SynthsYamaha ⇝ Yamaha FB-01

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The Yamaha FB-01 is a half-rack synthesizer module. It is a 4-operator synth with 8 available FM algorithms. As a budget FM unit, it is less capable than most Yamaha FM synthesizers. It is not designed for front-panel editing, so a computer editor should be used. It is known for its passable organ and bass sounds.

Other than that, many of the sounds of the FB-01 are lacking in character and this is one of the weaker-sounding modules available, even if you understand FM programming. If you pay more than about $30 for one, you've probably made a mistake. Given the limited usefulness of this entry-level unit, purchasing a sample CD might be a better idea. Consider the Yamaha TX81Z if you're looking for an FM synthesizer module.

Connections: MIDI in, out, thru, 2x 1/4-inch audio outs.

Frederic Meslin has created a freeware Windows-based editor for the FB-01. The latest version is available here:


Year Released: 1986

MSRP: $350

Polyphony: 8 notes

Multitimbral: 8 parts

User Patches: 20

This is a tabletop module.

User Demo Videos


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File Downloads

Yamaha FB-01 Manual

Yamaha FB-01 Service Manual

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