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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June 3, 2011 @ 11:59 pm
To program it, you'd need something that can send system exclusive messages, such as the Novation SL MKII. Comes in 25-key, 49-key and 61-key models and even has aftertouch. But programming system exclusive messages is confusing and tedious.

If you have a PC (or a Mac with OS 9 in Classic Mode), you can use the software that Yamaha created to edit the DX200 (which is a DX7s, NOT a DX7 as everyone keeps yammering on about).

Join Yahoo's DX200 group (groups.yahoo.com) and find it in the Files section.
May 30, 2011 @ 11:31 am
True, but Jellinghaus made only about 25 of the programmer. It's actually bigger than an original DX7.
So chances are, you'll never get to see one..
April 29, 2011 @ 4:54 pm
There was a controller for the DX7 built by a small german manufacturer, but it´s extremely rare. Google for "Jellinghaus DX".
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?
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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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