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Y > YAMAHA  > CX5M Music Computer


 

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Thursday 27th April 2017
caleb wood

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?


Friday 7th October 2016
blur2040 (USA)

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 5th June 2015
Al

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


Monday 13rd October 2014
Andrew Mahon (uk)

Message for Danielle Patterson. I am interested in the Computer and Controller keyboard. Do you still have them and if so how much do you want for them?


Monday 13rd October 2014
andrew mahon (UK)

Message for John Parkinson, I would love the CX5 Computer. Do you still have it. I live near Manchester so I could pick this up. I would be happy to give you something for it as well


Monday 13rd October 2014
andrew mahon (UK)

Message for John Parkinson, I would love the CX5 Computer. Do you still have it. I live near Manchester so I could pick this up. I would be happy to give you something for it as well


Monday 13rd October 2014
andrew mahon (UK)

Message for John Parkinson, I would love the CX5 Computer. Do you still have it. I live near Manchester so I could pick this up. I would be happy to give you something for it as well


Monday 25th August 2014
John Parkinson (UK)

CX5M - free to good home!
I have a Yamaha CX5M music computer together with YK-01 (piano) keyboard and NP55140 power supply.
As far as I know these worked when I last used them (20 years ago). I have no way of testing them now as the monitor out is a phono out socket and I don''t have a means of hooking this up to a modern monitor.

If anyone is interested in chancing the price of postage / or just collecting it (near Manchester, UK) - $ me a message on here.
John


Saturday 2nd March 2013
Danielle Patterson

i have the base computer and key board controller where could i sell it


Wednesday 28th November 2012
Mac Rutan (Florida, USA)

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 21st March 2012
dah (england)

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 14th March 2012
Conrad Russo (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

I have an upgraded version of this machine, the CX5M2/128. I have upgraded it to MSX2, which is a very simple procedure. It is the example of a "low end" MSX in my computer museum. The high end spot is filled by a Panasonic FS-A1ST MSX TurboR upgraded to 512k. I have to say that the MSX machines were quite impressive. I own many rare and unusual Japanese computers, but the TurboR holds a place in my heart, it has a charm to it that I can''t quite explain, but it''s a truly amazing system!


Friday 9th December 2011
Mikael (Helsingborg/Sweden)

..... and the FB-01 sound module (a DX-7 in a box). It was more like a DX-9 in i box


Friday 9th December 2011
Mikael (Helsingborg/Sweden)

..... and the FB-01 sound module (a DX-7 in a box). It was more like a DX-9 in i box


Tuesday 10th May 2011
H.Jenner (NY/USA)

I have used both MSX and this computer, but I Just wanted to share an observation. The model number is CX5M. The way the 5 is written on the system, it almost looks like as if it hints that it is an MSX system. M5X. The "C" at the end makes the whole thing look like as if it''s saying "MSX see?". Maybe this wasn''t the intention, but I couldn''t help but think of this model number this way.


Monday 15th November 2010
H. Schieck (Frankfurt a.M., Germany)

The technical info speaks of a built-in PSU, but my CX5M had a huge brick of an external PSU that connected to the computer using a custom connector with multiple pins for the different voltages.

By the way: Early versions of the internal sound module had a MIDI-IN port that was unusable. Only later versions of the CX5M sound modules allowed to be controlled as MIDI slaves with an external master-keyboard or sequencer.


Wednesday 17th October 2007
Bill Loguidice (Central New Jersey, USA)
Armchair Arcade

I believe you are correct, James. I have done extensive research on this and believe this to be the only MSX computer actually released in any notable quantity in the US, and in reality this was not marketed as a traditional computer anyway. Many sources claim that Spectravideo released the 728 here, but from all that I've found, this was not the case. I believe the expected MSX revolution never happened in the US because the Commodore 64 came to squeeze and dominate the low end market, causing the quick demise of most second-tier competitors.

I personally own a CX5M with the improved MIDI capabilities. Right now, it's my only MSX 1 system, but I have a Japanese Sony MSX 2 system.


Saturday 23rd September 2006
b.rice (france)

there's à new version of the cx5m.... the cx5m II (with a best synthesis card)


Tuesday 21st March 2006
James Tamer (Greater Pasadena, California, USA)
James the Animal Tamer's Emulators

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think this was the only MSX computer marketed in the United States. In theory, the Spectravideo was also available... but I sure never saw one.





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