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All user reviews for the Yamaha TX81Z

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 15 reviews )
 7 reviews47 %
 5 reviews33 %
 2 reviews13 %
Value For Money : Excellent

ClaudeLeBelge's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Ambient?"

Yamaha TX81Z
I just read a very full review. I just want to attract the attention of a potential lover on a rare feature: fashion "alternate". Basically, you fill out a program (up to 8 notes) with the sounds of your choice, with height adjustment, pan (L, L + R, R) and volume. At each grade received, the machine plays the next note. Or, if you have a loop of three notes per measure and seven active sounds, measures 21 before returning to the same sound, played by the same score. I personally have not used often, but nothing that because of this feature, I would not sell it. You tell me that you can achieve this effect with MIDI, well, it's obviously more complicated. And there are not that powerful bass, this is a small DX7's in that box!


Yamaha machine is never easy. But you can turn it on and play it without reading the manual


The choice of sounds is necessarily limited. If you buy it, is that these sounds like one.


I just used, and only when I'm looking for these features sounds. I bought it new in about 1987, it works like the first day and I'm a fan.

passionvinyl76's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" what fishing!"

Yamaha TX81Z
I have a rack model, we can change its past without a pc I go to midi controlled with a master keyboard, I go to Jack


use is simple and complex it requires a lot of testing to get what we are looking for but after what sin I am Techno and Tranche, I even buy a second one for the sampler to avoid


I use a lot in my opinion as I think, for low terribly efficient, I realized a remix of Technotronic - Pump up the jam with sample, I managed to reproduce the sound of the bass and it is terrible with TZ81Z


I use it for all my basses, I have some machinery for vintage sounds from 80 to 90's and I admit that I love these old machines that no longer want from the PC took over, it's like compare sound vinyl and CD sound, it has nothing to do ...

Realaze's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha TX81Z
Is it a model or Rack "rack"?

19 "rack

How many sounds effects? What styles?

Read the manual, some effects, they are anecdotal and very temperamental, it is not really DSP to avoid.

Are they editable? Utility via a Mac / PC?

There is a very good editor who is called TX81Z Program, it allows editing of sounds in real time and extensive control of the machine, I highly recommend:

Are there any extensions?

You could save patches on his tapes it seems to me, I've never used this feature.

What connection (Audio, MIDI, ...)? ...

Two audio outputs, MIDI IN / OUT / THRU


The general configuration is it simple?

Configuration rather simple if one has bases in MIDI.

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?

Here it spoils a little editing is complex, we must master the fundamentals of FM synthesis (which is not my case), but with the TX81Z Progammer can be fun to mess with the live sounds live with the mouse, which makes finding interesting sounds, even a novice.

The manual is clear and sufficient?

I just laminated, except the configuration section.


Sounds they agree your style of music?

We must expect more metallic sounds, or psychedelic, the sound is pretty cool overall, but the TX excels on some bass sounds, and allows pretty fantastic leads, the strings are not too bad. For me it suits me very well, it is a synthesizer can do almost anything you want with it, but must tampering.

Are they realistic?

No, it is not his ambition.

The effects are they effective and responsive?

Clearly not, they are gadgets.

The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch to)?

No worries on that side of my knowledge.

What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

Lately Bass patch, aaaaaaah, the rest is mostly what is done.


How long have you been using?

I had one for a long time, then I sold it, but his unique sound was missing and I bought one a year ago, I no longer separate myself, I love my TX: )

What is so special that you like most and least?

+ The sonic possibilities, its sounds good to share.

- Lack of outputs, the complexity level of publishing (forgotten thanks to a MIDI editor).

Did you try many other models before buying it?

At the time I also had a D-110, but I've always preferred the TX for its sonic possibilities.

How do you rate the quality / price?

For 50 €? unbeatable, provided love and having tamper rack effects.

With experience, you do again this choice?

I've redone, says it all ;)

Syltraxx's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" price / sound unbeatable"

Yamaha TX81Z
FM synth format 19-inch rack 1U, 3 banks of 32 + 1 personal and performance mode


complicated programming with cursors and menus to scroll through, but if you dig the beautiful can achieve amazing results


it is a FM synth sound was so realistic (electric pianos are good enough) and can be very aggressive and the synthetic wish


I bought 80 euros Used (leboncoin). This is a good deal for anyone who wants FM sound cheap. Certe is not a DX7 but it is a very good synth, which has the advantage of not being affected by the effect of "collector"
Lord Wan12/14/2012

Lord Wan's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" For collector or fan of FM synthesis"

Yamaha TX81Z
1 rack unit.
Polyphony: 8
Timbral: 8
Rom sounds (presets): 4 banks of 32, ram (patches): 1 bank of 32
Combinations (multitimbral assignments) in rom: 8, ram: 24
Stereo output
Input / output Midi.
Recognition order velocity and aftertouch.
Management sounds Sysex (100% compatible with Dx11 and Dx21 compatible part, 27 and 100).
Note: the processor that handles the midi inputs TX81Z is slow and can easily block the device if it sends continuous series of "control change" or "sysex" from a sequencer or control surface.
There are many publishers but they can not make the FM understandable ... UniSynth all except of course ;)
To note that I assigned it in light of current devices ... but also in relation to its rating.


The configuration is done with the navigation keys and a pair of + / - buttons strolling through menus and submenus endless ...
I do not even talk about editing sounds, it is a horror!
I seriously recommend when purchasing, adding a final secondhand netbook with Windows XP and a USB interface 1 midi port to run an editor. Otherwise it is a blow to the disgust FM.


I will not dwell too much on the issue here because everything is a matter of taste. But it is obvious that not using a FM synth to a "piano" or "violin".

Its fields are percusifs kinds are bells, vibraphone, electric piano and bass "slap".
With effect input gammme permanently for chorus / phaser / reverb (like Midiverb or DSP2024) we can begin to make tablecloths or "string together" interesting. But still very synthetic.

Therefore it can not serve as a main generator set. on the other hand, this type of synthesis mixes well with other keeping her personality in the mix.
One can for example use the generator as "strange percussion" in addition to a boitre ryhtme.


I use it for a few years. Synths, I've tried dozens and among the fifteen that I keep active, it is still there ...
Its biggest flaw (outside the man / machine interface) is an output level a little "feeble." So it is best to physically closest to the mixer (or with a multi-purpose output TRS) because we will add gain and does not amplify noise in the cables.
In the end, for a ridiculous price and you can add a module a little "exotic" in his set. If you do not want to take the lead must use an editor / Seller external ... see my signature ;)
Note that I am mindful of the attributes using an external editor.

Fab29's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" indispensable"

Yamaha TX81Z
FM rack 4OP
8 ratings
8 stamps

edition accessible enough, it gets worse for the times
pleasant to use
but it is FM synthesis, this is not fun for everyone ...


really nice use RAS
FM edition, not easy: FM
but it has hundreds of banks on the net sysex


for her it is the gas plant
sounds are not realistic they are FM
to you to find out how to live
variation sensivity filter gives an impression of the keyboard sounds

the effect is a killer full CHORDS
if you want to make this house is not worth wasting time
a piano chords elec + effect = THE keyboard house, groove agreements over ONE finger!



I've had a year
I use it more

q / px great
I may buy a second

annieviolette's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Module to keep"

Yamaha TX81Z
Rackable, editable ...


The sound editing is not his strong point, but there are just a group, is responsible for creating and improving an editor on pc (see the forum).
A new user manual, it is not his strong point either but it's worth it to seek and anyway, asking the right questions on the forums, you get there.


The sounds are original and much better, they have more consistency than the ground for example. At the same time, it is not the same technology.
In fact, it is a matter of taste.
A pattern, it tries to reproduce a sound, the TX with trying a bit hard but created something irreplaceable.


I use it for about 6 years, my set is composed of the TX and analog synths so my opinion is not too objective, it is oriented analog electronic music.
Finally, I would definitely need a song has multiple sound sources, otherwise it is tasteless soup, TX brings great energy, beautiful bright idiophoniques with these sounds, the percussive piano with violent and force with which organ through the wall of sound.
Must love the sound before the music when you go to specific instruments such as the TX.

sin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" The 4 operators FM Expander!"

Yamaha TX81Z
Expander unit 1 FM 4 operators. This is NOT the rack version of DX11, 27 or 100! (No choice of waveforms on DX) but identical to the V50 synthesis! ^ ^
8 voice polyphony and multi-timbral 8 parts.
128 presets and 32 users.
2 audio outputs, MIDI IN / OUT / THRU and input / output protection (DIN).


It is not too complicated to program when you know the Yamaha FM but quickly becomes tedious because of the lack of buttons on the front ... But there is a plethora of software publishers to edit the machine with more flexibility.


Sounds fragrant consoles of the 80s! But there is much more to do thanks to the 8 different waveforms per operator. We can then make sounds that DX can not get (or difficult). The ability to stack sounds or spliter is also a big advantage. Of course all kinds of percussion pads good FM or sweets can be achieved with this "color" 4 operators a bit less rich than 6 ops (but no less interesting) ... Very close in sound of the Yamaha V50 for connoisseurs.


This expander can find its place next to a DX7 adding other sounds and adding multi-timbralité.
Very convenient to play a little bass and some other FM sounds sequenced in pieces already relying on other machines. Adds an unmistakable and inimitable 1000! ;-)
I like the format rack well built and with its deep green display reversed.
At this time (December 2012) and for several years, the price used is the lowest (≈ 80 €) and it worth to fill a rack with space! I think the coast a few years will be in the 150 ~ 200 € ^ ^
Ferry c01/03/2010

Ferry c's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha TX81Z
Rack version of the Yamaha DX-27 / DX 11


The edition sounds simple but is not facilitated by the small screen! One can easily create new sounds through synthesis FM.


Sounds with a style multieffect MIDIVERB are suitable for the era, the bass is good enough tablecloths excellentes.Les traffickers in a bit. Organs, flutes, brass are correct, the piano is quite decevants.C on it is a thousand miles away from series XS6.Mais Reasons for the price it has nothing nya redire.Cet expander can still render great service to musicians not too rich .


I have over 20 years! never fails. I use mainly for bass and nappes.C is a true programmable synthesizer. With a reverb style ALESIS c is an effective device for any style of music.

Vinz67's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Single instrument, old school and cheap"

Yamaha TX81Z
Others have well described. I would add that unlike the DX-7, there is no fixed frequency "super low" or pitch envelope and the envelopes are much coarser. In addition, the functions of keyboard tracking its almost non-existent (where the DX-7 are simple but effective), so it's hard to make a sound that sounds good on the whole range (eg pianos).
on the other hand there are effects to simulate the envelope of the reverb (at the expense of the polyphony of course). Instead of using only the sinuses as the DX-7, carriers can generate 8 different waveforms. I use to edit sounds Caged Artist's TX-81Z editor for Atari. No extension possible, but with FM synthesis, does not, all the potential is already in the box! I put 6 because frankly level features, it's not terrible.


It is simple to use. In use, the polyphony of 8 channels is really fair, and multitimbral mode is therefore difficult to use. But for the price it can pay 2 who can work: there is a special setting in which the TX will not play the notes either side. So with two TX-81Z, 16 channels can be achieved under specific conditions. FM synthesis is mégapuissante, and even if we only have 4 operators, the ability to choose between 8 basic waveforms gives an incredible tonal variety to it.
I put 6 because it is usable but with such a small screen, you spend more time surfing than to change the settings (if it was not an editor on the computer).


As mentioned by another AFiste advised, put behind a multi-effects is required. But then there it kills! It sounds more dirty and nasty as VSTi fi ethereal, it can make crazy synth sounds (FM requires), we have never been around! It is truly unique! With me, it's always him or Juno 2 that is very low metal.


I've had it 2 years ago I had a DX-7IIF / D I had the misfortune to sell (need € €) and I missed everything after. If it all over again, maybe I'd take a V-50, which has a keyboard, sequencer, reverb and above 16 voice polyphony. But the TX-81Z it is cheap and it is big! Sounds FMS, brass, electric piano, percussion, bass, although "80"! And it's fun to program (a computer), one can spend hours there!
But what Yamaha expects to recover from their FM synths? Almost 20 years after the brilliant TG-77 they do not know we propose that ordinary readers samples :-( With the exception of the DX200 (old motor DX-7, 1983) and too confidential FS1R (thank you for coyotte14 have mentioned). Yet it must be very expensive addition to an FM synth! It annoys me and just for that I want to keep my TX-81Z.