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Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller

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You can set the fingering of the Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller to match a number of wind instruments and it features a 16-key layout similar to a s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Bring sax chops into the world of synth sound.

You can set the fingering of the Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller to match a number of wind instruments and it features a 16-key layout similar to a standard sax. Includes built-in MIDI output connector, dedicated connector and cable for direct connection to WX-Series tone generators, high-resolution wind sensor for smooth volume control, thumb-controlled pitch bend wheel, and more.

The Yamaha WX5 Wind 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.

FEATURES
16-key configuration
MIDI output connector
Dedicated connection to WX-Series tone generators
High-res wind sensor gives you precise mastery of volume
Thumb-controlled pitch bend wheel
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YamahaWX5 MIDI Wind Controller
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unbelievable! Amazing! And so easy to play!

This little "electric flute" or "you name it - it plays it" has been the mainstay of my performances over the past 3 years, mostly Celtic inspired music. ...Read complete review

This little "electric flute" or "you name it - it plays it" has been the mainstay of my performances over the past 3 years, mostly Celtic inspired music. Many of Phil Coulter's pieces use celtic instruments (pipe, whistle, flute, oboe, etc) and I don't play any of them. Well, guess what? With the WX-5, I can do this music justice. Read on!I played sax in HS and college - found this WX-5, read about it, tried one out, set the fingering to a sax - and now I play anything - trombone, tuba, celeste, harmonica, flute, bassoon, etc! It can fingered to a variety of instruments: sax, clarinet, flute.Selecting the right tone generator is important (I use Roland's XV-3080 with the several modules). It is great - every time I play, someone comes up and asks about what it is - they are amazed. I've also found it very useful when doing multi-track sessions (I don't need all those people!). You can set not only the voice but also the key, so I can also play music scored for orchestra (Eb, C, or Bb instrumentation). It has the capability of playing two notes simultaneously (like following in a 5th interval); two sounds simultaneously as a clarinet/flute; and breath/lip pressure sensitivity can be set to your preference. There are also ways to play this instrument in a wireless setting - which is REALLY cool! I love it - get extra reeds and mouthpieces when you buy one - they are hard to find. Very effective in a church setting as a solo instrument with the organ - flute this week, oboe next week, etc.A great piece of musical technology!H. Newman

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Design issues make it jittery and fragile.

I have been playing saxophone for more than 30 years. I owned the WX11 and the WX5 and played them for years, but they have some common issues which made me switch. 1....Read complete review

I have been playing saxophone for more than 30 years. I owned the WX11 and the WX5 and played them for years, but they have some common issues which made me switch. 1. The octave keys on the back. Each key is a button which needs to be pressed in order to play that octave. There is a default octave if none are pressed. When you are playing across octaves it is very easy to sometimes miss the next octave or press it slightly later than you need to. This causes it to jump octaves in the middle of your run. 2. Thin plastic keys. The keys are very thin and, especially the side keys, can easily get snagged on something and tear off. I was very careful with my WX11 but one time it accidentally got snagged on a cable which pulled off the g# key. 3. Contacts for keys. The way it's constructed the keys when pressed make contact with elements which trigger the appropriate note. The problem is there are a dozen of these things and I don't care how well it's tuned from the factory the response of all these contacts is not uniform. On a real sax or flute the key pressed changes the length of the tube so it doesn't really matter much if they close slightly earlier or later. These keys actually trigger midi events so even a slight delay will cause it to trigger a different note. There are other more in depth descriptions of this problem if you want to see more.In short, it's not a bad instrument, but compared to the EWI4000s it's got some design issues which make it alot more cumbersome. When I recorded midi tracks with the WX I had to remove many many false note triggerings. Recording with the 4000s I rarely get bad triggers at all. I'd recommend the 4000s over this any day.

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Design issues make it jittery and fragile.

By DavidW

from washington dc

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Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

I have been playing saxophone for more than 30 years. I owned the WX11 and the WX5 and played them for years, but they have some common issues which made me switch. 1. The octave keys on the back. Each key is a button which needs to be pressed in order to play that octave. There is a default octave if none are pressed. When you are playing across octaves it is very easy to sometimes miss the next octave or press it slightly later than you need to. This causes it to jump octaves in the middle of your run. 2. Thin plastic keys. The keys are very thin and, especially the side keys, can easily get snagged on something and tear off. I was very careful with my WX11 but one time it accidentally got snagged on a cable which pulled off the g# key. 3. Contacts for keys. The way it's constructed the keys when pressed make contact with elements which trigger the appropriate note. The problem is there are a dozen of these things and I don't care how well it's tuned from the factory the response of all these contacts is not uniform. On a real sax or flute the key pressed changes the length of the tube so it doesn't really matter much if they close slightly earlier or later. These keys actually trigger midi events so even a slight delay will cause it to trigger a different note. There are other more in depth descriptions of this problem if you want to see more.In short, it's not a bad instrument, but compared to the EWI4000s it's got some design issues which make it alot more cumbersome. When I recorded midi tracks with the WX I had to remove many many false note triggerings. Recording with the 4000s I rarely get bad triggers at all. I'd recommend the 4000s over this any day.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Look at the Other Options Before Buying

By Jam Man 25

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Nice Playability

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    The quality I experienced on a recent WX5 purchase was well below the standard I have been accustomed to from this manufacturer. I don't recommend to buy this instrument.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievable! Amazing! And so easy to play!

    By Hash Newman

    from Baltimore, MD

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    This little "electric flute" or "you name it - it plays it" has been the mainstay of my performances over the past 3 years, mostly Celtic inspired music. Many of Phil Coulter's pieces use celtic instruments (pipe, whistle, flute, oboe, etc) and I don't play any of them. Well, guess what? With the WX-5, I can do this music justice. Read on!I played sax in HS and college - found this WX-5, read about it, tried one out, set the fingering to a sax - and now I play anything - trombone, tuba, celeste, harmonica, flute, bassoon, etc! It can fingered to a variety of instruments: sax, clarinet, flute.Selecting the right tone generator is important (I use Roland's XV-3080 with the several modules). It is great - every time I play, someone comes up and asks about what it is - they are amazed. I've also found it very useful when doing multi-track sessions (I don't need all those people!). You can set not only the voice but also the key, so I can also play music scored for orchestra (Eb, C, or Bb instrumentation). It has the capability of playing two notes simultaneously (like following in a 5th interval); two sounds simultaneously as a clarinet/flute; and breath/lip pressure sensitivity can be set to your preference. There are also ways to play this instrument in a wireless setting - which is REALLY cool! I love it - get extra reeds and mouthpieces when you buy one - they are hard to find. Very effective in a church setting as a solo instrument with the organ - flute this week, oboe next week, etc.A great piece of musical technology!H. Newman

    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    CRAP-TACULAR

    By Funky Wonderpants

    from Hou Tx

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    Absolutely refuses to sync with USB/MIDI controller. Worked OK, if a little spotty and slow on changes when jstick/MIDI but still no great thunder.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Had it for years

    By Benjamin Voiles

    from Alabama

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    First of all I don't know why every woodwind player doesn't have one of these. I love mine and so does my wife since I can practice silently.I wish Yamaha would make a slightly higher end model with heavier construction. I would also like to be able to adjust the key spring pressure and I liked the curved neck of the earlier model. Anyway I would recommended it to every woodwind player out there.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A dream for sax player

    By TheGiant

    from CA

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    I own the WX5 and the VL-70M with Patchman Turbo chip for about two months now. Once you get used to the octave keys, you start rocking. A sax player can now have other sounds to play with. Not only that, I can also transpose my sax to any key. Great product. I highly recommend this to all sax players.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Review

    By Mozart30

    from Olympia, WA

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    I have owned my Yamaha WX-5 (along with the recommended VL70-m Tone Generator) for over 5 years, & I LOVE IT. I play semi-professionally in a 5-piece band, in which I play many instruments - the flute, the accordion, the keyboard, and my "electronophone" (my band came up with this more accessible common name for the wind controller). My electronophone receives more awe-inspired comments from my audience than all my other band contributions put together!With the WX-5, you can choose from several different figuring options - I LOVE having the option of being able to choose flute-fingering. I also love how it comes standard with two different mouthpieces - the reeded mouthpiece allows me a great deal of expression, including being able to jump octaves (my chosen flute fingering eliminates octave jumps with fingering changes). The VL70-m tone generator is a perfect match for this instrument - the tone for each instrument is programmed so that human differences in your playing will be reflected by tones appropriate to the chosen instrument.This is a fantastic choice for any wind player who wants to challenge their musicianship and broaden their potential!

    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great product.

    By Willie--Ubve

    from Boston

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    Amazing control of vibrato, etc.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ahhhhh moving keys!!

    By Tony Ostinato

    from St Paul, MN

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    This will be my 3rd midisax, not that they are so fragile but I beat the heck out of them, and I use the bag for carrying so... I just hope that someone, somewhere, keeps making these suckers, cause I love them big time!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Controller for Horn Sounds

    By Dave-8Rycq

    from Denton, TX

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    For a keyboard player looking to imitate sax, trumpet, and flute instruments, the WX5 is great!Not so great is the delicate construction with easily breakable keys. All in all, I'm having a blast impressing everyone with my sax and trumpet playing.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    used wx5 for sale

    By SDRNYC

    from new york

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Learn Fun To Play

    Cons

    • Octave Keys
    • Speed Development

    Best Uses

    • Live Performance
    • Practice With Headphones

    Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

    this product is really cool. When you first start using it it's easy to play right out of the box. As a professional musician this Midi device is fun to play live. It gives you unlimited expression of many different instruments. There are hundreds sounds with the patchman synth sounds. I'm selling just the wx5.

     
    4.0

    WX5 MIDI Wind Controller

    By Toseveri

    from Norway

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

      Reedless mouthpiece missing. I hope you will send me the missing mouthpiece.

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