Yamaha 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:
  • Four fingering styles for ease of use
  • Reed-style mouthpiece for realistic sax emulations, plus recorder mouthpiece included
  • Fully GM compatible, plus Yamaha XG and VL compatibility

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:
  • Saxophone (a) Mode: Basically the same as saxophone fingering, except that the fingering remains the same in all octaves, and thus easy to learn.
  • Saxophone (b) Mode: This mode is similar to Saxophone (a), but with additional trill key functions to facilitate rapid passages. This fingering is similar to that on the WX5's predecessor, the Yamaha WX11.
  • Flute Mode: Similar to flute fingering, this mode is ideal for players who are familiar with flute fingering. Rather that continuous pitch bend in response to lip pressure, the pitch jumps up one octave when lip pressure is applied simulating the "overblow" octave shift on an acoustic flute.
  • Saxophone (c) Mode: A variation of the Saxophone (a) fingering mode, this mode allows saxophone-type alternate fingerings. Although alternate fingerings produce the same note, they produce slight variations in pitch and timbre which can be used for musical effect.

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:
  • MIDI and WX out onboard
  • High resolution breath and lip sensors
  • 16 key layout for sax compatibility
  • Four fingering modes
  • Pitch bend wheel (assignable)
  • 2 mouthpieces - sax (with reed) and recorder (no reed)
  • Sends program change and bank select
  • XG, GS, and VL compatibility
  • 4 hold modes
  • Uses 6 AAA batteries, optional PA130 power supply, or power from VL70-m available

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The Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI Controller: Your access point to a new world of sounds!

Tech Specs

Number of Keys 16
Other Controllers Pitchbend Wheel
MIDI I/O Out, WX Out (Power and MIDI)
Power Supply UM-4, AAA, R03 x 6, PA3 AC Adapter, WX Out Connector
Height 24"
Width 2.44"
Depth 2.76"
Weight 1.45 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number V201470

Customer Reviews

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Love My WX5

I have had the wx5 for about 10 years and love it. Used to play sax but lost my wind power. The wx5 uses wind power but not as much as the saxophone. I play mostly in church with other instruments. I use a Yamaha VL70 sound module for my sounds. It has lots of stuff to pick from. 250 different sounds in all.
Music background: Mostly self taught.

yamaha wx5

great instrument, love it.
Music background: student and just a hobbyist.


I'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 say this. Buy it it's worth every penny.
Music background: Jazz,R&B,Gospel

Opens lots of creative possibilities

As a sax player, it was easy to start making music with the WX5--the basic fingerings are the same as a sax. I originally used a Roland GR-33 as the tone generator with the WX5 set for 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).
Music background: Theater Musician

wx5 review

I have had a wx5 for about 6 years now and have blown everyone away with its capacity as a midi instrument. I upgraded my vl70 a couple years ago with a new chip and the quality of sounds in the woodwinds especially are great. For a musician at 75, it is a great instrument to play for hours at a time and never get tired. Gene
Music background: Music administrator/instructor/retired
See also: Controller Keyboards, Yamaha, Yamaha MIDI Controllers