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
July 27, 2012 @ 6:19 am
The V50 can be seen as a professional variant of the YS200 with doubled polyphony, a better sequencer, improved DSP effects, builtin drumbox with sampled sounds and floppy drive. Every FM parameter is accessible via the front panel so you can create new sounds from scratch without having to use a software editor, which is a big plus in comparison to its predecessors. However, the workstation components feel quite dated from today's perspective. If you're looking for a good FM sound source and can live with only 8 voices, a FB-01 or TX81Z would be more economical options.
Dennis Degler
July 18, 2012 @ 7:16 am
Bought my V50 brand new in March 1990. Career got very demanding, and after the V50 developed a fault I put it on one side, determined to fix it, and never got to it. The fault: with touch sensitivity activated the bottom note came out several times louder than any other note. Someone asked about adding a good grand piano sound: tested out Steinberg's "The Grand 3" installed on my son's PC, connected to V50 by midi. Highly recommended! I am now retired, and looking to restart repair operations. The internal battery ran out and I never saved Internal Voices to disk -anyone let me have a copy?
Wardell Brown
May 11, 2012 @ 6:41 am
I bought my V50 about 2 year ago for $50 due to a busted key and dead battery. I solder a new battery in it but did a sloppy job(2nd attempt, 1st attempt was trying to unsolder a battery in a Korg DW-8000 which I learned to unsolder from the board because, I blew the battery and part of the circuit board up!! Destroying the Korg). Anyhow, last week I Got the Broken Key repaired and a Battery holder installed!! It's like new! I've reset to voices and Midi out of my Yamaha Piano to it I like it.
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!
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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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