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Yamaha MIDI Trumpet??


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Hello my favorite MP people!! :)

 

Have you seen this:

http://music.yamaha.com/products/main.html?productId=213

 

Anyone have one? Impressions?

Trombones rule!! (but MIDI trumpets are very cool)

 

Ms. Valky

 

Well, if it sounds like Yamaha GM trumpets :sick:

 

Lovely: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTJTnT5VLi4

 

Trombones still rule, though.

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I actually liked the other product in the line, a midi guitar. Seems like a great gadget for a guitarist doing midi arrangements. And cheap, too. Much cheaper than the Roland midi pick-ups.

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Yes! The guitar looks fun too.

 

There are other MIDI trumpets on the market but they are in the $2000 price range.

This one is oriented towards the education market @$300 imported. It looks like a pretty powerful controller via MIDI (I wouldn't trust the sounds).

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I owned one a few years back and know it and its limitations very well.

 

It is basically a pitch to MIDI convertor, with midi Volume control. It is very easy to play, especially if you already know brass fingering - you will be playing proper tunes well in minutes. Much easier than other wind controllers.

 

The downside as a MIDI wind controller is it outputs MIDI volume, not breath or aftertouch so is not compatible with most hardware wind synth modules. It also has no pitch bend or other capabilies. The new Akai EWI USB controller is far more capable as a MIDI controller for about the same money, although of course you can't run it off batteries and annoy the heck out of anyone, anywhere, anytime.

 

BTW, since it does pitch conversion you can actually get acoustic feedback in a loud environment.

 

The pitch to midi convertor is very, very good actually. Very accurate and fast.

 

It is more than a toy, but less than a musical instrument, which is a shame, as with only minor changes it would be a very useful tool.

 

Michael

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I owned one a few years back and know it and its limitations very well.

 

It is basically a pitch to MIDI convertor, with midi Volume control. It is very easy to play, especially if you already know brass fingering - you will be playing proper tunes well in minutes. Much easier than other wind controllers.

 

The downside as a MIDI wind controller is it outputs MIDI volume, not breath or aftertouch so is not compatible with most hardware wind synth modules. It also has no pitch bend or other capabilies. The new Akai EWI USB controller is far more capable as a MIDI controller for about the same money, although of course you can't run it off batteries and annoy the heck out of anyone, anywhere, anytime.

 

BTW, since it does pitch conversion you can actually get acoustic feedback in a loud environment.

 

The pitch to midi convertor is very, very good actually. Very accurate and fast.

 

It is more than a toy, but less than a musical instrument, which is a shame, as with only minor changes it would be a very useful tool.

 

Michael

 

Thanks for the info!

 

I've seen the EVI but:

1. I'm a brass player and I'd hate learning sax fingering

2. I'm a brass player because I have problems with my

fingers

 

You're right- I wish it did have some better features like volume... but I'll just have to deal with it until I can afford the $2000 version.

 

Thanks!

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The Akai EVI has the EWI fingering mode which is based on brass instrument fingering. Not as easy to learn as the EZ-TP, so instead of a few minutes you will take a week or two to play fluently.

 

Check out the manual at www.akaipro.com

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Valky-

 

There's a lower priced USB version of the EWI. Not sure if that has the "3 valve trumpet fingering" map for the woodwind keys.

 

 

My friend John Swana has a custom EVI which (in his hands, at least) is a pretty ridiculous instrument. I love hearing it/playing along side.

Your friend John is a helluva trumpet player.

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I'll pass that along, Mark!

 

Valkyrie- The EVI that John has is custom built as far as I know, but it has 3 buttons just like the valves on a trumpet. It's breath sensitive (no idea how that part works) and then the free left hand operates what looks like a big circular dial. Turning the dial is what moves you up and down the overtones, replacing what a brass player does as they tighten or loosen the embouchure. That being said, since it's a synth, the range is a lot bigger than on regular trumpet. It's really an amazing instrument.

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Yes, that's been out for awhile, and the EWI USB model definitely supports EVI fingering due to the partnership with Patchman Music.

 

As for the Yamaha trumpet, I didn't think it was a true MIDI controller when I first read about it a year or so ago. I think it's for young children and meant to keep the adults from going crazy while finding out whether their child has any true musical talent and/or dedication to justify a real instrument purchase.

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