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Yamaha TQ5

info Country: Japan
Weight: 5 Kg
Dimensions: 280 (w) x 234 (h) x 70 (d) mm

audio demo trend price : 150

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Yamaha TQ5 (1988)
FM TONE GENERATOR

 

Budget FM box with strange designed aimed to home consumers with clock and calendar features info

Originally designed to be paired with PF1500 electric piano. Basically it's a YS200 desktop module version, with same structure of famous rackmount TX81z with still 4 OP class FM synthesis.

tq5 logo
tq5 reflection

infoMODULE 24 push buttons, 1 rotary volume knob and a numeric pad for data entry. Classic LCD orange backlit display with 40 x 2 lines.

Rear panel terminal connectors:
- main signal out
- headphones out
- Midi interface
- Ram card slot for memory expansion


ac Power supply is a 15V external PSU DC +)- original is model PA-1505

 

 

edit TECH CPU Hitachi manages 8 voices polyphony- DAC is based on a IC YM3017.
Main IC chip YM2414B features 4 OP + 8 combinations. Internal ROM contains a stored digital half sinewave on a lookup table that can be read in different way and speed, creating 7 harmonics sinewaves variations with partials overtones and fundamentals fixed settings.

8 voice NOTE: The module does not feature "more waveforms" than dx7 and thus not more "powerful" as this trick just compensates the lacks of 2 OP.

demoHEAR Harmoncs variations scales SEE





edit SYNTHESIS
there are 4 sinewave operators - OP - organized as algorithms, assigned as either carrier or modulator, linked between them on different pathways interacting on their harmonic contents depending on the varable feedback strength.

algorithms - carrier defines the amplitude and the spectral frequency
- modulator sets the sound timbre and the relative harmonic contents.



edit ALGORITHM Tx81Z features several OP signalpaths combinations with frequency ratio or fixed frequency: the output is fed back to its input with 7 feedback levels, as general rule, high values feedback results in richer harmonic contents. NOTE: the processor design reveals some limits and cannot layer some particular algorithm combinations.

algorithn tx81z - carrier defines the amplitude and the spectral frequency
- modulator sets the sound timbre and the relative harmonic contents.



edit PERFORMANCE the FM voices can be assigned to 8 parts each with independent settings:
- analog mix level
- detune amount
- note limit assign
- Midi channel assign
- effect amount
- panning position
- portamento with glide time
NOTE: portamento glide is not implemented unlike tx81z or other 4 OP DX.





lfo LFO
up to 2 delayed and retriggerable modulators (shapes: sawtooth, square, triangle and sample & hold, frequency range from 0.007 Hz to 50 Hz).

lfo

DESTINATIONS:
- LFO1 to amplitude
- LFO2 to pitch.

demo LISTEN: all LFO shapes




adsr ENVELOPE
4 EGs: each OP features 1 amplitude EG (4-segments).





effect EFFECTS
Up to 9 effects: hall, plate, room, delay, stereo delay, stereo echo, distortion+ reverb, distortion + echo, gate reverb and reverse gate. TECH: YM3413 IC same found on : FX-900 processor unit, but also TG-33, EW-20, SY-22, SY-35, SY-55, SY-77, TG-100,, V-50, YSS-100/200.



edit SEQUENCER
manages up to 8 tracks with some presets accompaniment styles: piano, pops, fusion, rock, jazz, latin, classic.

tx81z tech

Time signature can be assigned to 1/4, 4/4, 1/8, 8/8, up to 999 measures. Some classic functions like quantisize (from 1/48 up to 1/4 notes) , copy, cancel, insert, [...]

SYNC: internal tempo range from 60 to 180 BPM or sync-clock to external Midi signal.

 

 

memroy MEMORY:
- 100 ROM patches (preset list)
- 100 RAM patches
- 10,000 notes
- 8 songs
- 999 bar
Sounds, songs can be saved to Midi exclusives or to internal RAM CARD model MCD-32 (bigger 64 are compatible, but wasted)

tq5 motherboard

<- LEFT BATTERY REPLACEMENT involves soldering a new lithium 3V CR-2032 on the mainboard (ABOVE) main motherboard

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memroy FUN FEATURE
for some weird reasons, the TQ5 featreus an internal clock with internal calendar :)

calendar and clock



scales EDITOR there are many computer-based editors:

- Midiquest (PC $$) PIC

- noize (PC$$) PIC

- YSEDITOR (ATARI ST) PIC

- Steinberg synthwork (ATARI ST) PIC

- Atari: caged 4 OP artist (ATARI ST) PIC

- MAX MSP yamaha tx81z editor PIC

tq5 editor

 

 

scales OTHER RELATED FAMILY 4 OP:

yamaha dx9 yamaha dx21
dx100 dx27
DX-9 (1983) first 4 OP incompatible with other 4 Op DX line VIDEO

DX-21 (1985) bitimbric layer with chorus and pitch EG

DX-100 (1985) same as dx21 with minikeyss VIDEO DX-27 (1985) simpler DX 21 version - also a "S" with speakers VIDEO
       
fb01

yamaha dx11

yamaha ys200 yamaha-v50
Fb-01 (1986) simple 4OP module- also TQ5 VIDEO

DX-11 (1986) a Tx81z version with 8 waves VIDEO

YS-200 (1988) consumer 4 OP version with sequencer VIDEO V-50 (1989) top 4 OP series with sequencer + drum machine VIDEO


 

effet VST PLUGIN / SAMPLED VERSION no official VST emulation, but some FM emulator (6 or 4 OP)

  name price
dexed VST plugin -DEXED
-MDA DX10

-OXE FM SYNTH
-VX7
-HEXTER
free VST


 

demoAUDIO DEMO

demo internal factory demo
demo EP: tines rhodes
demo EP: celesta
demo EP: Wurlitzer
demo Organ: hammond Blues
demo Organ: sixties Farfisa
demo Organ: light my VOX
demo Brass: 1
demo Bell: dx like
demo PlucK: banjo
demo Synth: trill
demo Synth: smalltown
demo Synth: pacman
demo Synth: modulator
demo Synth: light
demo Synth: lucy sky
demo Synth: abused LFO
demo Synth: very soft
demo Synth: granular weird
demo Synth: 8 bits
demo Bass: liner
demo Bass: Saturday niigghhttt
demo Bass: short bass liner
demo Bass: EBM
demo String: FM 4OP
demo Pad: metal pound
demo Pad: Arrakis
demo Pad: Darkvoice
demo Pad: sounds like a 90 games
demo Drums: tablas feedback variations
demo Drums: old cheesy drum machine
demo FX: robot talk
demo FX: atmos
demo FX: burning
demo FX: chaos
demo FX: frequency
demo FX: grany
demo FX: reverse sounding
   
demo all harmonic variation swaves

video VIDEO SELECTION

tq5 video 1 tq5 video  2 tq5 video 3



Company: Yamaha
Model: TQ5
Class: Module
Dates: 1988
Display: 40 x 2 lines LCD
Synthesis: FM
Polyphony: 8 voices
Multitimbric: 8 parts
Oscillator: 4 OP
Algorithms: 8 models
Filter: none
LFO: 2 modulators
Envelope: 4 EGs
Memory: 100 ram slots
Effects: 9 modes
Sequencer: 8 tracks
Sync: Midi
Midi: IN / OUT /THRU
DAC: YM3017
Demo: 36

 

 

manual
MANUAL

 

 

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manual
-SERVICE MANUAL / SCHEMATICS
-EPROM OS DUMP

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REVIEW "Fun unit, very cheap! FM edit is quite simple and far more quick than brother rack tx81z, plus a basic sequencer and calendar function... "

manual manual
-edit - portamento?
-cheap
- quite rare



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