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 The W-series has since been replaced by Yamaha's new EX5 and EX7 synthesizer workstations.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
October 4, 2012 @ 3:11 pm
I owe a W7 since 1995 an made all my first compositions on it. It's a _real_ workstation, used it without any pc - it controlled my whole outboard. The capabilities of the Syntheseizer are awesome although its based on particular noisy waveforms. You can create all kinds of sounds - also FM like ones. I love this machine so much, worked for years with it. The only real drawback is can see are the buttons. Very stiff and they easily go broke due to intensive use. Anyway, it is an underrated Workstation wiht enourmous possibilities. If you can get one for a good deal - don't hesitate ;)
September 4, 2012 @ 4:14 pm
I have an opportunity to purchase a nice W5 kit that looks like it was hardly ever used; would anyone be interested in buying this at a reasonable price - and what would that price be - so I know what my constraints are when bidding on this lot?

July 15, 2012 @ 8:24 pm
its a great synth with great sounds~ but my only problem(i have owned one since they came out) around 1996 is when i got mine~ the push button keys on the top panel are very poorly made~ i am gonna have mine restored...i hope lol i miss the 16 track sequencer!! on mine i have two or three keys that dont sound and the push buttons [beep] ..does anyone else have this problem mine is a good 16 years old now...lol and has been through alot....:( but i do recommend them...:)
May 31, 2012 @ 1:36 am
Amazing synth. Got it for a bargain and the patches are excellent. The keys play very well and midi is very useful as master keyboard. Programming on this synth is a pleasure and very expressive wind instrument sounds for which Yamaha is famous for.The chord sort function in sequencer is very usefull like on the QX3. I want to upgrade to V.2 for the extra banks. Does anybody have the V.2 kit and original manuals for sale and where can i get the 7/8 ? disk sets as well as the demo disks that Yamaha released back then? IF anybody can help please email me chris1leg@gmail.com.
March 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am

my floppy disk is dead...
cannot work any more:
24 pin connection
matsu [beep] a EME213YN

can I replace it by another floppy? which one
or another usn system.
does someone has any experience?

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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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