A.R. Rahman mentions about his discovery with his first MIDI computer Yamaha CX5M in 3:05 section of this video . This is the first MIDI based keyboard used by A.R. Rahman. It came in 1984. His friend gifted him in the same year. After experimenting with synthesizers and working as a Keyboard player for music directors for many years, he discovered Yamaha CX5M MIDI computer. He experiments many sounds with this MIDI computer.more
"I was really enraptured when I bought one of the first Yamaha CX5M computers. The idea of being able to program eight different tracks of music into it, and being taught to read music as I was writing into it, was very emotional -- especially for everybody else who lived around me at the time. I didn't have a monitor, so I had to use the only available television."more
"On the way to that pursuit, I was working in a music shop. Two guys came in one day - [Rare founders] Tim and Chris Stamper - and I was demonstrating a Yamaha CX5 music computer to them. This was the early days of MIDI, and the CX5 let you connect keyboards to computers. I'd written some of the stuff I was demonstrating, told them when they asked, Tim asked if I had an office. I thought 'yes, I've sold another one', so I took them upstairs, started getting the finance papers out - and they offered me a job."more
It is a MSX music computer by Yamaha which was designed to be the platform to control and edit all your music gear. The version depicted is a CX5M-II which had more ram and extra built in software. Both CX% computer flavours had built-in 4-op FM like the FB-01 and DX-11. The cartridges available varied from learning chords, designing artwork to editing your DX or RX machine sounds.