Synth Site: Yamaha: TG-33: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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T. Millar a part-timer user from USA writes:
This synth is the digital answer to every overdone analog squelch and voltage-controlled fart that ever was heard. HA! said the crack-addicted engineers at Yamaha. FUCK DIALS N' SLIDERS, we'll give 'em a JOY STICK! Bugger off, you knobs (or something to that effect, pardon the pun), we've got us a 4-way wacky wiggly for our tweaky business. If you like the Black Dog, Autechre, or generally any other IDM-types, you'll cream in your JNCOs when you twiddle this box. To be blunt, if you're looking for somw swarthy overmodulated pads and SFX to cover up those horrendously un-funky drum patterns, this is the synth for you. WHOOSH, SWISSH, AAAAHH, and also ZAP and BEEP. I mean, shit, it has a motherfucking JOY STICK! Go out and buy you one now (or risk feeling left out when the vector synthesis revival hits, you watch).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-05-1999 at 21:04
Kris a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I picked up a TG33 with a couple of ROM cards and it is everything I expected. It makes wonderful evolving drones that can go on for measures. Just as everyone warns, this unit sounds thin. But, that can be a good thing when all the other synths in a mix are fat. I did hope that I could stop using my DX100 since the TG33's FM is 4 op. But, it is just no substitute for the DX100's fine bass sounds.

Just so everyone is clear, there is no filter in this box. Also, the FM section is not progammable as a "real" FM synth. There are at most two FM parameters that can be tweaked per voice, that's it. The architecture allows an ADSR EG to be programmed for each of the four voices (2 AWM, 2 FM) which go to the joystick controlled/program controlled mixer which is then further modified by another AR EG. From there it goes to a limited EFX unit. That's about it, other than an LFO per voice. Simple, but unique and effective.

For inspiration, it has a random patch generator that makes useful patches about 30% of the time. It is fun.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-05-1999 at 18:20
Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Everything everyone has written is true! I've had mine for ages and it's just one of the mainstays of my rig. It's great at all the moody swept strings and effects and the ability to morph sounds in real time with the joystick really gives you a chance to let rip when soloing!

The web is a great source of third party sounds for free. I've found some real corkers.

This is definitely one of those boxes that is completely irreplaceable. Nothing else sounds quite like it. If ever this baby dies, I'll be looking for one next morning. In fact, our local store has a second hand one in for about £150. Tempting to pick up another!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-12-1998 at 06:31
SunnyD a hobbyist user from USA writes:
well, what can i say...i bought the tg-33 for only $130, and it's been one of the greatest things i've ever bought. it's an absolute nesecite ( in my opinion) for any type of electronic music...think of it...the choice to use 128 sampled sounds and 2 of the 256 FM sounds (more like osscilators), you can mesh them together to create an array of unlimited sound...i've been usin' this thing for only a month and i've come up with sounds other synths could NEVER throw out...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-11-1998 at 20:28
PHB a hobbyist user from USA writes:
(Well, my last review didn't post for some reason, so, here it is again-- hopefully...) Dave Smith, who created the Sequential Circuits Prophet VS (Vector Synth) was behind the creation of the Yamaha SY22 (keyboard), the Yamaha TG33 (table top module version of SY22), AND the Korg Wavestation. As I dont own a Wavestation or know much about it I can't really compare the two, but the TG33 is probably one of the most underrated synths ever made. It is capable of some realy amazing sounds. It's also very versatile. You can pump out anything from moody film scores to grungy industrial to ambient techno... the sky's the limit. To take two digital FM synths and two sample playback synths, and put them all through the same mixer, add effects, and wire up a joystick to activate each sound as a vector, then add the ability to record a vector sweep of the joystick and save that as a new sound, that would run you at the very least $1000 US dollars, most likely a lot more. But the TG33 has all of that inside one tiny little table top box that should only set you back between $165 to $300 US dollars! I traded away my first one for a TR808 and finally replaced it for a measly $175. This is an awesome machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:22
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