Yamaha launch new Pianos and Keyboards

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MIA member Yamaha have announced a number of exciting new releases, including a new addition to the AvantGrand pianos range, three new models to the highly popular Arius range of digital pianos, a new type of keyboard designed to give players more creative freedom and the latest addition to Yamaha’s award-winning keyboard roster. Find out more here: 

Yamaha’s new N1X AvantGrand delivers exceptional concert grand experience

Critically acclaimed by professional pianists and internationally respected piano professors alike, Yamaha’s award-winning AvantGrand pianos have carved out unique space between the traditional acoustic piano and top-end digital pianos. A niche exclusive to Yamaha thanks to a unique understanding of concert grand piano making and cutting-edge music innovation.

The new N1X is the latest addition to the range, joining the NU1X, N2 and N3X.

The highly affordable N1X features the sound of CFX and Bösendorfer concert grand pianos which are reproduced with exceptional accuracy. The CFX voice has been  binaurally sampled for a unique headphone experience when silent practice is required. This multi-microphone method sampling technique records the sounds to perfectly match the way that performers hear them on an acoustic instrument. This delivers a truly immersive sound experience on headphones.

The four channel N1X speaker system deploys Yamaha’s Spatial Acoustic Sampling (SAS) technology, a process widely respected by professional acoustic engineers, this process transmits slightly varied frequency data to each speaker thus ensuring that the performers enjoy a soundscape identical to that of an acoustic grand piano.

Unique Virtual Resonance Modelling replicates in every detail how the components of acoustic piano interact with the players performance including string, damper pedal, and the wooden soundboard resonance. All these elements respond to the pianists every touch and dynamic in a truly organic way.

Add a traditional grand piano wooden keyboard, and a mechanical system where the hammers of the N1X actually strike virtual strings allowing precise interpretation of every touch and note. The N1X is also compatible with Yamaha’s Smart Pianist app for familiar touch screen control and can also be used to play back music wirelessly from smart devices with built-in Bluetooth functionality.

Put simply the N1X has to be heard to be believed, designed for serious players in partnership with some of the world’s most prominent pianists and educators this remarkable instrument gets as close to the acoustic experience as possible should practical circumstances mean a grand piano is not a practical (or financial) option.

SRP: £7,524

More information: https://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical_instruments/pianos/avantgrand/index.html

New Yamaha Arius Digital Piano range perfect for ambitious students on a budget

Yamaha have announced three new models to the highly popular Arius range of compact and feature packed digital pianos.

The YDP-144, YDP-164 and YDP-S54 combine Yamaha’s expertise in traditional piano making with new generation music technology providing the ideal solution to budget conscious, yet serious students who demand a highly professional instrument to match their musical ambitions.

All three models feature stereo multi-samples of Yamaha’s globally acclaimed CFX concert grand piano and highly authentic hammer-action style piano keyboards.

The least expensive YDP-144 boasts Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard keyboard action which accurately replicates a traditional piano action thus ensuring students get as close to an acoustic piano experience as possible. The YDP-164 and YDP-S54 offer an upgraded Graded Hammer 3 action which enhances the acoustic piano keyboard experience. These two pianos also feature textured synthetic ivory and ebony key surfaces for an even more realistic acoustic feel.

Leaning on Yamaha’s professional audio credentials, high quality internal stereo speaker systems, integral to all models guarantee that the professional sounds are all faithfully reproduced with dynamism and exceptionally accuracy.

Yamaha’s acclaimed Smart Pianist app for iOS smart devices (Android support arriving June) is integrated into all new models. This creative application allows YDP players to convert their smart devices into a highly creative and graphic user interface where users can select sounds and configure musical set ups with ease. Additionally, Smart Pianist can analyse music files and generate chord charts that scroll in demo as the music player, an invaluable feature for getting closer to favourite music, perfect for creative learning

All three models feature highly attractive and compact modern design, perfect for today’s modern living spaces where often space is at a premium

SRP from: £872

More information: https://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical_instruments/pianos/arius/index.html

Yamaha Sonogenic SHS-500

Keyboard players move centre stage with Yamaha Sonogenic SHS-500 ‘Keytar’. Funky, Fun and Entertaining music making for all.

Yamaha today revealed the elegant and very cool SHS-500 Sonogenic Keytar, a new type of keyboard that will give keyboard players more creative freedom.

The concept: to provide keyboard fans interactive playability with their favourite tracks in an entertaining and educational manner.

Worn like a guitar and boasting 37 keys, central to the SHS-500 is Chord Tracker, a new Yamaha developed app which analyses the musical make up of your favourite music tracks and sends the chord data to the Keytar over MIDI or Bluetooth. When combined with the SHS-500’s unique JAM function the SHS-500 will produce the correct chords putting the player ‘In the Band’. The SHS-500 will also produce solo notes. In addition to being great fun to play with your favourite band, these combined functions are highly educational and ideal for beginners.

For wannabe music producers the instrument is a fully functional controller keyboard controlling via USB or MIDI software based synthesisers and virtual instruments on mobile devices or laptops.

All sounds and performances can be further controlled developed with pitch-bend, modulation, octave shifters and octave shifting. All in real-them via ergonomic controls on the ‘neck’ of the Keytar.

As well as housing a wide range of professional high-quality voices and percussion sounds the SHS- 500 integrates seamlessly and wirelessly with the huge range of educational apps and entertainment software now available.

SRP: £282.00

More information: https://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical_instruments/entertainment/shs/shs-500/index.html

Yamaha debuts PSR-E360 Portable personal keyboard

New look Yamaha keyboard boasts attractive wooden finish styles married with creative music power for starters.

The latest addition to Yamaha’s award-winning keyboard roster is the PSR-E360, a new concept in home keyboards that features 400 exceptionally authentic and varied sounds combined with professionally arranged backing accompaniments. It provides creative players all they need to produce great music and original tracks.

Thanks to a touch sensitive keyboard and variety of inspiring educational aids and features the E-360 is perfect for beginners embarking on their first music making journey.

Complementing the incredibly wide-ranging sound set which ranges from traditional instrument sounds through to state-of-the-art synth sounds is the fully voiced ‘Backing Band ‘function which automatically follow the players left-hand chord changes. A fun and entertaining way to better understand music and learn from virtual musicians.

Fully functioning effects including Reverb, Chorus, EQ and Harmony provide the player with a professional and immersive three -dimensional soundscape.

Thanks to the attractive and elegant wood finish styling options, the keyboard will be at home in any setting.

SRP: £214.00

More information: https://uk.yamaha.com/en/products/musical_instruments/keyboards/portable_keyboards/psr-e360/index.html