Yamaha YDS-150 Digital Saxophone

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Digital Saxophone

  • Same fingering as an acoustic saxophone -- including high F#, front F, and low A keys
  • Speaker unit and brass bell (connected by an acoustic tube) in conjunction form the patented acoustic system
  • IBAS (Integrated Bell Acoustic System): Reproduction of the sound resonance and vibration of an acoustic saxophone
  • AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling
  • 73 Sounds - including 56 saxophone sounds
  • 5 Effects
  • Volume control with more than 15 levels
  • Tuning modes: Eb, Bb, C
  • Tuning: 427 - 453 Hz (adjustable in 0.5 Hz steps)
  • Auto power off
  • Bluetooth
  • Customisation via iOs or Android App: Change sounds, fingering, and instrument settings
  • Stereo headphone output: 3.5 mm Mini jack
  • Micro USB type B
  • Powered via battery (4x AAA) or external USB power supply (both not included)
  • Power consumption: 4.5 W (when using USB power supply)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 110 x 699 x 103 mm
  • Weight: 1.0 kg (without batteries)
  • Bell material: Brass (Gold lacquer finish)
  • Includes case, strap, saxophone mouthpiece with plastic reed, ligature, and cap
  • Suitable stands: Article Nr. 141416, Article Nr. 228498, Article Nr. 181842 (all not included)
available since October 2020
Item number 503785
sales unit 1 piece(s)
$715
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Clearly a 5 stars among competitors, with improvement potential
lucantastic 02.03.2021
First of all, if you're looking for a way to play the sax or any instrument with similar keying, I don't think anything comes even close. The keys are laid out perfectly, the expression sensor works great and the instinct to adjust your mouth on the mouthpiece as you would with a real sax makes the experience very immersive. It is great fun and if the alternative is "not playing because it would be too loud", well, what are we talking about then?

What could and should be better? Well, at very very low wind pressures, the sound is not perfect but keeps wondering whether it should or shouldn't play the note. I'm talking about the lowest threshold here, it doesn't represent a big issue but once you notice that, above all with headphones, it's a bit present.
Second, preamp for line-out is a bit weak. Perfect for headphones, but when plugged to an active portable speaker, max volume of both devices (sax + speaker) yields a non impressive sound power.

The keys are digital. It's great that they show you immediately all your imperfections, but playing the sax is an analog experience and a 95% pressed key in a real sax still plays the right note, while on this one it doesn't. For fast transitions you'd better be a hell of a player.

Other improvements relate to the midi functionality, a little primitive, and the bluetooth, which doesn't allow inbound connections, which are limited to line-in.

So, it doesn't get better than this in the market, I believe, I would buy it over and over again, but I still wish to see some improvements.
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Yamaha's quality in a nutshell!
helder coelho 22.11.2020
This is a novel instrument that suits both novice and more seasoned musicians. The exact fingering like a traditional saxophone makes transition go seamless and the creativity potential is huge because after all this is a synth! Bonus points for being able to play with headphones!!!
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Bien mais peu beaucoup mieux faire
Niger17 14.11.2021
Après les joies de la découverte l'euphorie retombe assez vite à l'usage, notamment si on a regardé les démos sur YouTube.
Bilan :
Le YDS 150 est un bel instrument et c'est gratifiant. De plus il a une ergonomie très très proche de celle d'un sax soprano et ça c'est très bien pour un saxophoniste. Néanmoins il y a un défaut sérieux dans la réalisation/conception de la clé d'octave qui demande une attention toute particulière pour garder le pouce bien en place et appuyé, sinon on redescend à l'octave inférieure. Autre gros problème indigne d'une boite comme Yamaha : l'alimentation, quatre petites piles AAA même de la meilleure qualité ne durent pas longtemps. Il faut soit utiliser plusieurs jeux de piles rechargeables pour éviter la "panne sèche" soit utiliser alimentation USB avec une batterie de secours pour téléphone portable. C'est la solution que j'ai adoptée en fixant la batterie au sax avec un élastique et un petit câble USB de 50 cm avec prise USB coudée.
S'agissant du haut parleur intégré, il vaut mieux l'oublier car on a l'impression de jouer dans un jouet d'enfant. En revanche connecté à un ampli genre ampli de guitare ou autre système de qualité, le résultat est satisfaisant et même bluffant en mode sax bar ou soprano. Dans les 56 sons de sax, chacun devrait pouvoir trouver son bonheur. Je trouve quand même dommage que dans les sons intégrés à l'appareil, certains soient absents (clarinettes, hautbois, flûte traversière notamment). En outre cet appareil est en fait un contrôleur midi (à vent) et via une installation adaptée, il peut émuler n'importe quel VSTI (dommage que les bons VSTI coûtent si cher et le reste de l'installation aussi). Dans ce cas on peut obtenir des résultats incroyables. L'intérêt de cet instrument est aussi et surtout de pouvoir jouer sans bruit avec un casque et pour peu que le casque soit de qualité, le résultat est intéressant. S'amuser ou travailler une partition ou une impro à n'importe quelle heure sans déranger personne c'est vraiment chouette. Pour ceux qui ont la compétence MAO nécessaire, il est possible de faire des enregistrements et des vidéos de qualité.
Après, plutôt que de vouloir imiter absolument à la perfection les instruments existants, on peut aussi le considérer comme un instrument à part entière capable de produire des sonorités nouvelles et originales et là c'est un autre domaine qui s'ouvre au musicien.
Pour terminer il faut saluer les vastes possibilités de paramétrage, notamment via l'application sur smartphone en liaison Bluetooth.
En conclusion je dirais que cet instrument est intéressant même au vu de son prix assez élevé mais il vaut mieux savoir ce que l'on compte en flaire avant de l'acheter.
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Great complement for every Saxophonist
SaxSam 30.05.2021
Positive is that I can program the saxophone really easily for any sound available, and it's really straightforward to use. It is basically a "toy saxophone" which allows practicing fingering in a realistic instrument. It will never be a substitute for a real saxophone, and I believe it should not be taken as such. It helps with training.

The sound is of course different, although it is fine. It requires to close the valves completely or it will play another sound, not as the real saxophone which is somehow forgiving with the right pressure and embouchure.

Practicing fingering is for me the greatest advantage of this, as well as playing with earphones, as I can play during midnight without disturbing anyone. I think this is just for intermediate and advanced players who want to practice in silence; beginners should stay away since they need to learn how to adapt embouchure to the different notes.

Saliva will gather in the mouthpiece, thus you need to take this off after playing and cleaning it. It has a little tubing for taking saliva down the horn, and thus it can drop saliva on the floor (as straight sopranos do). I did not find altissimos yet. It seems it does not have them programmed.
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