Yamaha EX7

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The EX7 features a unique Extended Synthesis system which incorporates a number of the most advanced tone generator technologies currently available...plus a full-featured sampling system. It offers a Four-Element Voice structure which allows for up to four independent waves from any of the tone generators. The tone generators implemented here include AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) Synthesis, AN (Analog Physical Modeling) Synthesis and FDSP (Formulated Digital Sound Processing) Synthesis. According to Yamaha:

"AWM is Yamaha's original system for effectively using sampled waveforms in synthesizers and tone generators. The strength of AWM synthesis lies not only in its extraordinary ability to "shape" and control the sound of the samples with a comprehensive system of envelope generators, filters, key scaling parameters, modulation, and more. AWM voices can have from 1 to 4 AWM elements. Each AWM element can use a preset wave or a sampled waveform. The ability to combine AWM elements means that you can, for example, combine separate samples for the attack and sustain portions of an instrument's sound, with independent control over each.

Yamaha AN Synthesis (Analog Physical Modeling) offers all the benefits of traditional analog synthesis with the stability, reproducability, and precise control of digital technology. It is capable of accurately reproducing the sound of classic analog synthesizers without patch cables, setting charts, or the frustrating instability that was the bane of the analog age. A standard (Poly) AN voice can have 1 AN element and from 1 to 3 AWM elements. Classic analog synth type sounds can be created with the single AN element alone. AWM elements can be added as necessary to "modernize" the sound.

FDSP adds a sophisticated note-dependent effect processor to the basic AWM synthesis system. In contrast to a stand effect stage, the FDSP synthesis stage uses individual note and velocity data to control effect parameters, thus making it possible to simulate the characteristics of a number of real-world musical components, as well as produce totally new effects. FDSP can produce totally new sounds that are responsive and "alive". FDSP voices have from 1 to 4 AWM elements with an FDSP stage between the elements and the main effect stage. The FDSP stage can be applied to any or all of the AWM elements used, as required."

The EX7 also features sophisticated sampling capability. Samples can be used in AWM voice elements or mapped to and played via individual keys of the keyboard using the Key Map mode. It is also possible to sample internal sounds created in the EX7. The Sample mode has all the features you'd expect from a professional sampler and is compatible with WAV, AIFF and AKAI formats. Sampled waveforms can be saved to floppy disk or to an external storage device via the optional ASIB1 SCSI Interface.

The features don't stop there. Six Controller Knobs can be assigned to a wide range of parameters for extraordinary real-time control capability along with the Pitch wheel, two Mod wheels, assignable Ribbon Controller and Scene memory buttons. Two types of full featured built-in Sequencers are on-board. A 16-Track Song Sequencer has real-time play effects and "groove" quantization. An 8-Track Pattern Sequencer has most of the functions and features of the 16-track song sequencer, but is more suited to the production of drum tracks, dance grooves, or other frequently used phrases. There's also a great 4-track Arpeggiator with 50 preset and user patterns.

Top-quality digital effects processors of two types are onboard. The "System" effects includes two separate effect units: Reverb and Chorus. Independent reverb and chorus settings can be made for each voice in the Voice mode, and for each performance setup in the Performance mode. Two "Insertion" effects provide up to 79 additional effects like chorus, distortion and overdrive, amp simulation, auto wah, equalization, delay, reverb, and other effects.

Use the 16-part Performance mode to create elaborate sequences, layer sounds and so on. Different parts can be assigned to different areas of the keyboard, there are up to 16 zones. The EX Key Map mode allows you to assign individual samples, patterns, or pattern tracks to different keys of the keyboard. These can then be played or triggered from the keyboard or an external sequencer or other MIDI controller. Every knob and controller on the keyboard sends and receives MIDI data in real-time.

The EX5 is a bigger version of the EX7. It has a larger 76 note keyboard with initial and aftertouch responses. It also features Yamaha's Virtual Acoustic synthesis and the AN and FDSP generators can be combined in "AN + FDSP" mode. The EX5 is also available as a rack-module, the EX5R. The EX series represents a giant leap forward in synthesizer technology from Yamaha!

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adr
January 15, 2013 @ 7:59 pm
Copy & Paste these links into your browser, to compare Specs on the EX5/EX7.

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/music-production/synthesizers/ex5/?mode=m odel

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/keyboards/synthesizers/ex 7/?mode=model

I have successfully created compositions up to 16 Tracks, on the EX5, and loaded them into the EX7, and it gave me the exact performance. This is the beauty of saving "All Data." The nuances and after-touch were right on - and the only noticeable difference was, a sustained sound effect, dropped off ever-so-slightly before the original.
adr
January 15, 2013 @ 7:46 pm
The Yamaha EX7 is essentially the same awesome Synthesizer, as the EX5 - with the only noticeable differences being that the EX7, has half the Polyphony that the EX5 has, and that it's a 61 key Instrument, rather than 76 key. Therefore, one may notice (as with most any Synthesizer), that greater Polyphony allows the note to Sustain longer, as well as helping with play performance. The EX7 does have after-touch just like the EX5 does - again these are identical machines. Comparisons can be made at the Yamaha website, by viewing the Specs: these charts prove it's the same machine.
ottmar campbell
August 6, 2012 @ 2:56 pm
which of the keyboards are better, yamaha ex7 or ex5?. or they are practically the same
keykrazy
July 23, 2012 @ 4:11 pm
@Danny:

I feel your pleasure, Danny! ;-) I snagged a Yamaha EX5 and Korg KARMA earlier this year with tax-return $. I'm up to about 20 hardware synths now, so it was kind of hard to justify this expense to myself at the time of purchase, but MAN, OH MAN! It is hard for me to let go of excess gear, but when the EX5 and then the KARMA arrived i started wondering what the other keyboards were for!
Ike Reeves
February 18, 2012 @ 8:48 am
I've had my EX7 for many years- it's my studio AND my one live performance keyboard onstage. i use it strictly for 'real' simulations of big bands and orchestras- so convincing to my clients and myself that I don't need no steenkin' software synths!
Of course I've got many home-grown samples that aren't part of original RAM- but the EX integrates them 'at the molecular level' and best of all, lets me edit and tweak them to perfection. Any time I hear something slightly wrong anywhere, a bit of editing fixes it.
My ever-developing ears have still not outgrown this instrument.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) Synthesis, AN (Analog Physical Modeling) Synthesis and FDSP (Formulated Digital Sound Processing) Synthesis
  • Sampler - 1 MB, expandable to 65 MB using SIMMs; optional EXFML1 Flash Memory Boards(4 megabyte each) add additional 8 MB; Mic or Line input
  • Arpeg/Seq - 16-Track Sequencer, 8-Track Pattern Sequencer; 30,000 note memory; MIDI clock sync, MTC (Midi Time Code)

    4-Track Arpeggiator with 50 preset and user patterns
  • Effects - System - Reverb (12 different reverb-related effects) and Chorus (17 effects including flanging, phasing, symphonic, and others)

    Insertion Effects - 79 additional effects like chorus, distortion and overdrive, amp simulation, auto wah, equalization, delay, reverb, and other effects via two independent effects units
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with 16 assignable zones and EX Key Mapping
  • Memory - 512 preset voices (256 preset+256 internal); 128 performance setups
  • Control - 2 MIDI IN, 2 MIDI OUT, 1 MIDI Thru; each 16-parts multitimbral
  • Date Produced - 1998

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