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Yamaha released the SY77 keyboard -- and the TG77 rack-mount -- in 1989. They coined the term "Realtime Convolution and Modulation Synthesis" to describe the sound engine. It's an FM-synthesis and sample-based hybrid that creates amazingly rich, layered and multitimbral sounds.
This Platinum layout is well-thought-out, well-designed, well-executed and brilliant on every level. Master Layout Author Ibo Kai, winner of the Rainer Award for layout-design excellence, goes deep with this layout. He not only shows a particular vision of the TG77 through the layout, but he also provides a particular workflow. And that's EXACTLY what great editor design is about.
We're so fortunate to have Ibo Kai and his many contributions. Some of this others include brilliant editors for the Kawai K1, Yamaha Reface DX, and the Korg 707. Big ups, Ibo Kai!
After having fun programming FM voices with the AFM Editor, I found that some improvements were neccessary. For example I sometimes mixed controls especially on the EasyEdit page, so I implemented a colour scheme for the controls (yellow and orange for Levels and Rates, blue for Volumes etc). Then I decided to include AWM, which is much less parameters than AFM and thus far easier to do. From that point it grew bigger and bigger and finally became a complete voice editor.
Now bank 1/5 (OBP) starts with the EasyEdit and the Common functions, including FX and naming, still not including MicroTuning (anybody using that?). It now allows to select the Mode, means how many and what kind of Elements (e.g. 2 AFM+2AWM etc).
Bank 2/6 includes the AFM part known from the AFM editor, but slightly re-arranged. It still does not cover the Operator Feedback routings or other OP input options (too complicated stuff!).
In bank 3/7 there are the AWM functions (just 2 pages here).
On all pages relevant to Elements there is a crossfader at the top, which changes from Element 1 through to 4. Please note that switching from, let´s say, one AFM element to another AFM element does not make the controls adapt to the values of the other element. You have to keep track of this by yourself. I recommend (and that´s what I am doing) to first program Element by Element and just jump between them for some fine tuning.
If you want to try this, beware: loading will take a few seconds (on my iPad Air) and also switching between banks (e.g. using the "...Details" buttons) will always give you a moment of peace ;-) It is some 800+ controls in this layout, so that might be normal.
Any questions, comments or bug reports welcome!
SY77-TG77 Editor v1.45
- Updated labels to reflect SY77 as a additional MIDI target
TG77 Editor v1.42 (admin's mod)
- Admin says: Wrote some code in the Lab to fix this: substituted white in images for transparent, change buttons that had images on them to be "piano key" display option, and hid the labels on these same buttons. Then, tiny manual tweaks.
TG77 Editor v1.3
- EDIT: version 1.3 My first attempts in using the new Image Panel feature. From the looks not yet perfect, but still a great help in choosing the right algorithm in an AFM element (an being able to check it visually any time), or find the needed FX routing.
TG77 Editor v1.2 (old)
- EDIT: version 1.2 (AWM filter parameters now work as expected in addressing the element chosen with the Element selector; some minor bug fixes)