Click Here to visit our Sponsor
The Latest News ! The History of Computing The Magazine Have Fun there ! Buy books and goodies
  Click here to loginLogin Click here to print the pagePrinter ViewClick here to send a link to this page to a friendTell a FriendTell us what you think about this pageRate this PageMistake ? You have mr info ? Click here !Add Info     Search     Click here use the advanced search engine
Browse console museumBrowse pong museum









 

Ready prompt T-shirts!

see details
C64 maze generator T-shirts!

see details
Spiral program T-shirts!

see details
Pixel Deer T-shirts!

see details
BASIC code T-shirts!

see details
Pixel adventure T-shirts!

see details
Vector ship T-shirts!

see details
Breakout T-shirts!

see details
Pak Pak Monster T-shirts!

see details
Shooting gallery T-shirts!

see details





Y > YAMAHA  > CX5M Music Computer   


Yamaha
CX5M Music Computer

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.


John's memories:
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....




ShareThis


 

I have an old cx5m that I am refurbishing - however it''s missing a couple of function keys. Does anyone know where I can pick up parts?

          
Thursday 27th April 2017
caleb wood

I used to own one of these a long time ago. Would love to have one again. If anyone has one, shoot me an email at blur2040@gmail.com

          
Friday 7th October 2016
blur2040 (USA)

I have an untested but otherwise mint condition cx5m/msx keyboard for sale - £10

          
Friday 5th June 2015
Al

 

NAME  CX5M Music Computer
MANUFACTURER  Yamaha
TYPE  Home Computer
ORIGIN  Japan
YEAR  1984
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  Microsoft Extended Basic (MSX Basic V1.0)
KEYBOARD  QWERTY Mechanical keyboard, 73 keys
CPU  Zilog Z80
SPEED  3.58 MHz
RAM  32 kb (up to 64 kb)
VRAM  16 kb
ROM  32 kb BASIC/BIOS ( MSX BASIC V1.0)
TEXT MODES  Mode 0 : 40 x 24
Mode 1 : 32 x 24
GRAPHIC MODES  Mode 2 : 256 x 192 with 16 colors (Hires mode)
Mode 3 : 64 x 48 with 16 colors (Multi colour mode)
32 sprites
COLORS  16
SOUND  General Instruments AY-3-8910 Programmable Sound Generator
3 channels, 8 octaves
+ built-in SFG-01 Sound Module (FM sound generator, 4 operators, 8 algorithms, 8 note polyphony and 46 presets sounds)
I/O PORTS  Two cartridge slots (top & rear), printer connector, tape interface (DIN8), Sound output, Video composite output, Video RF output
Built-in synthesizer : Piano keyboard connector, MIDI out & in, Stereo audio output
OS  MSX DOS
POWER SUPPLY  External PSU
PERIPHERALS  SFG-05 sound module
Disk drive
Magnetic cards reader
Piano keyboards
and more...
PRICE  Unknown


retro computing t-shirts and goodies
3D Cubes
BASIC code
Breakout
C64 maze generator
Pak Pak Monster
Pixel adventure
Pixel Deer
Ready prompt
Shooting gallery
Spiral program
Vector ship

Related Ebay auctions in real time - click to buy yours







 
Click here to go to the top of the page   
Contact us | members | about old-computers.com | donate old-systems | FAQ
OLD-COMPUTERS.COM is hosted by - NYI (New York Internet) -