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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Sven Godijn a professional user from Belgium writes:
The Ex 5 can be a real pain in the ass, at first look. But trust me, and all those other users, it is a bomb ! (one with a short fuse) ;-)

This means: It has wonderful voice architecture. It contains 5 different types: AWM, AN, VL, sampling, FDSP. Sure it's a bit short on processor power. But what would you expect with such a capabilities? It can create any voice you'd imagine. More than other synths ! Yamaha learned from this and created the Motif, but... without all the voicetypes. You'll pay big bucks to get 1 type (e.g. DX7 card, AN card, VL,...)So the motif is a small EX5 for a bigger price.

Because it has some bugs, there's a big community wich is unique in it's kind. No synth ever had so many people sharing idea's and helping eachother out. (

If you can get over the low DSP power, and understand it's true power, this is the best synth on this level. Hell, there isn't even a higher level !

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-12-2002 at 15:26
John a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The EX5 is an outstanding keyboard. Although it was released in 1998, it can still compete with Motif and Triton. Those two (Motif and Triton) might be better workstations, but the EX5 is a better synth. Yes, the EX5 has received a lot of bad press in relation to slow SCSI and sluggish midi timing, yet the latest OS upgrade fixed all but the SCSI problem. Okay, the Korg Studio is currently the king of the hill, and Motif is wonderful, yet the EX5 is second to none sonically. Think of the EX as a sound design monster. It comes with more sonic power than any other synth. For instance, it has AWM2, FDSP, AN, VL, and sampling standard. Yes I know that FSDP can use a lot of resources, but when used properly it's great. Hey I love the K2600, the Tritons (the complete line),and the Motif, but an EX5 can be had for much less money. Also the EX5 comes with AN and VL--they must be added to Motif by plg boards--more money. Do yourself a favor and check out the EX5. Once you get to know it, it will serve you well for a long time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-07-2002 at 16:23
chuckiev a hobbyist user writes:
This thing's better than yamaha's newer stuff.. hands down, and for the price you get a sound powerhouse. Yamaha's new gear is absolute garbage-I think it's possible they replaced all their engineers with trained monkeys. I'm seeking a second one, if anyone has one just laying around they dont need... =)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-24-2002 at 04:53
elmokeys a part-time user from USA writes:
It's time that the truth be told. The EX5 is a classic keyboard and in time will be said to be better than the Motif in many ways. If the ability to make great sounds is the bottom line, the EX is awesome in its versatility and sheer programming depth. Yes, it is flawed and it HAS limitations, but what doesn't. The keyboard is recommended here very, very enthusiastically.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-23-2002 at 16:27
Jan kuipers a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
I Love this Synth!

I notice a lot of people saying it's timing is bad and stuff like that. I play in bands, and I must say, the EX-5 is the best one of the 3 I use and I love using it! It is a really good stage-piano :-)

I also use it for Cubase, making songs and stuff. I must say, I don't encounter all the problems. I must say there's a lot of DSP Recourse full error's in performance mode, but if you just keep recording the audio tracks 1 by 1, you can use all the effects of this amazing board!

I can recommend it to everyone!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-05-2002 at 16:34
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