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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59 Visitor comments
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.
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.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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
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    Thanks to Edwin Balzan for providing this info.

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