Yamaha V50

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Imagine the excellent sonic characteristics of the DX11 synthesizer or TX-81Z sound module. The V50 is the ultimate 4-Operator FM synth workstation comprising 16-note polyphony, a dual effects processor (with distortion), a large dual line, backlit LCD display, a drum machine, a 16,000 note sequencer and a 3.5in floppy drive to save your songs and voices!

The DVA function and built in voice-based pitch delay are two interesting features in this synth. It's great for percussive sounds such as short bass sounds, marimbas, clavinets, etc and should one pitch an operator really high and work with the pitch bender, one gets very cool ambient effects. It's very rare yet cheap in today's 2nd-hand market and coupled with an outboard (analog) filter it makes an unbeatable digital FM synth!

The V50 has been used by Sin.

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56 Visitor comments
January 25, 2014 @ 1:59 pm
Hi to all, i have one V50 but if i use internal demo then preset sounds do not work... only single sounds are ok.
I have to do a hard reset? I do not loose the sounds in memory?
I think to sell it...
January 19, 2014 @ 4:50 pm
If you can live without the somewhat dated workstation features of the V50, a YS100/200 or TX81Z will give you the same sonic possibilites (4 operators, 8 selectable waveforms per carrier/modulator, on-board fx) and they're easier to find and cheaper.
August 4, 2013 @ 9:43 pm
@squirrelchucker: They don't seem to be in the ROM presets on my V50. Possibly they came loaded into the RAM from the factory, or on the demo disks. This guy - http://jimatwood.wordpress.com/2010/09/11/yamaha-v50-digital-synthesizer/ - is the only place I can find any information about the V50's factory disks, but unfortunately he doesn't have disk images of them available...
Squirrel Chucker
August 4, 2013 @ 7:08 pm
Just picked one of these up just moments ago for $150! Sounds amazing so far and look forward to learning it and getting to grips with programming it! In the meantime my V50 does not have the #23 choir patch or the #15 ensemble patch that is used in the video link on this page. Did a factory reset with no luck of finding it in the patches. Are the patches in the video not factory? If so does anyone know where I can find them? Would be a real treat to jam out with those!
FM Curious
August 3, 2013 @ 10:31 am
I think the V50's FX sound noticeably better than the SY77's for some reason (though the sounds are dull without them) -- and no AWM samples (except the drums) to cloud your synthesis! That demo with the guy overdubbing the sequencing is completely awesome, by the way, totally captures the joy of workstation songwriting.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 16 notes
  • Oscillators - 4-Operator Digital FM synthesizer
  • #Instruments - 8 parts
  • Filter - None
  • VCA - 1 DVA env , 1 Pitch Envelope Generator
  • LFO - One
  • Effects - 2 FX Units - 16 different effects
  • Keyboard - 5 octave touch sensitive with pressure sensitivity.
  • Memory - 100 preset / 100 user voices, 100 preset performances / 100 user, 3.5in disk drive.
  • Arpeg/Seq - sequencer: 16000 notes, 8 songs, 32 note polyphonic, punch in/out, real / step programming.
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1989
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from AudioFanzine.

    Thanks to Edwin Balzan for providing this info.

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