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Yamaha VL1M

Every note played is unique, just as on an acoustic instrument, where minute differences in playing technique from note to note affect the timbre and quality of the sound produced. It accurately reproduces the transitions between notes, which are as much a part of music as the note themselves.

Highest-quality digital effects
The effects are specially designed to complement and enhance the VL1-m's voices.

Accurate reproductions of real bowed and pipe instruments It is also possible to play imaginary instruments, which exist only within the world of VA Synthesis. For example, a trumpet mouthpice on a saxophone body.

The VL1-m is designed to be played from almost any MIDI controller
It allows you to use and adapt techniques developed on your existing equipment.

Pre-installed 128 "No Breath" voices
The voices are modified using keyboard velocity and aftertouch together with a modulation wheel instead of the breath controller.

128 "Full Ctrl" voices
The voices are supplied on floppy disk which have been configured to make use of a foot controller and another continuous controller assigned to Controller 13 as well as a BC2 Breath Controller.

Large backlit graphical LCD display

It has a front-panel contrast control.

Front-panel breath controller input

Standard 1/4" stereo outputs at the rear

Headphone jack at the front

MIDI connectors (In, Out, Thru)

Virtual Acoustic Synthesis
The Synthesis creates a computer physical model of an actual instrument inside the synthesizer. Like an acoustic instrument, the VA instrument has a sound-producing device- in the case of the VL family, this can be either a Pipe or a String. This is sounded by a driver: a pair of lips, a reed or a bow.

Control of the Instrument
With a VL synthesizer, the following parameters of an instrument can be changed using MIDI controllers and used to modify the sound: Pressure, Embouchure, Pitch, Vibrato, Tonguing, Amplitude, Scream, Breath noise, Growl, Throat format, Dynamic Filtering, Harmonic enhance, Damping, and Absorption

A high degree of control can be exercised over the final timbre by using the 5-section modifier block: Harmonic Enhancer, Dynamic Filter, Frequency Equalizer, Impulse Expander, and Resonator.

Type S/VA (Self-oscillating Virtual Acoustic Synthesis)
Modifiers Harmonic Enhancer, Dynamic Filter (LPF, HPF, BPF, BEF, with resonance) Equalizer (5 bands with frequency, resonance, and boost/cut control. Impulse Expander. Resonator.
Effects 32-bit digital signal processor, stereo in/stereo out. Modulation effects (flanger, pitch change, distortion). Feed back delay. Reverberation.
Play Mode Voice mode only. Smallest tone generator units: elements. Voices use 1 or 2 elements.
Assign Modes Mono, Poly, Unison
Memory/ Internal 128 Voices
Memory/ Disk 3.5" 2DD or 2HD floppy disk
Controllers Master Volume Data entry dial LCD contrast control
Display 240 x 64 dot liquid crystal display (black and white type) with fluorescent (CFL) backlight Connectors/ Front Panel Stereo headphones. Breath controller.
Connectors/ Rear Panel Output x 2 (L and R), MIDI In, MIDI Out, MIDI Thru
Power Requirements US model 120 V, 16W General model 220-240V, 16W
Dimensions (W/D/H) 480 x 361 x 132mm (18-7/8" x 14-1/4" x 5-1/4")
Weight 7.5 kg. (16 lbs 8 oz)