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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Nev a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've now bought an EX5R - for a very reasonable £200! - to go with my EX5 keyboard. (Well, you try hauling a 20kg, 76-note keyboard any great distance...)

The market's getting a bit silly at the moment. You could easily pay more for a Yamaha VL rack unit alone, and yet the EX5 does VL synthesis - and throws in 2-voice AN synthesis, sampling, 128-voice AWM2, FDSP modelling, two FX units and a fair-sized sequencer. Surely this makes the EX5 possibly the best-value synth on the secondhand market?

Of course, there's a slight lack of horsepower in the processor, although to be fair the EX5 isn't alone in this respect. Solution - buy two and you've probably still got change from the price of a secondhand Motif!

As for the astronomical price of the rare SCSI interface, the interface unit is a standard part in the A3000 sampler. Solution - buy an A3000, cannibalise the SCSI interface and sell the sampler for spares. Seems a bit wasteful, but it's cheaper than the interface on its own! Of course, you could just use the A3000, which is more versatile than the EX5's sampling facilities - but on the other hand the EX5 is a damned sight easier to understand.

Like I said, the market is getting a bit silly...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-19-2008 at 18:04
XMGCX from Suffolk, UK writes:
The Ex5 is the best workstation Yamaha have ever built up to and including the Motif XS6.

In fact quite possible the EX5 is the best workstation ever built by anyone.

Yamaha, ditch the appalling 'home keyboard in drag' Motif, stick a CPU with 32 times the power into the EX5, add some USB ports, and possibly a better screen, job done.

And god forbid never implement the hideous phrases as you have put in everything else and make sure you KEEP the real-time song record pattern track!

5000 out of 5

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-11-2008 at 07:02
DC10 a part-time user from USA writes:
Having owned the EX5 for 2 years now, I also have a triton LE (which is pretty much the 62 poly version of the Triton Extreme) - I can say that this is pretty much exactly sounding like the Motiff - except for new presets - I like this much better then the Motiff - Very warm sounding machine - I have the EX5R (love it) - Sound wise excellent sounds are great and very usable - I also have 2 JV880's an A90EX and Both Korg TR rack (trinity rack) and Wavestation SR and Casio WK-3000 (which I will buy another - the best under rated keyboard ever made) - All and all the EX5 is pretty there for any type of Yamaha sound I need - It's a must have for a professional studio-

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-15-2008 at 17:30
Stephen Wallace writes:
The ability to draw on different synthesis types is what makes this machine. Today's workstations are increasingly samey to me and demand less and less of the user from my point of view. Not only do you have marvellous possibilities here with AWM, FSDP and the various modelling but as a grizzled veteran of digital synthesis I hear tone swhich are purer than all the more recent motifs and fantoms the kids go crazy over. The price so good for these now everyone should try em.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-19-2008 at 10:29
nev a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I have to agree with previous users - this is a player's instrument, but not for the faint-hearted. There are some superb patches, both pre-installed and from those nice people at EX5Tech. The distorted guitars are superb, and there are some very useable organ sounds too.

It's good in a way that it didn't shift big units, because a) second-user prices are low and (b) you don't hear its presets all over commercial releases!

Of course, the beauty of this synth is the sheer programming power available to you - but the manual is so unhelpful the EX5 might have written it itself! The Joy of EX is a must-have download if you want to figure this beast out. If only Yamaha would look at E-mu's manuals they'd see how it should be done.

It's also hard to beat for expression - sensitive keys, three wheels, ribbon strip, four pedals and even breath control. Nice onboard effects, too.

Minus points for the sequencer - a typical Yamaha effort which expects you to be note-perfect and understand musical notation - but who uses onboard sequencers anyway? (We didn't all learn the piano when we were young...)

Also minus points for the optional extra SCSI interface - seems you can't get one for love or money, and when you do it's painfully slow. So best to forget the sampler, too.

Still, as a pure synthesizer the EX5 is hard to beat. For half the price of a new Motif or Triton - or less - you could get an EX5 secondhand. No contest.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-12-2007 at 08:32
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