Yamaha W5 / W7

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The Yamaha W5 and W7 synths are powerful workstations utilizing Yamaha's own AWM2 tone generation, coupled with an excellent GM set and a powerful set of onboard features including a 16-track fully featured sequencer. The W5 model is only slightly different from the W7 in that it has a full 76-note semi-weighted keyboard and the W7 has a typical 61-note keyboard, both of which respond to initial-touch (velocity) and aftertouch.

The AWM2 tone generation system provides 8 MB of wave memory with 384 realistic voices to choose from. Each voice is composed of 4 elements for added realism and depth. Editing is made simple with Voice Templates - choose from preset amplitude types (39), filter settings (59), pitch envelope settings (40) and LFO settings (33) to quickly punch up and edit various voice parameters. This eliminates the need to get deep into tedious editing of your sounds from scratch, but the option to get deep into editing is also there. A large backlit LCD display facilitates easy visual programming. There's also a double dial which allows for quick access parameter tweaking.

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Also onboard are studio quality DSP effects. They can be assigned to individual voices or they can be used as a global effect over the whole system. There are 3 Insertion Effects and 3 System Effects available. With a ton of tried and true effects processors to its name, you can expect these Yamaha effects to be of superb quality and there are enough processors in the W5 / W7 to provide you with all the sweetening you need!

A powerful sequencer is onboard to provide you with the creative flexibility to create entire songs and performances right from the synth itself, with no need for any other gear! The sequencer has a 100,000 note capacity. It is a 16-track sequencer and its memory can hold up to 16 different songs. There is only 32 notes of polyphony, but it should be enough for most arrangements and performances. Sequences, voices and songs can be stored to an external disk and as standard MIDI files for archiving. Yamaha released a "Version 2" upgrade for all models made before 1996 which added more voice banks (P2 and P3). The W-series has since been replaced by Yamaha's new EX5 and EX7 synthesizer workstations.

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30 Visitor comments
March 5, 2011 @ 9:24 pm
hola gente tengo una pregunta todos tenemos el proble de la manta en el w7 q no se ilumina porque cuando toco tengo dificultad con la mantalla al no estar iluminada, a tambien quiera saber si existe algun sofwer para modificar sonido con la pc porfavor alguno responda
alexalyn myse
January 14, 2011 @ 12:33 pm
The W7 is amazing! I recently started playing mine, and it has lots of special effects and voices you can use. Don't dump it 'cause it's vintage. It's great.
Izzy Rich?
July 18, 2010 @ 1:00 pm
I dont know a lot of technical lingo for describing this board but i bought the w5 in 1997 for 2700 bucks and please believe i used 2700 bucks ten fold out of it. It did everything that i could imagine and im sure i could of got even more out of it. I completed an entire hip hop album from this board and several skilled musicians could not tell that it all came from the w5. You can tweek the sounds this way and that way, put a song in complete and ready to go song format which is great when needing to minimize studio time and going back to edit tracks for break downs and bridges. The Motif is good but I haven't quite fell in love like the love of my w5. I nearly cried looking @ the picture and the reviews the other guys have left. :-)
Dave Smith
June 14, 2010 @ 10:43 am
I always liked this keyboard. If you would like to hear what it sounds like, it is the main keyboard on my song Anabasis which you can hear at this link: http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=537009&content=music

By the way, if you like the tune I will gladly send it to you free.
silent pair
April 20, 2010 @ 5:49 pm
best piece of gear i've ever owned or used. if you see one on ebay, get it. the only downside is that it's 35 pounds and quite gigantic, so if you expect to play live with it get a roadie or hit the weight set first. it's also made of metal so i'm not sure what the guy with the dx7 is on about. mine took years of wear and other than the buttons wearing out eventually it's a tank.

and it does have portamento: you have to use the midi control numbers and punch in the on/off then assign the glide to either the mod wheel or the cs slider. it also does have copy and paste for voices, tracks and even songs; the append song function alone makes it worth owning since all you have to do to combine two songs or song parts is use that feature. it makes composing long, complex songs easier and if you "only" need 256 sounds for an album or set of songs you can link them with overdubs and fades and etc.

they don't make 'em like this anymore.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 32 notes
  • Oscillators - Systems AWM2, 8 MB preset wave memory
  • LFO - Yes
  • Sequencer - 16 Songs, 16 Tracks, SMF Formats, Real and Step time Recording, 96 Clocks per Quarter Note, 100,000 Notes capacity
  • Effects - 3 Insertion and 3 System Effects
  • Keyboard - 61 Keys (W7) / 76 Keys (W5) with Initial Touch and After Touch
  • Memory - 128 GM voices + 8 drum kits, 128 Preset (AWM2) voices + 2 drumkits, 128 User voices + 2 drum kits; External Memory 3.5" Floppy Disk Drive; Optional Expansion Wave/Voice Board (4 MB of Waves and Voices on ROM)
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1994 - 1998
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Thomas R Kolb.

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