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Yamaha RM50

(image courtesy of Yamaha)

Released: 1992

MSRP: Y157,500


Dual element rhythm based TG500 with simplified modulation. Architecture Class: Rompler.

Ebay Description:

The Yamaha RM50 is a pressure and velocity sensitive 1U rack (16 voice multitimbral) sample based synthesizer, featuring AWM2 (133 samples) source, digital resonant low|high pass filter, dedicated (APDR) amplitude, single stage pitch, and single stage filter envelopes, an LFO (saw up/down, sine, square, triangle, random waveforms), delay, card and MIDI interfaces, stereo and 6 individual outputs, 6 trigger inputs, 128 kits (64 editable) and 628 presets (128 editable and 500 variations).


Form Factor Dimensions Weight Audio Input Audio Output Communication Port Control Input Control Output Switch Input Power
1U rack W:440mm(17.375in) D:350mm(13.75in) H:45mm(1.75in) 5kg(11lbs) no stereo individual:6 MIDI MIDI trigger:6 MIDI no AC (14W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
RY30 SY55 SY77 TX16W no preset:500 variations:500 user:128 preset-kit:64 user-kit:64 MCD64:256 program-card:1(MCD64) PCM-card:3 MIDI-SysEx MIDI-SDS MIDI-SysEx mode based buttons LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
16 16 no 2x[Sample->DCF->DCA]


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
delay no AEG LFO MIDI-CC7 velocity yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A no N/A N/A MIDI-CC1-31:assignable MIDI-CC33-120:assignable MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
channel no MIDI:IN/OUT/THRU MIDI no 12


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 16b 48kHz optional:512kB (SYEMB06) ? preset N/A preset no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
Sample1 digital sample:133 RAM:64 - no no LFO MIDI-PitchBend PEG no


Name Signal Class IC Resonant Shape Frequency Modulator Resonance Modulator Shape Modulator
DSP1 digital ? yes 12|24dB high pass or 12|24dB low pass FEG1 key LFO MIDI-CC1 velocity no no


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
AEG1 - attack punch decay release no no key no velocity
FEG1 level rate no no key no no
PEG1 level rate no no key no no


Name Waveform Delay Polarity Sync Delay Modulator Level Modulator Rate Modulator
LFO1 saw:up|down sine square triangle random yes no key no MIDI-CC1 velocity no
Rompler Models
TX1P TG100 CBX-T3 MU5 SY55 TG55 SY85 TG500
RM50 TG300 W5 W7 W5v2 W7v2 QS300 MU10
CS1x CS2x CS6x CS6R