Produced in 1987. Despite its name, the TX802 FM Tone Generator is basically a rack-module version of the DX7mkII with full 8-part multi-timbral operation for sequencing and/or key mapping. It has ... read more
Produced in 1987. Despite its name, the TX802 FM Tone Generator is basically a rack-module version of the DX7mkII with full 8-part multi-timbral operation for sequencing and/or key mapping. It has 16-voices of polyphony and six digital FM Operators, the same as in the DX7mkII. There are 128 preset and 64 user patches for your sounds, as well as an external memory cartridge slot.
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Great for multi-timbral layering
I use a great deal of horn, organ, and string samples. But they lack the sharp attack and expressiveness you wish for. Especially strings, they usually have a soft attack and sound mushy. Horns also can have a weak attack when you want a real percussive stab. Enter the digitally sharp attacks to strings and horns using my TX802. The combination of real instrument samples and digital padding creates a nice full sound that covers the frequency spectrum. My digital horns have velocity sensitivity to control how bright they sound, making them more expressive. I also have a multi-timbral organ combination that combines the full body B3 samples with a bright and punchy digital organ.
It a DX 7 Mark II so you know it will sound great (better hardware and DAC resolution than original). Too bad it didn't have more storage and a volume knob! Still, classic sounds at the push of a button. I program it with software (Dexed - https://asb2m10.github.io/dexed/) and it is still a pain; however, there are soooo many free patches available you can find something to get you going.
Classy sounding FM
Nice rack, but i bought it in the mid 90's and the DX sound was still suffering from over exposure so i quickly moved it on, i think would like this now 20 years has passed, it has big wide clean sound from what i can remember of it.