Moving Forward, Looking Back
After many generations of the WX series (WX-11 and WX-5) as well as experimental instruments (such as the EZ-TP Electric Trumpet), Yamaha have made a triumphant return to the digital wind controller market with the new YDS-150.
The YDS-150 retains the slick, saxophone key layout, and now features an alto saxophone mouthpiece and receiver. This means that you can get even closer to the feel of your acoustic saxophone by using the same mouthpiece setup.
The combination of the breath sensor and acoustic channel through the body of the instrument provides a realistic blow with top-notch dynamic response in all registers. This leads to the soprano-saxophone style bell, which helps mimic the balance and feel of a saxophone, and allows it to be stored on compatible saxophone stands. These features improve the overall playing aesthetic significantly by comparison to the original wind controller design, while retaining some of the design principles of the WX-7.
Long-gone is the bulky module, with technology enabling over 70 on-board sounds borrowed from Yamaha’s extensive collection of synth engines. This is also complimented by 56, all new saxophone voices which are modelled using the latest in full-scale sampling techniques; a bank of tones form some of the finest professional soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones players are now at the click of a button. In addition, you can play your favourite patches in your DAW via the USB to MIDI cable.
In addition to these new features, the YDS-150 also has Bluetooth audio and auxiliary audio inputs, a built-in speaker, and an iOS and Android application which allows to control and modify parameters on the fly (including switching to flute, clarinet, or other fingering systems: Robo-oboe anyone?).