Synth Site: Yamaha: V-50 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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TJ a 0 user from US writes:
This was a nice axe 16 note polyphonic, 8 track 16,000 note sequencer (real and step time recording) one of the first to have a real built in 8 note polyphonic drum programmer in the keyboard, 100 persets and a 100 user patterns 3.5" floppy for saving your work. It also had built in effects processor. Not bad for around 1989.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
Sean Harrington a part time user from Boulder, CO (USA) writes:
I'm beginning to understand why all the reviews suggest this synth's sound are a little boring/limited. I can only say this about the presets, though. I haven't yet tried programming (hope I won't really need to). However, the quality of the sound (SNR, dynamic range, THD) is very good. The onboard effects are all very effective and complimentary. The layout of the board, construction, etc. all correspond to my evaluation of the sound output -i.e., very smooth &amp; refined. Yamaha put a great deal of effort to make the menu/programming as simple as possible, but it still can never compare to knobs and sliders (such as my new Roland JP-8000). The MIDI functionality (multiple channel send/receive, support of pedals, breath control, etc.) is excellent, save the lack of a one dedicated button to turn on/off MIDI send and MIDI local. Furthermore, local bank changes do not change MIDI remotely -you have to go through a 2 or 3 button menu sequence to send a program change message. By comparison, the Casio CZ-1 is far easier to use as a MIDI controller. Has a great Rhodes piano, alright organ, but not so great analog sounds. Also features nice ensemble/strings and a great variety of in-your-face, punchy basses. Acoustical guitar emulations aren't so great. Standard piano isn't so great. Lastly, the 16,000 note sequencer is very easy and convenient to use. The drums aren't wonderful, but this music workstation is certainly a comfortable, convenient place to record and arrange your impromptu musical ideas/sketches. You can then save the performaces to diskette. For better production, though, I'd then recommend importing them onto a PC-based sequencer with something like the Yamaha SYXG-50 soft sythesizer for final touches and to hear far better drum kits, etc.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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