Yamaha Tenori-on TNR-O
Yamaha Tenori-on TNR-O

Tenori-on TNR-O, Sequencer from Yamaha.

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revega 10/11/2011

Yamaha Tenori-on TNR-O : revega's user review

«  Great invention and a sequencer to none. »

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The Tenori is probably one of the most innovative of the last 10 years. Already copied as controllers and other interface of the same ilk is the original course, a true light.

In short this version 'light' than the previous one but also less expensive you will have:

• 256 LED buttons oranges
• 6 modes of composition: Score (score / step sequencer), Random (random), Draw (drawing dynamic), Bounce (Bounce), Push (pads), Solo
• Sound Generator AWM2
• 253 internal sounds
• Sampling: 3 user locations (3 x 16 samples)
• 2 effects processors (Reverb, Chorus)
• Built-in speakers
• Audio Mixed headphone / line
• MIDI In / Out
• Port SD Card (Song / Block / Layer / Setting / Sampling)
• Power Adapter for PA-3C (supplied)
• 205 x 205 x 32 mm, 610 g

Short enough to fill your time and open up real prospects.


The use requires a little patience just to understand the system matrix of the machine and then it will own. The manual is extremely well done and guide you logically without falling asleep by processes of heavy instructions.
Once lit it tenori discovers a world of building rhythms and sounds and this with just one finger. Amazing! It has 6 modes of composition and it gives wealth sequences. The most surprising is the bounce that can give a random next to the composition so amazing.
The Speakers are useful but the overall volume is low we can only moderately enjoy (but it is a 'plus' nice nonetheless).
The South used to synchronize the Tenori and especially using it as a sequencer. And then the tool becomes a friend of all your sound generators with a 'Midi in' or adapter 'CV / Gate = Midi'. This allows editing of sequences quickly and very playful. Indeed in many ways I use it as a sequencer and it snaps altogether. He made an excellent impression on this point.
Too bad the 'start / stop' is not more evolved because the reset is not done. So that when the tenori runs on a 'time clock' as a 'slave' during a reboot to stop it suddenly stopping position for you to lock onto him. A bit painful but not fatal unless all this is only a matter of adjustment (to see).


The sounds are simple and Yamaha has put in his bike than the bare minimum with a very cheap side. One would think that the banks are from FM synth. Very cold and minimalist in the extreme but not unpleasant. This is reminiscent of Kraftwerk and some Arpanet, robotics and haunting.
Yamaha on this point probably wanted to highlight the futuristic Tenori as a tool away from the outpouring analog if present in our time.
And curiously, when the machine running, you can get funny sound palettes. Japanese idea of ​​the future? It's possible after all. In any case it's weird. For effects there are two that are useful but far from good. Let's say it served its purpose for 'warm' atmosphere a little and give this side vaporous.


use for 1 month and I find the tool very relevant today.
TNR-O version, this one thus making it more accessible (around € 250) than the first version Metallic certainly more beautiful and more independent (battery).

Note a bank of sounds not very convincing (is this his first vocation?) And a control screen a bit small but it is a lesser evil compared to the huge qualities of the machine.