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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Arik S.
July 8, 2013 @ 2:00 am
V50 is most underrated of all Yamaha FM synths. I had or played with them all, except for FS-1R. Essentially it's Yamaha's clone of KORG M1, built around FM synth engine. V50 is the best 4-op FM synth, in both sound quality and ease of programming, surpasses even DX7-IID/FD. May be in part it's due to built-in effect processors (sounds dull and dry when they are bypassed, pretty much like DX21 or FB-01). Forget built-in rhythm machine and sequencer, rudimentary to say the least, use it as ultimate FM synth that does have its own character. The only FM synth I have that is fun to program!
Larry Ousley
July 7, 2013 @ 3:20 pm
Selling v50. What price would you suggest? Larry@LarryOusley.com.
Larry Ousley
July 7, 2013 @ 3:19 pm
I'm thinking about selling my beloved vintage V50. It's in pristine condition except for one item one of the mounts holding the zlissando wheel broke and needs to be reattached. Otherwise it's in perfect Condition. Can anyone give me a suggestion as to what price I might set for it? Thank you.
V50 user
July 4, 2013 @ 1:07 am
I have one since 1990 and i love it, unique digital sounds, highly underrated synth, built like a tank, a real classic! Still works like new, with only a battery replaced and the floppy drive belt gone, but sysex load/save through MIDI makes the disk drive obsolete anyway. The drum sounds are a joke, the sequencer "usable" but layering up to eight 4-op sounds plus effects makes this so powerful! Killer bass, percussion, brass, lead and fx sounds! Get one before they get "discovered" in the second hand market and prices start to rise!
commodorejohn
June 27, 2013 @ 7:07 pm
Does anybody have disk images for the factory demo disks, by any chance?
 
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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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