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Yamaha TX-16w

Digital Wave Filtering Sampler (1988)

yamaha TX16W sampler

"The TX16W is a vintage  12-bits rackmount sampler with disk storage.

NOTE: This review is based on the famous third-part Typhoon Swedish OS that improves original functions, not on the Yamaha 's one. "

 Main Data 

TX16W logo



Company: Yamaha
Model: TX16W
Country: Japan
Weight: 7 Kg
Dimensions: 372 (w) x 480 (h) x 94,5 (d) mm
Class: Module sampler
Rackmount: 2 units
Display: 2 x 40 lines LCD
Dates: 1988
Price: 100€  original price:  $2300


Polyphony: 16 voices
Multitimbric: 8 parts
S.Resolution: 12 bits
S. range: 16-50 khz
Filter: digital 17 models
LFO: 2 modulators
Envelope : 2 EG
Memory: 1,5 up to 6 mb
Sequencer: none
Sync: none
Effect: none
Storage: DD 720 kb
Midi: IN / OUT / THRU
CPU: MC68000
DAC: BB PCM56P
OS: latest Typhoon  OS back in 1988, the original TX16W YAMAHA OPERATING SYSTEM was a total disaster: sluggish and painful. 5 years later, the 3-rd part Swedish company NUEDGE developed a new more efficient OS TYPHOON 2000 with enhanced features e.g better memory handling, CPU optimization, AIFF samples import, new filters and more. OS can be downloaded for FREE


The main panel features a 2 x 40 lines display, 8 push buttons and 12 numeric pads.
The two unit case is quite similator to FM module Tx802 and Drum module PTX8.

Front panel terminal connectors:
- headphones
- footswitch input (bipolar)
- sample input (with pad switch LINE/MIC impedance)

Back panel terminal connectors:
- EXT port which is RS-422 data transfer
- Midi interface
- main signal out
- 8 mono analog aux outputs

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 In details 

MC68000 motorola

 VOICE CPU Motorola 68000 at 8 MHz (+sub controlling filter circuits  MC6809) manages 16 voices polyphony at 12 bits resolution.  DAC is a Burr BROWN PCM54.

SAMPLING The custom custom IC YM-2409 allow different recording modes, but features a resampling process allows to convert frequency from 3 Hz to 50 kHz.  


TX16w Sampling

Sampling is quite easy thanks to Typhoon OS, here's the main characteristics:

Resolution

12 bits sampling

Frequencies

Mono available sampling rates are:
- 16 / 25 / 33 / 50 kHz
Stereo sampling:  33 kHz

Editor functions:

Cut point, trim cut, loop (modes: forward, single point), crossfade, reverse play, fade out / in, timestretch and gain set.

TX16w
Sample import systems import/export as standard AIFF PCM or original OS format, in addition some AWM2 synthesizers including Yamaha Sy-99 o Sy-85 directly import Tx16w samples by disk media.

Sound hierarchy

The TX16w is basically organized into 3 sections:

1. WAVE (sample)

Record or load invididual files

2.VOICE (patch) 

waves are grouped into patch

3.PERFORMANCE

voices are layered into performances

TX16w Performance

TX is multitimbric and manages up to 8 groups (parts)  each with individual features:

TX16w

Multi

- tranpose (semitones)
- volume setting

Assign 

- keyboard zone
- Midi channel assign

Voice manage

- voice priority (3 levels)
- analog out assign

Trigger control

Special front input can trigger a sample from external audio source or drum machine signal with variable threshold.

LFO / EG / FILTER

Filter

FILTER 

a fine selection of 17 filter models at 2/4 poles with resonance PEAK including:
- lowpass
- highpass
- bandpass
- notch
- 3 user free slots

LFo

LFO

LFO up to 2 modulators for each group with 5 bipolar shapes (noise, saw, sine, square and triangle) with retrig and tempo-sync options. Each LFO modulates 14 destinations: pitch, volume, cutoff, resonance, panning, EG attack, AEG time, glide time, LFO1/2 depth, LFO1/2 rate and LFO1/2 EG.
SEE "matrix modulation" below for modulation routing details:

Envelope

Envelope

 ENVELOPE each group features 2 EGs:
- AEG1 amplitude is hardwired(4-segments+2 levels)
- AEG2 matrix routing (3 segments + 3 times) 

 MATRIX Modulation:

MATRIX MODULATION SOURCES:

- velocity
- modulation wheel
- pitchbender
- CC# MIDIs
- aftertouch
- external trigger
- LFO 1 / LFO 2
- EG 1 / EG 2

MATRIX MODULATION : DESTINATIONS:

- transpose
- Volume
- cutoff
- panning
- attack ADSR
- time glide
- LFO 1 / LFO 2 depth
- LFO 1 / LFO 2 frequency
- EG 1 / EG 2

TX16W Memory details:

Sampling ram

Factory 1,5Mb sampling RAM a good amount to start and doing some pretty standard sounds.

Expansion

Sampling RAM can be expanded up to 6 Mb using special custom 1,5 MB memory modules (model YAMAHA EMM15) fitted into the dedicated slot. These are quite hard to find, but some third parts made some compatible modules (not tested).

Yamaha Tx16w

Storage

 Internal data can be saved in 3 ways:
- standard Midi SDS dump
- RS422 transfer range from 19200 to 153600 bauds.
- 720 DD disk PC DOS compatible file-system(model Western Digital WD-1772 same found on ATARI ST)

Upgrade

Internal disk can be replaced by more modern USB emulator - see pic on the left. That works like a charm.

Our Verdict 

" TX16W is grunge, dark and lo-fidelity: 12 bits helps! modulations matrix is pretty smart can make some great edit (thanks to typhoon OS )! OK it's obsolete but synth geeks should consider it at depreciated low-price !"

Sound 
quality

Interface

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price

Overall

CONS

- poor edit interface
- obsolete storage, memory

PROS

- cheap now
- Matrix

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