Synth Site: Yamaha: FB-01 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Beet Gozon a professional user from USA writes:
IMHO this unit is all about bass sounds. If you want FM bass sounds for very little cash spent, this is the box. It's not good with the higher octaves. But the FM bass is fantastic. If you like and/or want the type of FM bass sound Orbital used in 'Halcyon +on +on' or the one from Al B. Sure's 'Nite and Day,' do yourself a solid and buy one of these. It's not a squelchy or filtered sound, it's just fat and full of presence and bite. Feed it through some reverb and life is grand.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-07-2008 at 16:18
John a part-time user from UK writes:
You may be interested to know that 187 Lockdown used this FB01 in their "Kung Fu" track (its the bass line in case you wondered) I had one of these units i bought it second hand from a music shop £15 in a very tatty condition. I sprayed mine with gold plastikote , re decalled it with original font lettering and a protective laquer second cote. looked quite the dogs never regions when i finished with it ;) i found that layering 4 different sounds (the thick hefty ones) you got quite a ear busting bass from it! was well impressed. basic sounds have potential when layered, but not very good stand alone. there are plug-ins out there for various music editors that let you controll all the functions from your pc and send via midi to program this thing including new sounds, naming, and all the other bumf inside it ;) il give it a 3, just because it deserves some merit for trying !

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-04-2005 at 01:53
Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
After years of ignoring this littel box, I putit back into the rack and MIDId it up. Against modern. all-singing, all-dancing synths this is not up to much at first reckoning. But it does have a real use as a filler layer with other things. Try the strings at a very low level underpinning a more modern, realsitc string sound. Try doubling an analogue bass sound with the stuff in the FB01.

It helps add character and depth to other sounds, personalising your sound more than dominating it.

The onboard RAM is a bonis. There are some great sysex dumps out there, demonstrating that, for those with the will and time to spens, this can be persuaded to make worthwhile noises. Against all expetations, it has a real role as a source of background filler pads when hooked up to a cheapie multi FX box.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-12-2004 at 03:31
mike hunt a professional user from im from england writes:
based purely on bang for the buck i give it a 4.5. it is capable of some really deep bases and some decent anaolog emulation, the metalic sounds are hot too

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-09-2003 at 16:56
back to 1987,we used it for live use,mainly for bass,yeah,there was the time pet shop boys very popular(remember those remarkable and also boring fm/dx bass?) and we did gig at small clubs.coz it's stable,at least stable than that buggy ensoniq esqm module we got to use it live too,for warm analog/hybrid synth red lcd and hard to edit(actually we bought it not for sound programming,just for live preset sounds only,get it?)other than some basses,all the rest are craps.give it 1 is enough.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-09-2003 at 12:30
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