Archive for November, 2006

Yamaha Speakers – Mark V Club Series

The Yamaha Club Series pro audio speakers were developed and manufactured in the United States, and have earned acclaim around the world. The new Yamaha Mark V series speakers represent a complete redesign of the previous Concert Club IV lineup, introducing three front-of-house models, three subwoofers, and three monitor models.

While maintaining the superb portability and ease of placement that characterized previous generations of Yamaha Pro Auido speakers, as well as the same design concept and stunning sound, the Mark V series represents a new level of performance overall.

Features Include:

  • A comprehensive lineup for a variety of applications as well versatile system expansion.
  • An ideal match for EMX series powered mixers or P series power amplifiers.
  • Top-class parts and wood enclosures for superior sound.
  • Classic design combines strength and sophistication.
  • Built-in tweeter protection.
  • 1-3/8 inch speaker pole sockets.
  • A-type models for flying or bracket Installation.

Edirol R09 Firmware Update

Roland has announced a new firmware update (v1.10) for the Edirol R09 stereo field recorder.

The new firmware update allows the R-09 to support the new SDHC standard for SD memory cards. Previously, the R09 was limited to a maximum SD card capacity of 2 gigabytes using standard SD memory cards. As of November 17, 2006 the R09 is now fully compatible with SDHC memory cards that offer sizes over the 2 GB limit and increased data transfer speeds. Tested and approved, the new Panasonic RP-SDR04-GJ1K 4GB media is fully compatible with the R-09.

As more SDHC-compliant memory cards become available to the market, the R-09 will be able to use and access the higher capacity memory that these SDHC memory cards offer. Of course, standard SD cards remain compatible with the R-09 according to the SDHC specifications.

Other enhancements in the v1.10 firmware update include superior data transfer speeds across the USB 2.0 connections, a longer power switch cut-off-time, cycling of the alphanumeric characters when naming files or folders, and improvements to the internal time-stamping feature when using the MOVE and COPY operations respectively.

Yamaha MO8 Synthesizer

Yamaha MO8 Synthesizer

The new Yamaha MO8 is targeted to semi-professional musicians and home/project studio owners as well as songwriters and performers. The Yamaha MO 8 is a 88-key synthesizer and draws on the advanced technology of the professional-level Yamaha Motif ES with a full set of authentic sounds and comprehensive music-making features. 

The MO 8 includes an emphasis on contemporary styles and voices¡ªplus an exceptionally large internal wave memory capacity and the immediacy of hands-on control. The Yamaha MO8 is designed to be highly portable, compact, and to serve as an ideal keyboard for live performance applications.

Drawing on the technology and sounds of the professional level MOTIF ES, the new Yamaha MO8 features an expanded sound set, with an exceptionally large internal wave memory capacity. The keyboard has a full complement of realistic instrument Voices (total 512) and Drum Kits (64), and includes many modern and vintage synthesizer sounds, making it well-equipped for current dance, club and techno music styles. For sound shaping and signal processing, the M06 features sharp, responsive filters (with real-time knob control from the panel) and an extensive set of high-quality effects.

The Yamaha MO 8 contains many advanced music production tools. These include a built-in Song sequencer, and a useful Pattern mode that allows you to build complex rhythmic/chordal patterns by using preset Phrases¡ªor Phrases of your own creation. Also, the powerful Arpeggio feature gives you over 1700 sequenced phrases that you can trigger at the touch of a key.

The MO8 also seamlessly integrates into computer music systems, with special remote control functions that let you operate your favorite sequencer software from the instrument itself. In addition, the MO is the latest instrument in the Yamaha line to feature compatibility with the convenient Studio Connections system; it also supports the new Audio Integration features in that system.

Studio Connections lets you make and save MO8 settings to a song within your DAW application (such as Steinberg’s Cubase SX and Nuendo), and use the Total Recall features to instantly restore those settings when you reopen the song. Audio Integration takes this hardware/software link a huge leap further by allowing you to assign and seamlessly access the MO right from the sequencer, just as if the MO 8 were a plug-in synthesizer.

Yamaha YDP Series Digital Pianos

Yamaha Digital Piano Series: Part I

Electronic Keyboard Models Yamaha YDP223, YDP323, and YDP213

Most people who are players, and who are familiar with Yamaha electronic keyboard products, know about the quality and sound of Yamaha digital pianos. In the past few years, the cost of owning a digital piano with weighted action has plummeted to an all-time low.

In the not too distant past, say 5-6 years ago, the least expensive Yamaha digital piano with weighted action cost about $2000.00, and it did not have the quality of sound and features of today’s electronic keyboards. Today’s models are feature rich, and have a much improved sound and keyboard action. Let’s begin with the Yamaha YDP223.

Yamaha YDP223 Digital Piano
The YDP223 has been around awhile, but it is still one of the most popular weighted key digital pianos we sell. It combines great sound and features in an attractive cabinet that will add a touch of elegance to any home or church. The YDP223 features an 88 Key Graded Hammer Action keyboard. Graded Hammer Action emulates the action of a grand piano – heavier in the bass and lighter in the treble areas of the keyboard (on a grand piano, the hammers get thicker as you move from treble to bass). The earlier digital piano models certainly didn’t have this feature!

The YDP223 has 14 high quality voices for you to choose from. These include 2 Grand Pianos, 2 Electric Pianos, 2 Church Organs, 2 Harpsichords, Vibraphone, 2 Strings, Jazz Organ, Choir and Guitar. And you can combine two sounds at once, like Piano and Strings. For your learning and listening pleasure, you’ll find 50 built-in songs. There’s even a songbook included too. And finally, there is a matching padded bench.

The Yamaha YDP series of digital pianos also includes two other models, the YDP323 and the YDP213. They are less feature rich, and do not have the sound of the YDP223, but they offer a lot of bang for the buck!

Yamaha YDP323
The Yamaha YDP323 digital keyboard uses Yamaha’s renowned AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) tone generation technology and Stereo Sampling. When you play a key on the YDP323, what you hear is a “sample”, or digital recording, of the same note on a high quality concert grand piano. This exceptionally realistic, natural acoustic sound makes the Yamaha YDP323 ideal for anyone wanting true piano tone.

Like the YDP223, the YDP323 has three pedals – damper, soft, and sostenuto – to let you perform more expressively. It too has a built-in digital recorder, variable touch sensitivity, dual mode, and digital reverb. Through the end of the year, Yamaha is offering a $100 mail in rebate. For additional information, click this link: Yamaha YDP323.

Yamaha YDP213
The YDP213 is the most affordable digital piano in the Yamaha YDP series. It has the expressive GHS (Graded Hammer Standard effect) keyboard. Unlike conventional digital piano keyboards that use springs or dampers to simulate piano feel, the GHS keyboard uses weights and mechanical linkages to provide a new level of realism. You’ll notice the difference it makes as soon as you start playing.

The keyboard on the Yamaha YDP213 even has variable touch sensitivity. Select the hard, medium or soft setting to match your playing style or finger strength. Turn off sensitivity for a fixed response setting, ideal when playing the organ. Other features include 64 note polyphony, 6 voices, dual voice mode, metronome, and digital reverb. Matching bench included, too.

So, there you have it. Three very good digital pianos with good looks to match their quality sound (don’t forget the matching bench that’s included free), and there’s a price point for almost any budget. Check them out on our website for complete information and pricing, or give us a call if you want to talk to a real person. 

(Andy’s Music, established in 1977, is a full-line musical instrument dealer in Mobile, Alabama. Andy’s sells and services most major brands of musical instruments and products include guitars, drums, keyboards, pianos, pro audio, band and orchestra instruments, and sheet music.)

Yamaha Electronic Keyboards

Many people know about Yamaha electronic keyboards and guitars today, but it wasn’t always so in the past.  Yamaha began over one hundred years ago when a young entrepreneur named Torakusu Yamaha set out to craft a high-quality reed organ. Before long, the company he founded had not only gone on to manufacture Japan’s first piano, it had also gained recognition abroad: In 1904, a Yamaha piano and organ were awarded an Honorary Grand Prize at the St. Louis World’s Fair.

From these auspicious beginnings, Yamaha grew to become one of the best-loved manufacturers of musical instruments in the world. And as it grew, the company capitalized on a unique heritage of artisanship and technological know-how to diversify into an astoundingly wide range of products and services.

Today, Yamaha is a leader in businesses ranging from musical instruments and audio & video products to information technology products, new media services, home furnishings, auto components, specialty metals, music education and resort facilities. Yet, true to their musical origins, no matter what business they take on — or what country they do business in — they seek to remain perfectly attuned to a set of common values that define the World of Yamaha.

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