Yamaha TG500

Yamaha TG500

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TG500, Digital Synth Rack/Sound Module from Yamaha.

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Yamaha TG500 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Model: TG500
  • Category: Digital Synth Racks/Sound Modules
  • Added in our database on: 05/31/2002

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Yamaha TG500 user reviews

Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 3 reviews )
 1 user review33 %
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lukleprog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the "BIG SOUND" versatile"

Yamaha TG500
Yamaha TG500 was I think the first polyphonic synth 64 votes
there are two memory card slot and two add waveform
it has aftertouch
midi sound implementation is complete and can be assigned many different actions to controllers
there is also a possibility with extension to import samples which is laughable today


For editing, argl ... must be brave ...
I have the habit of twisted synth but there are key tops ..
take a simple example, you find a nice sound performance provided by preset hop fashion and you want to save it in your memory use and then crack you save performance but at the same time you are overwriting existing voices that were the basis for another performance ... gniiii .... it annoys ...!
of a sudden you don 't find more your little
the other problems in editing patches and effects on s' lost in the maze of sub-submenu, the other buttons are fragile I have already changed mine
Another very annoying point there was a small transmission delay twelve o'clock whatever the keyboard used
what remains nice that is Yamaha has classified the sounds starting with name patches diminutives which offers guidance
I have copied this approach on my other synths
Another very positive point the envelope 5 points I 've not found on the other model
there are many filters as opening up many possibilities


The sounds are generalists and cast a wide net
finally they are current enough anyway
there is a very rhodes air, across the electric keyboards are excellent solos interesting but unusable without the mono synths
good organ of which saturated with large output level
there are very low round synth, excellent fretless, a strat to fall, delirious FX strings together quite realistic, wispy hearts and spacey, monstrous analog brass (see patches "forth", pro5, matrix) a cimbalom, a flute with very interesting when you put vibrato effects, gleaming brass, some orchestral performance oriented and even a 12-string
however drop the drums, over the level of volume in this section is very small compared to the performance mode or voice (like for multi mode)
it 's no a patch perceived FX associated with pitch-shift that can generate originality
strong multi-effect point of the machine is overkill and transforms sounds a spectacular way it n 'there is that to use the pitch shift for multiple s' report
there is also a very nice reverb, precise and deep
Assistant sound recorder for this purpose and my favorite
it will fill styles for amateur pop rock


I have the TG500 for over 10 years there is always a sound that s' fit into my songs
I had left a friend in an exchange but I have quickly recovered
tip: use only synth in performance mode
converters really send the potato, attention to level out!
despite laborious editing a fouillie architecture and fragile invoice remains a very distinctive and engaging synth easily find its place in a home studio

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

Yamaha TG500
Is this a MODEL Rack or "rack"?
It is rack-mountable (ears included). 1U.

How many sounds, effects? What styles?
PRSET 384 + 192 user locations.
All styles are included, with the great classical piano instrumentals through ethnic drum kits.

Are ditables? Via a utility Mac / PC?
Yes, all sounds are ditables on the machine with many of paramtres synthse to change timbres and effects. No editor I know computer.

Are there any extensions?
Yes, in the form of cards insrer in one of four slots prvues (additional sounds or personal backups).

What connection (Audio, MIDI ,...)?
Stereo outputs + 4 spares indiv outputs (jacks).
Midi Out, In, Through.


Configuration gnrale Is it easy?
Yes, especially when used without expander edit the sounds that are sufficient se.

The edition of sound effects or is it easy?
There are two fawns of Aditi sounds: Quick Edit, which allows for quick changes and effective, Full Edit, which allows you to enter any custom settings the sounds and effects.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
The manual is clear trs is full (320 pages in good + franais all tables rcap sounds).


The sounds they agree your style of music?
I bought it in order to have a complte range of sounds as possible, and TG500 plays what rle trs. The sounds are overall pretty Fidler, with beautiful Russianness as keyboards (piano and acoustic l., organ and clavinet, pads "analog"), brass, guitars, percussion sets. The dynamics are good trs on virtually any sound.

Are ralistes?
They are really not bad at all and many are excellent.

The effects are they effective and responsive?
The effects are super efficient (cost the "Rotary" on the organ), and many trs (90 types in 2 DSP).

The expression is good? (Raction VLOC the aftertouch)?
aragi trs well. It is possible to modify the curves VLOC if ncessaire. But CONTRL continuous faade are absent (o Note 8).

What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
The multis are powerful because they allow TRS to superimpose four layers of sound and produce complex layers of rich timbres and scrolls. Otherwise, you must test it ...


What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The best: the two levels of use: either using the extremely simple and by pRSET qques rglages effects, or in depth with all possible parameters of ACCS synthse its constituent .
The least: the possibility of modulating the live sound is limited to MIDI commands that you can play on your keyboard matre.

Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
Yes: EMU Proteus 2000, Kurzweil K2000. They are also excellent but too expensive.

How do you report qualitprix?
Excellent, above 200 euros in 2nd hand!

Exprience with, you will do again this choice?
Today, my musical world has prcis and I use a lot more Reduces sound palette, which invites me to resell it. But I do not regret having bought it when I needed this type of instrument, away from t. ..

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

Yamaha TG500
Jee has given all CHARACTERISTICS ds prcedent his opinion.
And TG500 is ditable with MidiQuest. Whew! because the LCD is minus.
It is still an expander of another age (not compatble GM for example) or 7 / 10.


Configuration gnrale Is it easy? Yes. trs.
Via MidiQuest is a pleasure to edit the curves graphically, and have all pages accessible from a single glance. on the LCD is .. pff ....
Synthse is simple because the layer on the timeless pattern VCO-VCF-VCA with envelopes, LFO .., and is devilishly effective. It's funny to see as it can as well Shma gnrer sounds crap that sounds great, depending on the quality of its implmentation. Here is the big sound from everywhere. Yamaha is not in the wrong soup.
A synthse based on a bank of 293 well-thought PCM (best for saw & pulse dclinaisons particular), a filter-rsons strength of the synth-which here must really fast envelopes (but not super fast) on the pitch, filter and amp. opportunities modulations (football, aftertouch, LFO, VLOC, wheel).

A synthse that does not the head, easy to reach his goals. The concrete.
A wide choice of PCM, perplexing, one can oblige a search. but they are classs.
The manual is great. just enough.

Note that in addition to the simple mode, there is as a performance mode that provides a stack of 4-way intelligent. Intelligent because each channel can see the change filter level (via a shell by aditional!) Of rsonnace, LFO, for the settings of effect, etc. ..... that will obviously rduire polyphony, but what riches! synthse on a synthse: a real Pandora's box!

Finally, there is a multiplayer mode, which allows to allocate a channel to each of the 16 midi channels. Why, polyphony is not enough (64).


The sound? The particularity of this synthesis is to offer a range of sounds cohrente. The grain is particular, and on a mix, everything Integrates easily.
CHARACTERISTICS I find a intrrsante, which allows you to make music types, in my case plutt funk80, with a nice potato coronation.

Its big, beautiful grain, excellent dynamics. Do not have this sound module. But I will never part with it. It is too good in his field.

Stick to sound effects. They are efficient trs, essential to the synthse.Mais a synth of this gnration, treatment parallle is low (2 DSP only)
Fortunately, there are four outputs in addition to the mix.

The brass are really good trs, pianos (thanks to PCM FM), bass, always leads trs typs. The most enjoyable exprssivit on aftertouch.
The sounds are analog trsrussis, including through the filter, feed and prcis. Big sound.
Tablecloths? ah groundwater in performance mode .....

I do not like the drums, too old, but it should be noted that given the ease of synthse, it is to reproduce a percu ais particulire. practice.


I have 10 years. I had no other synths before (and APRS), and when I spar I'm sorry that those who had an inimitable sound (like casio CZ). even if they taient full of defects.
I like the TG500 this well cohrent good balance. It offers a convenient sound bank, and is a really good synthse combines.
The filter is great and the PCM carefully selected. It is the strength.

The circuits are of excellent quality and dynamic impact. In addition, it is costal, and many egaliss. A rgal.

It is a machine placed in a broader context of course, given its polyphony and his stamp.
But the sound of the 80s is a good plan. A good plan even trs. There are no complaints.
And then a 1U rack, does not take a place.

Ngatif single point: the display: two lines of 24 characters and buttons not lit, hell! requires the publisher.

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