This Yamaha computer was specialised in music and sound production. In fact it was a classic MSX 1, with a special Yamaha synthesizer built-in (SFG-01) and optional piano keyboard. It was clearly designed to be a computer for musicians.
You got 48 internal voices with a really suprising quality for that time. It was a real synthesizer (equivalent of the Yamaha DX-9 synth.), with which you could change or create your own sounds.
The CX5M was in fact the same computer as the Yamaha YS-503, but it had the SFG-01 Sound Module and MIDI interface integrated.
Malcolm Ramage adds:
The FM sound module in the CX5M was the synthesizer guts of Yamaha's FB-01 sound module and with a little utility, you could swap sounds between the CX5 and the FB-01.
Yamaha also released the C1 music laptop, this was an IBM compatable laptop, with 4 inbuilt MIDI ports for musicians on the move. The only other laptops that had anything similar were the Atari STacy and the ST Book.
This was truly an innovative piece of equipment. Not only was it a DOS (MSX-DOS) computer, but it was just like having a DX-9 synth, if you had the YK-10/20 keyboard, which I, of course owned along with it.
I composed so many songs, concertos, hymns, etc on it. I had quite a few of the ROM cartridges, the disk drive, the SERIAL printer, the YK-20 keyboard and the FB-01 sound module (a DX-7 in a box).
You could edit all the sounds-EASILY! You could write and print music. You could write text documents. This thing was not only fast, but easy to program in BASIC. I wish I still had it. Someone should come up with something similar today....
i have the base computer and key board controller where could i sell it
Saturday 2nd March 2013
The CX5M was my first computer and it served it''s purpose well. I used the music composition software cart and also a DX7 librarian with it. I saved to data cassette tape until I added the floppy drive for $200. I also added the MIDI keyboard which at that time was limited to note on/off and velocity only. It drew me into electronic music in such a way that I hope new technology like the Raspberry Pi will do for my children. I ended up gifting it to the Sound Department at Columbia College, Chicago in 1994. I wish I had it back now for my kids!
Wednesday 28th November 2012
Mac Rutan (Florida, USA)
I bought cx5m in 1985,recorded on 2 albums, few singles, played live at Atonal festival, Berlin 1986 using it. I loved it, especially the voice editing program.
Wednesday 21st March 2012
CX5M Music Computer
BUILT IN LANGUAGE
Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
QWERTY Mechanical keyboard, 73 keys
32 kb (up to 64 kb)
32 kb BASIC/BIOS ( MSX BASIC V1.0)
Mode 0 : 40 x 24 Mode 1 : 32 x 24
Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode) Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode) 32 sprites