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 The W-series has since been replaced by Yamaha's new EX5 and EX7 synthesizer workstations.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
Haagon Lister
April 4, 2013 @ 2:05 pm
I've got a W5 version 2 in great condition i'd like to sale if anyone is interested. shoot me an email with your bid. You'll be responsible for shipping cost.
January 26, 2013 @ 4:54 pm
Where to begin...I have a w5 and a w7. Architecture is good but I have been replacing tac switches for years. The keys break. Yamaha support is terrible. Oh, and the buttons also don't hold up . I'm not hard on a keyboard. I bought the w7 for a backup sense I foolishly wrote my sequences in the Yamaha format.
roxie hightchew
January 4, 2013 @ 9:35 am
After spending literally thousands of dollars on Yamaha equipment I would now warn anyone to get unconditional warranties on anything you buy currently they have absolutely no help or assiantance for problems or malfunctions and no help when you have a issue with one of their components, Roland is a second but much better choice for workstations and playing out!
Yamaha has basically put me out of the industry cause I can't afford to buy new or used equipment to rebuild my studio, so Buyer beware when purchasing Yamaha
December 22, 2012 @ 5:11 pm
Just picked up a W7 at a pawn shop that I walked into today while antique shopping next door to it. I paid $179.99 plus tax and got a free folding stand too. AMAZING deal. They clearly had no idea what they had. I checked all the keys before I left and they all worked. The LCD is pretty dim, but maybe there's just a brightness setting somewhere that I have to read about. Downloaded the manuals from Yamaha just now!
October 16, 2012 @ 10:24 am
broken floppydrive mostly means the rubberband is worn. dont get another drive just get any other rubberband with the same size by collection floppydrives & tapedecks in all sorts for peanuts. takes a bit of patience thats all but is soooo worth the bother.
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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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