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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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kero a hobbyist user from detroit/windsor writes:
i enjoy the tq5, the strings are warm and the fm sounds are really LOUD , i almost like it better than my microwave, does anyone know if there is an editor or mac?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-20-2001 at 04:25
Matt Dockerty a hobbyist user from England writes:
Love this box. Cost me £100 at the time and makes a lovely system for brainstorming with a suitable controller keyboard.

Sounds aren't as professional as modern systems and the polyphony means that you can forget trying to compose multipart work on it. The amount of tweaking that can be done with the instruments is beyond belief though, which is what makes this box so nice to continue to own in y2g.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-22-2000 at 18:31
Duncan a hobbyist user from England writes:
In case you haven't realised the TQ5 is a keyless YS200. Owning a YS100 I liked some of the sounds, ("Floatchime" in particular) so much that when saw a TQ5 for £80 I bought it as well.

At one point I considered trading the YS100 in for a DX7 MKII, but comparing the two there was so little difference in the sound that I decided to save my money.

As for hum problems, I would check the supply. I run mine from a PSR keyboard mains adaptor and its fine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-25-2000 at 16:49
Mac a professional user writes:
If you like the TX81z and wish you had all it`s editing facilities on the TQ5, try EZ-TZ for windows, it gives ALL the editing in an easy environment and unlocks the TQ5`s potential as a "Better TX81z", yep, your TQ even has the special TX81z waveforms, of course you can`t edit the FX or set the clock (;-), but create a sound (tested via the on-screen keyboard), the TQ`s screen says "receiving bulk sysex" all the time, just press store and you`re saved, you can even name the presets from the computer too!. I downloaded this from Yamaha UK`s website...

The TQ5 is cheap and gives you a 4-operator 8-part multitimbral FM synth with digital FX processor, 100 user memories (the TX had 32), sequencer and a BIG readout (as big as a JV1080`s !), once you`ve got the editor you`ll realise that it really IS a better TX81z on which that "Lately Bass" preset sounds just the same, even better through the onboard delay. when in multimode you can change patches for each part from your computer (unlike really budget stuff like the Oberheim Matrix-12).. this one is no more noisy than a TX81z or DX11. it has EASY FM editing from it`s panel like the V50, which is good for easy to use tweaks but not exactly in-depth. takes Yamaha`s 32K cards for either sequencer data or more patches. unless you particularily want a boring ugly 1u rackmount with a tiny readout and no FX, get the TQ5 instead of the hyped TX81z, they`re CHEAPER! too and both are more capable than a DX100.

BTW it looks like a Waldorf telephone answering machine (well it would if they made one), specially to match the grey Microwave XT alongside which it looks very chic indeedidoo.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-18-1999 at 17:24
Noise On Line a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
My first sequencer module with effects! (I just hava a CZ-101 and DR-550). It has very nice presets, but the manual is not deep enough about FM sound synthesis (I still don't know what are waves 0-7) Anybody? For the rest, the effects are great, although you can only assign one effect per song in sequencer mode. The sequencer is a little difficult to learn if you are not into music (those strange timing signs, you know), and editing of prerecorded songs is a bit tired. The construction is good, seems hard enough to travel many times. The buttons are very small and 'hard' (I vould prefer rubber buttons instead). But the best about it is the price (I got it for some 60$ 2nd hand). I still have to try the editors for other 'compatiible' Yamaha modules, anyway.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-26-1999 at 14:13
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