Synth Site: Yamaha: TX-816: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
page 2 of 3:   <<<  1  2  3  >>>
Neil Thompson a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I paid £380 UK sterling for my TX and I reckon I got a bargain! I'd been hankering after a DX7 (or a DX5 / 7IIfd whatever) for some time to give me a source of FM sounds and I'd never heard of the 816 before. Is this the best kept secret in vintage synthesizers, or what?

8 DX7s for the price of 2? Okay, you need a software patch librarian to get the most out of it, but who doesn't have a computer in their setup these days? (Especially if you're in the vintage kit market). With the HUGE number of DX7 banks out there on the web you're never going to run out of sounds even if you never attempt to try and programme your own.. let's face it: life's too short to try and master the intricacies of FM when someone else has already done it better than I ever could!

Anyway; massive sounds with the 8 TF1 modules playing the same patch (detuned slightly on each module) or just a handy 8 part 16 note polyphonic module. Built like a tank and looks the business when powered up.

I reckon FM synthesis is on the return in the same way analogue was revived and those of us who picked up these beasts for peanuts now are going to be sitting on a little gem in a few years when the word is out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-28-2001 at 10:25
Mert Topel a professional user from Turkey writes:
48 operators, 48 envelope generators, 8 seperate algorhytms simultaneously, 8 LFO s , 8 pitch EG s, 8 individual portamentos ........ (the list goes on and on). When the TF1s are layered, the TX816 is such a beast. It is not a plug and play synth. Although you can use it anyway you like, it is actually the brain of the ultimate TX1 system. With the KX88, REV1, QX1 it was designed to be a real monster system. You can further enhance the possibilites by one or better two MEP4 MIDI event processors. Luckly, plug-in player retro boys are still not aware of this system or even funnier,they "overlook" this it and so you can still get it for a resonable price like 500 to 650 bucks. It is absoultely a steal.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-25-2001 at 06:07
Don a professional user from USA writes:
Big, awesome sound. Versatile. Easier to work with than I had expected. Lots you can do right from the front. Edit/program with DX7, DX7II, ed/lib, or, as I do, with a JLCooper Fadermaster or some such MIDI controller. Spread out a stereo field with 8 individual parts. Better than just a stereo mix out. Looks great. A serious piece of gear - better than any other '80s vintage FM. Yamaha's cream of the crop.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-23-2000 at 03:07
AdamT a part-time user from UK writes:
Just got mine.. this is one extravagant machine, I loaded up a MIDI file of a Bach piece and aimed it at the TX816, what came out can only be described as a futuristic "Switched on Bach" with patches changing and MIDI LEDs dancing all over the place and this amazing very synthetic overture. the Modular analogy seems accurate to my ears it seems to have an extraordinary audio bandwidth though there is a bit of white noise output all the time though not as bad as my DX5 was. haven`t tried it in the recommended layer mode yet.

Wonderful and as I said earlier, Extravagant rarity from the early 80s.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 17:36
Mac a professional user from the USS Sulaco writes:
THE only Modular digital synth, and a part of the massive TX1 Rack synthesizer system (not TX1p which is an AWM piano module). best treated as a Pseudo-48-operator polysynth it can create the most expresive and awesome of soundscapes though it`s easier to tap into the massive DX7 library and select choice patches than try to hack away at making a composite sound of your own via a DX7. remember if you try this with a TX802 it`d be MONOPHONIC, the 816 remains 16-note poly. remember also that it really needs a dedicated 8-channel mixer, the matching rackmount MV802 is the proper jobbie, add a couple of REV-7s (similar era) and a jellinghaus programmer and you`ve got the DX equivalent of a modular setup (;-). these things are going to become collectable sooner than you might think.

Like the DX1, the 816 actually seems to sound cleaner and quieter than the DX7. What exactly TX1 (Think that was the name) comprised of apart from the 816 and the MV802 is a mystery but it sure looked potent from those old pics.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-23-1999 at 17:57
page 2 of 3:   <<<  1  2  3  >>>