Drum MachinesYamaha ⇝ Yamaha RX5

Yamaha RX5

The RX5 is a 12-bit sample-based drum machine.

It shipped with an additional WRC-01 waveform cartridge containing 28 samples and could also be expanded with the following cartridges:

With a built-in 12-channel mixer and adjustable pitch, envelope, and velocity, the RX5 is capable of a good variety of sounds despite its limited sample set. It can also play samples in reverse.


Year Released: 1986

MSRP: $1200

Number of Pads: 24

Polyphony: 16 notes

User Patterns: 100

User Songs: 20

ROM Size: 24 samples at 12-bit resolution

Outputs: 1/4" stereo outputs plus 12 individual 1/4" outputs

Screen: 16x2 character LCD

Weight: 8.3 lbs.

Dimensions: 17 in. x 13 in. x 3.4 in.

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Yamaha RX5 Manual