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Yamaha EX5 Music Synthesizer Real-Time Expanded Synthesis

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    The EX5 offers more than ever before in a single keyboard. Featuring a unique Extended Synthesis system which incorporates a number of the most advanced tone generator technologies currently a full-featured sampling system. Top-quality internal effect system so no extra sound-processing equipment is required. Sequencers provide sophisticated on-board sequence programming and accompaniment capability. Offering one of the most versatile and intuitive real-time control systems.

    Extended Synthesis

    All tone generation systems have their strengths and weaknesses. One system may excel at creating certain types of voices, but none covers the full sonic vocabulary required by modern music production. Extended Synthesis system employed in the EX5 synthesizer puts the full spectrum of electronic sound at your fingertips by combining multiple state-of-the-art Yamaha tone generation technologies in one incredibly versatile instrument. The most powerful array of tone generation technologies ever.

    Four-Element Voice Structure

    There's the outstanding sample-based sound and programmability of AWM synthesis. For incredibly realistic and expressive wind and string instrument simulations there's VL synthesis. When you want a beefy analog synthesizer voice, AN synthesis can give it to you. All-new FDSP technology offers the most responsive effects and simulated resonant systems available. All of these tone generator systems are brought together in a four-element voice structure which allows up to four different "waves".

    AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) Synthesis

    AWM is Yamaha's original system for effectively using sampled waveforms in synthesizers and tone generators. The strength of AWM synthesis lies not only in its extraordinary ability to "shape" and control the sound of the samples with a comprehensive system of envelope generators, filters, key scaling parameters, modulation, and more.

    AWM Voice Structure

    AWM voices can have from 1 to 4 AWM elements. Each AWM element can use a preset wave or a sampled waveform. The ability to combine AWM elements means that you can, for example, combine separate samples for the attack and sustain portions of an instrument's sound, with independent control over each.

    Virtual Acoustic Synthesis

    The same tone generator technology used in the ground-breaking VL1, and the currently popular VL70M tone generator. Yamaha's Virtual Acoustic ("VL") Synthesis tone generation system applies sophisticated computer based "physical modeling" technology to musical sound synthesis, accurately simulating the very complex vibrations, resonances, reflections and other acoustic phenomena that occur in a real wind or string instrument.

    VL Voice Structure

    VL voices can have 1 VL element and from 1 to 3 AWM elements. The VL element can be used alone to emphasize the full realism and expressive power of the VL tone generator, or with added AWM elements for thicker textures.

    AN Synthesis

    Yamaha AN Synthesis (Analog Physical Modeling) offers all the benefits of traditional analog synthesis with the stability, reproducibility, and precise control of digital technology. It is capable of accurately reproducing the sound of classic analog synthesizers without patch cables, setting charts, or the frustrating instability that was the bane of the analog age.

    AN Voice Structure

    A standard (Poly) AN voice can have 1 AN element and from 1 to 3 AWM elements. Classic analog synth type sounds can be created with the single AN element alone. AWM elements can be added as necessary to "modernize" the sound. EX5 additionally allows "AN layer" voices which can have 1 or 2 AN elements and 1 or 2 AWM elements. Combination of 2 AN elements in this voice type can result in really thick, powerful, punchy analog type voices. AWM elements can be used to add realistic samples/textures.

    FDSP (Formulated Digital Sound Processing) Synthesis

    FDSP adds a sophisticated note-dependent effect processor to the basic AWM synthesis system. In contrast to a stand effect stage, the FDSP synthesis stage uses individual note and velocity data to control effect parameters, thus making it possible to simulate the characteristics of a number of real-world musical components, as well as produce totally new effects. FDSP can produce totally new sounds that are responsive and "alive".

    FDSP Voice Structure

    FDSP voices have from 1 to 4 AWM elements with an FDSP stage between the elements and the main effect stage. The FDSP stage can be applied to any or all of the AWM elements used, as required.

    AN Plus FDSP Voice Structure

    The EX5 allows the AN and FDSP tone generator systems to be combined in "AN + FDSP" voices which can have 1 AN element and from 1 to 3 FDSP elements. The FDSP stage can be applied to any or all of the AWM elements used, as required.

    Sophisticated Sampling Capability

    Ex Sample mode lets you "sample" sounds via a microphone or line source which can be used in AWM voice elements or mapped to and played via individual keys of the keyboard using the Key Map mode. It is also possible to sample directly from the internal EX tone generator system, so you can capture any sound created by the EX synthesis engine and save it for later use. The Sample mode also includes a range of wave editing features which can be used to "fine tune" your samples for optimum sound.

    Wave Memory

    Supplied with a 1-megabyte memory; expand up to 65 megabytes by installing optional SIMM memory modules. Additional 8 megabytes of non-volatile flash memory becomes available for sample storage if the optional EXFML1 Flash Memory Boards(4 megabyte each) are installed. Sampled waveforms can be saved to floppy disk or to an external storage device via the optional ASIB1 SCSI Interface. Wave files in standard WAV, AIFF or AKAI® format produced using other equipment can also be loaded and used.

    Outstanding Preset Voices and In-Depth Editing Capability

    With 512 totally new, top-quality preset voices(256 preset+256 internal) the EX5 takes full advantage of Extended Synthesis tone generators as well as the extended polyphony of these remarkable instruments. Use the preset voices as they are, edit them to create variations that suit your sound, or create totally new voices from scratch using the in-depth editing features provided. Any number of voices can be saved to floppy disk via the internal floppy disk drive or to an external storage device.

    Unparalleled Real-Time Control

    6 Controller Knobs can be assigned to a wide range of parameters for extraordinary real-time control capability. Standard pitch bend and modulation wheels, a second modulation wheel and a ribbon controller, plus full keyboard initial and aftertouch response. Controller knobs also function as data entry controls while editing for fast, efficient operation. Scene buttons can be used to switch between memorized controller setups. Rear panel jacks allow connection of foot and breath controllers.

    Powerful Sequencing Functions

    Not only does it offer the most powerful assortment of tone generator technologies currently available, but the EX5 features and range of sequencing functions — all with fine 1/480th beat resolution — that give them many of the capabilities of a sophisticated music production system without the need for any extra equipment.

    16-Track Song Sequencer

    The EX5's Song Sequencer is a full-featured sequencer complete with real-time play effects — including "groove" quantization — and a comprehensive range of editing functions. A 30,000 note memory gives this sequencer plenty of capacity for recording and playback of complete songs with rich musical textures and complex arrangements. The EX5 sequencer can be synchronized to an external device using MIDI clock or MTC (MIDI Time Code).

    8-Track Pattern Sequencer

    The 8-track "pattern" sequencer has most of the functions and features of the 16-track song sequencer, but is more suited to the production and management of shorter patterns or phrases such as drum tracks, dance grooves, or other frequently used phrases. Patterns can also be played via the EX Key Mapping feature.

    4-Track Arpeggiator

    4-track arpeggio patterns — from simple to sophisticated — can be stored as voice and/or performance parameters for automatic recall and use with individual performance setups. The EX Arpeggiator makes it easy to create automatic arpeggios, techno-style patterns, or a virtually unlimited range of other repeating phrases.

    Performance Mode

    The EX Performance mode allows different voices to be assigned to different "parts" and combined in a number of ways for real-time performance or for sequencing via the EX Song or Pattern mode, or via external MIDI control. Either way, the Performance mode offers versatility and control not available in the Voice mode. Up to 128 performance setups can be stored in internal memory, and more can be saved to and loaded from floppy disk or an external storage device as required.
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: FDSP, Physical modelling, ROM, Sampling, Subtractive, Virtual Analog
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: Pulse, Pulse Variable, ROM, Saw Down, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Super Saw, Triangle, Wave Table, White Noise
    ROM Size: 73
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Breath Controller, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento, Ribbon, Sequencer, Velocity
    Sampling: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz, Beat Slicing, Gated, Loop, One Shot (Phrase), Multi-Sample
    Envelopes: 4
    Evelope Paramerters: Initional Level, Delay, Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Sustain Level, Release, Release 2, Freerun, Polyphonic, Triggered, Time
    Filters: 8
    Types: 6dB Slope, 12dB Slope (2-pole), 18dB Slope, 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, Band Reject, Comb, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance, Parametric
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Pitch Wheel, Portamento, Ribbon, Sequencer
    LFO: 8
    LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Key Sync, Phase
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 128
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches RAM: 128
    Multipatches RAM: 128
    Storage: Tape, Internal
    Editing: MIDI, SCSI
    + 4 Track Arps
    + 100 Patterns (Preset + User)
    + 12 Reverbs
    + 17 Chorus
    + 79 Insertions
    + 30,000 Notes
    + 16 Tracks
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 76 keys, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Buttons, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Mod - Wheel 2, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Pitch -Wheel, Mod - Ribbon, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
    Display Count H: 240
    Display Count V: 64
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 49 1/8" x 16" x 5 1/12" / 1268(W) x 407(D) x 129(H) mm
    Weight: 44 1/8 lbs. / 20 kg
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    General MIDI: GM - General MIDI
    DAC Bits: 16
    DAC Frequency Rate: 44.1
    Year Released: 1998
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    MSRP List Price: $2995 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $2795 - convert
    Used Price: $400 - $600 - convert
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