Synth Site: Yamaha: V-50 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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acid abe a part-time user writes:
snagged one of these pups to replace a tx81z, which I love. these are -freaking cheap-!! and they got double the polyphony of the tx81z & the same multi-wave FM engine, which can actually do things a DX7 can't (& vice-versa).

tx81z has better patches (Lately Bass!) but theres also more user memory here by three times, so you could just track down those good patches..or a tx81z to sysex em from..and its a touch easier to program--dedicated menu buttons vs scroll city. I dont mind programming the tx, and it aint like this is some dreamy visual interface, but its a lil better.

i wouldnt dream of using this as a workstation (altho the RX-era drum sounds are kinda fun, if not editable) but considering the standard tx81z trick is making performances of the same patch detuned a few different ways (or getting a couple tx81z's...), this can save you some of that w/ its increased polyphony.

plus you actually use another patch effectively & is a nice keyboard to boot-built like a tank. two outputs only is kinda a drag w/ the drum sounds (which can be set up in stereo), but its also cheaper than the dx11--which is the same sound engine (but half the polyphony..) as a synth, a worthwhile piece.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-17-2010 at 12:00
Kenny a hobbyist user from Brisbane (Aus) writes:
I recently picked up a V50 in very good condition and am in the process of discovering what it can do. (There is a great utube demo that shows what the V50 is capable of.... worth a look.) As a hobbyist/songwriter my main goals is searching for vintage synths is collecting different sounds at a resonable price. I'm not that fussed with floppy disc drives not working, or with difficulty in programming sequencers because I record using a Korg D1200. Sounds, sounds, sounds and the ability to manipulate them are what I'm looking for. I totaly agree with Jake. Spend some time layering up your voices and making fine adjustmments to the tunings and you will create some rich usable sounds. I also own a O1/W korg which basically has twice the attributes of the V50, but the V50 has found a place in my ever expanding micro-studio. Another point of interest is the collectability of this synth. Completely overshadowed by the mighty Korg M1 at the time of its release the V50 did not sell very well and is becoming harder to find. One final thing, the build quality is solid and board plays very well. All in all not bad for a twenty year old.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-08-2009 at 21:05
Feature Efect a professional user from New Zealand writes:
Yamaha V50 user friendly Built to last internal boards all wax coated, magnesium caseing,standard Yamaha Keys (velocty board) also currently run a protable Yamaha DSR-1000,Tryos2-3, KORG Triton, Rolland 303-909 if you have a v50 go play it. The V50 one of the best;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-03-2009 at 07:20
B a part-time user from USA writes:
I first got this board in 1989. It was my first pro-level board. It is excellent to teach someone the basic elements of synthesizers, performances, transmit/receive channels, sequencers, and drum machines. University of Texas used to have a room full of these for teaching.

Some of the preset performances are useful if you want to use it as a synth lead or a synth bass. There are a few really great electric piano sounds and organs. The fugue is one of my favorites out of anything I've heard.

The drums are not very useful. Very flat, short, and low-res.

There are patch disks available that do have some pretty wicked sounds. There is a french-horn lead someone made that is very realistic, even for sampled instruments. Some of the square-wave leads and minimoogs could be very useful in dance/trance/breakbeat/acid type stuff.

It's a niche keyboard though. Great for a beginner, but only marginally useful in a studio. By itself, you will have a hard time liking the sound on its own.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-29-2008 at 13:36
Jake Tanner from UK writes:
This is a strange machine, but if you've got the inclination and basic tech-savvy to program it you'll find there's a myriad of unusual ways to manipulate (original) sounds. I can't believe some of these reviews which don't mention (or are unaware of the fact) that this is a multi-timbral (8 part no less) 4-operator FM synth with massive layering opportunities. The DX7 was a 6-operator non-multitimbral synth. Work it out for yourselves.

Why anyone would want to use this for its presets is totally beyond me, but I suspect that was due to Yamaha's poor marketing of it - it should have been pushed as a creative tool, not something for average Joes wanting to make music for crooning too (a la the demo) - which is a shame because for mono sounds and rich, layered, chorused strings, mangled effects, synth/electro drum sounds (I don't mean the drum machine, I mean synthesized ones) and huge basses, it's a wonder.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-28-2008 at 13:29
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