Synth Site: Yamaha: FB-01 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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crustypaul a professional user from UK writes:
As long as yer not expecting any more from the FB01 than a very cheap 4 operator FM module then you can't go far wrong with one of these. Be warned though, the FB01 sounds VERY digital with that wierd kind of sizzling top mid range sound that Yamaha are so fond of. I bought mine for £15 about five years ago and have used it for wierd digital detuned string sounds and a few of the bass sounds but not much else. All the presets are pretty crap and its impossible to edit without a computer but the jazz organ makes a blinding house bass and the pluck bass is huge. Has anyone else noticed that the 'pluck bass' sounds more meaty and the 'solid bass' sounds weaker on the FB01 than on any of the other Yamaha 4 operator FM synths which have exactly the same presets and synthesis engines. Wierd! I'll give it 3 out of 5 simply because these things are so cheap to buy.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-09-2003 at 11:47
Justin Havu a professional user from USA writes:
I got my FB01 from me Electronics teacher at school, along with two parametric EQs a graphic EQ a TX81Z module, a mixer and a compressor. I like the electric piano sound on it, but it sucks that I can't find any editing software for it. I just use it with my casio keyboard.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-02-2002 at 19:08
darkhop a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Yes, you can find a use for this thing if you try, but why bother? Considering the cheap modules available today there's no reason to seek out one of these; if one happens to fall in your lap, that's a different story.

(And I know exactly what you mean by scaring everyone with that honky tonk piano -- I had headphones on!)

Funny thing is that I traded mine in at a local GC around 1992/3 or so, and they *still* have it in their used section! (Same serial #!) Yikes.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-17-2002 at 11:29
marvin bryant a part-time user from new haven,ct writes:
please don't get over excited about this little black box. it can do alot or little, in the hand of the person who use it. it all in the MIND.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-01-2002 at 08:46
Rev. Kamimiaku a part-time user from Upper Right-Hand US writes:
The FB-01 is often said to be a waste of money without editing your own sounds. This is not the case. While the presets are completely unrealistic, they still sound neat if A) played low and B) mixed right. The honky-tonk piano, if played in the 2nd octave and loudly, will scare the hell out of your neighbors. I have three FB-01s; two are used for my band's bass sounds, and the third is used for writing/backup. I'll eventually edit them, but for the time being, I'm happy with the synthbasses.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-06-2002 at 10:08
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