MATRIXSYNTH: Yamaha FB-01 | A Cult Classic!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Yamaha FB-01 | A Cult Classic!

video by Espen Kraft

"Yamaha FB-01 from 1986. By many considered cheap and bad, but it's the opposite. Just like the TX81Z, it has the ability to really cut through a track, especially in the important mid frequencies.

The first multi timbral sound module from Yamaha at the time, (the TX816 can be considered multi timbral though) and flexible in how you wanted to set up the midi channels and polyphony, but then the Roland MT-32 came along and blew this out of the water and the FB-01 was discontinued just the year after, in 1987. However.....
.....In the years to come afterwards, this little module has gained somewhat of a cult following. Websites dedicated to its worship came along and different genres within synth music started using it and modding it. Mods to reduce the noise, mods to increase the output gain and other stuff.

I'm using the FB-01 editor you can find here:
Some of the patches I use in the video can be found here:

The demo track is only FB-01 except for the drums. All the sounds are either factory presets or sounds found through the banks above.

Cheaper than a TX81Z, but for how long?"

1 comment:

  1. I recommend the capacitor replacement medication (10nF): it is much more versatile with more top end.



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