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  • Yamaha TG33

    I just picked up a Yamaha TG33 last night from Craigslist. $100 including a Voice Card.

    Here's a quick demo I made (all sounds are the TG33.)

    http://soundcloud.com/astrozon/yamaha-tg33-demo

    Interesting little box. I only used the Vector Control on the first sample.

    There are D50 and Prophet sounds as well as funky FM stuff on the edges. All very mid-fi and a definitive move away from Yamaha's 80s stalwart FM sounds.
    Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

  • #2
    The first part reminded me of Tomita.

    I like my TG-33 for experimentation and drones. Eventually I was going to try to get the vector stick to also control my Wavestation SR, but I don't know yet if they are compatible.
    I synth, therefore I am.

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    • #3
      The very first part was absolutely fantastic. Love such textures. Was it preset or did you program something your own?
      "I'm totally opposed to all these expensive bull**************** computers (sequencers). They can do whatever you want but not in the time you want. People have lost the essence of time. One said to me: 'With this new computer I can create something in one or two minutes'. This is an eternity. I can do that in a split second. But the split second doesn't come into account because the previous computer could do it in 10 minutes - so for them, 10 minutes to two minutes is really great progress!" - Vangelis

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      • #4
        Proud owner of a 33. Traded my SY22 with hardcase + $50 for the TG and a Korg DDD-1 drum machine a few months back. Some really cool sounds. I've got a few good all-TG songs (including a horribly cheesy version of "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" ) that I'll dig up if I can find them.
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        • #5
          The very first part was absolutely fantastic. Love such textures. Was it preset or did you program something your own?


          Let's see...
          The first part is a patch called SL*VCO and a tiny bit of SL:Mini (last 8th of each measure.) I was moving the joystick around as the sequence played.

          And thanks for the other comments as well. Looks like we have quite the TG33 community here.
          Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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          • #6
            i used to have one back in the day...great fun
            http://www.cresshead.comhttp://soundcloud.com/cresshead-1Korg Volca Bass, Logic Pro 9, Arturia Mini Brute, Roland sh-01 - korg electribe emx - Blofeld - Nanozwerg - yamaha RX5 - CS1X - Korg DDD1 - Trackman -ipad3

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            • #7
              OK, here's another: http://soundcloud.com/astrozon/bell-street

              The main chord progression is a patch called SP*BelSt. Bass is off the TG33 too. Drums are Mick Fleetwood acid loops.

              Fmin7, Ebmin7, Bbmin7, Abmin7, all inversions.
              Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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              • #8
                my first synth was a new Yamaha SY35. I was better at guitar at that time so I was more into the sound programming. My buddy who played piano was checking it out one time and he was surprised by the sounds. He's says "what the hell do you play with this stuff?"
                Years later I picked up a TG33 but the magic was gone for me
                Korg Triton Extreme, Yamaha CP33, Vermona Lancet Mono, Voce V3, M Audio Venom
                Carvin TL60t, G&L S500 tribute, Agile AL3010 > Carvin MTS Combo Korg AX3000G

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                • #9
                  I searched SoundCloud for TG33 and found this by SystemRestoreSound: http://soundcloud.com/systemrestoresound/tg33-vector

                  In fact, SystemRestoreSound has a lot of cool electronica: http://soundcloud.com/systemrestoresound/sets/electronic/
                  Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                  • #10
                    I'm surprised to see so much love for the TG33. I like mine, but my impression was that most people saw it as the ugly half brother of the Wavestation.
                    Kronos, Fant.G8, PC3X, K2500RS, A6, Q, M3-61, Fant.X7, Motif 8, EX5(x2), V-Synth, K2000(x2), D50, JD800, JD990, JP8080, XP30, MC909, MC505, JX-10, JX-305, TR-707, Juno 1, DR-202, Radias, Triton Pro, Wavest. SR, EMX1, ESX1, ER-1, EA-1, R3, Poly 800, RS7000, FS1R (x2), RM1X, AN200, DX200, QY70, QY100, K5000S, OB-12, Maschine,ASR10,ASR88,ASR-X Pro, EPS,Virus B, Equinox,E-Mu XL-7,MiniAK, Synthstation,X-Station, XioSynth,TG33,Venom,V50,UltraNova,Z1,Spark,Moog LP Stage II, JP8000,Tetra,Supernova 2.

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                    • #11
                      I'm surprised to see so much love for the TG33. I like mine, but my impression was that most people saw it as the ugly half brother of the Wavestation.


                      Not ugly, but certainly not endearing in style either. It resembles a security camera control station.

                      I think every hardware synth has a fanbase of some sort. I did a quick search on SoundCloud for some of my nerd boxes:

                      Yamaha FB01: http://soundcloud.com/chaosmoon/schoorl-v1

                      Casio VL-Tone: http://soundcloud.com/micklh/casio-vl-tone-demo

                      Roland MT-32: http://soundcloud.com/lagezon/lagezon-mt32-pentamouse

                      Casio SK-1: http://soundcloud.com/ontheroadtodenver/casio-sk-1-1
                      Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                      • FullSynthetic
                        FullSynthetic commented
                        Editing a comment

                        I just came by to clarify, I used software simulations to create that vl-tone composition. (I like perfect timing and modulation

                         

                        Actually my real motive was to say I decided this handle worked better for my music.

                        As a result: The 404'd link is now here: http://soundcloud.com/full-synthetic/casio-vl-tone-demo

                         


                    • #12
                      Yeah, if it makes sound, there's probably at least a small community around it. Even RadioShack toy pianos, like the Concertmate 370. I have one around here somewhere...

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                      • #13
                        Patch SP*Quire on the TG33. Epic...

                        http://soundcloud.com/astrozon/tg33-sp-quire
                        Gear: buncha stuff and a couple bazilion cables

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                        • #14
                          I've always been intriguied by the TG-33 and almost pulled the trigger on one a few years back but it wasn't $100 with a Voice Card, it was more like $150 without.

                          Spunkytoofers did a really interesting circuit bend on one a few years back.

                          http://spunkytoofers.com/hottopic/?p=88
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                          Roland S-10 sampler, power cord, manual, and disks, great shape $100 + shipping (I just don't have room for it)

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                          • #15
                            You can update the look a bit.
                            I backlit the knobs on mine and recast them in clear polyester resin.

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