SynthsYamaha ⇝ Yamaha TG500

Yamaha TG500Yamaha TG500 Front Panel Left SideYamaha TG500 Front Panel Right SideYamaha TG500 Back

The Yamaha TG500 is a ROMpler that was released a few years after the TG55. It had a much larger and higher-quality sample set.

The TG500 uses AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) for sound generation, which is Yamaha's proprietary format for 16-bit sampled waveforms. It has two pairs of waveform + data card slots and works with waveform data cards from the SY77 and SY55 in addition to its own S85-series cards. It also has the ability to load samples via MIDI and can accept two SYEMB06 memory expansion boards, each of which adds 512kB of sample RAM. Patch data can be saved on an MCD64 RAM card.

The TG500 is the rackmount version of the Yamaha SY85 keyboard synthesizer.


Year Released: 1993

Polyphony: 64 notes

Preset Patches: 256

User Patches: 128

Preset Performances: 128

User Performances: 64

ROM: 8MB (294 waveforms)

Effects: 2 DSP units with 90 types of effect

Screen: 24x2 character LCD

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

Power Consumption: 18 watts

Dimensions: 440 mm x 347 mm x 44 mm

Weight: 4.4 kg

This is a 1-space rack unit.

User Demo Videos


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Sound Samples

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File Downloads

Yamaha TG-500 Manual (1 of 2)

Yamaha TG-500 Manual (2 of 2)

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