Good Design Awards 2018 Selects Four Yamaha Designs



Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion. Good Design Awards 2018 selected four Yamaha products: VOCALOID keyboard VKB-100; digital piano P-121 and digital piano P-125; digital piano P-515; and Hybrid piano system TransAcoustic TA2. (P-121 and P-125 are counted as one item).

All the award winning designs have the same fundamental Yamaha design philosophy behind them. This philosophy calls for creating products that realize the goals of “being loved and used for the long term”, “gradually increasing in value over time”, “having simple designs”, and “achieving a balance between carefully selected materials and a beautiful finish”.

The VOCALOID Keyboard “VKB-100” was selected for the Good Design Best 100. It is available only in Japan. The keyboard “sings” lyric input in real-time and matches the notes on the keyboard to the song. Using the keyboard and buttons, singing style and melody can be changed freely in the performance venue.

Digital Piano “P-125” and “P-121” are new models in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. These instruments combine an authentic piano sound and keyboard at an affordable price. The digital piano is compact and simple, but also combines the rich sense of volume and texture of an authentic piano.

The P-125 features the same 88 keys as an acoustic piano. The P-121 features a smaller, 73-key keyboard that reduces the size and weight of the instrument without sacrificing the enjoyment of playing.

Digital piano “P-515” is the high-end model in the bestselling “P Series” of compact digital pianos. The P-515 features piano sounds sampled from the flagship Yamaha CFX and Bosendorfer Imperial concert grand pianos. With a wooden keyboard extremely close to that of an acoustic grand piano with high-grade piano sound, we can enjoy superb piano performance.

Hybrid Piano System “TransAcoustic TA2” piano transmits digital sound directly to the piano soundboard. This system makes it possible to control volume without losing the rich sound only an acoustic piano can provide.