Wener XS6 4-octave

REVIEW 5cups

The Wernick Xylosynth XS6 comes with solid hardwood keys which makes it look, play and feel like a real instrument. No special techniques are required or demanded; what you play is what you get. No matter what your playing style or mallet choice may be, the Xylosynth™ almost makes you forget that you are playing an electronic instrument, allowing for a lot of expression.

The instrument is lightweight and compact, making it essentially a breeze for the player to carry and set-up. There's no programming required on the XS6 itself; just use your favorite sound module or sampler and you're good to go. This single instrument can carry all the mallet keyboard duties from marimba and glock to the most modern sounds you can come up with.

Wernick Musical Instruments has spent the last 10 years building a first class reputation with its quality and reliability in the Xylosynth. The XS6's piezo transducers are exclusively manufactured to Wernick's exact specifications, and all internal connectors are gold-plated. Because of the unique modular system, a damaged key can easily be replaced by the user in just a few minutes!

During my video review demonstration, I'm using the Xylosynth to trigger my AKAI S6000 sampler using ILIO Entertainments' Snyclavier Bass Marimba sample library.

Xylosynth™ XS6 Folding Four Octave Specifications
Musical Range 49 Keys (C-C)
MIDI Note Range MIDI Note 12 - 108 for every key
Playing Area 1560mm (61.4") x 300mm (11.8")
Length 1600mm (5'3")
Height 77mm (3")
Depth 360mm (14.2")
Weight 14.5Kg (32lbs)
Playing Surface Dimensions 146mm x 48mm (5 3/4" x 1 7/8")
Key Pitch 54mm (2 1/8") center to center
Pedal 1 -Program Up Moves up 1 program number (1-128)
Pedal 2 - Program Down Moves down 1 program number (1-128)
Pedal 3 - Sustain When pressed holds note off commands until released
Pedal 4 - Transpose When pressed will set middle C when a Xylosynth key is struck
Pedal 5 - Dampening When pressed and Xylosyhnth key is struck will send a note off command


Bart Elliott

Bart Elliott is a degreed professional musician and founder of the Drummer Cafe. His 35+ years in the music industry, over 100 albums to his credit, as well as his understanding of contemporary and classical music, makes him a complete and skilled master musician. A highly sought after drummer and percussionist, both live and in the studio, Bart is widely known as a top music educator and gifted teacher, appearing as a guest artist and clinician throughout the USA.