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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Gary a hobbyist user from USA writes:
excellent 4 op FM sounds, pain in the butt to program from the front panel, so use a PC editor, or just use some of the abundant voices already available for this instrument. Chick Corea STILL uses one of these for him reunited Electrik Band.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-17-2005 at 04:13
john poole a professional user from ardmore, PA USA writes:
A reminder! You can create a fairly realistic plucked bass viol (upright, bull fiddle, acoustic bass, stand up bass are vernacular terms) on the 81Z but you can't really program it to match a TX802s capability. You can combine two algorithms in performance mode to get you up to 6 ops easily but the note off release stage is what you'll miss most. Subtle PEG use and random pitch are aspects of an acoustic upright bass but are not really missed at an average tempo and in a mix. All other bass sounds except a very picky acoustic upright (plucked of course not arco) are possible on the 81Z. John Poole

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-17-2005 at 11:20
pedroinf from www.plastic4records.com writes:
I´m happy i got this TX81Z ! its the AphexTwin love synth , IDM experimental electronic BLISS .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-14-2005 at 17:23
Matt a professional user from USA writes:
This review is dedicated to all you pen pockets and propeller heads out there...

The TX81Z is a good all around module for FM synthesis. The voice programmability is more limited than it is for the DX7, but this also makes it easier. It uses the 4 operator/8 algorithm FM engine that you see on the lower end models, but the ability to select from 8 different waveforms for each operator makes it easy to change the character of the sound without having to balance out a bunch of parameters to keep it in tune. This is what makes it so easy to make tons of different bass sounds on it. Most of the parameters are simpler than they are for the DX7.

There aren't quite as many operator frequency ratios available as there are for the DX7, but it's not really something you would miss, except for maybe the maximum ratio of 25.95, whereas the DX7's ratios go up to 64.00, which is high enough to bring all the dogs in the neighborhood running.

The EG's are ADSDR envelopes with ranges of 31-31-15-31-15, which isn't as complex as the 4 stage envelopes of the DX7, but most sounds don't go beyond this type of scheme anyway.

You can't set the scaling breakpoint or curve, so it acts like a negative linear curve with the breakpoint set at the very lowest note. In other words, you can only set how quickly the operator level tapers off as you go up the keyboard.

There aren't as many waveforms for the LFO, there is only triangle, square, saw up and S/H.

The edge that the TX81Z has over the DX7 is the 8 part performance mode, which can use 8 different sounds in layered, split, or alternating configurations. The unit has only 8 note polyphony, but an 8 layered bass sound can be a pretty intense sound. Take your favorite bass sound, make 7 small variations of it and stick them all in a performance. You'll get a sound your mother wouldn't even want you listening to.

It also has a MIDI delay, panning and single note chord effects, and microtuning capability. It's actually a very well designed unit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-29-2005 at 19:22
OddG a part-time user from France writes:
I wanted to add some FM Bass sounds to my set, the Tx81z is definitly the best for me: tiny, simple interface, great presets (LatelyBass, <6 Tease>, Farcheeza...)and more than affordable (cost me 60 euros) :o)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-12-2005 at 07:14
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