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
June 3, 2013 @ 9:22 am
also used by Rick Wakeman in the Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe tour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-02MNtr0D50
June 1, 2013 @ 11:21 am
The interface is a million times nicer than the TX81Z; having dedicated buttons for parameters instead of having to wade through pages within pages within pages of menus is a huge improvement. The drum sounds aren't very good, but the presets really aren't that bad, and of course you can get massive quantities of patches online, or roll your own. The sound strikes me as nicer - warmer and clearer - than my TX81Z, to boot.
June 1, 2013 @ 11:21 am
Just got one of these for a paltry $100 - sold my TX81Z to fund it, but that's no loss. Apparently the girl who owned it just used it as a glorified electric piano for years, and her boyfriend just bought her a new electric piano. She must've taken pretty good care of it; it needs a little TLC (disk belt & battery, mainly,) but it's in pretty good shape. People aren't kidding when they say it's built like a tank!
Bert de Vries
January 27, 2013 @ 1:34 am
@ Ian Dixon:
When your V50 behaves like you described it means that you need to change the internal battery.
The settings are corrupted because your battery is dead. After replacement of the battery, you need to do a factory reset. Read here how to do this: http://www.houseofsynth.com/yamaha-v50-four-op-fm-synth-workstation-with-floppy
Wardell Brown
August 26, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
Dennis Degler and Ian Dixon! the Downloadable Manual tells you the sequence to reset the factory setting
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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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