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
February 9, 2011 @ 7:58 pm
Bought this box off craig's list for $200. the oldest piece of gear i own (it was born in the same year as me!). the outputs have a lot of noise to them, but the fuzz to it is perfect. the sounds can be huge, warm and soft (think pad drones and bone shaking subs), or very bizarre (with 6 operators, 8 voices, you can layer some incredible sounds). editing gets easier with time, though it would be awesome if there was an army of knobs connected to this thing. a very rich and useful synth, though not for the faint of heart in terms of programming.
January 25, 2011 @ 9:52 pm
Just got one and am very impressed.Access to every DX7 patch ever made.The module could do with some onboard fx.Its at its best when mixed with other synths,it really adds positively to the overall sound.Best fun is performance mode-you can alternate each of the 8 voices on the same midi channel,eg play a C note and voice 1 sounds, play it again and voice 2 sounds, again and voice 3- this enables you to set up Wavestation-like rhythmic patches which,when played across the keyboard, sounds really awesome.Overall a great fm module at a great price.VSE has its rating all wrong on this one.
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?
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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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