Yamaha TQ5

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The TQ5 was an entry level FM Workstation in a keyboardless, sparsely decorated desktop unit. It takes after the smaller line of FM synthesizers like the DX-100, DX-21, DX-11, TX81Z, and FB-01. These featured 4 FM operators per voice, and 8 voices of polyphony. And like the latter three, 8-parts multitimbrality was featured. The TQ5 also had easy "Quick Edit" keys to access some basic parameters for instant tweaks. The TQ5 was capable of many of the good (and the bad) sounds FM synthesizers made.

The TQ5 featured built-in digital effects and an 8-track sequencer (with 8 song capacity) rounding out the "workstation" aspect of this machine. Designed for use as a stand-alone FM workstation or as a MIDI module, the TQ5 was poised to bring high-end FM sounds to entry-level users. Unfortunately it was released at a time when the DX and FM synthesizers were becoming less popular in the market, so the TQ5 tanked. Really low second hand prices help it to retain its original purpose...to provide an FM workstation for entry-level for musicians on a budget.

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31 Visitor comments
January 30, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Just picked up one of these for $25, surprisingly warm and a decent set of FM synth sounds to be messed with. Excited to see whats under the hood!
November 11, 2011 @ 12:56 am
Some nice TQ-5 Factory Presets (HQ):

June 22, 2011 @ 10:44 am
An under rated synth that on the surface may appeared humdrum at the time but get a PC.Mac editor and this becomes a fantastic 4 op FM synth to own with FX. Stack sounds to get monster basses or use a controller to really get expression from the sounds you make with this synth. Second hand prices are now going up as musicians discover the power of this forgotton late 80's machine.
June 9, 2011 @ 4:36 am
i had to change the volume knob of my Tq-5, i found exactly the same one at Mouser.com the ref is : Alps RK09K12C0A19, i'm going to replace the battery now, thanks to roy ;)

http://be.mouser.com/Search/ProductDetail.aspx?R=RK09K12C0A19virtualkey6880000 0virtualkey688-RK09K12C0A19
May 16, 2011 @ 9:17 am
hi i just had my 2 tq5's battery replaced (both dropped dead same day !!!) the actual battery you need is CR2450. respect to the grace jones machine !!!!!
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 4 FM operators with 8 waveforms
  • Effects - reverb, chorus, echo, distortion
  • LFO - One LFO
  • Filter - No filter
  • Envelopes - ADSR envelopes
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: None; Sequencer: 8-track, 8 Songs
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 100 preset, 100 user patches, external memory card
  • Control - MIDI (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1988 - 1991

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