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Yamaha WX5 16-Key Wind MIDI Controller-Black

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  • Provides expressive control and nuances that are simply not available with keyboards or other MIDI controllers
  • Compatible with any MIDI tone generator
  • Offers several fingering modes
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  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 5.6 x 5.2 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0002E36OQ
  • Item model number: WX5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,092 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 1, 2004

Product Description

Extraordinary Playability and Versatility

The Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI Controller takes wind MIDI control to new levels of performance and playability. With precise, responsive wind and lip sensors, a choice of single-reed or recorder type mouthpieces, and a range of fingering modes, the WX5 makes expressive wind control more accessible than ever before. The WX5 gives experienced wind players a new medium and vastly expanded sonic possibilities in a familiar format, playable enough for beginners.

Expressive Controls

The WX5 provides expressive control and nuances that are simply not available with keyboards or other MIDI controllers. Although it is ideal for use with just about any MIDI tone generator or synthesizer, combined with a state-of-the-art tone generator such as the Yamaha VL70m Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator, the WX5 is capable of expressive depth and tonal subtlety that rivals the finest acoustic instruments.

Play Any MIDI Tone Generator

MIDI, the Music Instrument Digital Interface, is the standard used by virtually every modern MIDI tone generator or other electronic music device available from any manufacturer. Since the WX5 is a 100% MIDI-compatible controller, it can be used to play any MIDI tone generator on the market today – starting with the extensive lineup available from Yamaha.



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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Shooshie on August 28, 2009
This is the MIDI Wind Controller that functions most like a real saxophone, flute, or clarinet. But it is unlimited in what it can control, as it sends only MIDI data to any device that can receive it. It's only partially accurate that it must be plugged into a tone generator. Plugging it into a MIDI interface, such as a MOTU MIDI Time Piece AV or cheaper models (check for MOTU products), enables it to be used to control any MIDI device in the network, as well as playing directly into a digital audio workstation such as Digital Performer, Logic, or Pro Tools.

The WX5 is the current state of evolution that started with the old Lyricon of the 1970's, then the WX-7 of 1987, the WX-11 of the early 1990s, and finally the WX-5. The WX-5 shows that Yamaha learns from their mistakes. It has the most sophisticated control of all of them, allowing the player to send several types of MIDI data, with many, many options in how you can use it. It can be run by battery or by AC adapter. It can also be used with a Yamaha tone generator that's made for it, with which it needs only to be plugged into the unit, which provides power. I do not recommend the Yamaha tone generator for it, even though many people think they are wonderful. Instead, I use the many fantastic sample libraries or modeled instruments such as Wallander Instruments, which makes you feel like you're playing real instruments. These run on your computer, with the WX-5 plugged into a MIDI interface. While WX5 and Wallander Instruments are a perfect match, you can also use the WX5 to control Garritan Personal Orchestra, Vienna Symphonic Library, and many, many more. It's not limited to melodic instruments. You can control percussion, ethnic instruments, and even piano samples. Anything that receives MIDI.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2010
I play clarinet and tenor sax in a community band and enjoy a Yamaha DG-500 electronic keyboard at home, but my all time favorite music instrument is the Yamaha WX-5 Wind Controller with its VL70-m Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator. I've enjoyed mine since May 2000; few electronic products are still current and good as new after 10 years of frequent use.

I use sax fingering on the WX-5 and get seven octaves compared to about three on a regular sax. Intonation is perfect and the WX-5 offers more than 250 voices, many of them excellent sounding much like high quality non-electronic instruments. The WX-5 features breath control that feels and sounds like a non-electronic instrument.

Features and specifications abound on line, including some additional voicing options. For example, I prefer the clarinet voice on my setup, but am considering spending another $300 for a Patchman Music Turbo VL Upgrade Chip that substitutes 256 "physical modelled voices" that include, to me, more realistic saxophone voices.

This is a professional quality instrument that can be enjoyed by everyone with moderate musical interest and ability. At about $1,200 for WX-5 and VL70, it costs about the same as a good beginner clarinet or saxophone.

I prefer the WX-5 so much that at home I practice community band sax pieces on it. The WX-5 could be an interesting addition to any musical group, although like most electronic instruments it is a hassle to set up with cords and speakers and stands. I use a Roland KC-100 speaker at home, and of course that adds a couple hundred bucks to the overall cost. The WX-5 can also be enjoyed with headphones for much less cost and privacy in a crowded environment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Garcia on March 9, 2010
The only wind instrument I play is a soprano recorder, athough I can play trumpet and some other brass. The WX-5 has a fingering option that matches soprano recorder, with a few additional options, such as some keys that take whatever note you're playing and kick it up a half step or whole step, etc. I use this with the Yamaha Tone Generator that is designed for it, and I am delighted with the results. I would surely get more out of the instrument if I could actually play the sax, but I'm fine with this electronic "flutophone on steroids."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By k0ooj889jj on July 20, 2013
I am a multi-instrumentalist who chose to purchase a WX5 recently as the cheapest way to get some of the symphonic wind/brass instruments that I needed to compliment some of my compositions . Unbelievable!!!!!! It would cost me about $20k to complete my collection of acoustic wind/brass instruments to cover my needs (that I would only use occasionally). In most cases (due to the WX5s expressive capabilities), I can't distinguish the synth versions from their acoustic cousins. (Note: You must use a tone generator loaded with sound libraries that have been optimized specifically for wind/breath control for best results).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert W King on February 25, 2013
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This is the most expressive instrument ever. It accurately captures the subtle
nuances of real instruments when used with Yamaha VL70M/patchman chip.
I recieved my WX-5 in one day and it worked right out of the box. I played the
WX-5 (my first one) for 15 years before it finally wore out. Great instrument.
Thanks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NeilJ on May 20, 2014
My first WX5 had no issues, but the quality went way down, and my second one (purchased recently) has not even come close to meeting expectations. This product needs to be more robust, and it needs to be updated with new features. I recommend to look around at all your options and choose carefully before you settle for a WX5.
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