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
Gaetano M.W.P.
October 21, 2010 @ 4:55 pm
I owned DX7,TX816 and finally I sold everything and got TX802.That's the final one!It is great.It has identical sounds of TX816/DX7 but far more rich and warm.It offers the single 8 outputs (if you like to mix them with an external mixer, just like TX816) or 2 mixed outputs (if you don't like heavy set up to carry!).As I am an electronic engineer I also know these circuits intimately.Well,the TX802 still maintains the DX7/TX816 architecture and processing style with one chip for the Envelope Generator (EMG) and one chip for the Operator (OPS2).After TX802 circuits greatly changed, using only one chip for both functions...in other words, the TX802 was more "analog" then the following racks.Regarding FM7...a well done program that may be an alternative for those who like to bring only a PC with them or for studio.But REMEMBER: the original TX802 sounds for 10 times better then a software!Regards.
October 10, 2010 @ 6:31 pm
@The Shadow

Indeed! [b]FM8[/b] is the way to go, not FM7! :-)
The Shadow
October 8, 2010 @ 2:53 am
"Today, however, computer software plug-ins such as Native Instrument's FM7 are definitely the way to go for DX and FM-based synth sounds!"

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk!
Gil Sicuro
August 28, 2010 @ 3:38 pm
2 stars only? And the DX7 takes 5? What's the logic? And sorry Native Instruments, FM7 sounds doesn't come close to a real DX in the matter of richness, fulness and warmth. FM7 sounds thin and brittle compared to a real DX7II/TX802.
Molly Millions
July 13, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
As everyone has said, VSE is way out of line with their ratings, especially since the first line reads "... is basically a rack-module version of the DX7mkII..."

So, what's the problem, again?

This is a bargain-priced DX7mkII with nice MIDI implementation and rarely matched sound. I won't get into the softsynth argument, especially on a site dedicated to vintage synths, but... FM7 is very nice. However, for example, my sound card only has 6/3 output - this has 8 outs - and i like to output other stuff from the card as well (effect returns, and so on)... Hardware is nice sometimes, even if the software can match the sound bit-for-bit. No latency, awesome sound, hands-on feel, dedicated outputs. C'mon VSE - revise your review!
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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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