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Yamaha TG500

(image courtesy of Yamaha)

Released: 1992

MSRP: Y157,500


Rack version of the SY85, substituting the sequencer and disk drive for more memory, polyphony, and dual tone generators. Optional sample memory is compatible with MIDI SDS and SY99 Sample Bulk Dump. Architecture Class: Rompler.

Ebay Description:

The Yamaha TG500 is a pressure and velocity sensitive 1U rack (64 voice multitimbral) sample based synthesizer, featuring AWM2 (294 samples) source, digital resonant low|high pass or band pass|reject filter, dedicated (5 stage) amplitude, (5 stage) pitch, and (7 stage) filter envelopes, an LFO (saw up/down, sine, square, triangle, random waveforms), 90 effects (with dedicated LFO), card and MIDI interfaces, 4 individual outputs, and 384 editable presets.


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) 4.4kg(9.6875lbs) no stereo individual:4 MIDI MIDI MIDI sustain AC (18W)


Compatibility Multitimbral Memory Program Memory External Storage External Programming UI Input UI Output
SY85 TG500 MIDI-SDS preset:128 user:64 card:128 user:384 MCD64:256 program-card:2(MCD64) PCM-card:2 MIDI-SysEx MIDI-SDS MIDI-SysEx mode based buttons LCD display


Multitimbral Polyphony Unison Architecture
16 32x2 no Sample->DCF->DCA


Effects Pan Modulator Volume Modulator Headphone
90 (dual DSP) no AEG LFO MIDI-CC7 yes


Arpeggiator Arpeggiator External Sequencer Sequencer Memory Sequencer External Continuous Program Change
no N/A 8 track realtime or step and pattern based rhythm track 10 songs, 20k notes, 100 patterns MIDI MIDI-CC1 MIDI-CC7 MIDI-CC10 MIDI-CC1-120 MIDI


Key Pressure Chord Memory External Control External Sustain Key Scaling Velocity Curves
polyphonic no MIDI:IN/OUT/THRU pedal MIDI break-points:4 8


Stereo Sample Depth Sample Rate Sample RAM Sample ROM Sample Points Sample Trigger Sample Loop Sample Edit
no 16b ? optional:1MB (SYEMB06) 8MB preset N/A preset no


Name Signal Class Waveform Octave Range Amplitude Modulator Harmonics Modulator Pitch Modulator Wave Assign Modulator
Sample digital sampleA:244 sampleB:50 +-5 no no aftertouch PEG LFO MIDI-PitchBend no


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


Name Level Rate Loop Polarity Trigger Level Modulator Rate Modulator
AEG 2 5 no no key aftertouch key MIDI-CC MIDI-CC1 velocity key velocity:attack
PEG 5 4 yes yes key SY85 key velocity
FEG 7 6 no no key velocity:attack key velocity:attack


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