Archive for June, 2009

Zoom R16 SD Recorder

The new Zoom R16 recorder revolutionizes recording with the first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that uses Secure Digital (SD) memory.  The R16 is three production tools in one incredibly versatile device: a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface and a control surface. The R16 provides you with all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

The R16 combines a remarkable level of functionality with exceptionally intuitive design. For recording purposes, the unit supports up to 32GB SD cards, allowing over 100 track hours of recording. The flexibility of SD recording not only makes the R16 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive. You can even have respective SD cards dedicated to specific recording sessions. Back up your project on a USB memory stick.

With the ability to record up to 8 tracks simultaneously, the R16 is perfect for recording everything: from music production and rehearsals to field recording and live performances. The R16 also features the same built-in stereo condenser microphones found on an H4 for convenient “sketch-pad” capturing of ideas or rehearsals.

Computers bring incredible control and power to the recording process, but they’re not very intuitive when it comes to mixing. And mixing makes the music. So, when you’re ready to mix, the R16 is right there with you. With its USB operation, you can control the functions of your DAW software from the R16 for easy mixing with fine-tuned control. No more mixing with a mouse! The R16’s intuitive, mixing console feel, and LED meter bridge makes mixing your tracks a pleasure.

Yamaha S90XS and S70XS Synthesizers

The new Yamaha S90XS and S70XS synthesizers feature all the Voices, Performances,  and Virtual Circuit Modeling effects found on the flagship MOTIF XS Music Production Synthesizer. In addition, Yamaha has added a huge 142 megabytes dedicated exclusively to high-quality piano waveforms, for a total of 456 MB of instrument samples.

First among these new piano sounds are the new samples taken from Yamaha’s famous S6 concert grand piano. These fully capture the richly textured sound of that wonderfully expressive instrument, and provide a warm concert grand piano sound unavailable on any other keyboard. For variation, the MOTIF XS piano based on a
Yamaha CFIIIS is also available.

Conventional keyboards in the past had their sounds designed primarily for the listener. This time, the Yamaha development team set out to primarily satisfy the player. They reasoned that when the performer hears and experiences the best possible sound, the performance would be the best possible too!  The Yamaha  S90XS and
S70XS truly inspire and stimulate the live performer as well as the music creator and arranger.

The Performance Creator feature lets you quickly and conveniently create your own custom Performances. It’s never been easier to select a Voice, then quickly program Layers and Splits – even assigning a Drum Voice complete with arpeggios to create your perfect Performance.

The panel controls of the Yamaha S90XS and S70XS have been designed and positioned for optimum, intuitive operation, especially for live performance. You can quickly select a Part, turn it on/off, set Arpeggio on/off, switch Arpeggio Hold – all done easily with the top panel controls – and instantly tweak important synth parameters via the
Knobs and Sliders. The perfect Performance has never been easier to create and control.

These new Yamaha synthesizers have a host of other features that live performers will appreciate, like the combo input jack that accepts microphones. Simply plug in a microphone, tweak the INPUT GAIN knob (while checking the convenient PEAK lamp), and you’re all set! You can also use the Control Knobs to finely adjust the volume and even directly apply reverb or chorus to the sound.

If you’ve got a USB memory device or thumb drive, you can plug it into the S90XS or S70XS synths and record your performance as audio data. This remarkable feature lets you instantly capture what you play on the keyboard – including arpeggio playback – to your USB device.  If you’ve connected a microphone or guitar, you can even
record your singing or playing as well. You can also record audio directly to the internal flash memory (192 MB) built into the instrument, without the need of a memory device. This is a killer application!

Anything you’ve recorded to the memory device, even audio files created on your computer, can be played back on these synthesizers – which means you can create your own custom audio backing tracks and perform along with them on the S90XS or S70XS. For example, you can create a basic song track beforehand, then sing and solo over it during your performance. Or add guitar parts and vocal harmonies to be played back with your live performance. There’s also a useful Song Chain function that lets you string together separate recordings and create a convenient backing track “set list” for your gigs.

The S70XS has a 76-Balanced Hammer Effect keyboard in a compact, lightweight design. It’s easy to use, exceptionally portable, and absolutely perfect for live performers and gigging musicians. The S90XS provides 88 -Balanced Hammer Effect keyboard for those players who need a full-range, full-scale keyboard.

The new Yamaha S Series synthesizer are also a perfect companion for your computer music production system, too, serving both as a master keyboard and a full-function, multi-timbral tone generator. With the DAW Remote function and its 50 different control templates, you get amazingly easy, intuitive control over your main DAW software and VST instruments – directly from the panel controls! In addition, the Voice Editor and Remote Editor software give you convenient, comprehensive computer control over all the sounds, settings and functions of the S70XS and S90 XS synthesizers.

For more information on Yamaha keyboards and musical instruments, visit, or call Andy’s Music at 251-633-8944.

New Yamaha NX Nylon String Guitars

Yamaha guitars has announced a new series of acoustic electric nylon string guitars – the NX Series. With the NX range, Yamaha has created something new from the oldest and most traditional guitars, to show that nylon string guitars are no longer just for nylon string players.

The NX Series has six models and includes a choice of NT contemporary thinline or NC traditional body styles, traditional classical or crossover neck profiles, body wood options and spec levels, from the workhorse NTX700 to the handcrafted NCX2000, complete with Yamaha’s Acoustic Resonance Enhancement (ARE) technology. This technology gives guitars a more matured sound (as in aged), right out of the box!

Benefiting from Yamaha’s class-leading construction including premium tonewoods, ultra-thin finishes and professional setups, the NX range also features the latest version of the exclusive ART (Acoustic Resonance Transducer) pickup system, in a truly nylon-specific configuration.

Yamaha NX guitars were created to provide a range of performance instruments that not only prove nylon strings are a tone every guitarist should have in their palette, but makes those tones more accessible and usable than ever before.