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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Zerstoerer
February 10, 2010 @ 6:33 am
2 Stars, a joke, the price of a TX802 is from 190 - 290 euro, depends how its in shape, with or without Ramcartridge, I bought one to use it for experimental music, and its great, just because of all the tonescales, the ability to stack sounds, and this beautiful soundquality, buy an old atari 30euro and you get all the old programmer packages ...
dr.blitzen
January 17, 2010 @ 3:52 pm
Classy 80's synth that is better than FM7 because of its digial to analog convertors. Can't see how VSE can give this a rating of 2 stars yet the DX7II gets five they have the same sound engine?
Its a little misleading to think that you get 8 DX7's - the 8 outputs can only output 2 voice at a time.
Secret is to layer sounds in the performance patches and the power of this machine really comes into its own.
GOTHICGRAVE
October 29, 2009 @ 6:43 am
I think that VSE is near to be adquired by Native Instruments or Propellerheads. I can't understand how VSE can say that FM7 plug in is better than a real DX7. Sorry, but somebody that can explain me that, i can't understand...
KEKENALII
October 2, 2009 @ 6:02 am
native instruments FM7 does not even conpare to any dx7/ dx7II or tx802 / tx816.
processdrone
September 30, 2009 @ 4:26 pm
I agree with Niiko. The fullness and fatness of sound you can get out of a TX can (if you let them, or even if you have an accident) cut through anything with an unprecedented fatness of sound that has yet to be simulated by any PC even with your expensive top end soundcard. this instrument dates back to the days of D to A converters that were purpose built with discrete components. D to As now are on a cheap single chip (at best) to save costs and simply not capable of the warmth and presence of the original discrete D to A s. Accept no substitutes!
 
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  • 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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