Yamaha TX16W


The Yamaha TX16W is a rack-mount sampler sound module made by Yamaha.

Yamaha TX16W
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Yamaha TX16W
Technical specifications
Synthesis typeDigital Sample-based Subtractive
FilterDigital filter
Storage memory1.5MB (up to 6MB) RAM
720kB 3.5" floppy disk
Left-hand controln/a
External controlMIDI

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. There is an alternate OS for the sampler called Typhoon, created by a Swedish organisation.[1]

A free software emulation "Cyclone" was released in 2013 by Sonic Charge (developed by the people behind the original Typhoon OS).

Notable usersEdit


  1. ^ Russ, Martin (12 November 2012). Sound Synthesis and Sampling (revised ed.). CRC Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-1136115103. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  2. ^ "noyzelab: Aphex Twin SYROBONKERS! Interview Part 1". Archived from the original on 2014-11-03.
  3. ^ "Oval Systemisch". oval archive (in German). MESO. Retrieved 25 February 2018. Verfahren:... Sampling (TX16W)

External linksEdit

  • TX16W Homepage
  • YamahaSynth.com Original OS (archived)
  • Typhoon 2000 3rd party OS
  • Vintage Synth
  • Cyclone TX16W Emulator
  • Polynominal TX16W Demo, Review and Manual