Yamaha QX5

Digital sequence recorder

Yamaha QX5 vintage sequencer
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1986 (Aug.)
Initially sold for ¥69,800

Compact yet extremely powerful, the QX5 features 8 independent tracks which can each hold up to 16 MIDI channels of recorded music, performance, and system exclusive data.

It's possible to record in real-time or step write modes with full auto-locate and punch-in capability. 32 "macros" allow storage of segments which can later be assembled to form a complete composition.

Any information recorded can be later manually changed with fine detail. Overall, the functions available are perfectly adequate for a home user or small studio.

It was designed as a complementary box to the TX7 synth module. The same design is also shared by the cheaper end of Yamaha's sequencers: the QX21 and QX7. An upgrade called QX5fd was later avalable that added a 3.5" floppy disk drive.


  • Tracks & Macros: 8 tracks and 32 macros give you great versatility in your composing and arranging.
  • Memory Capacity: you can record approximately 20,000 notes (15,000 when recording velocity data). Recording controller data (Aftertouch, etc.) will also use memory.
  • Relative Tempo: tempo changes can be inserted at any point.
  • 3 Position Memories: three measure positions can be stored and jumped to at the touch of a switch.
  • Auto locate: recording and playback can be set to automatically begin from a certain measure.
  • Punch In/Out Recording: you can set recording to begin and end at specified measures.
  • Step Recording: a MIDI keyboard and the QX5FD panel switches can be used to enter complex phrases note by note.
  • Unlimited Editing: recorded data can be edited by track, measure or event.
  • 4 Setup Memories: MIDI reception and transmission conditions and QX5 settings can be set and stored in 4 memories for instant recall.
  • MIDI re-channelizing: each incoming and outgoing channel of MIDI messages can be independently re-assigned to a different channel.
  • Tape Sync: an FSK tape sync signal can be recorded on tape to synchronize the QX5FD with a multitrack recorder.
  • Backlit LCD: the two-line 16-character LCD is backlit for easy visibility even in dim lighting.
  • Tape or MIDI Save/Load: sequence data can be saved to and loaded from a data casssette tape or a MIDI data managing service.
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