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Yamaha's MU80 Tone Generator

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The MU80 is the first unit to use the XG format. XG is a new tone generator specification that expands the qualities of both MIDI and General MIDI standards. Even as I write this piece, the MU80's capacity changed due to the XG format. Currently, the MU80 has 729 voices and 21 drum kits. There is a stereo A-to-D converter with an internal 34 input digital mixer and digital signal processing.

The MU utilizes Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) with digital filters and an eight-megabyte ROM for storage of waves. "Note Stealing" is virtually eliminated since the MU has 64-note polyphony with 32-part multitimbrality. There are 128 preset voices and 128 user voices and up to four voices can be layered along with effects for one huge patch. There is also a MIDI interface to allow for General MIDI-A and General MIDI-B or up to 32 MIDI channels total.

The MU80 sells for $895 retail and for more information, contact: Yamaha Corporation of America, Audio, Guitar and Synthesizer Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622-6600 or call 714-522-9011 or E-mail to: or WEB to:

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