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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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new dawn rising a hobbyist user from UNITED STATES OF CHAOS! writes:
Hello fellow YAHMAHA EX- 5 USERS... I have been searching for 2 things : 1.) a totally incredible synth/workstation 2.) a very high quality and flexible sampler When the EX 5 SERIES hit the market I was stunned!!!!!! I actually have not purchased one yet but the E X 5 seems to be at the top of my wish list....I have read more than a few reviews about this synth and for the most part they are good...the only other synth even close to the E X5 in my opinion is the KURZWEIL series, but of course, you also have to PAY$$$$ for them, too. Many of the musical projects I enjoy listening to /creating are in the heavy elektronique/ experimental vein...SOME bands include: :WUMPSCUT:, NUMB, CUBANATE, C TEC,ETC... Recently, I have had the opportunity to converse w/ someone in the band NUMB..who uses, KURWEIL and KORG for live gigs... He explained to me that the FAMILAR STORY I KEEP HEARING FROM ALL Kurzweil users, "THEY KICK ASS, BUT THEY ARE A PAIN IN THE ASS TO PROGRAM; DIFFICULT TO USE FOR COMPLEX SEQS, ETC... and so too they are very expensive, I am not against Kurweil by any means, but Iam wondering if any one reading may be able to give me advice on the Kurweil VS. the Yahmaha EX 5 Series...and why which one is better for using them to create harsh experimental music which has lots of sequencing changes and heavy sampling usage during live performance.... OTHER WISE...I AM STILL NEW TO THE EX5 SERIES AND AS FAR AS I CAN OBSERVE, THEY ARE INCREDIBLE MACHINES WITH ROOM TO EXPAND.... PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CORRESPOND

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Jared a professional user from USA writes:
Taking into consideration the fact that the attempt to find an end-all synth is futile(even the $6,000 K2500xs would not be the last synth you will ever own), the EX5 is a solid synth with great sounds. The manual, surprisingly enough, is very useful. And, Yamaha has seemed to be truly responsive to user suggestions and complaints(new OS coming soon!). But, I find it odd that a company that makes it's bread and butter from piano sales still puts sucky piano sounds on their boards(see sy77, sy99, etc....).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
ANQ a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
I buy now this new powered keyboard from Yamaha. It's very good for many tips but I find a problem: in performance mode DSP2 is a problem because cause many sound substitutions. For use the best sounds in a song the better way is to record anything separately. For the other tips, I think that it is excellent! Bye

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Thedog a hobbyist user from Florida, USA writes:
Being a TRUE beginner to the synth/sampler scene, I scaped through reviews and opinions on several machines. I made a decision to buy, and then the shop was out of K2000's. One cell-phone call to the wife, and I bring home the EX-5. I have been tinkering (when I have free time) to learn how to layer, filter, sample, loop, sequence, blah, blah.... The EX-5 has made my day, giving me all the functions I need in one box. I don't have to learn how to use two or three different machines to get the sounds I want. The sounds are mean, the sampler easy to use and a blast to work with. And hell, for less than $50, the machine is maxxed out on memory! I am pleased to evolve into eletronic music, and the EX has allowed me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
Tassilo v.Parseval a professional user from Germany writes:
In my opinion the EX5 is Yahama's attempt to build the ultimate Synth. As a matter of fact it won´t be possible to create a synthie with VL, analogue modelling, ROM-player and sampling option. Such a machine cannot match a studio setup, such as A3000, AN-1X, SY99 and a good tone generator such as the Roland JV-2080. I admit that all this stuff will cost more than one EX5 but you don't have any limitations in using them. I am refering to the fact that using VL or analogue modelling takes away a lot of EX5's performance. Let's regard this example of an ordinary techno song: 1) You need a drum-loop! (Best way is still the sampler) 2) You need to have access to the basic sound parameters such as cutoff, resonance, pitch (of each drum-instrument), attack, decay. 3) One needs a good and powerfull bassline which can be wunderfully generated by a SY99 or the AN1-X (for those who like the tough sounds. 4) A pad sound can be made by the sampler as well. Since the A3000 has got excellent filters a great sweep should be no problem. 5) At least one sequence is obligatory. The AN1-X has enough power for bassline and sequence. So does the SY99. That means that two sequences are easily possibly. 6) Now we must care for a lead sound. Standard leads (e.g. in Eurodance) are found in the JV-2080. More interesting ones can be produced by our A3000. The best sounds (and the most expensive ones, I guess) are done by the Clavia Nord Modular. A bit cheaper is the Access Virus. I'm quite sure that EX5, at least in parts, can generate these sounds at one time. On the other hand you might get problems with the onboard audio outputs of the EX5. The drum sounds should come seperately into the Mixer and then put together in one sub-group. The standard drumkit consists of at least for elements: bassdrum,snaredrum, open and closed hihat, high, low and perhaps mid toms. That makes four mono outputs. Then one bassline, one or two sequences, one pad-sound and one lead make another four outputs (five respectively). In addition there is still the question of using stereo outputs for each sound in order to create a panning delay (very good for the snares) or anything else related with panorama. Anyway, although the EX5 was meant to be as comprehensive as possible (AN,VL,ROM, sampler, complex effect-routings) the EX5-user won't be able to avoid buying additional stuff, especially as the sampler-unit of the EX5 is incomplete. So in my opinion: Leave the EX5 alone and get for about twice as mutch proper single machines.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:19
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