Synth Site: Yamaha: EX-5: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Derek Riddle a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
Though the interface at times is awkward, the sampling features minimal, The SCSI agonizingly slow- The Keyboard is still worth it. This is not a machine for all yall Reason and Abelton Live cats! This is some 1998 flavor!

Limitations force you work around them in creative ways...I am not condoning faulty manufacturing, or engrandizing serious infrastructural faults in the EX, but I am saying that these roadblocks can actually be oppurtunities for you as an artist.....

People Wax poetic about the sounds too much, they're good, they do have that "acid-dipped" flavor, but sounds are only as good as you orchestrate them- Don't be so Materialisitc!

Sampling is Limited. If you want a 12bit sound, resample then...if you wanted even lower-bit rate then resample the resample.....Don't loop them in Sample mode, trust that you can BPM match enough to have the sequencer roll-over your loops for you...

Slow SCSI does really suck though, no way around it since FLash Rom aint winning the 50 yard Dash anytime soon.

The EX5 is an incredibly flawed, but equally as powerful and unique. I know I can make records with even the stock sounds since no one really has used this keyboard that much, at least compared to the Triton or something where you'd hear a Korg patch in every song.

It has Problems, But do you really wanna' be another beat-maker with an MPC?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-08-2006 at 13:09
George a professional user from Hampton,Va writes:
Besides some of the limited features as mentioned on earlier posts, the EX5 is the best sounding synth/workstation I've ever heard and I have owned and heard many. With it's four tone generators it easily beats the realism sounds of the Tritons,Fantoms and some of the Motif's patches hands down. I was blessed to be able to sit down and audition all 4 synths together and I was more impressed with the EX5. The EX5/7 is so good that if Yamaha had spent more time improving the features such as SCSI speed, easier layering, more flash mb pre-installed, more sequencing capabilities, etc... There would be no need for the Motif. The good thing about those limits is that the EX5 has an answer for nearly every shortcoming. It's up to you to take the time and figure out the solutions. Bottom Line: It's the best musical investment I've ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-19-2005 at 12:52
Jason Owens a professional user from Paducah KY writes:
The EX5 is a studiomans dream. It has its very own sound. The four synthesises are great and combined is killer. AWM, VL, AN and FDSP. I have owned the DX7-II FD and SY-77 before this and I must say this brings it all home. You will notfind a better synth capable of all sounds. I play a motif at my church butfor special days and services I must bring the EX% because the organs are better and pianos are better . The CP-80 on the motif sounds fake but on the EX5 you can use it without tweaking it. I have so many floppy disks of sounds it ridiculous. I have taken this board to the studio and done sequencing with sound modules. THe key to the Midid problem is the the buffer load. You must go to the setup in song mode and Job go to midi and setup the load .

And I read somebodys comment on how you can only layer 2 voices at a time. this is wrong you can layer up to 16 if you know how to do it and if you are a real EX owner! You have to have it on the right midid channel .

but this board is left out a lot becuase of the motif but im glad becuase i like not everybody having my board. I get lots of compliments and some people have never heard of it and confuse it with the new triton extreme but i let them know its a YAMAHA thatsi s where Korg got its idea from the EX but im not gonna get into that..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-07-2004 at 23:03
Fuzzy a professional user writes:
this sounds good , but it doesnt sound better than a trinity in my opinion. i have both and i put them head to head and the ex7 doesnt have the depth in the presets that the trinity has. having said that it is a very good sounding synth, and you can program the f*$Ck out of it and make your own cool sounds . i think that the analog sounds or very nice and the awm ones are good too. for those who think this will play your akai mpc sounds i think they lie about compatibility with akai samples. because i cant get the beats and sounds i cut up on my mpc to play on it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-11-2004 at 22:23
Tomislav Horvat a hobbyist user from Croatia writes:
I own my EX5 for four years now (allready?!?), and I'm still exciting when turning it on. With four sound-processors (AWM, VL, AN and FDSP) it can sound vivid as an live instrument or deep as a best analog synth. I have a silver (millenium) version and I got a bonus voice & sample pack (on 10 floppyes) with some incredible sounds of old synths (arp, moog, rolands, yamahas...), some familiar movie textures, beautifull flutes etc. Enougt about sound. Other stuff, like sequencer, performance mode (why only two sounds can be leyered, with 128 poliphony?!????)... are worst ever. I'll put it this way: If Triton has Yamaha's sounds it would be best workstation ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-26-2004 at 11:29
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