03-29-2013 07:40 AM
I suppose it's legit, but I can't be 100% sure. Still, a BIN of $550 seems like a deal to me - $590 with shipping.
I've always wanted one, but just can't afford it right now. I have a TX802, but I've heard the 816 with all 8 TF1 modules is massive sounding.
03-30-2013 05:59 AM
03-30-2013 09:00 AM
From my point of view, TX816 looks very impressive on paper but, I can imagine, in practice, there are too many issues spoiling the fun. For example, noise floor when summing all the separate modules and no programming interface. FM isn't the most immediate synthesis method out there but this is just plain inconvenient. I am a big fan of FM myself but not of the 816. For that price, a TX802 and good effect unit(s) is so much more practical to make great music with.
03-31-2013 05:21 AM
03-31-2013 08:07 AM
I'm sure that the opamps could be replaced. You'd be surprised at how many people replace opamps on vintage stereo gear.
The TX816 was made after the TX7 but before the TX802, so I'm not sure what its output amps sound like. The TX802 is relatively quite complared to the DX7 or TX7. It will still hiss if turned up, but for most recording work, it's basically a silent amp stage. The TX802 carries over some the TX816's features like the sequencing of operators, 8 outputs, and individual operator transposing.
The TX816 I linked on eBay sold in about 12 hours BTW.
Anyone know if Brian Eno used a TX816?
04-02-2013 01:10 PM
The outputs on the TF1 modules aren't what you'd call "quiet". (TF1 is the model of the individual modules in the rack). But, each has an independent balanced XLR jack so that you can preserve the hiss all the way through, lol.
Also, it's flat-out impossible to program from the front panel. The controls only allow you to select MIDI channels, fine-tune, and enable/disable memory protect (go figure). I believe that Yamaha expected that a TX rack owner would also have a DX7 for programming duties, which is how I programmed mine. I had to borrow the DX7, though, I didn't own one.
Overall, the TX816 rack is far, far outclassed by FM VSTs now, and it's only appeal is that it's a) vintage, b) hardware, and c) kinda cool looking. Here's mine. I bought it as a TX216 and bought two more modules, so I guess it's unofficially a TX416.
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