Synth Site: Yamaha: V-50 Synthesizer Workstation: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Elie Karam a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
After owning one of these for several years, I wanted to share a important practical facts regarding this 'Workstation'. I originally bought it having been 'impressed' by the built in Demo's and because I wanted to move up in the 4-op Yamaha line and keep computability with my older sounds & patches etc. Plus it was marked down as Yamaha had dropped it after a few !short! months. I figured the included drums and sequencer were going to be very practical tools in creating songs and such. As I said, several years later and here's what I have to say; the drums are pretty flat and highly compressed (my Yamaha RX17 is better with exception of greater quantity of sounds on the V50) plus I don't know of anyway to import patterns from other sources unless they've been specifically created for the V50 - I've never used them due to their dull sound. The sequencer is very awkward leaving you to have to keep track of start and stop positions to perform your various edits (you'd have to have a work-sheet to map out your whole song) also put up with lots of key-presses etc. not to mention the very loud metrononmic 'click'- MUCH easier to use a proper external Midi Sequencer! The global effects are 'ok' but don't provide much variety or flexibility as far as how they can be uniquely assigned - either on-off or adjustable amount per each performance/rhythm part - external effects are MUCH more powerful and have greater presence. Physically, the belt in the floppy drive DOES go after a few years requiring a brave attempt to self service the unit and risk incidental damage or a trip to a professional tech. After several years, many of the programming buttons have broken away from their internal mounts whereby they rattle in their place and either give sporadic response or bounce like mad with unpredictable results. The broken buttons are enough to make the unit difficult or impossible to work with - not to mention the wearing out of the floppy belt. Other than that, it has the 4-op engine which is classic and has a reasonably good sound though there are inherent noises in many of the voices on the low and high end depending on the patch. Would I buy one again? ONLY to try to temporarily resurrect /fix my present unit! Otherwise, if you just want the sounds minus the effects (easily provided externally), then get a DX11 as it has the most similar/compatible sound engine minus the effects and low-grade drums. Even better, assuming one has a midi keyboard, is the TX81Z as there are very few control buttons! : )

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-20-2007 at 00:53
I loved the v 50 it's one of the good one's but I have to say new keyboards have come in the last 5 years and know I have the korg triton studio and wow it's a big gap from one to another ther are better keyboards then the v 50 for all the v50 fans if you want to get a new keyboard get the roland xp80 or 50 it's roland I know major musicians like yamaha but for worlkstation keyboard no one is better then korg triton series and I have to say the roland fantom x7 is good to but I stay 2 min on it and it's dificult to use. But if you just used for tones not for alot samples sequencer studio recorders and much more dont buy the roland or korg buy yahama motif or if you dont have alot of monny buy the roland xp 50 5octave or 80 whit 76 notes it's prety good for all thing but not for super studios and jazz men what ever and i'ts has good pianos and tones for accomp I not a professional at seq samples and studio stuff but I like good stuf that I can to more then I want I only use the triton studio for tones but I have it for 2 years and I still learn for the triton studio it's realy profesional producers stuff I guess not for me but I will be useing it when I know pro thing about it. Yamaha allways have good sound pianos but I not anymore a big fan or yamaha thanks for brainwashing you :))

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-18-2006 at 11:41
angel rose a professional user from nashville usa writes:
i have used the v50 for 16 years and found it to be to complicated for the avarage user. but if you take the time to dig in to it. its worth the time. it is on many gold albums. have releast albums done completly with a v50 not one person could tell. its weekness is disk drive and univailiblity of memory cards. mine fell from a 8 ft stage years back and still works perfect. rock on ANGEL ROSE

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-25-2006 at 23:35
Shane a professional user from USA writes:
My first exposure to this unit was that a friend of mine had one and we used it on some studio projects years back. I loved some of the preset sounds and performances on it, and couldn't find anything comparable anywhere else, so I found a V50 on eBay and bought it. I like to spend more time on production and don't like to get bogged down in synthesizing new sounds, so presets are critical to me. I love the machine and use it for most of my keyboard endeavors, but I would recommend not buying one unless you have a grasp of electronics and know how to open the case and replace the internal lithium battery; as was the case with my Ensoniq module, once the battery goes, you're out of business.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-29-2005 at 21:57
Gary a hobbyist user from USA writes:
nice loooking keyboard, very dry, 80's sounding drum machine, the FM sounds are much better when layered in performance mode. it is well built, though mine has a dead disk drive, which appears to be pretty common with these. There is a cool program on the web called Pfarm, which can be used to create some nice FM sounds, almost by accident.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-17-2005 at 04:09
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