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
Evan Long
January 24, 2011 @ 11:13 pm
The DX7IIFD got five stars. If you put it in a rack box and quadruple its multitimbrality, why does it suddenly drop down to two?
November 6, 2010 @ 11:06 am
For what these sell for right now, it's a bargain. Sure, newer digital synths have FM ticked off on their feature list and you can always opt for software. But after 20+ years there is a huge number of user-created patches floating out there on the internet for DX-based hardware. So get a software editor (I use DX Manager) and dig in. I guarantee you will be surprised at what the TX-802 is capable of, and just how usable it really is once you have some quality sound banks set up. Well constructed, multitimbral (with 8 1/4" outputs PLUS 2 separate 1/4" outputs for a stereo mix). Get one while they're cheap and thank VSE for keeping the prices low with this bogus 2 star rating. By no means a perfect all around or only synth - but I'll probably get rid of my Roland XV-5080 before the TX ever goes.
October 22, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
I don't know why but no sound exit from my rack.I think I configured midi correctly.Can anyone help me?
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! :-)
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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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