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
March 8, 2013 @ 12:11 pm
Please ignore the stupid Ratings on this website. Whoever writes these reviews and rates these classic synths is an ignorant douche. Good musicians don't spend their time rating -- and trashing -- great vintage musical instruments. Yamaha TQ5 uses the OPZ YM2414 sound chip, used by V50, YS100, YS200, DX11, and TX81Z, which this website rates as 4 stars. They are all virtually the Same Synth, and totally patch-compatible. The ignorance of this website is RUDE. I have sent several emails expressing my complaint(s), so far no response.
March 1, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
To say it doesn't have a filter is inaccurate. It DOES have a filter of sorts. Using midi command CC02 and setting the breath controller to tone you can filter the sound.
September 13, 2012 @ 7:52 am
Weak synth! dx 7 is much better
August 15, 2012 @ 4:32 pm
Just found a yamaha memory card MCD64 RAM on ebay, the last time one was posted on ebay was in 2004! those things are super rare. so happy i got one!
August 7, 2012 @ 11:49 pm
the TQ5 is a rad synth and I love it but I don't think i'd go *THAT* far... it's not even a yamaha 6-op! that said, the sound quality is still very impressive and i agree the description makes it sound much lamer than it is
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Rated 3.41 (225 Votes)

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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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