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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.

Yamaha Brought New Products to IBC 2018

Yamaha brought new products and updated firmware at IBC 2018. Yamaha has a digital mixing solution suitable for every type of broadcast need, from the biggest event to the most compact studio or broadcast facility.

Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 digital mixing systems have rapidly become the new byword for excellence in the large format market. The facilities, audio quality, high channel counts and ease of use are all proving a hit with engineers across the world. IBC sees the launch of updated firmware and two new interface cards for RIVAGE systems, which add features especially relevant to the broadcast market.

The HY128-MD is a 128-in/128-out interface which can be used to convert the output of a RIVAGE PM10 system to MADI, for transmission to a broadcast OB truck or to connect with a MADI-based mixing console, as well as providing asynchronous sample rate conversion for devices using different word clocks to be connected without noise and dropouts.

The HY144D-SRC supports up to 144 inputs/144 outputs via Dante with onboard sample rate conversion, adding convenience to systems where devices running at different sample rates need to be interconnected. Meanwhile, the latest Version 2.20 firmware supports both the new cards and adds several new features for PM7 and PM10 systems.

New Version 5.1 firmware update for Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixers directly supports the Sony DWR-R03D DWX digital receiver – used extensively in both broadcast and live production environments – significantly enhancing the value of existing and future CL/QL-based audio systems to broadcasters.

In addition, the latest firmware for all Yamaha digital mixers means that they now feature multiple channels of Dan Dugan automixing, making them the idea solution for all kinds of multi-microphone broadcast applications.

Yamaha Introduced P-121 Perfect Compact Digital Piano

Yamaha has introduced the P-121 digital piano, the ideal piano for aspiring pianists, as well as gigging musicians looking for an ultra-compact and affordable instrument to take to their next performance.

The P-121 is the first 73-key, weighted action piano from Yamaha, and carries on the tradition of the best-selling P-Series digital pianos, which boast dynamic, high-quality sound along with a premium built-in stereo speaker system.

The P-121 weighs a mere 22 pounds. It is the lightest, most affordable weighted key digital piano on the market, and makes for the perfect musical companion to take along with you wherever you make music. Additionally, its compact size makes it the ideal option for music labs, where the space-saving afforded by the P-121 could mean more keyboards and students in the classroom.

The P-121 is also compatible with the Smart Pianist app for iOS devices, which allows pianists to turn their smart device into an intuitive and rich graphic user interface, making selecting Voices and configuring settings even easier.

The Smart Pianist app also takes advantage of the instrument’s built-in USB audio and MIDI interface and on-board speaker system. This not only enables the user to play along with their favorite artists, but it also allows them to record audio and/or MIDI performances into a computer.

The Yamaha P-121 digital piano comes in both black and spotlight white finishes and will be available in October at $899.99 MSRP.

Yamaha Unveiled MONTAGE at NAMM 2016

Yamaha logoYamaha, creator of the industry-changing DX and the popular Motif, welcomes you to the new era of synthesizers with the MONTAGE. It sets the next milestone with sophisticated dynamic control, massive sound creation and streamlined workflow all combined in a powerful keyboard designed to inspire your creativity. Yamaha unveiled MONTAGE at NAMM 2016.

Some features include:
* Motion Control Synthesis Engine – Unifies and controls two Sound Engines: AWM2 and FM-X

* AWM2 Sound Engine – 128-Note Stereo polyphony, a waveform of 10 times the capacity of the MOTIF XF, and 1.75 GB of user flash memory with high speed reading/writing

* FM-X Sound Engine – features an 8-operator FM architecture

* Super Knob – Can be used to control multiple parameters simultaneously. It can also be assigned to a second FC7 foot controller.

* Directly compatible with Motive XF Voices

* A huge range of incredible sounds (including a brand new Yamaha CFX Premium Grand Piano)

* Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) effects

* Pure Analog Circuit (PCM)

* Connect MONTAGE to your computer with a single USB cable

* The USB connection also features full MIDI support of 16 channels

* MONTAGE supports the sampling rate up to 192 kHz

* Seamless Sound Switching (SSS) – available for Performances that have a maximum of 8 parts

* A/D input – possesses external audio sources with your instrument’s DSP

* Color Touch Screen – allows you to select and change parameters directly

* Eight Rotary Encoders and Faders with Stepladder LED

* Three configurations of keyboard action

* Direct Control Assignment at the touch of a button

* Cubase AI bundle

The Yamaha MONTAGE is expected to be out in May of 2016.