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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Paul Warfel from USA writes:
I started with a Korg MS-20, and DW-6000 and ARP Oddessey in 1984. I quickly dropped the DW6000 when the DX-7 came out, and learned to program FM synths. I currently have three FM synths an SY77, a TG77 and a SY99. These all have advanced FM with 16 different waveforms, not just the sinewave. These are also sample playback synths with several megs of excellent sounds. The sample playback side of the synth creates great beautiful washes, while the FM side can make extremely percussive hard edged sounds. All of these are great synths and it is nice to have all three but they all have there own special quirks and benefits. The best sounding of the whole bunch is the SY99 as it has better DA converters and a later SPX sound effects processor and 76 keys. Also, the SY99 lets you download a small sample and use it as a waveform to feedback into an FM algorithm. (If that sounds like greek just believe me it can be real cool) The next best sounding is the TG77. I believe it was released later and probably has better electronics inside as was Yamaha's policy at this time. The TG77 is the cheaper of the three but it doesn't have the sequencer and disc drive of the two keyboards. The last in the heirarchy is no slouch. It has 61 keys and the disc drive and sequencer of its big brother. It sounds great compared to most synths of its time and most synths that still follow. But the sounds are a little dryer and thinner than the SY99, but that just makes it under the SY99 but still heads above most other synths in control capabilities. The sequencer is extensive and fairly user freindly in these 16 voice multi timbril and 32 voice polyphonic synths. A great buy if you find any of the three.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-08-2000 at 04:30
Toni Aittoniemi a part-timer user from Vantaa, Finland writes:
Great, but not perfect! Programming FM is time-consuming, but very rewarding when done correctly. Fortunately there are good help sites floating around in the net. The TG77 finds itself in almost all tunes I make.. Perfect for evolving pads.. Good basses.. I only wish it had better drums.. Sometimes I even drop the DX100 in favor of the TG77 .. Ind-outs are so confortable.. Very good do-it-all box, with a style all of its' own!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-08-1999 at 07:44
Sung-Wook Jang a professional user from Korea writes:
I used TG77.and think good syth.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-23-1999 at 11:54
roman a professional user from USA writes:
TG77 is undoubtedly the most powerful programming synth ever created But also the most complicated one to say the least. Which is why the lack of available sounds even from the professional sound suppliers. Even with dedicated editor programs (a must if you have a TG77), it takes hours and hours of tweaking to get somewhere with this beast. But this thing can deliver what ever you want. Including, lush analog strings and basses that blew away my MKS80 and Jupiter8 synths(now sold). Unfortunately, The drum sounds are typical Yamaha crap and not useable and you're not able to load samples (as in SY77). This synth is the most unfriendly monster you can own. You will wish you had never bought it and if you have, you'll not want to part with it. But, if you can master it before you have a breakdown and sell it, then it is a good investment especially at the going prices.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-03-1999 at 20:33
Massimo Sacchetto a part-timer user from Italy writes:
I bought it again after years. I still keep my old dx7 !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-09-1998 at 02:44
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