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Yamaha YDS-150 Digital Saxophone

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)

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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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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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Un bon instrument pour travailler sans déranger.
Menagex, 11.11.2020
Le produit est extrêmement bien emballé, et la finition, bien que faisant beaucoup appel au plastique est soignée. Dommage que le câble pour se brancher au secteur et un câble audio mâle/mâle ne soient pas fournis.

L'utilisation est simple, il y a juste 7 raccourcis à connaître sur l'instrument (exemple : touche fonction+Mi♭ pour activer le bluetooth).

La disposition des touches n'est pas dépaysante du tout, si ce n'est la clé d'octave sur laquelle il faut appuyer relativement fort. On prend vite le coup cependant.

Concernant le son des 73 (dont 56 saxophones), j'ai été un peu déçu. Il y a de bonnes idées (par exemple, les duo de sax à l'octave, le baryton en slap) mais le rendu est quand même éloigné d'un saxophone acoustique (je m'en doutais un peu !), sauf en utilisant le casque, où le rendu est plus plaisant.

Jouer le soir, sans déranger la maison endormie (que ce soit avec le casque et une bande audio qui passe dans le casque via le saxophone ou sans le casque) ne me fait pas regretter cet achat.
Je n'ai pas encore réussi à connecter l'application téléphone avec le saxophone.
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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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