Yamaha EX5R

Yamaha EX5R

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EX5R, Digital Synth Rack/Sound Module from Yamaha.

4 user reviews

Yamaha EX5R tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: EX5R
  • Category: Digital Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 08/25/2002

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Yamaha EX5R user reviews

Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 4 reviews )
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Wacobeast's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha EX5R
Rack too many FX to count, only the samples are all ditables via SCSI connectors are present except audionumrique


It is relatively simple compared to the potentiation of the machine. obviously not a good trs "first expander"


Top to electro, to the sounds of analog was not worth any Manir not a trinity KORG


Used for three years to pilot a trinity, a tx 81z.Il works in Cubase VST parallle for audio via a dsp Hoontech 2000. It is with joy that I could not dbarrasser bad conscience of my previous module ... price quality ratio of OCCAZ possibility trs rarely gal ...

Plav's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha EX5R
Rack 'all in one "composed of a multi synthesizer, sequencer, sampler multi effects .... so to summarize, there are:
128 see polyphony
AWM synthesis
FM synthesis
subtractive synthesis
integrated sampler (4 megs of ram home, 128 megabytes or less)
integrated sequence 100000 Notes
integrated arpeggiator (very full!)
triple multi effect with insert ...


Relatively complicated configuration (remember the DX7 when it came out ... and it's the same!)
Sound editing is simple for the average musicos, but very complicated (but so "juicy") when you come back a bit in the settings!

the manual is as clear as it is complicated! ...°-)


You can create sounds of breathtaking realism thanks to the synthesis "VL" (acoustic simulation) ... is a careful synthesis monophonic: that is why we "block" if you want to use dsp 2 with the synthetic sounds!: see the reviews below, but in my sax, a trumpet or a flute were never Polyphonic!
this synth has in addition to the algorithms of synthesizers additive, subtractive, FM, and as if this were not enough, you can insert your sampler and waveforms in your presets because it has a sampler of the type A 3000 (attention to slow loading waveforms ... speed is not his forte!


I use it for 3 years and I sold my Korg WAS, TB 303 my, my supernova and my Kurzweil K2500 as it replaces all of these machines perfectly graces more than extended its possibilities ... it's perfect for "technomans" because it can produce deep and ultra low fat, tablecloths scalable breathtaking and the sampler is more than enough (up to 128 megabytes of ram!) ... note: I never used the sequencer, so I do not know what it is worth
triple effect buses is of the highest quality and the arpeggiator is sufficiently precise to be able to recreate the game of a guitarist!

Brief: parfiat all the way and I do not agree with previous opinions! try it and see!!

gravili's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha EX5R
Extremely powerful machine. An analog part trs really interesting, with a modulus close to AN1X. Having both devices, I can say that the EX5 can do same sounds. However it is easier to program on AN1X. CHARACTERISTICS cot if he practically everything: a polyphony rarely taken into default, a sampler with some of the PC memory so that you can inflate a large screen with the contrast just cot a PC compatible floppy disk drive, a good squenceur, the wheels of ACCS fast etc ... It is a machine complte. But beware, the DSP is somewhat limited in use! IF you use it to do almost anything on it and then you use multiple tracks with multiple sounds ... it will bugue! It has a little of this cot dfaillance recognized the


Not so easy as it looks. You can combine the sounds in all directions, it means taking an analog sound and FM modulated with a gnrateur etc. .. making it a powerful machine trs but not easy to program. However if you do not go into too much synthse loa, then no problem. There are plenty of buttons on the front and a large screen to navigate.


Then the sounds .... This machine possde certain sounds that kill the other cot death and then that sound like a PSR of 10 years ago. I'm not a fan of FM sounds, however, we must recognize that yamaha is strong in this area and some bass sounds are really excellent FM. In the subtractive synthse, yamaha is doing pretty good. But unfortunately I have not been convinced by the totality of sounds. There are sounds that I like, tablecloths and sumptuous hot and vibrant sounds of cardboard. The arpgiateur is great, you can really enjoy it. Analog sounds are good too.
The effects are real, the orchestral sounds are average.


Conclusion: I did not keep this machine. I never really use the sampler squenceur or I would say nothing on it, I use the PC for that. on the other hand I really use the power of DSP modulators and other sounds out of this gear because when you possdes other machines of other brands (TRINITY/JD990/D70 etc. ..) it adds a sound palette Different. It is capable of making sounds corms, bold, powerful analog well, deeper and pais the trinity but less 'spacial' less harmonics, but lost to time! This is an extremely powerful machine I recall but be careful not to saturate the DSP.

Le cerf-volant08/27/2008

Le cerf-volant's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha EX5R
To restore some "relevant information" (not to use the term "truth") on this wonderful machine ...

The Yamaha EX5R integrates the various syntheses following:
- Sample reading "Advanced Wave Memory (AWM)" and subtractive synthesis [ie in particular for each item, a digital filter control + 2 static dynamic control digital filters (with envelope generator of 6 segments)]: 4 1 = its elements (max), with a polyphony of 128 items
- Virtual acoustic synthesis "Physical Modeling (VL)" equivalent to a map or VL70m PLG 150 VL: monophonic
Note: I have not tried to edit a sound ... I assume the limits of the system already ... Dito card PLG 150 VL
- Synthesis by "Analog Modeling (AN)" equivalent to a map or AN1X PLG 150 AN: monophonic or polyphonic depending on configuration "AN (layer) 3 AWM" / "AN + FDSP" / "AN (Poly) 2 AWM "
Note: When specified in the notice shown below that offers EX5R FM synthesis, it should be understood that the synthesis of AN Yamaha offers the option of selecting 4 algorithm for connecting two oscillators and the non EX5R provides FM synthesis as it exists on the DX7 and the TG77 with 6 operators or the operators FS1R with 8
- Synthesis "Formulated Digital Sound Processing (SPSF)" which is not in itself a new synthesis, but a system for handling very sophisticated effects, which is used as a supplement to the summary "AWM" for each note: This technology can be used only to provide 16 items of polyphony or the synthesis AN monaurally to propose eight elements of polyphony

Note: In the previous opinion it should be understood by "additive" that a sound can be made ​​up of four elements (subtractive synthesis and / or VL or AN) divided into Layer and / or split the keyboard and not that it is the additive as it is developed on the Kawai K5000 (creation of a frequency spectrum and adding spectra from February to June)

In addition, a further effect of good quality, the EX5R includes:
- A sampler, with a wave of 1MB memory (core) that can be expanded up to 65MB by adding a SIMM + possibility of an optional SCSI
- A sequencer 30,000 notes


Operation is simple ...
Note that for each page editing, the 6 "KNOB" are reallocated to the parameters and, in order to have direct access to the changes (increment / decrement) of said parameters.


The sound is true to itself, you do what you want ...
- Creation of its
- Sampling and work on the sample or a sample import WAV, AIFF and AKAI and what to mix it with other elements or other synthetic (or VL AN) or technology FDSP

VL synthesis coupled with a BC3 (breath controller) or an EWI is remarkable!

AN synthesis provides sound for my taste, as analog (greasy) that my MKS80 SuperJupiter (subtractive analog VCO and VCF) or my Kawai 5000S (additive)

AWM synthesis is almost identical to that of his "grand-son" the Motif ES

FDSP technology brings more and has other effects for the "Sound Design" ... But she eats a lot of resources ...


As mentioned in the introduction, I consider this wonderful machine as "Magic"! Like the Kawai K5000, Yamaha FS1R, the Korg WAS A / D.
The reasons for my recent purchase EX5R for this are as follows (given that I already have some machines and especially the small-son, my MOTIF ES6 doped with 3 cards PLG150 DX, AN and VL):
- Give me a second path VL: a synthesis "magic"!
- Offer me FDSP technology to explore the possibilities ... In this case, my EX5R becomes an expander Sound Design
- Give me a second way AN. Knowing also that the mix directly the EX5R AN AWM elements with ...
- Motif ES6 second my while providing a subtractive synthesis can be taken further and that, knowing that the EX5R includes a static filter in series and two dynamic filters, the Motif ES6 where only offers a dynamic filter element!

- A classic synthesis VL: editing sound does not exist
- The low polyphony when introducing technology FDSP

Thus, this machine is usually very undervalued and particularly under the altar of his age ... While it contains many treasures ...!

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