Synth Site: Yamaha: TG-55 Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Stephanie Sante a professional user from USA writes:
I just picked one up for $275.00 to add its shimmer to my studio. This is one

excellent little synth. I mainly got it for its etheric and more austere sounds.

I was very surprised to find out the synthetic brass and orchestral sound where

so powerful. Reminds me of the power in some of Larry Fast's work with Synergy.

Some of the onboard Rom samples are very unique. This is a really nice addition

to my studio. It also fits really nice in the mix with the rest of my gear without

hogging all the audio spectrum. Highly recommended.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:16
ed a part time user from U.S.A. writes:
A fairly decent synth, even though a complex sound will chew up the polyphony

in no time (16 available, but even the simplest-sounding timbre requires 2

of that, and complex timbres will use 4). Despite that, it has a good sound

for pads and synth stuff, the acoustic sounds are _fair_, and you can come

up with some Sounds From Hell with a little effort and a PC-based patch


Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:15
Joe a part time user from US writes:
The TG55 has always been underrated. I originally bought mine new for roughly $600, as an expander(?!) for my M1. The main competition

at the time was the original Emu Proteus, which by way of comparison cost a lot more and had great onboard samples, but was hardly

programmable at all. Compared to the M1 the TG55 had the same 16- voice Polyphony and 8 multitimbral parts. The four-oscillator

architecture can reduce the effective polyphony considerably, but produces complex sounds that are quite a bit more modern than the

M1. Filtering is also much more complex than the M1, and includes resonance, making the TG55 great for pads and analog sounds. As I

mentioned, a lot of the onboard samples aren't that great. I hate the electric pianos, organs and drums, but the brass and strings

are comparable to the M1. I love this synthesizer for bass, pads and leads, and the 'other worldly' sounds are the basis for a lot

of my best tunes. Yamaha sold a lot of these due to their low cost, they're in a lot of basement and back room midi studios. Not

exactly a 'cult' machine, but it definitely has a following and a character all its own.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:15
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