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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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tone a hobbyist user from england writes:
I have one i got when i worked for a music shop,picked it up for about ninety quid to see if i could get into music with computers.There are(or was) two cartridges,one is the yrm102 fm voicing program and the other(lost now)is the sequencer,which i believe you need to run the cx5m in midi mode alongside other midi gear,i have manuels for both my cartridges and have just had the thing out he loft to see if i could hook it up to cubase but alas,without that midi sequencer cartridge this is doing it. Has anyone got stuff for this pioneer of music workstations that they are looking to sell,i may be interested.Also,does anyone find the power supply jack awkward when connecting to the computer or is it just mine.Comments appreciated

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-15-2003 at 17:51
markku a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Wadda... There are still those who remember and even use this workstation(?). I think I have mine buried somewhere and still operational, hopefully.Bought it to program my FB01s, (which are still kicking!) and, to my amazement, the D/A-converters here are better than in those boxes; brighter hi-end and far less alias noise!

It came w/ minikeyboard, disk drive (an xpensive commodity as hell in those days), sequencer module (step-entry) and voicing modules. The sequencer was not used very heavily, due to the tacky input method and my very limited ability to read music...

Hmm, should I really go retro and leave my Mac and LogicAudio, I still have that B/W TV-set for monitor...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-06-2002 at 07:06
alan wheeler a hobbyist user from UNITED STATES writes:

posted Friday-Apr-12-2002 at 11:12
Ron Bacardi a part-time user from UK writes:
This is a great little workstation! I've booted it up very recently and it was a joy to just switch the thing on - and it was ready to go - no waiting round for a Windoze or wacky-Maccy operating system to load.

I got my first (I've got 2!) in 1987, which I paid about 80/90 quid for, and it came with the Yammy cartridges for sequencing and patch creation - a nightmare (the sequencer) to use, but I did get one or two plinky-plonky things out of it.

The 2nd I got in '91, which had this 'DMS1' realtime sequencer with it (no manual!) - spent about 2 weeks figuring it out, and churned out loads of stuff between '91 and '95. The DMS cartridge makes all the difference - very easy to use, and with 53 extra voices burned into the cartridge. I did eventually get a manual, and an extra cartridge about a year later (phew!)

OK, only 8 note polyphony, but with a few extra bits and some outboard, you're away! Tape laoding/saving these days may seem painful, but it's the same as jigging around with all the new kit - and the quick reboots help! As mentioned by others, it's a good master or slave sequencer, and there's fun to be had with the little monster!

Friends who had them and sold them have regretted their decisions as the years wear on, as it really is both a great way for making unique sounds, from analogue overdrive and blips/squeeks to some quite convincing string, and the DMS1 sequencing software is a breeze (for MSX) - and I'm gonna carry on using it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-24-2002 at 16:12
Michael a hobbyist user from WI, USA writes:
I have a CX5m that I was given recently. It's actually a pretty interesting unit for what it is. The fact that it doesn't measure velocity is its only real short-coming. You can hook it up to a tv and model new voices as you would with an analog synth; all the filters are there and even a cheesy little drum machine. It also works well as a midi-controller considering its age. I'm looking to sell the CX5M with the Floppy drive and YK10 Keyboard if anyone is looking for a fully functional unit, email me to discuss price at

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-30-2001 at 18:44
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