartridge slot.

As if the large keyboard DX versions weren't difficult enough to program, the TX802's limited interface makes editing and programming your own sounds next to impossible without the help of external hardware or software editors. In the late 1980's, the TX802 was an excellent way to get a compact box full of Yamaha's DX sounds.

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65 Visitor comments
July 25, 2014 @ 6:46 am
I agree with 'Dav' below. The SY99 sounds better than the FS1r on FM sounds. They are very different synths and you really ought to have both.
May 24, 2014 @ 2:17 pm
"The reson for the differet sound betwen the TX-802 and the TX-7/DX7 are that the first generations (TX7/DX7) had 10 bit output. The DX7 II and the TX802 have 12 or 16 bit (cant remember) outputs"

Service manuals clearly show mk1 family is 14-bit (12-bit DAC + 2 of analogue companding) vs mkII family with 15-bit DAC. People throw around DAC numbers, most wrong. So are a lot of claims about sound quality.

"a lower noisefloor"

Nah. mk1 family is low noise when not playing (except terrible headphone amp), only noisy when playing due to quantisation (NOT the wrong term "aliasing")
May 24, 2014 @ 2:12 pm
"SY77/TG77 and SY99 are from another planet [...] Were they best FM machines ever made? Nope. FS1R is even greater."

No, FS1R vs. 77/99 is very evenly matched: both contain many features the other do not. Neither objectively wins. Best depends on who is using it & what they need at a single moment in time. It is nowhere near to as simple as claiming 1 wins all the time like this.
April 2, 2014 @ 2:51 pm
No, it does not have them built-in

Yes, it can load and play them with a 100% identical engine
March 23, 2014 @ 1:42 am
Can someone please confirm for me if the TX802 has all the patches found on a DX7? Or if it just uses the same synth engine. Cheers
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  • Manual - Download the original owner's manual here.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 voices
  • Oscillators - Digital FM synthesizer with 6 Operators and 32 algorithms
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - None
  • Effects - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 128 preset patches, 64 user patches
  • Control - MIDI (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1987
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