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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 standard sax. Includes built-in MIDI output connecto... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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.

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  • 16-key configuration
  • MIDI output connector
  • Dedicated connection to WX-Series tone generators
  • High-res wind sensor gives you precise mastery of volume
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YamahaWX5 MIDI Wind Controller
 
4.0

(based on 15 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works Well for Worship

I've used the Wx5 for 3 months now for leading worship at church. Paired with the VL70-m with patchman music turbo chip, it gives a great deal of versatility. Positives: Keys are...Read complete review

I've used the Wx5 for 3 months now for leading worship at church. Paired with the VL70-m with patchman music turbo chip, it gives a great deal of versatility. Positives: Keys are smooth - an easy transition for saxophone players. Vibrato takes some practice but decent sound is possible in short amount of time. Ability to use same keying across octaves as well as support for normal alternatives allows a lot of flexibility. Negatives: Plastic feel and sense that it wouldn't take much to break it. Octave keys are very stiff and could be designed so they are much easier to use. I still have not mastered quick octave key changes for some transitions. Vibrato takes a LOT of tweaking - the lip sensor is stiff and way too sensitive. I haven't used other wind-syths like the Ewi so I cannot compare to others however from reading reviews, it seemed clear that the Wx5 is superior to others in functionality and learning curve. It took me about 1 month to really get comfortable with vibrato and still haven't mastered for violin sounds. Flute is easiest to learn but then its going to depend also on what tone generator you pair it with. I considered pairing with Motif ES rack (it takes breath controller) instead of VL70-m but...vl70-m has best horn sounds on the market I've heard - much better than Korg or Yamaha keyboards or racks. Vl70-m however (even with turbo) has just a few so-so keyboard sounds whereas phantom and motif keyboards rock.

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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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(2 of 4 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.

    (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.

      (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.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Design issues make it jittery and fragile.

      By DavidW

      from washington dc

      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.

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love my WX5

      By Mark Naile

      from NH

      Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

      My decision to purchase the WX5 was due to work related travel as taking my sax along was not practical. The WX5 fits nicely into my suit case and allows me to play at anytime of the day via my laptop using Kore softsynth. The keys could use a little more back pressure like the feel of a real sax but this is my only dislike. I also use rechargeable batteries which go a couple of weeks between charging. On the plus side I like have a little more weight from the batteries.

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      You can do almost ANYTHING with this thing.

      By Tony

      from Dallas, TX

      Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

      I've been playing the WX5 now for several years, and am thrilled with it. Before I bought this, I had played Soprano and Alto saxes for over 25 years. This is a great complement to the arsenal, and the learning curve was a breeze since it very closely mimics the feel of those instruments. I connect mine to a Yamaha MOTIF-ES Rack, into which I've installed the PLG-150VL module, which is identical to the VL70m module that sells for four times as much. This thing is just a wonderful, expressive tool to play with. You'll LOVE it.

      (38 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works Well for Worship

      By SaxNMidiMan

      from Olympia, WA

      Comments about Yamaha WX5 MIDI Wind Controller:

      I've used the Wx5 for 3 months now for leading worship at church. Paired with the VL70-m with patchman music turbo chip, it gives a great deal of versatility. Positives: Keys are smooth - an easy transition for saxophone players. Vibrato takes some practice but decent sound is possible in short amount of time. Ability to use same keying across octaves as well as support for normal alternatives allows a lot of flexibility. Negatives: Plastic feel and sense that it wouldn't take much to break it. Octave keys are very stiff and could be designed so they are much easier to use. I still have not mastered quick octave key changes for some transitions. Vibrato takes a LOT of tweaking - the lip sensor is stiff and way too sensitive. I haven't used other wind-syths like the Ewi so I cannot compare to others however from reading reviews, it seemed clear that the Wx5 is superior to others in functionality and learning curve. It took me about 1 month to really get comfortable with vibrato and still haven't mastered for violin sounds. Flute is easiest to learn but then its going to depend also on what tone generator you pair it with. I considered pairing with Motif ES rack (it takes breath controller) instead of VL70-m but...vl70-m has best horn sounds on the market I've heard - much better than Korg or Yamaha keyboards or racks. Vl70-m however (even with turbo) has just a few so-so keyboard sounds whereas phantom and motif keyboards rock.

      (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!

      (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

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