Yamaha WX5Item ID: WX5
Wind MIDI Controller with Four Selectable Fingering Setups, Reed and Recorder-Style Mouthpieces, and GM Compatibility
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A Revolution in Wind Control!When it comes to wind control, Yamaha is king! Yamaha invented the category of wind controllers and the WX5 is innovative third-generation technology. This wind controller offers flexibility and parameter control to please even the most demanding player!
Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI Controller at a Glance:
The controller for almost any wind player!
Whether you play flute, sax, brass instrument, or whatever, the WX5's 16-key layout gives you the setup options to make playing a breeze. The WX5 can be set to any of three saxophone fingerings or flute to ensure comfortable playing for any player.
Yamaha WX5 fingering options:
A reed to bite!
The WX5 comes with a reed-emulating high-resolution wind/lip sensor to give you the power of expression you need. Bite down on the reed and change pitch, just like a real sax! In addition, the WX5 includes a recorder-style mouthpiece that works effectively in flute mode.
Fully GM, XG, and VL compatible
The WX5 is fully compatible with General MIDI (GM) instrument sets. For enhanced sound selection, pair the WX5 with any of Yamaha's XG series of expanded GM-soundset instruments. And finally, the Yamaha VL70-m Tone Generator is custom-made for the WX5, providing modeled voices that respond especially well to the WX5's controls.
MIDI connection plus battery power for convenience
You can connect your WX5 to any MIDI input using its built-in MIDI jack. When you use the VL70-m, an optional cable provides both MIDI and power to the WX5. Otherwise, you can run your WX5 on battery power or use an optional AC adapter.
Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI Controller Features:
Jordan, Marquette, MI
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
by Louis Atkins from Bossier City, Louisianagreat instrument, love it.
December 5, 2012
Music Background: student and just a hobbyist.
by Carlman from Columbia, MDI've had my wx5 for about 4 years now and it is truly a blessing in the sky.It is the best sounding horn ever,next to the real thing you can't tell the differents, once you use it you will know whyI s... read more [+]ay this. Buy it it's worth every penny. close [-]
February 16, 2010
Music Background: Jazz,R&B,Gospel
Opens lots of creative possibilities
by Frank Rebeka from Northern IllinoisAs a sax player, it was easy to start making music with the WX5--the basic fingerings are the same as a sax.
September 30, 2008
Music Background: Theater Musician
I originally used a Roland GR-33 as the tone generator with the WX5 set for... read more [+] MIDI out (MIDI output level is at max (0x7F), and the breath control pressure changed the volume). This was good but, the sound was always the same. Then, I got a VL-70m and set the WX5 for wind control out. WOW! The WX5 went from a MIDI wind controller to an electronic wind instrument with all the subtile nuances of moving air and changing timbre as the volume changed. The sound came alive.
The keys on the WX5 seem to be delicate so I've always been very careful handling the instrument. The keys provide immediate response to changing fingerings. I've had to change my playing style a bit to release or change key combinations in a particular order. There are alternate fingerings available that will help get through fast music passages.
Overall, if you get the WX5, you should also get the VL-70m for some very realistic sax and WW sounds. (See my VL-70m review). close [-]
I figured it out
by Rocky from SW MichiganI'm getting ready to retire and wanted to do something to keep my mind working. I play guitar and keyboard so trying a new instrument will put a strain on the brain.
January 11, 2013
Music Background: PLay in worship band; guitar & keyboard
I'm picking up the... read more [+] easy portion and have the settings for "flute". The fingering chart in the back of the manual doesn't necessarily match the sound I get, but I can play a scale after a week of practicing for an hour or so a day.
It seems well built and getting though all the settings was a little intimidating at first, but I'm determined. I'm well pleased with it. Now just have to get my fingers to do what my mind wants them to. close [-]
WX-5, The New MIDI Wind Controller
by Shooshie from Dallas, TexasThe current incarnation of Yamaha's WX line is the WX-5, following in the wind channels of the original WX-7 and the WX-11 which followed it. While not as elegant as the WX-7, the WX-5 is a workhorse ... read more [+]with many, many times more options to make it more playable. Even if you're accustomed to the older models, this one has a learning curve and will take a while to get familiar with its idiosyncrasies. The octave keys are far, far better, but still take getting used to. Trust me, you can do it. It just takes a while. If your sounds aren't Breath Control sensitive you needn't worry. You can also output CC#7 (volume) or CC#11 (expression) to cover most MIDI instruments. You can set velocities for a constant, or you can attack them; again that gives more flexibility with more ways that sounds are typically programmed.
September 3, 2007
Music Background: Pro Musician, engineer, and director.
The instrument is lightweight, which saves neck fatigue, but it also makes it hard to hold. You can load it with batteries for more weight. That's also one of several options for power, and it will accept a regular MIDI cable for signal output; gone is the proprietary connection format and the little battery box, though it can still use that, too, if you have one and want it.
Greater range, easier control, more options including various fingering systems make the WX-5 the best wind controller yet. The WX-7 still is the most elegant looking, but looks do not make music. These devices can indeed make music, and while you're in for a learning curve, woodwind players should rejoice that there is still a MIDI Wind instrument that gives us such expressive capabilities.
Thanks, Yamaha! close [-]
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