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 The W-series has since been replaced by Yamaha's new EX5 and EX7 synthesizer workstations.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
angeliss synth
July 22, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
this is for juha, you can´t play yamaha w-5 with psr-900 coz is not a same Operation System
angeliss synth
July 22, 2011 @ 1:20 pm
for you can play and listen a music and sounds for tha yamaha w-5 you need a windows 98 or Me computer coz yamaha w-5 is a early sistem.
angeliss synth
July 22, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
este es un mensaje para victor hola victor para resolver el problema de la pantalla de que no se ve tienes que ordenar el backlight ordenalo por internet hay varios lugares
solo escribe back lights for keyboard yamaha w-5 y aparecen varios lugares y haci se acaba el problema mi correo es angeliss2009@hotmail.com
GA
July 16, 2011 @ 11:46 am
I've played 1,500 live gigs with this board (W5v2), and even though I also bring newer big-$$$ workstations with me, the W5 is always my "go-to" board. I am yet to find better horns, and the strings/pads are always just perfect in the mix. I play it in song mode, with the mixer view giving me 16 immediate sounds that I can switch without stopping the sustain of the last sound - a rarity in any keyboard. There are sounds I've created on the W5 as well as presets I simply can't replace with any other board, old or new. Best keyboard I have ever owned, and I've owned over 25 of them.
Juha
March 17, 2011 @ 11:30 am
Hi,

How i can listen my old W7 floppy disks with computer?
Can i use my old songs with PSR-900?

Please help!
 
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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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