Synth Site: Yamaha: CX-5M Music Computer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Ronald Finnerty a hobbyist user from USA writes:
for your information there were two different synth modules made by yamaha for the original cx5m and one for the cx5m2 . the difference as you may now know was the addition of , if i remember correctly a few resistors and capacitors or a rewriten prom chip- i don't quite remember. but effectively this change made the midi ports accessible. anyway, the external keyboard connector can be used to trigger the internal synth sounds. I kludged a test keyboard years ago for my original cx5m by making connections between different pin pairs on the connector and finally wiring it to a modified cheapo qwerty keyboard, don't use the electronics in the keyboard only the switch contacts. all in all i made a 5 octave "qwerty keyboard" that even could trigger the bassline and auto accompany feature as well as mono synth sounds. all funcions are accessed by typing the underscore character then the function name....for example.... _call music this accesses the simple music software built in, 49 pre-programmed sounds and accompaniment and bassline. _call fmv the fm vicing program, if you have a cx5m2 the module is built in, if you have a cx5m the cartridge must be inserted for this to work. Carolyn Eng Systems Labs in Virginia, usa had a BBS and modification service for the synth mod to activate the midi ports on the original modules, this was not necessary on the later production modules. also she sold a whole bunch of stuff that yamaha made the DX7 editor was GREAT the DX100/TX81Z editor was so good i still use the computer just for that, it's better than the editor in my universal editor great graphics and the mouse works and some sounds , i have over 1200 sounds alot of the very good. there also were some great software written by a netherland group a sequencer that worked by patterns either played in or step entered. so don't think this bad boy was such a dud the people that though that didn't dig into it deep enough. any PC is a paper weight if you don't get the right software and use it. if your looking for some stuff and i can help let me know. my only problem is my disk drive that i only bought 2 years ago doesn't seem to work and i'm not sure how to make it work. oh well the cassette drive still works and has all my sounds anyway. Ron

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-25-2000 at 04:14
R Gorden a part-time user from USA writes:
I had the CX5M back in 1985. It was the only part of my set-up I could not use live. It was to much of a hassle to carry. It's sounds were comparable to the DX7. But that's not saying much! I hate the DX-7. It requires one of two extended keyboards as a control in order to access the internal sound module. There is no way around buying their keyboard. I discussed the possiblity with several technicians about how to get away with out buying their keyboard, eventually I had to fork out the extra dough. You couldn't even use midi with it unless you had the external keyboard. The sounds were average, it required a monitor to view the patterns and sound name. The synth. software was built into the computer and booted into the synth automatically. I sold my CX5M as part of a rig package. No one really wanted it. I basically threw it in as a way to get rid of it. I was never able to find any computer software for it. I think I only saw about 6 software titles released in the states before Yamaha discontinued it. The other software titles were only released to the Japanese market. Over all though, It was still an alright synth. I think it's weighted (optional) wood keys keyboard was it's highlight feature. It worked excellent as a controller.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 04:33
Mike Reese a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Well, I wish I could say that the sounds it makes are great or lousy, but I can't get it to work without the optional keyboard, and Yamaha must have destroyed all the stuff related to it,and ordered a ban on talking about it....they say NOTHING is left of the CX5M, and I find that hard to believe. All the companies I've ever worked for NEVER threw out anything. Anybody know how to make it work without the keyboard? That would be a start!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-21-2000 at 20:09
Dariusz a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
Hi ,

I have got a gift. It is music computer Yamaha CX5M & music keyboard YK-20, but I can't make it useful. If I connect this computer to my TV set, I can see blue background and some strange words. I don't know how to run this instrument. Does this computer has any musician program inside ? On the right side of the computer is a "pocket", but it is empty. Where can I get any program to make music for this Yamaha ? Would You help me to find any information about this ?

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-28-1999 at 18:23
John a professional user from England writes:
Absolutely agree with the main review (could have written it myself). Spent whole nights wrestling with it to create pieces, which now astound me with their complexity.

I must have been mad. The sounds were incredible though. Shame it doesn't accept MIDI in.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-26-1999 at 21:30
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