Modulation wheel in the DGX-505?

Jul 18, 2020
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So I've had my DGX-505 for a few years now, and just recently a few months ago I decided to use it for music composition, as I learnt more about composing songs, I noticed that the DGX lacked a modwheel. Is there one in this keyboard? Or not really?



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Jun 6, 2014
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Most of the DGX/YPG models, and some of the PSR-E/YPT models, have a Pitch Bend wheel, but they do not have a Modulation wheel.

However, they do respond to MIDI "Modulation" channel messages, and there is a free Yamaha app called Sound Controller for the iPad and iPhone that includes virtual Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels:

Note that the product description says "Connection requires Yamaha i-UX1 interface," but the DGX-505 has a USB TO HOST port so you don't need the i-UX1 interface, just an Apple "Camera Connection Kit" (if your iPad or iPhone has a 30-pin connector) or "Camera Adapter" (if it has a Lightning connector).

If you don't have an iPad or iPhone, you might be able to find a MIDI "controller" app for Android or whatever OS your tablet or smartphone uses, although your ability to connect the DGX-505 to it might depend on whether you can use a USB OTG adapter with it.

Also, the specific type of modulation-- vibrato, tremolo, etc.-- that the MIDI "Modulation" message will add to the voice is dependent on the voice itself, and how it has been programmed by Yamaha.

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