Synth Site: Yamaha: TG-77 Synth Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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chris a part-time user from usa writes:
i got a tg-77 a few months ago..i like it alot..good dx basses and cool pads..also some wacky noises..i use sounddiver because youll go nuts tring to edit this synth,and yamaha has all the parameters with their own made-up names and does really cool choir sounds..i really love the ooos and ahhhs..oh yea,the drums..yuck!...the drum sounds are very 80s pop sounding..i just stick to the synth and bass gonna also complain about all the silly orchesrta sounds..i dont like those either..but if you make-up your own pad and bass sounds it is a very cool synth..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-29-2001 at 16:36
spectralab a professional user from Canada writes:
After months of anticipation I finally got one of these into my rack... this is quite honestly the first synth I've owned that has made me scratch my head trying to figure it out (I didn't get a manual with it)... then I got it working with Sound Diver and all my prolems were solved. Don't even try to use this without Sound Diver, though - you'll give yourself an ulcer. I'm willing to bet there are more parameters in here than the FS1-R... well, maybe not, but close. To sum up the awesome set of featues the TG-77 has: 2 6-op FM voices and 2 PCM (AWM) voices.

The FM voices have 45 algorithms to choose from, 3 user-defineable feedback loops (one limitation here being that if you use them all up on one voice there doesn't seem to be any left for the other voice), 16 waveforms (all operators have a corresponding "phase" parameter, which allows you to start the chosen wavefrom at any point in it's cycle), and the envelopes... these envelopes (1 per op.) have more stages than any envelope I've seen on any other synth. Seems to be two decay stages and two release stages (ie. you can set it to trigger at a higher level after the initial release stage)... main and sub LFO's with flexible routing and killer filters (HPF-LPF or dual LPF)... pitch and filter envelopes, seperate keyscaling for each operator... it goes on... oh, I should also mention: each FM voice can have one AWM sample inserted as the waveform in any one of the six operators. There's a noise source as well...

The AWM section is simple by comparison: pick your sample, transpose and tune it, set the envelope (less parameters than the AFM env.'s), set your filter and LFO (only one of each on these voices) and so forth.

There are something like 48 different microtuning scales available, and the microtune function can be turned on or off for each voice individually, which allows for some pretty dissonant/atonal layering in your patches...

The FX, take em or leave em. I usually leave them on and still pump the TG through the DP/4, so things get pretty interesting, to say the least. I'm not sure why, but this unit actually feels more powerful to me than the FS1-R... not to say the FS1-R isn't intereseting and I won't be selling it or anything... but when you consider it's vintage, the TG-77 is capable of some pretty amazing things...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-19-2001 at 01:14
Kripto a professional user from New York, USA writes:
The TG77 Simply Slams! Even though it's creeping into the "ancient" catagory it still has the depth and intense feature set that puts it in the same realm as other "super-synths" such as the k2500 and Matrix-12. It's few drawbacks include that IT MUST BE USED WITH AN EXTERNAL EDITOR (ideally Sound Diver) Forget programming from the front panel. While it can be done, it will surely drive you insane. Especialy once your LCD backlight burns out, which it will. If your looking for contemporary presets to just choose and use, move along, but if your looking to make your own sounds (+ have some knowledge of synth principles) this machine will provide you with amazing control and capabilities in your work. BTW-Put the effects in Bypass (they're weak) and use a high-quality external multi-effector for truly awesome results.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-27-2001 at 09:27
Keith Clayton a professional user from USA writes:
I really enjoy using this module. The sound quality is excellent. I have had my TG77 since December 1993. A lot of the effect sounds are (in my opinion) equal to most of the sound modules being produced today which makes this box a good investment. I will always use the effect sounds and I have a library of maybe 80-100+ Electric and Tine piano programs which are the definite standard. The System Exclusive implementation is easy to employ due to the fluent, comprehensive Midi documentation presented by Yamaha. I have one question about this unit which I am unclear about. My unit emits a high pitch but audibly low hum or buzz when on? If you notice this with your unit e-mail me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-15-2000 at 14:30
bnbaker a professional user from http:\\ writes:
I noticed the specs were not complete on the main page so I thought I'd give some more details: Max notes: 16 AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory) 16 AFM (Frequency Modulation) Max Timbres: 16 16 Bit Linear Sample Waveform data. Time variant IIR filter (awesome). Preset 128 voices, 16 multis Internal 64 voices, 16 multis Waveform memory 4 MBytes (112 sounds) DSP effects: 2 (40 reverbs, 4 modulationtypes)

Fantastic machine. Very underrated. BTW for some reason the backlight typically goes out on this model (mine also did). Dunno if it can be fixed or what it cost to fix but you can still read it in a lit studio). If anyone knows how to fix it PLEASE email me, I can handle a soldering gun quite well.

Impossible to program without a serious course in button pressing or do it the smart way and use Sound Diver. Cards for this machine are hard to find (not like roland cards). But with the amount of sounds on the web for SY77/TG77 or equiv there enough to keep you busy for a little while.

Lots of outputs (8) plus 2 main. Needs a battery replacement every 5 years(or so the docs say). I looked inside and it's hard soldered to the board (no easy radio shack swap here..darn).

Cool effects bypass switch on the front.

There's no support in sysex for the cards so if you use a card you'll have to use the machine to access them (copy them to internal memory and work with the data there), or just directly set the parms on the machines instead of sound diver.

BTW, don't let the "FM" term fool you. This is one serious machine with waveforms to match. You can even filter and envelope a AWM waveform and use it as part of an FM algorithm. Wahoo.

Have fun. BTW, they seem to sell for whatever the market will bear..I've seen em go for around $250 to up to almost $500 as of (3/00)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-12-2000 at 05:05
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