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
August 31, 2011 @ 1:57 pm
The reson for the differet sound betwen the TX-802 and the TX-7/DX7 are that the first generations (TX7/DX7) had 10 bit output. The DX7 II and the TX802 have 12 or 16 bit (cant remember) outputs, and this give more dynamics and a lower noisefloor. The first generation sounds more compressed.
August 1, 2011 @ 5:23 pm
I do an 80s act, this thing is essential for authentic recreation of music from that era. However, I recently added a TX7 specifically for bass parts. For instance, when you play the standard Superbass sound at high velocity on the 16 bit TX802, it "clacks". When you do the same on the TX7 it "gracks", and sounds somewhat compressed, there is a noticeable difference. Long live A-ha!
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".
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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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