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
February 27, 2011 @ 6:47 pm
@Richard: I've been talking with an engenieer specialized in vintage and analogs synths, and I remember he said something about a notebook-hybrid hardware made by Yamaha only for programming the DX7 and TX816. I suppose that this hybrid actually existed, you were able for programming this synth.
February 23, 2011 @ 11:52 am
Was a Yamaha hardware controller ever made for this?
February 13, 2011 @ 11:27 am
Surely VS has rated this 'Humdrum' to create traffic. Have they listened to it? I've had a few synths over the years and this one has that special something. It has sonics all over the audible spectrum. Deep, cutting and toppy; I'm afraid FM8 (which I love too) can't touch it for depth. So, I got [beep] ed into this and commented... uch well... it needs defending - LOL.
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.
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Rated 4.05 (441 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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