Synth Site: Yamaha: TX-81Z: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Nico a part-time user from Canada writes:
I've got this machine recently in order to beef up my studio in the "digital" caterogy. Ok, lets roll...

Great machine for basses... like most user I think the sub basses (including the "latelybass" preset) are deliriously good (waayyy better than most bass sound you find in romplers) and the rest of the synthy sounds are great to use in electronic music. Really good metallic timbres.

I program mine using a computer based librarian. I must say that, for a board released in 87, it is really to integrate in a modern midi setup... I wish my DW8000 was like that...

Not bad at 80's type Rhodes sound too!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-12-2001 at 21:08
Awesome_Bomb a hobbyist user writes:
hmmmm......I'm getting this in a couple of days...

I won it for like $75 on EBAY....

i wanted cuz i can afford it...and i need something for awesome bass

i was wondering what ppl use on this board ..along w/ the tx, as far as fx modules an such....

i want to get the most outta this tips

posted Wednesday-Oct-03-2001 at 10:46
Tobias Burns a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got mine for about $100 last year. From what I have had experience with (or heard about) this is the best synth in this price range. I see a lot of reviews that say this machine is difficult to program; I have to disagree. This is the first FM synth I've owned and I have no problem programming from the front panel. Patch editing from the computer seems to be more of a hassle as the TX81z does not have sysex active-sensing - therefore, when you change parameters in the computer, you can't test them until you hit "transmit" or "send" or whatever. This is pretty inconvienient because i can't continually run a note sequence and hear the differences in parameter changes as i'm editing them on the screen. Font panel isn't that difficult, the menu is layed out fairly logically. 8 part multitimbral (using mono voices), but i generally use it for 2 parts max as it has two outputs. (D-110 has 6 outputs - i believe it was a TX81z competitor having ring modulation, etc ---- I'm selling a D110 if anyone is interested). Sounds can get very harsh from this machine. Portamento is rad. I think Autechre used two of these and a sampler on one of their Peel sessions. The outputs are a bit noisy. Basses are indeed excellent and very flexible (flexibilty is the strong point of FM: mapping velocity to modulating operators takes sounds from subdued melodies to intolerable clonks, blonks, chunks, and zbangs). and... as far as I know , this machine is the first to introduce the neverd-ending wonder of LATELY BASS.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-27-2001 at 15:50
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio USA writes:
I just got a TX81z from a friend for 40 bucks. It is *definately* worth the investment--let me tell you.

I've never owned or operated an FM synth before, so this is going to be a major learning experience for me. Right now I've only twiddled a little bit with the operators and algorithms.

The unit itself is constructed well enough except for the nasty, squidgy buttons on the front of the unit. This isn't much of a big deal because (hopefully) nobody programs this thing using the front panel.

The sounds are brash and delightfully FM as you would expect, ranging from harsh to cheesy. With some tinkering, you can make some excellent effect sounds. From what I understand, the TX81z is great for FM bass sounds, sine-bass and so on.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 11:13
buyense a professional user from usa writes:
I like it alot. most people use it for the basses I like using it for the noise's it makes.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-24-2001 at 14:41
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