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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Saul Hudson a hobbyist user from UK writes:
We just added a section for the TG77 on our forum at http://kickme.to/syforums

Will post as much info as I can find but if anyone would like to contribute it would be appreciated. By the way..the "Gas Station" link doesn't work.

atb Saul

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-04-2002 at 07:03
Sašo Podobnik a part-time user from Slovenia writes:
I long admired the Yamaha TG-77 is very for its programming power and when one came up for sale locally, I knew I had to have it. I spent all first week programming it and by the end of the second one, I began to feel a bit frustrated - the bugger was supposed to sound fabulous...but it simply wouldn't. I couldn't understand what I was doing wrong - I grasped the concept of AFM and the AWM was a no-brainer. When it was time to combine the two into a cohesive unit together with all that LFO's, filters, and effects, however, the results I was getting were truly underwhelming.

So, after a few months and very few remarkable patches, I had to admit to myself once again that I'm simply not good enough of a programmer for this synth. To make the most of it, you literally have to spend hours with it, preferably using a computer editor as you're likely to go mad programming it from the front panel. This synth can do almost everything, but it takes quite a while to get there unless you're a programming genius. If you take your time and don't get scared off by the very steep learning curve, you have a good chance of unleashing and subequently harnessing the power of one of the most advanced digital synths of all time. Yes, even a good decade after it was released.

As a programmer's workhorse, you thus can't go wrong with the TG77. It features excellent MIDI implementation, I never ran out of polyphony, the software does not crash and it never lost any data. Furthermore, it's extremely well built and very reliable, except for the display backlight, but quality replacements are available at a reasonable price. If you have any futher questions, or if you want to hear it in action - it is featured in several of my songs - please drop me a line at sartre@siol.net

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-01-2002 at 17:30
Scott a hobbyist user from US writes:
Just got one,and so far love it! there are downsides due to it's age, like OS, i hate multi-setup mode on older yamahas. And display is too dark(backlit dead as usual with this model). But as far as sound, it is my cup of tea, love FM, and this thing's sound is my #1 among synths i own(NordLead2,Korg n364,TG33). If display worked well, and you didn't have to deal with Multi-setup in order to use multiple voices, this would be my #1 synth. It's a shame they don't make FM synths like this anymore. I think all i could need for my music is TG77 and Wavestation.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-21-2002 at 16:37
terragong a part-time user from germany writes:
the atari sy/th 77 prg. by steinberg is a wonderfull edit tool...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-29-2002 at 02:48
Dan Wilson a professional user from UK writes:
I've owned a lot of synths in my time but the TG-77 simply has to be the most underrated synth ever manufactured. The TG-77 is capable of producing some truely wonderful sounds with a level of expression few synths will match. I personally think thats its the FM in AFM that puts people off. FM sounds were known for being too hard and cold but the beauty is that the TG-77 has resonant filters that put all that warmth back in. The TG is capable of producing a very wide range of complex and evolving sounds which sound refreshingly different to other synths. Unusual, supremely powerful and potentially collectable.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-18-2001 at 18:04
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