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:http://sourceforge.net/projects/fb01editor/
Year Released: 1986
Polyphony: 8 notes
Multitimbral: 8 parts
User Patches: 20
This is a tabletop module.
Yamaha FB-01 ($355)
Yamaha FB-01 FM Sound Generator ($172.12)
Yamaha FB-01 FM Sound Generator ($244.55)