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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62 Visitor comments
Juz me
April 11, 2010 @ 6:27 am
Got one, love it, had it for a while, yes the sub bass rocks and so do the envelopes and LFOs, won't ever part with it I think. I believe this is the best FM synth around for these reasons: 1. Doesn't weigh much 2. Easier to program than most ( at least most of the Yamaha ones ) 3. Stable and reliable 4. Great MIDI 5. Love the little MIDI LEDs for input handy on set-up.

Oh and one other thing ... sorry Native but FM7 does NOT compare or ever will within current platforms
pete m
February 15, 2010 @ 6:26 am
dsp or native software cant compute subsonic frequencies IMO, where as synth like this have a deep sound, thats why they're popular. this website should split into one promoting vintage hardware and another for software.
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 ...
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.
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...
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Rated 4.07 (430 Votes)

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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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