When the Yamaha EX5 was released in 1998, it was state of the art.
It had 4 different tone generation technologies (AWM, FDSP, VL and AN), an onboard sequencer and sampler, on board effects and 128-note polyphony. It was a remarkable instrument for its time.
In this bit of Synth, Katsunori Ujiie demonstrates the EX5 music synnthesizer (in Japanese with English subtitles):
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