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Yamaha Rolls Out Support for SMPTE ST2110-30



Yamaha releases regular software updates to continue giving sound engineers constant access to high-quality, user-friendly functions. At the same time, Dante studio networking continues its growth in popularity throughout all professional audio markets. The latest update allows Yamaha CL/QL Series digital mixers and R Series I/O racks to support SMPTE ST211-30 in combination with standard Dante functionality.

SMPTE ST2110 is a suite of standards for media over IP networks finding rapid adoption within the professional broadcast community, while ST2110-30 defines the audio part of the set. CL/QL Series digital mixers are already used at numerous broadcasting stations and outside broadcast vehicles, ensuring the wide acceptability of Dante throughout the industry,

Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager software package now allows Dante devices to run “SMPTE mode”. In this way, simultaneous compatibility between ST2110-30 devices and all regular Dante devices is not only maintained, but system setup is simplified and security enhanced.

“Obviously, it is extremely important for digital mixes to be able to connect with other equipment and networks,” comments Motome Tanaka, Yamaha Group Manager of the PA Marketing & Sales Group. “The new support for SMPTE ST2110-30 will help systems that already include CL/QL Series mixers to integrate with wider media networks, confirming their place in future IP-based designs.”

Yamaha strives constantly to listen to customers and give them what they need for more responsive, convenient mixing experiences.


Yamaha Pacifica Electric Guitars Feature New Colors and Premium Components



Yamaha announced two new Pacifica models in the PAC612 electric guitar lineup, featuring striking new finishes and updated hardware.

Yamaha has been making guitars since 1942, and the company’s Pacifica series, first launched in 1990, were inspired by the California session scene of the day, where versatility, consistent performance night after night and the flexibility to capture an artist’s individuality were driving factors. One of the best electric guitar values since its inception, Yamaha Pacifica guitars are well known for great tone and outstanding playability – ideal for any level of gigging guitarist.

The new Pacifica models combine renowned Yamaha build quality and playability with premium third-party components, recalling their LA custom shop roots. Seymour Duncan TB-14 Custom 5 and SSL-1 single-coil pickups deliver warm and powerful sounds, while a five-position pickup selector and push-pull coil-split deliver tonal versatility. Graph Tech TUSQ nuts and strings trees, Grover locking tuners and Wilkinson VS50 bridges ensure optimal performance and exceptional tuning stability. Both the PAC612VIIFMX and PAC612VIIX feature alder bodies with bolt-on maple necks and rosewood fretboards.

The Pacifica 612VIIFMX sports a flamed-maple veneer top with a Fire Red finish, and the Pacifica 612VIIX is available in Matte Silk Blue (exclusively at Sweetwater), Teal Green Metallic and Yellow Natural Satin.

The Yamaha Pacifica 612VIIFMX and 612VIIX electric guitars (MSRP: $1,050.00) are currently shipping.


Yamaha Celebrates Signature Bass Icon Peter Hook With Signature BB Bass



Yamaha introduced the Peter Hook Signature BB Bass, unique instrument honoring the enduring relationship between Yamaha and the celebrated artist.

Peter Hook is best known as the bassist and founding member of Joy Division and New Order, two English rock bands who rank among the pioneers of the post-punk movement. Hook has pursued an innovative, 40-plus year career with these and other bands, blending post-punk with electronic and dance-music influences during his musical evolution.

Throughout his career, Hook has chosen Yamaha BB basses for their assertive sound and durable construction. At the start of his career, Hook latched onto the Yamaha BB600 as an early favorite and finally landed on the BB1200S, which has stayed with him over the decades. He now owns seven BB1200S models, and his very first BB1200S still resides at his home for playing and recording.

The Peter Hook Signature BB Bass combines influences from his longtime companion BB1200S and the BB734A he currently plays on tour with Peter Hook & The Light, paying tribute to an artist whose unique playing style and musicianship changed the course of modern music.

“It’s such a compliment to be recognized for what you’ve done and to have it come full circle and culminate with my own signature bass — made to my specs and to satisfy my playing — is such an honor, and I’m very happy with it,” said Hook. “I’m very proud to have worked with Yamaha to develop the BBPH and I think it’s one of the best guitars in the world if I do say so myself!”

To fit Hook’s style of playing high on the fretboard, the signature model reworks the pickup arrangement of the BB1200S to draw out “that sweeter sound for the treble strings and the tighter sound for the bass strings,” says Pat Campolattano, senior designer and luthier, Yamaha Guitar Group. Working closely with Hook on the development of the BBPH, Campolattano also replaced the straight-through neck of the BB1200S with a bolt-on design that brings out the unique tone Hook has popularized in his music while maintaining the sturdiness of a straight-through neck.

The distinctive “BB1200S Red” finish on the 3-piece body and matching headstock evokes Hook’s classic instrument, as does the single, reversed pickup. The VSP7n split, single-coil is paired with a true active/passive preamp to offer the best of both classic and modern BB tone. Similar to Hook’s BB734A, a 3-band EQ is available in the active mode, and the treble knob acts as a master tone control in the passive mode. Hook’s signature is screened on the back of the headstock, above a nod to “Manchester, England!” Even in these small details, this signature bass celebrates the history of this eminent artist and his indelible influence on modern music.

The Yamaha BBPH Peter Hook Signature Bass (MSRP: $2,000.00) is now shipping. The BBPH is a limited-edition model, and only 14 basses of its kind are available in the United States.


Yamaha Introduced P-37ERD Red Pianica



Yamaha introduced P-37ERD Red Pianica, the newest addition to the company’s Pianica lineup. It joins the company’s previously released P-37EBK and P-37EBR models and offers the same impeccable turning and quality for which these instruments are known, in an attention-grabbing red body.

The Pianica is a breath-powered, or small keyboard that is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece. The sound of the instrument is best described as between a harmonica and an accordion, but with more body and depth than other melodica-type instruments.

Performers looking for a professional-level Pianica that provides a strong presence on stage and during instrumental solos will be very pleased with the P-37ERD, which has a brilliant sound that carries and easily cuts through live accompaniment. The new sound was achieved through internal modifications and ABS plastic used on the underside of the body, rather than Ecodear plastic used in the P-37EBK and P-37EBR, which provided a warmer tone.

“The Red Pianica is the perfect addition to our family of Pianicas, giving live musicians the tonal quality for which Yamaha is known, with a brand-new look and sound,” said Matt Kerns, accessories marketing manager, Yamaha Winds & Strings. “While other P-37E Pianica models are great for musicians seeking a mellow sound for intimate jam sessions or playing at home, professional-level players will love the Red Pianica’s rich, bright sound and bold red body that commands the attention of a crowd.”

The Red Pianica P-37ERD features a three-octave note range beginning with F below middle C. The instrument comes with a mouthpiece extension tube and a soft carrying case.

The Yamaha Red Pianica P-37ERD (MSRP: $151.99) is expected to ship in December 2020.


Yamaha RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 Win IBC 2020 Best of Show Award



Yamaha announced that the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 digital mixing systems have won the IBC 2020 Best of Show Award Virtual Edition from Pro Sound News magazine.

The launch of RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 in 2020 highlighted Yamaha’s intention to bring the benefits of RIVAGE PM digital mixing solutions to as many different applications as possible. The onboard Dante Integration, flexible routing matrixes, powerful onboard processing and scalability of the work surfaces mean that RIVAGE PM is a very attractive mixing solution for the live broadcast and streaming markets, with the compact size of the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 systems making them particularly well suited to mobile outside broadcast units.

With the inherent pressures of the broadcast environment, another key benefit of RIVAGE PM systems is the instant familiarity of the control surface and workflow to engineers coming to broadcast from live concert mixing. If a new engineer already knows the system they are using, it radically reduces the time and cost implications of getting up to speed.

“RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 systems are unchallenged in the broadcast and live production markets when you compare the price to the array of onboard features and performance,” says Karl Christmas, European Product Manager at Yamaha Music Europe GmbH. “Winning the IBC 2020 Best of Show Award has been gratifying recognition of how much we have listened to what engineers need and the hard work that the Yamaha R&D team has put into developing the systems.”

“The introduction of the PM5 and PM3 mark Yamaha’s most ambitious expansion for the RIVAGE PM series yet,” says Pro Sound News content director Clive Young. “The careful thought that went into the revised control surfaces is readily evident and the addition of new features to aid users’ workflow highlight how Yamaha has strived to answer end users’ needs with the new consoles. Pro Sound News congratulates Yamaha on a well-deserved IBC Best of Show win.”


Yamaha Announced the Clavinola CLP-700 Series Digital Pianos



Yamaha Corporation of American announced the Clavinova CLP 700 Series, the revolutionary new generation of the award-winning Clarinova digital piano.

Five new models – the CLP-735, CLP-765GP, CLP-785, and CLP-795GP – offer unprecedented improvements to realism and playability, as well as new historical Voices that perfectly reproduce the fortepiano, an ancestor of the modern piano. This lets players practice using the same tones that legendary composers heard as they crafted their music, bringing a new depth of authenticity and immersion to classical repertoire.

Models beginning with the CLP-735 feature the clear, light Mozart Piano and lilting, sonorous Chopin Piano Voices, painstakingly sampled from Walter and Pleyel fortepianos respectively built in the 18th and 19th centuries. The CLP-785 and CLP-795GP add Scarlatti and Beethoven fortepiano Voices. The former was sampled from an instrument designed by the inventor of the piano himself, Bartolomeo Cristofori; the latter from a London-made Broadwood fortepiano.

Of course, the CLP-700 series also includes the Voices of today’s world-leading concert grand pianos: the Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial. Both are offered in stereo and binaural versions. Binaural sampling is a recording process that “hears” as the human ears and head do. When either Voice is played through headphones, the sense of each note emanating from where it would on a grand piano is so accurate that players will forget they are wearing headphones at all. This increases enjoyment and time spent at the keyboard and is also ideal for multi-piano lab settings where students play side by side.

The Clavinova CLP-700 Series connects these Voices to musicians’ fingers with improved GrandTouch™ and GrandTouch-S™ keyboard actions that respond like a real grand piano because, in fact, their mechanisms are derived from the hammer action of a real grand piano. Synthetic ebony and ivory key surfaces are textured to help finger grip and wick away moisture. The illusion of playing an acoustic instrument is further perfected by Real Grand Expression 2 (RGE2). Exclusive to Yamaha, this revolutionary technology converts the slightest variations in touch into limitless dynamic and harmonic nuances.

The CLP Series has always maintained the dignified appearance of a traditional acoustic piano. With the CLP-700 Series, the upright and grand (GP) cabinet designs raise the bar for home digital pianos. On the CLP-785 and CLP-795GP models, the exclusive new Touch Sensor Control Panel is nestled in the left end-block. With the instrument powered on, white-on-black markings and a crisp LCD appear subtly on a flush, touch-sensitive surface. When powered off, the panel and display become virtually invisible.

Compatibility with the Yamaha Smart Pianist app allows access to all the CLP-700 Series’ control functions from a connected iOS® or Android™ device. On models CLP-745 and up, Bluetooth® wireless audio connectivity lets players stream songs from a mobile device or computer and play along with them through the Clavinovas’ robust, high-fidelity speaker systems.

The new Clavinova CLP-700 Series models will be available in the Fall of 2020 but be sure to check your local authorized Clavinova dealer for availability. Prices range from $2,299 to $7,499.


Yamaha Announced the PRS-SX600 Workstation Keyboard



Yamaha announced the PSR-SX600, a 61-key personal performance keyboard that draws in the company’s best arranger workstation technology to offer a new benchmark of performance at a very approachable price. It replaces the PSR-S670 in a family of arranger whose advanced features derive from the flagship Yamaha Genos digital workstation.

Realistic, diverse, and engaging accompaniment Styles have always formed the core of Yamaha arranger instruments. The PSR-SX600 augments these with powerful new functionality. Via the Smart Chord feature, songwriters with or without keyboard proficiency can utilize the Style engine to sketch out fully orchestrated arrangement ideas. Then, the Unison Styles and Accent Styles bring a new dimension of authenticity to automatic accompaniment, making the sense of playing with a virtual backup band of expert musicians more convincing than ever. Plus, with expansion ROM and compatibility with free Yamaha Voice and Style Expansion packs, the PSR-SX600 presents a nearly limitless galaxy of musical possibilities.

New studio-quality DSP effects let the player add Real Distortion to a guitar Voice, Real Reverb to a piano, and much more, imparting just the right amount of color to the sound. A microphone input allows for singing through the PSR’s effects and EQ, and features a vocal cancel function for karaoke sing-alongs to pre-existing tracks. The player can then commit their idea to posterity via onboard audio recording in studio-quality WAV format, with time-stretching and pitch-shifting for WAV data helping to create the perfect take. Separate part EQ for all Voices in a Style as well as “live” Voices played from the keyboard lets the musician mix like a professional engineer.

The PSR-SX600 is designed to work without a computer and always be ready to record, giving solo performers, songwriters, and hobbyist musicians alike all they need to craft complete and highly polished songs. Nonetheless, USB audio and MIDI connectivity is on hand to facilitate seamless integration with the rest of one’s music technology world.

A new high-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) ensures the most pristine, audiophile-quality sound from the PSR-SX600. The stunning angular design and brilliant color screen are a visual clue to the music-making power beneath the surface, and two assignable Live Control knobs allow for real-time adjustment of key aspects of the sound — as one would do on a pro synthesizer. A robust stereo sound system means the PSR-SX600 can be played anywhere, with a stereo line output allowing for connection to external combo amplifiers or P.A. Setups.

“The new PSR-SX600 is a welcome addition to our lineup of Arranger Workstation keyboards,” says Ben Harrison, Product Marketing Manager, Digital Pianos and Portable Keyboards, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Its affordable price point should not fool anyone into doubting its powerful feature set. The new Unison and Accent Styles offer flexibility to perform like never before. With a microphone input and DSP effects, a built-in USB audio/MIDI interface, and Smart Chord functionality, this wallet-friendly workstation has everything you need.”

The Yamaha PSR-SX600 is expected to ship to retailers September 14, 2020, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,399.


Yamaha Introduces Two New Colors for CSF1M Guitars



Yamaha introduced two new color choices for the CSF1M acoustic-electric guitar: Crimson Red Burst, and Translucent Black.

“CSF is compact without compromise,” said Dave Miner, product marketing manager, Yamaha Guitar Group. “We reintroduced the series in 2018 because of interest in parlor-sized guitars and expanded the lineup last year with a TransAcoustic model. We hope these two new CSF1M finishes will help even more players to find a perfect fit for the sound and style they want, and for wherever they play.”

Special forward-shifted scalloped bracing enhances the resonance of the Yamaha CSF1M guitar’s solid Sitka spruce top, increasing bass response, while its mahogany back and sides impart a natural warmth and richness. Despite its compact size and shorter length, which some players find more comfortable to play than the larger instruments, the CSF1M has a surprisingly big and rich acoustic sound, with an undersaddle SRT piezo pickup for plugging in onstage or in the studio.

Combining the portability of a travel guitar with the focused tonal characteristics of a parlor guitar, the CSF1M is an ideal choice for both the road and the destination.

The Yamaha CSF1M models in Crimson Red Burst and Translucent Black (MSRP: $639.00) are now shipping.


Yamaha Announces Three Designs Selected for Red Dot Award



Yamaha Corporation announces that three of its designs were selected to receive the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2020: namely, the CP88/CP73 stage pianos, the Sonogenic SHS-500 keytars, and the design for the solo guitar stools.

CP88/CP73 Stage Pianos

Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP88 and CP73 stage pianos continue a rich tradition as the newest in the CP Series of keyboards designed for live performances. The CP88/CP73 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch, and an intuitive one-to-one interface. Durable, yet compact and light, the stage pianos are available in both 88-key and 73-key models.

Sonigenic SHS-500 Keytars

The Sonogenic SHS-500 is a “keytar”, a digital keyboard that can be held like a guitar, designed to allow anyone to experience the fun of musical performance immediately, even if they’re never played a keyboard before. With a JAM function that automatically matches notes played on the instrument to the chord progressions of songs played on connected smart devices, the SHS-500 lets even beginners enjoy performing along with their favorite songs. Weighing just 1.5 with a built-in speaker, these instruments can be operated using batteries only and come equipped with 30 instrument voices, a knob that lets you control a wide range of effects, and even a MIDI terminal. The Sonogenic SHS-500 features a simple design while still being a great choice for full-fledged performances and musical composition.

Solo Guitar Stools (China Release Only)

Designed by Yamaha, these stools also function as a guitar stand. Protrusions set low on two of the three legs serve as supports for the guitar when the stool is used as a guitar stand, while a knob set higher up on the remaining leg can be used by players to rest their leg when playing. The surface of the seat looks like a guitar pick when seen from above and has been crafted so that he upper surface is comfortable to sit on, while the underside feels pleasant to hold. Yamaha released a conceptual prototype of the stool in 2010, which was productized by Chinese furniture manufacturer MEXARTS and released by the same company in September 2019 for sale in China.

The Red Dot Design Award is a German design award highly respected around the world, and comprises three categories: Product Design, Brands & Communications Design, and Design Concept. Each year, top-quality designs from around the world are selected for these awards. This time, around 6,500 items were submitted from 60 countries and regions around the world for the Red Dot Award: Product Design. This latest win brings Yamaha’s total number of Red Dot Design Awards to 24 since it began submitting entries in 1997.


Yamaha Adds YBS-82 Custom Baritone to its Saxophone Lineup



Yamaha unveiled the YBS-82 Custom Baritone Saxophone, the first custom level model addition to the company’s venerated saxophone lineup.

Like its highly acclaimed Soprano, Alto and Tenor Custom Saxophones, the YBS-82 provides industry-leading reliability and consistency to professional jazz, classical and contemporary artists looking for the highest level of craftsmanship in a baritone saxophone.

As a Custom-level Yamaha instrument, the YBS-82 offers a variety of configurations that can help an artist achieve their desired sound. For example, the new saxophone features handmade neck options with varying tapers and finishes, including silver-plated, unlacquered, and gold lacquered to satisfy a player’s preferences.

A shorter bell length improves intonation, particularly when playing challenging notes in the lower register, while a one-piece bell provides rich sound throughout the range of the instrument. A new key layout improvises ergonomics and makes it easier to play the instrument comfortably. Yamaha also added a detachable peg, which supports a good portion of the instrument’s weight.

In keeping with the Yamaha vertical design philosophy, the newly released YBS-6211 and YBS-480 will contain features from this top-tier instrument.

“The YBS-82 offers the greatest level of customization of any baritone saxophone on the market today, as well as the highest level of craftsmanship and reliability for which our saxophones are known,” said Brian Petterson, senior manager, Winds & Strings, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The arrival of this instrument completes the Yamaha Custom saxophone lineup, offering expert saxophonists a truly world-class instrument able to bring their desired sound to life.”