The Yamaha TX16W is a rack-mount sampler sound module made by Yamaha.
The TX16W has 12-bit sound with up to 50 kHz mono and 33 kHz stereo sampling. Its filter is digital, allowing 17 different types, with one filter/type per voice. On the rear along with a regular stereo output, there are 8 individual outputs. Samples are stored on 720kB 3.5″ floppy disks. It shipped with 1.5MB of RAM but is expandable up to 6MB. The TX16W uses a Motorola 68000 processor.
The operating system is loaded from disk. Unsatisfied with the original Yamaha operating system, NuEdge Development created the Typhoon 2000 OS for the TX16W, offering a different user interface, faster load time, less RAM usage, and more features, such as new filters.
A free software emulation “Cyclone” was released in 2013 by Sonic Charge (developed by the people behind the original Typhoon OS).
It was given to me for free. Condition “I don´t know if it still works”. The mains cable was cut, so I carefully used my variac and dimbulb to see if it was shorted or smokde somewhere. It worked. I took precaution and checked all electrolytics in the SMPS. I did not recap, the measured and looked fine and worked. I did some cosmetic things to this beauty and will test it over the next weeks. If you want to buy this at some point, don´t hesitate to contact me.
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