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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KRM
April 19, 2012 @ 3:17 pm
The specifications here state that the V50 has only one LFO, but the OPZ-II chip, which the V50 is built around, contains two LFOs. I don't have my V50 with me to check but i would suspect highly that the V50 has two LFOs.
Edwin Balzan
April 13, 2012 @ 11:28 am
Finally got a Gotek USB to floppy device on mine. You also need a technician or try to buy a specific floppy cable since Yamaha had the proprietary floppy cable which is different than what computers used to have. Took some time to transfer all my old songs and synth sounds via system exclusive but now I can finally load and save sounds and songs on a USB pen drive!
Shawn
March 3, 2012 @ 11:49 pm
I have a V50. Great workstation to have. I just got it fixed due to a dead watch battery. The best part was the sounds were able to reload themselves. Just with a few clicks and I was back in business. I remember asking a music store once about getting it fixed and they said something about charging me to put the sound back into it. I'm glad I didnt.
Lech
January 10, 2012 @ 3:46 am
V50 have 3 instruments inside: 4operator FM module, Rythm machine (probably RX17) and dual effect processor. It is interesting features and sounds.
I am looking for voices (patches) for V50. Big thanks! (sampo@op.pl)
Pete Marriott
November 9, 2011 @ 5:51 am
I used to have access to one back in the early 90's and I made a lot of my favorite tracks from back then with it. I'm looking for one now, hopefully I'll find one.
 
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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
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    Thanks to Edwin Balzan for providing this info.

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