Synth Site: Yamaha: TG-77 Synth Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Francisco Madrigal from costa rica writes:
I¨m a GTR player mostly but,just love synths as well.I own about 30 synth modules and several synths.One of my most loved ones is my TG77 witch has a very clean sound ,I also have a TX802 but,theTG77 is better in so many ways.It´s easer to programm due to its larger display.It has more options for creating sounds,efx on board,sampled waves and FM engine at the same time,a crasy machine.If you take a look inside the TG77 module, you´ll see a very good built devise,strong chassis, good switching power supply and well constructed PCB´s with high quality semiconductor components. Well, I´m very impresed with this toy,no dout is a classic.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-12-2011 at 02:16
charles falken a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Picked up for just shy over $100 on ebay, though this beast sounds far more expensive. Whatever drove down prices on these.. makes no sense. Programming my own patches is far too confusing, as I'm not familiar with FM so much, but the library of patches available online make it easier. incredible sounds out of this. best bang for the buck i've ever gotten on a synth. take advantage and buy one while they're still cheap! ;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-21-2008 at 03:00
Carsten a professional user from Deutschland writes:
There are so many synths on the market so you search for that unique stuff that has its own sound and shape? I got my TG-77 3 weeks ago and it is one of that heavy weighted, big electronic monsters showing you: "Here I am and there is no one like me - don't you dare to play someone else!" This synth rocks! You get a lot of metal and plastic for your money;) Ok, it is 14 years old but the sounds can be used as new, unheard underground sounds. FM Sounds will never be completely dated if you don't use them too much. You wonder what instrument makes RAMMSTEIN's crazy electronic sound? It's a TG-77!! As you can see: there is no need to buy only the newest, expensive equipment if you want to make new music. TG-77 sounds can give your productions that kick you are looking for!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-21-2005 at 10:59
Charlie Bremner (DxQBoi/ Charlie.B.) a part-time user from Chicago, Il. writes:
Having a sincere fascination with Yamaha FM synthesizers, and owning quite a few (TX 81z, TX 802, TG 77, DX 200, FS1r), I have to say the TG 77/ SY 99 is at the top of the Yamaha FM synth pack. The screen is big enough to allow you to view your envelopes, and change multiple parameters without pressing those deplorable membrane buttons (like the DX 7). With some patience, even the most clueless knob twiddler can come up with decent results from the TG 77- but the key words are patience and knowledge. With both of those attributes one can make very interesting and useful timbres.

Comparing the TG 77 with the other synths out there on the market today, I would have to say that the TG 77 can hold it's own on sound, but polyphony is lacking (it was after all made in 1990), and the memory is lacking for user/ multi presets, but the rest is just fine where it is.

Programming FM, like I have mentioned before has never been easier. You have LOOPABLE ENVELOPES, something that is so cool in an FM synth..., 24 dB Resonant lowpass and hi pass filters- imagine if the DX 7 had these filters!, up to four breakpoints, up to three feeback routes, and Frequency Modulation of the operators by on-board samples. Too cool. Plus, you have elements. Voices, Elements. Within an element you have multiple choices, including the one drum kit (sounds late 80's, but pretty good). You can have up to four AFM parts in mono, or two AWM and AFM parts in poly. Another gripe I have is that due to the lack of polyphony, you cannot have four parts poly of A(dvanced) FM. Although the number of samples are lacking, you have quite an array of looped samples. The piano is fine, but you will need to tailor it with an envelope to make it sound real. There are sampled analogue waveforms like the beloved saw... and remember- each element has its own filter!

In closing, the Yamaha TG 77 is a remarkable synth that came out at a time when synths were loaded with features- not like today where everything is hyped (V-Synth anyone?) and somewhat lacking. The Yamaha TG 77 does have backlit problems, but for the average price of $325 (I just got two of these and another TX 802 for $405!)- you may have a secret weapon on your hands for perfect acoustic sounds, and Frequency Modulated MADNESS!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-24-2004 at 12:45
alpi a part-time user from EU writes:
Supa cool and very cheap. 8+2x2 outputs, massive sounds, clever interface (compared to DX7...), many parameters controllable real-time. I only found a very few annoyances; you cannot group filter controls for different elements of your voice, there are some missing realtime controls (filter resonance for example), and of course the backlight is gone..;) Get it, ride it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-05-2004 at 18:51
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