Synth Site: Yamaha: EX-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jamie a hobbyist user from PA writes:
The EX5 has one of the most difficult user interfaces I've ever dealt with, even though the display is large, it's still cryptic. However, the synth itself is the most rewarding. What an amazing sound! Rivals the Triton, and even the Motifs, which replaced the EX5. Unfortunately, the EX5 didn't sell too well. It lacks some features the competition has. Only a 3.5" floppy for storage, but it does have an option for an external hard drive. A slight shortcoming for a synth going up against the Triton. Also, the cryptic interface is also a shortcoming in the same sense. It's only "flaw" is a MIDI timing flaw that makes it a poor choice for tight sequencing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-20-2004 at 17:32
Midi a part-time user from USA writes:
I like the module version the best, the EX5r. For some reason i can do things w this that i cant w the Motif.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-20-2003 at 00:39
Dean T. Davis a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
The EX-5 is a truly unique synth. I like it because nothing else I have sounds like it. I was going to buy the Roland XP-80 at first and then played the EX-5 and heard the trumpet sounds using the VL technology and had to have it. But why Yamaha didn't support it I don't know. I tried to contact them to ask them what the problem was and got the run around. But even though the dickhead I talked to was a waste of life I still wouldn't sell it for the world. Now I'm looking to get the Motif and I better not have any timing problems, system crashes or any of that shit or right back to the store it goes. I hate when synth companies bring out a synth and then don't support it. Don't get me wrong it's a great synth Yamaha just dropped the ball again!!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-21-2003 at 01:05
Mark A Hydock a part-time user from USA writes:
I bought my Ex5 on Ebay about 3 weeks ago.I currently own a Korg Triton classic,a Emu Proteus 2000 with 4 ROM cards and have played hundreds of other keyboards.The EX5 is without a doubt the BEST sounding keyboard I've played period.I'm not talking about sequencing or sampling or timing ect..ect..I'm talking bread and butter sounds.Great Grand piano,wurli,rock organ,big fat synth sounds.I play in a small classic rock band and for me,it makes Deep Purple come alive again!!The sounds are so good I'm selling my Proteus 2000 with 4 ROM cards,,composer..vintage..ZR..Protozoa123,,Any takers???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-14-2003 at 15:34
Dave from usa writes:
the best souding synth out period. the worst synth for sequencing because it wont stay in sync. must play live or one channel at a time into sequencer. Bad support. sync problem never fixed by yamaha because the processor inside is underpowered. after almost 7 years no one has commercial banks on disk available except for a wind controller bank by www.patchmanmusic.com.

it has the slowest scsi speed in history much slower then usb if you can find the scsi card we are talking as much as an hour to load 64Megabytes unreal. usb can do that in 60 seconds thats 6000 percent slower then usb. there are no commercial voice bank samples avail (i am not talking akai or yamaha 300) in ex5 format.

to sum up the best sounding synth out the best 76 key controller. the worst sync and sequencer, the worst voice collection there is none commercially. 5 sound 5 keyboard,/0 voice expansion 0sequencer and sync 0 scsi spped, 0 voices avil.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-14-2003 at 02:15
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