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
May 29, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
sorry, somehow didn't type the bits that should say "up to 4" elements and "2 or more channels in Multi" - oops!
May 25, 2014 @ 9:20 am
77/99 can layer up to AFM and/or AWM Elements in a single voice in Voice mode. I think that is probably enough?

Really dedicated players could use a sequencer or a MIDI duplicator to copy the same MIDI events to 2 channels in Multi mode and get more Elements, but it's not hugely necessary.
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May 12, 2014 @ 1:23 am
The (4-op FM) V50 can do something which the (6-op AFM + AWM synthesis but otherwise very similar) SY77 cannot do: performance play (layering of voices). I don't know why they didn't put this into the SY77, but it's a strange shortcoming. The SY77 has "multis," which are groups of 16 voices which can be used with the internal sequencer. However, the SY77 can't stack more than one voice at a time to be triggered by the keyboard. I wonder why they set it up without this as it would have been really cool.
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.
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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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