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
March 30, 2012 @ 4:54 am
i've got me one!!! thanks : )
March 1, 2012 @ 10:27 am
"i really like this synth!! anyone selling this synth? please, contact"

i forgot my email ;) knightindustrials@hotmail.com
February 21, 2012 @ 4:37 am
i really like this synth!! anyone selling this synth? please, contact
February 9, 2012 @ 5:31 pm
@thewolf: This is just a wild guess, but it might be that your computer is sending the data too fast for the old TQ5. I've seen it happen (although I have no experience with this particular instrument).

See if your patch editor/librarian has a transmission speed setting that you can decrease.
February 4, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
Hey everyone, I just picked one of these up the other day and am looking for an editor. I found yseditor, but it requires an atari st emulator to run, and getting this working has proved much too difficult for me. MidiQuest supports the tq5, but whenever I try to send edited patches from my comp to the tq, I get a checksum error on the tq's screen. Anyone have ANY ideas, or solutions to this problem? Thank you!
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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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