Synth Site: Yamaha: EX-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Timothy Lukian a part time user from Toronto, Canada writes:
I checked it out for under an hour today, but am all but sold on this beautiful beast thus far. How could anyone be mad enough to expand on the AN1-X's arpeggiator??? They have, and essentially delimited the usability of that glorious tool. Wonderful! The synthesis, upon quick inspection seems to be everything they claim it's supposed to be, the only complaint being that the VL modelling can be a tad thin in parts. Having never before tweaked a VL synth, it could simply be my lack of prowess. In all other respects, however, it's vvvvvunnnnnderful! I wasn't able to get specs on the sampler, but aparrently it rocks. It's expandable to 64mb, at any rate. If you have the same control over your samples as you do with something like the Kurzweil K2000 or 2500, then this thing will be the juggernaut that buries that whole particular series unless Kurz wakes up. I really do need to have a closer look at this thing, as it seems too good to possibly be true, but I break into a cold sweat in anticipation of the one board that could potentially end my trepidation about buying a new workstation. The score below is a reflection of one afternoon's sheer bliss. I will amend (or simply append) later.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Janus a professional user from USA writes:
Great sounds: Analog (FAT!), VA realistic instruments, cool drums(big booms), FDSP what can I say, it has a lot of ingenuity, Control capabilities: Excellent Ribbon, 2 Mod wheels!!, 2 scene controls for enhancing sound "swirl," great arpeggiators, WIND controller, OVERALL a peek at the next generation of new powered synthesizers to come, THE NEXT DX7??? (What's next: FX,GX,HX powered synths??)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
mike a professional user from Canada writes:
I've used the Ex-5 extensively and it has never had timing problems. Sounds to me like these people are using Cubase VST on a PC or perhaps even incorrectly syncing up the EX5 to a sequencer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Andy a hobbyist user from Holland writes:
Jim and Scott are a pair of sad asses - EX5 is not in no determined way, a SY99. I sold my SY99 1.5 years ago, because you needed to be an anorak to program it, and also it only goes upto 4 megs of sample memory, which is mega bucks per 512k unit, cos its proprietory. Getting the full 4 megs was the cost of a decent synth. Does a SY99 do VL - NO !! Does a SY99 do analogue modelling - NO !! Does a SY99 do FDSP - NO !! Does a SY99 do 4 inserts at once - NO !! Does a SY99 have a lot of cheap sample capacity -NO !! APPEG - NO, Cool Master functions - NO, Dig outs - NO, SCSI -NO NO NO NO NO NO. Scott says he is a pro, I doubt this statement, when he appears no know so little about synth architecture and technology. SY99 is an FM with wave playback synth, and RCM modulation of FM via wave source. The EX5 is in no way FM, and I tell you all not to listen to these FM anoraks or you could regret it. The SY99 is still cool, if you want advanced FM features. But why in hell are Yamaha not making an FM synth these days (with the exception of the new DX7 PC card). Overall 4 out of 5, cos the poly is limited with advanced sound techniques.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Thomas L. a part time user from USA writes:
This keyboard is outstanding both as a controller and a workstation. I was going to buy the EX-5R but when I saw the controller features, I knew it was time to upgrade. Between the pitch wheel, 2 mod controllers and the ribbon controller, it's amazing what kind of control you can get. The keys are unweighted which I needed for speed playing, and have a nice touch. EX-5 emulates older synths flawlessly and produces very realistic piano, traditional organ and unbelievable brass sounds. The effects are cool except for the distortion. I have yet to find a keyboard which can emulate a real guitar on a preset. The other lead sounds make up for it though. Yamaha should hire Greg Howe or A. Holdsworth to show them how distortion is supposed to sound. The best feature is the new stuff you can do with real time control, the sampler and the arpeggiator. The Yamaha inspires you to play and create because it's so easy to use. I didn't even look at the manual and I was rockin' in 10 minutes. Bottom line: Outstanding. I don't think anything else out there can touch this keyboard right now... especially at it's price. Check it out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
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