YAMAHA UW 500
USB audio/MIDI interface / Personal Studio
"plug and play" installation to your Windows computer
Included with the UW500 Personal Studio is a selection of software:
a sequencer, a "virtual" tone generator, and an audio editor
Included: Owner's Manual, , USB Cable , AC Power Adapter
CD-ROM: XGWorks lite V.3.0A ; TWE; SYXG-50 SoftSynthesizer for Windows 98
An all-in-one solution for MIDI and audio recording: analog inputs, digital in/out, and multi-port MIDI capability, plus software for sequencing, editing, and tone generation,the UW500 Personal Studio
The UW500 Personal Studio hooks up to your computer with a single, high-speed USB cable.
Inputs and Outputs
Simply plug a microphone, guitar, keyboard or just about any instrument or source into the three input sections of the UW500, and record you're singing and playing to the computer. The MIC/GUITAR/LINE switch on Inputs 1 and 2 makes this easy. A third input is reserved for line signals, such as a CD player. You have monitoring of your tracks with the front panel headphones jack, or you can use a separate stereo system.
Optical digital in/out for recording
Connect a CD player to the DIGITAL IN terminal and record samples to the computer. Or connect a digital recorder (such as MD or DAT) to the DIGITAL OUT and mix down your musical creations in digital with no deterioration in sound quality.
Clean, detailed high-quality sound
The UW500 Personal Studio delivers sound quality with built-in 20-bit A/D, D/A converters and selectable sampling rate (48/44.1/32 khz). Since it stands outside your computer and has a separate power source, the UW500 is free from any computer-generated noise or interference
Software you need
Software programs included with the UW500 give you everything you need to lay down MIDI and audio tracks and edit them, too. The XGworks lite V3.0A Sequencer ties it all together letting you record and play back your MIDI and audio performances, while the TWE Wave Editor provides detailed editing for your audio data. The S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer lets you play back your MIDI tracks within the computer with a 16-part multi-timbral XG tone generator.
Mmulti-port MIDI control
The UW500 also has a MIDI interface. In addition to the conventional MIDI IN/OUT terminals, there is a special TO TG terminal for tapping into the full MIDI power of the UW500: 2 MIDI ins and 6 MIDI outs. With a compatible tone generator, that gives you 32 channels in and 96 channels out
High-speed, single-connection USB
The worldwide standard USB connection eliminates the need for multiple cables, letting you set up easily and instantly. It also provides high-speed data transfer (both audio and MIDI) to and from your computer. With USB, you can even connect to your laptop computer .
Track down (to create your own MP3 files and CD tracks)
This feature lets you mix the audio generated by your MIDI tracks with your audio recordings.
Normally, this process involves several pieces of outboard gear.
Now with the Track Down function and the USB connection, you can do it all within your UW500- equipped computer.
The MIDI data (in XGworks lite V3.0A) plays back voices on the S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer, which are automatically mixed with your audio tracks on the UW500, and sent back to the computer to be saved as a single stereo audio file. Then, simply use your favorite MP3 encoder to create MP3 files, and put your new musical creations on the Internet. Or, with an optional CD-R recorder, burn your own CDs.
XGworks lite V3.0A Sequencer
(recording your MIDI and audio performances)
Cut, copy and paste , clean up the timing, and use the editing tools to craft your final work.
The following functions (available onXGworks V3.0) are not available in XGworks lite V3.0A :
Notation editing/printing , Voice to Score, Auto Arranger, Drum window, Support for editing XG Plug-in Boards, Guitar Arranger
A complete synthesizer in your computer
The S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer is a full-featured, "virtual" synthesizer that uses the processing power of your computer to generate sound. Since the S-YXG50 is fully compatible with both GM and XG, you can tap into the wide variety of song software that's available and practice or play your guitar along with MIDI-generated backing tracks of your favorite music. There's a wide variety of MIDI songs commercially available at the Yamaha Virtual Shop.
TWE Wave Editor
(audio editing on your computer)
The TWE Wave Editor gives you the power to alter and enhance your audio recordings
Any audio you record (such as your voice or your guitar playing, or even samples taken from MDs or CDs) can be edited. Then, you can bring the new audio into XGworks lite V3.0A and mix it with your MIDI tracks for complete sounding productions.
Yamaha USB-MIDI Driver
This driver software provides "plug and play" installation to your Windows computer.
It also features a virtual patch bay from which you can instantly change the MIDI port assignments of the UW500 without having to re-patch any cables.
Making Tracks, example: lay down some blues with the UW500 and the included software
Create a new song
With all software properly installed and running (including the S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer), create a new song in XGworks lite and select "Create Style Block" from the Edit menu.
Choose a music style
Select the desired music style (for ex., an R&B pattern) and the desired sections (Intro, Main, Fill In, etc.). Here, we'll create a 12-bar blues, with the Main pattern running for 11 measures and a Fill In kicking in on Bar 12.
Enter the chords
Next, select Create Chords from the Edit menu and type in the desired chords : here, a simple blues progression in the key of A. (A for four measures, then two measures)
Generate the MIDI backing
Select the entire range of the created style and call up Convert to MIDI Track from the Edit menu. This automatically creates several MIDI backing tracks (drums, bass, and rhythm guitar), which play back from the S-YXG50 SoftSynthesizer.
As long as you have space on your hard disk and plenty of processing power in your computer, you can record and simultaneously play back up to 100 tracks of MIDI and audio. And you can use the TWE Wave Editor to tweak and transform your audio tracks.
Record your guitar and voice
Now, add your own parts. Connect a guitar to the UW500 (through your favorite stomp box effect), and while listening to a loop of the MIDI backing tracks, record your guitar playing to an empty track. If you want, plug in a microphone and add some vocal parts, too
As long as you have space on your hard disk and plenty of processing power in your computer, you can record and simultaneously play back up to 100 tracks of MIDI and audio.And you can use the TWE Wave Editor to tweak and transform your audio tracks.
||USB (A type-B USB port located on the UW500 rear panel) Audio
||One stereo- or mono-line recording (*1)
One stereo- or mono-line Playback
(*1) The input line is selectable by the Input selector switch
*Simultaneous recording and playback are possible (full duplex).
||20-bit analog-to-digital conversion
20-bit digital-to-analog conversion
||32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz (selectable)
|Front Audio Inputs and Outputs
||Adjustable* analog input x 2 (1/4" standard TS phone jacks)
Digital input (optical)
Digital output (optical)
Headphone output (1/4" standard TRS phone jack)
*Level can be adjusted by 2 separate Input Gain switches and 2 separate Input Volume knobs on the front panel.
|Front Audio Controls
||Input Gain switch x 2
Input Volume switch x 2
Input Selector switch (Analog Mono, Analog Stereo, Digital, Track Down)
|Rear Audio Inputs and Outputs
||Line level inputs x 2 (RCA-pin jacks)
Line level auxiliary inputs x 2 (RCA-pin jacks)
Line level outputs x 2 (RCA-pin jacks)
||32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz (selectable)
|Rear MIDI & Serial Connections
||IN (DIN5P) 16 channels
OUT (DIN5P) 16 channels
TO TG serial port (9-pin serial)* 16-channel inputs & 80-channel outputs
*Offers direct connection to the TO HOST port on an external tone generator.
Rear Power Input
|PA-3B AC Adaptor
DC IN (connected to the PA-3B power adaptor)
||32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz (selectable)
||200 (W) x 138 (D) x 47mm (H)
||MMX Pentium 166MHz or faster CPU
32 MB or more physical memory (RAM)
Wavetable Data Size
|AWM2 Custom technology
2MB (using highly-optimised compression technology)
128 note max (can be scaled by the user)
||676 melody voices (fully programmable)
42 SFX voices (fully programmable)
21 drum kits/SFX kits (fully programmable)