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Yamaha QY-10

Midi Walkstation (1990)

Yamaha Qy-10

"Quite old portable hand-held arranger sequencer with 12 bits PCM wavetable and Midi functions."

 Main Data 

QY10 made in Japan



Company: Yamaha
Model: QY-10
Class: arranger module
Pads: 12
Dates: 1990
Country: Japan
Weight: 0,3 kg
Dimensions: 187 (w) x 25 (h) x 104 (d) mm
Price :  50€

Synthesis: PCM rompler
Technology: AWM
PCM Resolution: 12 bits
Polyphony: 32 voices
Sounds: 30 instruments
Drum samples: 26 PCM
Multitimbric: 8 parts
Sequencer: 8 tracks
Resolution: 1/96
Quantisize: 1/4 ->1/32
Memory: 6000 notes
Chords: 20 presets
Sync: Midi clock
Midi: IN / OUT / THRU
DAC: YM7138
PSU: 12VDC 


Main panel features a 16 x 2 lines display, 37 buttons, 12 pads (no velocity).

Back panel terminal connections:
- 1, 5 mm stereo line out
- Midi interface
- volume gain slider
- headphones out
- Powers supply is external with 12 V negative in center 300 mA - suggested models are: Pa1b / pa3c or 6 X 1,5V batteries into the hatch.

FACT: The Novation MM-10 keyboard was a docking station for the QY10. 

NONE

- No official VST plugin
- no known samples library

Have some QY10 sample set you want to share? CONTRIBUTE :) 

owner's manual download


NO SERVICE MANUAL / SCHEMATICS if you have it and want to share it, please contact us.

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 In details 

hand held musical unit

 VOICE system manages 8 voices polyphony based on PCM samples at 12 bits resolution based on a AWM PCM generator/ DAC is a custom Yamaha IC YM7138.
QY10 patch sounds are non-editable presets and includes 30 instruments + 26 percussions. Check full instruments LIST.

MULTITIMBRAL system is multitimbric and handles 8 parts with fixed Midi channel grouped in the following order:

Midi channel 1 : Assignable instrument 1
Midi channel 2 : Assignable instrument 2
Midi channel 3 : Assignable instrument 3
Midi channel 4 : Assignable instrument 4
Midi channel 5 : Chord 1 (read below)
Midi channel 6 : Chord 2 (read below)
Midi channel 7 : Bass
Midi channel 8 : Rhythm 

machine performance play

CHORD up to 2 Chords channels allows to enter directly one of the 20 triads presets (most commons) check LIST.

QY-10 SEQUENCER

Track recording

TRACKS

Up to 8 tracks at 1/96 resolution.
Qy sequencer offers some edit functions like Erase, Insert measure, Merge tracks, track mute or note transpose and quantizes at resolution between 1/4 and 1/32. 

record option real time

RECORDING

Sequences can be recorded in 2 entry notes modes:
- real-time: notes triggered by pads or a Midi keyboard.
- step Mode: with rest pause and variable note length.

Syncronisation

SYNC

Sequencer can be synched (slave) to external Midi clock.

MEMORY:
- 8 songs
- 6000 notes.
- 24 user patterns 299 measures each.
Battery replacement
is a kind of 3V CR 1/3/N barrel lithium soldered to the mainboard.

Memory options and specs

Qy-10 Editor 

Not much except the old classic Midi Quest.

graphical editor for Qy10

Sqyrrel editor for ATARI St

atari ST midi editor

Our Verdict 

"It was nice for ideas on the fly, but internal sounds are now really limited, besides the Qy10 looks not so reliable in time. 

Sound 
quality

Interface

Build
 quality

Rarity

Quality / 
price

Overall

CONS

-sounds cannot be edited
-  edit / display
- obsolete sounds and memory storage

PROS

- cheap now
- portable

Are you a QY10 user? do you like it? You do not agree with our review?  Let us know in the comment field just below 

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