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Yamaha QX5
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Purchased new on June 26th of 1987 for CAN$ 775.00.

This MIDI sequencer, with its tiny 32 character display and limited 8-track, 15,000 note capacity was the brain behind every project following its purchase until it was retired. It was replaced by the Amiga software sequencer Music-X and put in storage until it was traded for computer equipment in October of 1996.

Too often, the length of songs sequenced with it was determined completely by the remaining memory at the time a song was being structured. Several times, songs had to be split into several parts due to the limited note capacity.

Numerous 'accidents' in programming this little device resulted in creative splendor, such as the un-expectedly odd-timed seven thousand people having industrial strength sex.

  • Front Panel Switches: Tempo (Evnet Edit), Measure (Meas Edit), Track (Track Edit), Clock (Load/Save), Display (Click), Auto Locate (Reset), F1 (Job), F2 (Cursor), F3 (Decrement), F4 (Increment), Shift, Record (Record Mode), Stop/Continue, Start (Enter)
  • Terminals: MIDI In/Out/Thru, Tape In/Out, Foot Switch, Click Out
  • Memory: Approx 20,000 notes (15,000 with velocity)
  • Main Operation: Record/Realtime, Punch In, Step, Play, Edit/Event Edit, Measure Edit, Track Edit, Tape Load/Save/Verify, Set Up, MIDI
  • Dimensions: 350 x 240 x 49 mm (13-3/4" x 9-3/8" x 1-7/8")
  • Weight: 2.9 kg (6.4 lb)