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
Andrew Flinders
August 7, 2012 @ 6:45 am
And why do you have to use pejorative language? Sparsely decorated? TQ5 is HOT. Just let TQ5 speak for itself. And who CARES how many it sold. It is a last generation Yamaha 80s FM Workstation. AndyROO SAY
Andrew Flinders
August 7, 2012 @ 5:25 am
Would it be possible to remove "entry level" from the description? That's rather misleading and not true. TQ5 is a very powerful FM synthesizer. Please don't say this is for musicians on a budget. It's a great and very powerful synthesizer with sequencer and excellent MIDI implementation.
July 7, 2012 @ 12:34 pm
So many overlooked modules! The TQ5 is (in my humble opinion) the best of the FM modules. It's perfect for bass, leads, ambient, industrial, experimental, Florist Rock, Janitorial New Wave... Anything! I find the overall sound much better than many of the DX series. The effects work nicely with the onboard sounds. The overall performance feel of the module is meaty with the keypad and slanted screen. The design is def Patrick Nagel style! HAHA! I'm gonna DUB this mutha out!
Highly recommended Friends!
July 6, 2012 @ 6:59 pm
Hi i was lucky enough to pick one of these up yesterday, mean it sounds like every kung fu movie soundtrack i ever heard. Dunehit has that mean sword slice PING sound. Fat bass end and lovely delay effects. Fun and easy to edit sounds. Only problem is i need a memory card to save any presets. An MCD32 or 64 card is hard to find specially in nz... :( any one got a spare RAM card they wana send me for a reasonable price? COOL MACHINE, (i love the weird angle of the screen and whole unit) thanks! email me bigfatraro@hotmail.com
Mike Duck
April 8, 2012 @ 2:15 pm
I was given mine in 1993, brill little machine, its limitations are its strengths. Its got a distinctive noisy DX sound but perfect for bass and leads and occasional pads. Some interesting electronic drum sounds. My lithium battery has just died, not bad for a twenty year old + module though! :-)
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  • 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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