The Yamaha WX5
Wind MIDI Controller Info Page
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Plays Like a Woodwind, Sounds Like... Anything You Like!
The Yamaha WX5 Wind MIDI Controller is simply the most advanced,
most versatile, most playable, and most expressive MIDI controller
of its kind. It doesn't matter whether you're an accomplished
acoustic woodwind player or a complete beginner, the WX5 offers
intimate control and playability that no keyboard or other type
of MIDI controller can even approach.
If You Already Play a Wind Instrument...
The WX5 is your key to vastly expanded expression and musical
scope. You'll be able to use familiar fingering and techniques
to play an unlimited range of new sounds. Play the WX5 like a
saxophone, for example, but sound like a trombone, piano, electric
guitar, bass ... literally any sound that gives you the musical
effect you want. Why leave this type of sonic versatility to
the keyboard players? If you can play a wind instrument such
as saxophone, clarinet, flute, or even recorder (the WX5 comes
with a reedless recorder type mouthpiece in addition to the saxophone
type mouthpiece) you can already play the WX5! Why play a wind controller? Click here for the answer.
If You've Never Played a Wind Instrument Before...
The WX5 is easy to learn. You can choose a fingering that
you're most comfortable with right from the beginning. And, unlike
an acoustic wind instrument, it doesn't take months of practice
just to get a decent tone. The reedless recorder type mouthpiece
supplied in addition to the saxophone type mouthpiece makes playing
even easier. An extensive range of customizable parameters lets
you set up the WX5 to play the way you want it to. If you play
a keyboard or other instrument the WX5 can open the door to
a whole new world or expression and musical versatility. Buy your Yamaha WX5 from Patchman Music. Patchman Music personally calibrates and checks out EVERY horn they sell.
Play Any MIDI Tone Generator
MIDI, the Musical 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.
The Yamaha VL70-m Virtual Acoustic Tone generator, for example,
is a perfect match for the WX5. Although a mono tone generator,
it's advanced computer-modeling technology delivers some of the
most realistic and expressive wind-instrument sounds available
in any tone generator system. The Yamaha MU-series XG tone generators
are also an excellent choice. But you're in no way limited: choose
the MIDI tone generator that provides the type of sound you want. Patchman Music has developed the TURBO VL upgrade chip for the VL70-m. The Patchman Music TURBOVL upgrade chip turns the VL70-m into the ultimate wind controller sound module. Click here for complete info and over 200 mp3 demos clips of the amazing TURBO VL upgrade chip for the VL70-m.
High Resolution Wind & Lip Sensors With Precision Calibration
The WX5 translates the player's breath and lip pressure to
MIDI data via high-resolution wind and lip sensors that can be
precisely calibrated to match individual playing characteristics.
If you normally play sax, for example, you can set up the WX5
so that it plays almost exactly the same as your acoustic instrument.
That way you can switch back and forth between instruments without
even having to think about adjusting your style. Buy your Yamaha WX5 from Patchman Music. Patchman Music personally calibrates and checks out EVERY horn they sell. Avoid ebay scams and avoid other dealers and the headaches they will give you- get a PRE-CALIBRATED and TESTED WX5 from Patchman Music and start playing and enjoying your Yamaha WX5 right out of the box. Call Matt at Patchman Music for a great package price.
A Choice of Fingering Modes- With Alternate Fingerings for
Whether you're an experienced wind instrument player or a
beginner, one of the WX5's four selectable fingering modes will
provide optimum playability for you. The "Saxophone(c)"
mode, in particular, allows the same type of alternate fingerings
that sax players use to add subtle variety and expression to
Basically the same as saxophone fingering, except that the
fingering remains the same in all octaves, and thus is easy to
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
Wind MIDI Controller.
Similar to flute fingering, this mode is ideal for players
who are familiar with flute fingering. Rather than 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.
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.
Part of the Saxophone(c) fingering (above). Alternate fingering
variations are shown in (A) through (C).
The perfect match: extraordinarily realistic, and expressive
wind instrument sounds, as well as direct connection via the
WX cable without the need for batteries, or an AC adaptor.
MIDI WIRELESS and WX5 and MIDI Tone Generator
Patchman Music sells the best MIDI wireless system on earth- the Midi Jet Pro. The Midi Jet Pro allows you to go completely wireless between the WX5 and a MIDI synth such as the Yamaha VL70-m. Once you've experienced the absolute freedom of being wireless you will never go back! Click here for details on the Midi Jet Pro MIDI Wireless System.
WX5 and MIDI Tone Generator
Basic but very versatile, this is the type of setup you'll
use with any MIDI tone generator of your choice. Patchman Music has developed a vast library of synthesizer soundbanks specially set up to work with the Yamaha WX5. Click here for info on the Patchman Music wind controller soundbanks.
With the MFC10 Foot Controller you can switch voices, control
volume or other parameters, and generally change setups via foot
control without interrupting your performance.
WX5 and QY100 Music Sequencer
The WX5 can be connected to an integrated sequencer/tone generator
unit such as the Yamaha QY100 to allow convenient recording
and playback of MIDI data.
Setup Capability & Versatile Realtime Control
In addition to connectors, calibration controls and setup
switches, the "thumb side" of the WX5 offers a range
of controls and features which are not available on conventional
1 Sensor Gain Controls
These four controls adjust the gain and zero point of the
wind and lip sensors for optimum playability.
2 Octave Keys
These keys allow you to shift the pitch of the instrument
up or down by one, two or three octaves while playing.
3 Setup Button
Used in conjunction with other WX5 control buttons, the Setup
Button allows software wind gain, octave transpose, and other
settings to be changed while playing.
4 Pitch Bend Wheel
Like the pitch bend wheel on keyboard synthesizers, the WX5
pitch bend wheel can be used to produce smooth pitch bends.
5 Key Hold Button
The Key Hold button controls any of four assignable key hold
6 Program Change Button
Used in conjunction with the instrument's keys, the Program
Change button can be used to transmit MIDI program change and
bank numbers to the connected MIDI tone generator in order to
change voices directly from the WX5.
7 MIDI OUT Connector
When not using the WX cable (below), this connector is used
to directly connect the WX5 to a MIDI tone generator via a standard
8 WX OUT Connector
This connector allows the WX5 to be directly connected to
compatible Yamaha tone generators (such as the VL70-m and the older WT11) via the
supplied WX Extension cable. If you need a replacement WX Extension cable, Patchman Music sells them here.
the WX5 for Your Playing Requirements
The WX5 has 16 DIP switches which allow it to be customized
to meet your Individual playing requirements.
Determines whether the key-on velocity (i.e. the attack of
each note) will be fixed or controlled by wind pressure.
2 Wind Sensor to MIDI Data
Specifies the type of MIDI data via which the WX5 wind data
will be transmitted.
3 Wind Curve
Determines the relationship between breath pressure and the
output MIDI volume data.
4 Tight Lip/Loose Lip Mode
Selects the Tight lip or Loose Lip playing mode.
5 Lip Data Range
Determines the range of data which can be produced via lip
"Normal" or "Wide."
6 Lip Data
Specifies the type of MIDI data via which the WX5 lip data
will be transmitted- "Pitch Bend" or "Modulation."
7 Lip + Control Change Data
Determines whether or not MIDI control change number #18 will
he added to the lip data transmitted by the WX5.
Sets the "key" of the WX5: i.e. the actual pitch
played when a C is fingered- "C2," "Bb1"
Specifies the WX5 fingering mode - "Saxophone(a)."
"Saxophone(b)," "Saxophone(c)," or "Flute."
10 Fast Response
Sets the speed at which the WX5 will respond to fingering changes.
11 High D/D# Key Assign
Determines whether the high D and D# keys will be used normally
as playing keys or to transmit MIDI control change data.
12 Pitchbend to MIDI Data
Determines the initial power-on Pitch Bend Wheel control mode.
for the Yamaha WX5
The VL70-m Virtual Acoustic Tone Generator is compact, low-cost
addition to Yamaha's expanding line of Virtual Acoustic Synthesis
instruments, giving electronic musicians unprecedented musical
flexibility and expressive capability. The VL70-m with the Patchman Music TURBO VL upgrade chip is the only way to go. Click here for complete info and over 200 mp3 demos of the amazing Patchman Music TURBO VL upgrade chip for the VL70-m.
Provides remote switching of up to 100 control change parameters
and 128 program change numbers (or up to 12,800 control change
parameters if 100 bank select messages are used), and more.
Note keys (16 keys including 2 assignable high keys), 4 Octave
Change Keys (Control range: 7 octave), Pitchbend Wheel, Setup
Switch, Hold Switch (Key hold/Sustain/Portamento), Program Change
Switch, Power On/Off Switch
WIND ZERO, WIND GAIN, LIP GAIN, LIP ZERO
Key Transpose: C2/Bb1/Eb2, Octave Transpose: 5 steps (-2/-1/0/+1/+2)
Saxophone(a), Saxophone(b), Saxophone(c), Flute
Velocity: On/Off, Wind Data: CC#2 (Breath Controller)/CC#7
(Volume)/CC#11 (Expression), Wind Curve: Normal/Hard, Lip Mode:
Tight Lip/Loose Lip, Lip Range: Normal/Wide, Lip Data: Pitch
bend/Modulation wheel, Lip + CC#18 (Gen3): On/Off, Transpose:
C2/Bb1/Eb2, Fingering: Saxophone(a)/(b)/(c)/Flute, Fast Response:
On/Off, High D, D# key assign: On(D: CC#81, D#: CC#80)/Off, Pitch
Bend Data: Pitch bend Up & Pitch bend Down/Modulation wheel
& Pitch bend Down/ CC#16 (Gen1) & CC#17 (Gen2)/Brightness
Up & Brightness Down
Wind Sensor, Lip Sensor
Red LED x 2 (WIND Monitor, LIP ZERO Monitor)
MIDI Transmit Channel
MIDI Out Connector, WX Out Connector (Power and MIDI Out),
DC in Jack
6 x AAA batteries, Yamaha PA-130 AC Adapter, WX Out Connector (from
compatible Yamaha Tone Generators or BT7 MIDI/Power Pack)
611(L) x 62(W) x 70(D) mm
Saxophone type Mouthpiece (attached), Mouthpiece Cap (attached),
Recorder type Mouthpiece, Soft Case, WX Cable, Strap, Recorder
Cream. Patchman Music also provides free PRE-CALIBRATION of every Yamaha WX5 they sell. Click here for details.
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