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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|Item Dimensions||5.6 x 26.6 x 5.2 in||2.75 x 23.2 x 2.75 in||2.4 x 26.64 x 1.68 in||2.7 x 26.4 x 2.4 in||1 x 3.5 x 1 in|
|Item Weight||3.52 lbs||1.3 lbs||1.98 lbs||1.9 lbs||4.8 ounces|
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.
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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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.
However, it still has a few problems. One is the horrible thumb rest, an angled hook from hell. I have a Conn alto saxophone from the 1920s, and the thumb hook from hell on that one is a walk in the park when compared to that which Yamaha has provided. Fortunately, the method of mounting it makes it easy to change it out with a slightly modified clarinet version, something any instrument repairman should be able to order and modify at little cost.
Another is the limitation on setting up a fingering pattern other than the classic saxophone one. Why not allow the user to configure this device as a clarinet or a flute - simple electronic issues rather than physical ones? (Some keys would not be available, but regular instruments have this problem as well.)
I have ALS, and I used one of these for about a year when my ability to blow a regular horn started to go. My great friend set up his for me, with the three horns that I needed in three settings on his Yamaha synthesizer. But, being a regular musician rather than a new wave one, when I turned to playing a clarinet part, it was very hard to switch to playing the clarinet part but with saxophone fingerings. Similarly, the old Eb to Bb transposing trick on the clarinet no longer works if you are shifting your pitch by the formula when the fingering are different.
I'd also like to have a way to "lock out" the keys that you don't use, particularly all of the little buttons down the back of the stick. Nothing more frustrating that tripping one while you are intent on playing a part. The recommendation that I was given was to use a neck strap, but when I'm playing something that weighs less than a clarinet and is held like a clarinet, call me old fashioned but I prefer to hold it like a clarinet.
Also, the "mouthpiece cap" that they provide works fine, until you hold the stick at the horizontal. Then, it falls off.
There may be a way to do this, but the instruction manual is written in "Japlish", that particularly hard to follow version of technical English that is peculiar to Japanese electronic goods. It may be in there, but I've not found it yet.
(Oh, and one warning that my friend would give is to not leave batteries in the stick when not in use. He should know, for he owns two of them, and both are stuffed with jammed up, corroded batteries. They both still work, but not on battery power any longer. Foreward is four armed, as Kelly Bundy used to say...)
All of that said, it's still the best one that you can buy, and a quality piece of work (other than the thumb rest. One thing I would recommend to the purchaser is to purchase the custom Yamaha case at the same time - the carrying sleeve that you get with the stick offer little protection to the instrument, and the key work is quite fragile.
The true "windy" sounds real.
Im a beginner in playing wind instrument, and by set it into the basic saxophone key (default) i can play a lot of song i need, just plug in the "karaoke" version of any song you like, and adjust the Key transpose to match the song, and .. there you go , you are a pro player.
Very suitable for those who like to play music instantly and have not much time to learn it., Love it !
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However if you're serious about playing WX5, get a VL70m synth.Read more