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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Douglas Masla
April 1, 2011 @ 12:22 am
I owned a Tx802, a very nice machine for its time.
Yamaha also made a midi guitar controller the G10c,witch was a perfect pairing with the multi-timbral 802... it was marketed as its sound module.
These 2 devices together were a powerful combo!
The 802 responds 2 standard midi controllers but if you can find a lexicin MRC (midi fader controller) with v1 os,the faders address the802 as a vitual analogue osc. wave,filer Fc & Q, 2x ADSR's ect... lots of fun and very fast good patch generation.
March 1, 2011 @ 6:19 am
@gothicgrave: Could you use something like a modern Akai MPK49 Midi Keyboard to access the interface of the TX802 to edit the sounds like you would use a convetional controller such as the controllers Roland made, such as the PG-300?
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.
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  • 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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