Synth Site: Yamaha: TX-802 module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Dano a hobbyist user from Japan writes:
The used price of these seems to be going up suddenly. It looks like FM synthesis is making a minor comeback.

The TX802's sound is professional quality, clear, and strong - really no comparison to NI's FM7 softsynth. (The FM7 isn't bad, but compared side by side, the 802 is the real deal.)

The preset "Performances" (as Yamaha called its patches) are nice - classic DX7 electric piano, strings, etc. The difficulty in programming myth largely stems from the early digital age when the whole concept of programming scared most people. With a few reads of the manual, and browsing through user groups, I figured out how to load voice patches from the computer. Now the possibilities of sounds are almost endless.

18 years old and this is still a great synth. Also, kudos to Yamaha for putting all of their user manuals online.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-14-2006 at 20:46
Henry Jones Jr. a hobbyist user from Brooklyn writes:
Yes this is a lovely box. Honestly I work a lot and have a variety of other interests, so I've never very deep into the programming possibilities of this machine. But think about it: several thousand dx7 patches available for free online (representing tens of thousands of hours of programming that you will not have to bother with) X 8 possible detuned simultaneous voices X whatever casual tweaking you feel like=lots and lots of possibilities with minimal model-specific learning curve. It just sounds beautiful. A whole decade at your fingetips.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-08-2003 at 12:54
Nick Morgan a professional user from Vermont writes:
This synth kicks ass, period. I have 2 in my midi studio and I'm getting 2 more! I got rid of my Roland JV-5080 because i love it's sounds. The synth sax sound is good if you use a breath controller with it and the jazz guitar sound beats the hell out of dragging my cousin in everytime i'm recording! Buy one! you can find them cheap($250 or $50 if you can find a sap who doesn't know what it is) you'll love it onces you get used to the sound editing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-08-2002 at 20:49
Mike Mattson a part-time user from Portland OR writes:
I left a review (see below) last Oct. and had some additional things to comment on. This WILL receive bulk DX7 dumps and the DX7 will also accept dumps from the TX802. (bulk & single) The pitch envelope generator is more sophisticated on the 802 though so for the rare sounds using that parameter you might need to set the levels at 50 (no pitch change) or increase the rate(s) etc.. 12 operator FM is way cool-combining two patches with detune. A good multi-processor effects unit is pretty much required to go w/ this, of course.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 22:09
waveviolator from UK writes:
Good FM module. Difficult to programme, unless you know DX7 programming. Cleaner sounding than the DX7 and in a rackmount. TX81Z is a smaller cheaper brother. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET A PC EDITOR FOR IT?

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-28-2001 at 05:03
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