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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27 Visitor comments
September 10, 2013 @ 3:00 am
I've just found great demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJYxEaQ5Ja8
April 15, 2013 @ 10:34 am
Just to make it clear. EX7 is almost as powerfull as EX5. It has FDSP, AWM, AN synthesis capability. It does not have VL. Even I believe both EX5 and EX7 have the same original presets and they both have only one voice AN, so if you want to add polyphony I recommend to buy AN1x with ten voices. I own EX7 and AN1x and I love them both. EX7 is quite hard to find on ebay so don't hesitate if you see one for sale.
February 27, 2013 @ 2:33 pm
Out of the two the EX5 is the one. The EX7 is just an AWM type device with some analog modeling added. A Kurzweil K2000 for example can do all the sample based stuff plus it is fat enough to not need any analog modeling. It just sounds analog anyway. Better buy if you were after an extra powerful workstation. EX5 could be nice as an added bonus.

Having really powerful synths means you end up with using less others and doing more. Same applies to VST's. Once you get onto something like Camel Audio Alchemy for example you find you can do almost everything with just that one VST
February 27, 2013 @ 2:32 pm
The EX5 is not the same as the EX7. The EX5 contains extra synth engine called the Yamaha's Virtual Acoustic Synthesis. Larger polyphony and AN and FDSP generators can be combined in a special mode. That all means extra and different synthesis modes and sound generation.
January 15, 2013 @ 8:27 pm
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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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