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 6, 2012 @ 2:58 am
...If you have nothing to do with "additive", "subtractive" synth methods', then TX-802 it's a nice platform in gaining experience with "Frequency Modulation". Just download the book!and go on ;) For me it's very interesting and enthusiastic - It's more like sound science;) AS I said earlier TX-802 offer endless possibilities!

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=186317e1c6c3602b&id=186317E1C6C 3602B%21177
January 17, 2012 @ 9:09 pm
Mirko I have very good pdf book for you, just leave me email...

What about best or not, I would just say that this synth is so rich in parameters that no one VST can provide. You can spent month's hooking all possible algorithms togather. It has endless possibilities till nowadays!!!
December 25, 2011 @ 5:21 am
Can anyone recommend good book about learning to program dx line of synths?
And comment about software vs hardware is from someone who is not musician,I can bet.
December 17, 2011 @ 8:02 am
No No No.

This is no way the best FM machine ever made. SY77/TG77 and SY99 are from another planet compared to this, or actually from higher dimension.

Were they best FM machines ever made? Nope. FS1R is even greater.

And then there is other manufacturers. Some one might prefer Alesis Fusion's FM engine best because is most flexible. But that's a matter of taste.

December 3, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
The TX802 could be the best FM synth Yamaha made. Rackmount, 16 voice, multitimbral, multioutput, 16-bit, and just so rich sounding. VSE's got it wrong!
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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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