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fredziak 08/24/2012

Yamaha TG77 : fredziak's user review

«  the synthesis of the synthesis of the 80 »

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The TG77 is the rack version of the SY77. This is a multitimbral digital module which dates from 1990 and offers a fusion of FM synthesis (called AFM) and the sample-based (AWM2). These basic elements can be treated with a well-supplied filters, envelopes, LFOs, etc..
FM synthesis is greater than the DX7 with more algorithms and waveforms, besides filtering capabilities. For its part, the part is AWM2, but becomes interesting when it mingles with FM.
The module also has a fairly comprehensive effects section for the time. It has a memory of 128 preset programs and 64 user. It is built like a tank, so virtually indestructible. His only weakness is the LCD aging badly.


With a few buttons, navigation through nested pages and thousands of program settings, the TG77 is a great example of marriage between complexity and extreme ergonomics repulsive! The K2000, which is comparable to that point of view, seemed more accessible. There is a clear need to invest a lot of time to tame the beast, effort that I have not yet provided. I guess that is the price to pay for access to the paradise of sound designers.


The sound of the TG77 is both good quality and very distinctive. It is better to ignore the effects are poor and focus on what it can produce fabulous synthesis engine gratified by A / D converters as they no longer made. Result: slamming bass, organ and electric pianos convincing, brass generous, ethereal pads to wish some good sounds and even pseudo-analog ... Obviously, the reproduction of instruments and samples exceeded will delight the nostalgic. Apart from that, it can get very original stamps and particularly crystalline. For the record, the famous soundtrack by Vangelis in 1492 owes much to this instrument.
I will illustrate all this with a demonstration of sounds essentially based on presets. I preferred to keep the internal effects because they characterize the machine but I regret it because they tarnish somewhat the result:


The TG77 gives the impression of being a cross between a Yamaha DX7 and Roland D50 and Korg M1. Even if it is only a rough vision, we find out the nature of this generation of instruments. This is a kind of synthesis of what has been sublimated product after the 80 analog, whether for better (specific sounds) and for worse (interface difficult to access). Two decades have passed and have been very few machines match the hybrid engine. I appreciate the tonal character of the instrument as well as ergonomics repulses me! One day maybe I will have the courage to dive into the depths of its programming ...