Synth Site: Yamaha: EX-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jeff a part-timer user from USA writes:
I have played the EX-5 extensively now. For live use, it rules! (who cares about midi timing problems live....if you actually PLAY your keyboard live?!!!) It has the best analog pads, organs, and brass patchs. They cut through and don't peter out if you sustain a note for a few bars. It also has the best dynamics of any keyboard I played before selecting the EX-5. As far as sampling....take your raw sample on the EX-5 - dump it to the PC and use SoundForge or similar to manipulate it - dump it back - kicks the snot outta any "sampler" I have owned. Only complaint - slow SCSI I did play the Korg Trinty - although I thought its piano was better, I didn't buy it because it does not have the polyphony if you layer and split on "performance" patches for live use. btw - Yamaha owns Korg

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-31-1999 at 23:46
Bob Tousley a part-timer user from Rowlett, TX USA writes:
I am not sure what the "craze" with the EX5 (EX7) is all about. I personally own several Yamaha products (including a TG77 & a TG500), and I just cannot figure out why so many people love this synth. It has one of the poorest sampling sections known to man. It has excellent DSP, but using any part of it comes at the cost of major polyphony reduction. The sounds are very good, but many other synths can claim this. The user interface is decent, but won't win any major awards. As a "do-all" workstation, it is much more inexpensive than a Kurzweil K2500, but cannot even get close to it in a feature by feature comparison. What's all the fuss about ?

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-27-1999 at 20:01
Lindahl a professional user from Sweden writes:
God....nothing less....now when the timing trouble are fixed.....it´s the best synth ever, and that´s it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-13-1999 at 15:59
Rook a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Being an old tracker musician I don't know too much about MIDI issues. The only thing I bought my EX5 for is the rich, full sound. This is the ultimate all-in-one synthesizer, which is simply an excellent tool for stage play and sound exploration. I simply love it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-10-1998 at 13:33
John Gray a part-timer user from CANADA writes:
This is the first major synth that I have bought, but I must tell you, it is sure a lot of fun! I have spent the last two weeks just finding which presets I like the best. I get so mesmerized by all the sounds that I lose time, what seems like 5 minutes turns into two hours! I haven't experimented much with the synthesis aspect of it yet, but that will be comming! I have heard a great deal about the SCSI problem, and have heard (from this site) that it will be fixed. I haven't bought the SCSI option yet. Does anyone know if the fix will be a software fix, or a hardware fix? I was also wondering if the beast can play general midi files, when I try to play them, they always use only one instrument. Is there a bank of general midi instruments available somewhere?

Anyway, I highly recommend this instrument, it is absolutely phenomenal!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-24-1998 at 13:19
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