EX5 Derek, from the previous century to 2019 ! We are still alive!!

The EX5 features a unique Extended Synthesis system which incorporates a number of advanced tone generator technologies. AWM2, AN, FDSP and VL. The EX5 is one of the best keyboard Yamaha ever produced.

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EX5 Derek, from the previous century to 2019 ! We are still alive!!

Unread post by NewAlex » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:04 pm

English not first language but hopefully you will understand me.

I have found these forums by chance. Then I saw the name "Derek Cook" and reminded me the years from 1999 when we were online in other forums up to ski's ex5tech which is neglected today ! SCSI interfaces, ZIP drives, Floppy Disks, Yamaha updates by exchanging Chips in the post !!!... hell... what an era.... Flash memory which costed a fortune for just 8MB or 16MB !!!!!

I have since packed my EX5 in a store room, I tried to sell it, but finally I didn't make the step. Today I have decided to dust it down, 20 years later!!!

Back then, I was being banned by every forum administrator due to my rebellious reactions to everything. People just didn't like it. Ski made sure that I would not register with other names and blocked all the possible IPs I could have access from. VPNs were not known at that age !!!

20 years have passed. Our youth lost. We are trying to maintain our health and continue to enjoy what we haven't managed to achieve these years.

I have discovered these forums when searching for the factory disks. I have lost all the extras, CDs, floppies, zip drive, SCSI cables.

Lucky to find you !
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Unread post by Derek » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:39 pm

Hello, Alex

I do indeed remember you and I will provide you a welcome to this forum, but also comment (seeing as you mentioned it), that Ski did indeed ban you from EX5Tech, but had good reason for doing so, and other mods, myself included, were in agreement with his decision at the time.

That was of course 15-20 years ago and in the past. This forum is very similar to EX5Tech in ethos and openness. We invite constructive debate and informed opinion, but rebellious tirades are not welcome.

Hopefully today you'll still find the EX5 as powerful now as it was back then. I sold my EX5 boards, but still have an EX5R.

EX5Tech has been dead for a number of years because Ski's work/life balance is as stupid as it ever was and his interest is in other synths these days - what spare time he does have is usually spent patch programming for Dave Smith of DSI fame.

Jima and myself have set up a sister site http://www.ex5tech.co.uk/ which collates all of the EX5 resources and an archive of the old forum. So there is plenty there to reminisce on and to feed into your EX5.
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Unread post by Saul » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:57 pm

Welcome to yamahamusicians.com Alex :)

Thanks also for being honest about the past. 20 years is a long time and of course people change and mellow over time, I know I have.

Check out the forum rules here viewtopic.php?f=75&t=5958 and if you use them as a guide you will be fine :)
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Unread post by puremusic » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:01 am

Things sure change. If only I'd kept more of my old tech from 20 years ago. Well it was hard to justify at the time as it was worn out and there wasn't a ton of space.
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Unread post by Saul » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:24 am

puremusic wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:01 am
Things sure change. If only I'd kept more of my old tech from 20 years ago. Well it was hard to justify at the time as it was worn out and there wasn't a ton of space.
Yeah there is a lot of gear I got rid of which I wish I had kept. It was always a matter of space or lack of it. I could never have kept all the keyboards I have owned. There would be at least 40 of them by now. I would need a small warehouse!

Guitars on the other hand are much easier to keep. I only have six at the moment but they don't take up much room. I definitely could not have six keyboards!
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Unread post by puremusic » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:08 pm

No guitar talent here. If only I'd taken up the melodica!
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Unread post by Saul » Tue Apr 16, 2019 4:17 pm

It's never too late! :)

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Unread post by Derek » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:30 pm

When It takes me three hours to set up on stage before sound check in Welsh Floyd (keys, lights, bailing other people out using my “emergency box”) and half as long to pack up, I sometimes wish I only played harmonica or Stylophone! ;)
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Unread post by Saul » Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:19 pm

Derek wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:30 pm
When It takes me three hours to set up on stage before sound check in Welsh Floyd (keys, lights, bailing other people out using my “emergency box”) and half as long to pack up, I sometimes wish I only played harmonica or Stylophone! ;)
Ahh the simplicity of the acoustic guitar Derek :) Take it out of the case, check the tuning and away you go! :music-guitarred:

Of course that doesn't help if you are a keyboard player :confusion-confused:
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Unread post by Derek » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:44 pm

Indeed :)
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