Synth Site: Yamaha: FB-01 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Lars Peder Kallar Devold a part-time user from Trondheim, Norway writes:
This module has been sitting next to me for quite some time, though I have never considered using it until recently. In short, this is FM at its worst. Once you start looking for realism in the sounds, you`re doomed. Try to avoid looking at the LCD, rather think of it as stand-alone synth sounds, because that`s in fact what they are, a clarinet only sounds marginally like the instrument itself. In short, the only usable things with this box are the bass sounds and noises. The bass is punchy, especially the patch FlapBas, I love the sound of it, and this is what I primarily use the FB-01 for. You can make noises out of many of the "instrument replicas" and synth sounds on it, because they don`t sound like anything else.

Bottom line: Useless as a general purpose syntheziser, but fantastic as an addition to your sound palette, it really doesn`t sound like anything else I`ve heard!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-31-2001 at 12:19
Adam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I actually got my FB01 over a year ago for $50. It is my only FM synth and really isn't much good as a multitimbral module; I only route 1-2 tracks at a time. With my Behringer DSP1000, the sounds are wonderful. Without, it's not so good. Does anyone know of a specific or universal software based patch editor that can tweak this thing? If so, where can I obtain it. Please email.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-19-2001 at 14:29
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i got one w/ my early bandmates in 87 for only 4100.strange red lcd brought u hundreds of presets,again,this fm synth is not my fave but we really need a ready to use module to do gigs,and its surely reliable than that fxcking crashing esqm,tho ensoniq really got a better sound than yammy.anyway,this little black box give me many choices of bass sounds,solid bass timbre to help us to set up a solid rhythm session in our songs.thats all.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 18:33
Glenn a part-time user from Toronto (Cda) writes:
I won't give this a numeric rating because alongside a shiny new super synth module, how high a score could you honestly give to the FB-01?

Yet a low score totally misrepresents the appeal of this unit to my mind...I've had it a few weeks, I'm just getting into FM synth programming, but I'm already totally in love w/ the sounds I'm getting (though of course it does need an outboard FX loop to shine).

I was going to shop around for a pricey bass synth, but forget it...I may upgrade the FB-01 for a TX81Z, or I may just keep this unit, and spend the savings on another FX unit.


posted Monday-Jan-01-2001 at 15:47
olafmol writes:
i really love's a steal! the classic lately bass detroid techno bass sounds just are so are the organs.....and sounddiver even has a editor-module for it if you like to program 4op FM ;)


posted Thursday-Nov-16-2000 at 09:27
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