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
February 15, 2014 @ 5:10 pm
Looking for one in good condition, please write to whitarmusic@gmail.com
August 13, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
anyone knows an editor for uploading patches for the tq5 in a simple easy way? im not very good at this things and i wolud like to use diferent patches, thanks
June 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Since I posted something TQ5 has that TX81z does not, I should be fair & point out something very important it completely lacks.

Portamento. Missing without explanation.

This inexplicable/unjustifiable lack of a basic, taken-for-granted feature is shared with its keyboard equivalent, the YS200/EOS E200 (& 100).

No microtuning either.

Suddenly the FB-01 does not seem so humble after all. In fact, I think the FB is very underrated. Get a good EQ to make up for its badly attenuated treble, & enjoy its beautifully sparse & effective interface.

Should have bought a TX81z . . .
June 21, 2013 @ 7:25 am
“Effects - reverb, chorus, echo, distortion”
Completely false. No chorus at all.

“Envelopes - ADSR envelopes”
Oversimplified. It has Attack Rate, Decay 1 Rate, D1 Level, D2 Rate, and Release Rate. If Decay 2 = 0, you get ADSR. But if not, you get 2-stage decay. These are not equivalent.

More basically, this page totally omits the highly notable fact TQ5 has a Pitch Envelope Generator, something its closest modular relative, the TX81z, lacks.

“Is there any info about rom and ram that TQ5 support?”
Not sure what you mean? 100 voices in RAM, 100 ROM
June 15, 2013 @ 5:33 pm
Is there any info about rom and ram that TQ5 support?
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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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