Synth Site: Yamaha: WT-11 Wind synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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the Whiz a part-time user from USA writes:
The WT11 is IMO a greatly underrated module. It shares the same Yamaha 4-op engine as the DX11 and the TX81Z, adding the PEG (pitch envelope) of the DX11. It also has effects similar to the Yamaha TQ5, which can take the digital edge off the sounds. I recommend that anyone curious about the uses of the WT11 sounds should go read the reviews of the DX11 and the TX81Z.

Because the WT11 is typically used with a Yamaha WX wind controller (and even features a dedicated WX jack), many assume that it can only play one note at a time. This is because the performances are set up that way, layering various single patches in order to build better emulative wind-instrument voices, but the WT11 is capable of the full TX81Z 8-note polyphony.

It can also use all the 4-op patches, including the popular "Lately Bass"/"Heavy Bass" patch. It will accept TX81Z dumps, but in order to play the voices, one must have a performance that uses that voice.

(BTW, the patch/performance info on the "Specifications" page is incorrect. The WT11 actually has the full 32 voice and performance locations. )

It can be quite difficult to program from the front panel, although there is a 'secret mode' for editing voices from the front panel (do a websearch on "WT11 Secret Mode"). I would recommend using either a computer editor, or a DX11 or TX81Z.

As one can't access the voices directly, only performances with the voices already assigned, it can be difficult to think of using it for anything beyond use with a WX11 wind controller. Since it's much lighter than carrying the DX11, I prefer to load the WT11 with the DX11 patches and save the weight. I also use a Boss BL-1 bulk librarian (a small battery-powered sysex librarian, excellent for older synths) if I need to carry more voices with me.

The thing that would make this unit the ultimate 4-op FM box for me is if I could burn a custom ROM with my own patch information. As it is, it's close to perfect for performance use, using a keyboard controller, my WX7/WX11, or a guitar controller.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-05-2001 at 13:15
Neil Timms a part-timer user from England writes:
Using a WX11 and WT11 gives great variety against my other winds but the I wish that there were more sounds selectable from the wind controller whilst performing (five is a bit limiting). I have no doubt that the controller is the right device but I have some reservations about the mixed brass section sounds, they sound a bit "bontempi". Has anyone found any really good brass sound synths that can be used to thicken out small brass sections ?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 04:24
Brahim HAMADICHAREF a hobbyist user from Plymouth, Devon, England writes:
Just bought a WX11 wiith a WT11 and it's great fun !

Regards

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-05-1998 at 13:08
Harry Lawrence a hobbyist user from Lakeland, FL USA writes:
I have a WT 11 and use it with a WX 7 windcontroller

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
Ian Hurlock a part time user from New Zealand writes:
I agree with Joe,the sounds on the WT- 11 are only ok but the trombone,flugel and french horn are astounding when played with full use of the units breath sensing capabilities.A good burst of breath can really give the selected sound great attack.The WX - 11 is a great bit of gear - nice and light with very quick fingering - a delight after coming off a tenor sax.The WX - 11 can leave one a bit short of breath.It does'nt have big air flow.I have heard of the Kawai Iwi being opened up and re piped to allow more air flow.So far I am not ready to pull my

controller apart. all in all a great combo.

P.S There are some other patches available specifically created for the WX - 11

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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