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
October 11, 2011 @ 8:45 am
FM7?!? Save yourself the trouble and buy dedicated digital gear or even better start collecting modular synths, and really educate yourself on sound engineering and what it takes to get quality! If you don't care buy an iPad and sample your sounds into it's Garageband. LOL. Where is the industry headed?! (2 Stars for a DX7 mkII with more multimbrality, who writes these reviews? Sack him!) FM7 has the algorithms but sounds rubbish! Buy this and a RAM 4 cartridge and stack your sounds!
October 11, 2011 @ 8:39 am
VintageSynth should then retire and start supporting software synths! I just recieved my TX-802 today in the mail and the moment I turned it on the full richness, expressiveness, and responsiveness became apparent with this dedicated hardware synth! My father has the latest Apple Mac with ASIO and studio speakers. FM7, after many hours of use, convinced me that computers still can't hack it for good frequency resolution and real-time audio synthesis, and there's an engineerical reason why those problems exist with computers, which many so-called "musicians" aren't educating themselves about.
October 2, 2011 @ 6:01 am
@Brydo: Well said - I'm growing increasingly frustrated with the ill informed information on these pages. There is nothing "humdrum" about this synth - the 802 is a very capable 6OP synth with much opportunity for deep layering with decent modulation and expression and, like all of Yamaha's better FM offerings, is very capable in the right hands. Some of the strings on my 802 are gorgeous - especially when warmed up with a bit of analog chorus and/or tube EQ. Think of it less as a potentially cold standalone instrument and more a powerful oscillator source to a warm analog back end.
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!
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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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