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
June 1, 2013 @ 11:21 am
Just got one of these for a paltry $100 - sold my TX81Z to fund it, but that's no loss. Apparently the girl who owned it just used it as a glorified electric piano for years, and her boyfriend just bought her a new electric piano. She must've taken pretty good care of it; it needs a little TLC (disk belt & battery, mainly,) but it's in pretty good shape. People aren't kidding when they say it's built like a tank!
Bert de Vries
January 27, 2013 @ 1:34 am
@ Ian Dixon:
When your V50 behaves like you described it means that you need to change the internal battery.
The settings are corrupted because your battery is dead. After replacement of the battery, you need to do a factory reset. Read here how to do this: http://www.houseofsynth.com/yamaha-v50-four-op-fm-synth-workstation-with-floppy
Wardell Brown
August 26, 2012 @ 1:03 pm
Dennis Degler and Ian Dixon! the Downloadable Manual tells you the sequence to reset the factory setting
August 20, 2012 @ 10:51 am
Hi Ian Dixon, did you fix this issue with yours? I have exactly the same issue and can't find any fixes.. Cheers
Ian Dixon
July 29, 2012 @ 4:43 am
Hi VSE forum. have just been given a broken Yam V50 and have got it to power up and still have some work to do to make it OK, internal battery, broken key, headphone socket.. however when powered up it only makes bass drum sounds on the keys above the C3 mark, is it terminal or can this be programmed out. I'm new to synths and keyboards, being a bass player & valve amp man so if anyone can shed any light on this I would be most gratefull. Demos work after a bit of button pressing and it sounds fantastic. Really looking forward to getting it working again and learing to play.
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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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