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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bob brubeck
June 28, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
I had a korg 707 and made some nice sounds with it. FM is its own animal to the degree when choosing a synth you either want it or dont want it at all for a track or live patch. I recently upgraded my pc to quad core 8gig Ram and im sold on vst. in many cases they sound identical enough mainly becauae analog synths didnt have built in effects which is more to carry and set up. also using multiple instances just blows away what you spend on a 16 voice synth. i set my FM7 for 32 voices.. my work can be heard online. goggle atlsynth and choose artist page.
June 27, 2012 @ 7:12 am
I disagree with it being difficult to program. Coming straight from the DX7S I found the interface in many ways a lot easier to use and mostly its laid out the same.

Certainly a lot easier than the original DX7, but certainly no hardship IF you understand FM synthesis :)

I program straight into the unit then upload my patches into the TX-816 for super DX7 sounds!
June 18, 2012 @ 2:35 pm
Along with the TX81z, these synth provides infinite sound generation capabilities. And it's better than FM7 or 8, not just for all the reasons exposed in previous comments, but also because there is an editor made for the CTRLR free hardware control software, which can be opened as a VST and have all it's parameters automated in your DAW and controlled with any MIDI controller. Plus it's very clearly laid and much more easier for patch programming than the cumbersome Native Instruments plug-ins. And off course, the sound of these hardware synths, leave plug-ins asking for a mercyful death...
April 26, 2012 @ 1:15 am
My favorite rack synth is my Yamaha Motif Rack, but I also like to play with the older hardware, like my DX7. I picked up one of these TX-802s in perfect condition a couple of weeks ago, along with a RAM4 cartridge. I was surprised that programming it from the front panel turned out to be easier than I thought - once I printed out the manual and studied it a bit. The sounds are pretty nice.
April 21, 2012 @ 2:13 pm
I have a TX-802 and love it.

I agree that FM8 is much more convenient and sounds all but identical if you have a decent audio interface. Anyone who says otherwise is fooling themselves or trying to wish it away for reasons of their own.


My TX-802 won't be left useless by the next operating system upgrade, and that makes it worth keeping around.
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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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