Close Up: Yamaha Synthesizers

World’s Largest Manufacturer: In 1887 Yamaha started making musical instruments
in Hamamatsu, Japan. From there Yamaha has grown into the world’s largest manufac- turer of musical instruments, including pianos, “silent pianos,” drums, guitars, brass instru- ments, woodwinds, violins, violas, celli and vibraphones. Established in 1960 as Yamaha International Corporation, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a full line of musical instruments and audio/visual products to the US market. Nate Tschetter, Product Marketing Manager for Yamaha Synthesizers, says, “The two foundational elements of our aesthetic are that we make great sounding instruments that allow musicians to sound unique and fully express themselves.”

MODX: Yamaha’s recently released MODX incorporates its flagship technology into a light- weight line of synthesizers that offers dynamic, expressive music-making at an affordable price. The successor to the popular Yamaha MOXF Line is available in three models—MODX6 (61 semi-weighted keys), MODX7 (76 semi- weighted keys) and MODX8 (88 weighted and graded keys)—to fit the needs of synth players, keyboardists and pianists. The power of the MODX offers musicians unlimited potential to create their own unique sound. The MODX sound engine draws on the same technology powering the flagship MONTAGE synth: AWM2 (Advanced Wave Memory 2) sample and synthesis engine plus a pure FM-X (Frequency Modulation) synthesizer modernized for dy- namic synthesis and complex sound design.

MONTAGE: Released in 2016, the MONTAGE represents a new era in synthesizer technology by offering unprecedented ways for keyboard players to control and interact with sound. MONTAGE, available in 61-, 76- and 88-key configurations, features the Motion Control Synthesizer Engine, a powerful and intuitive way to interact with and control sound. The Motion Control Synthesizer Engine controls two iconic Sound Engines: Advanced Wave Memory 2 (AWM2) and FM-X.

REFACE: Yamaha’s reface series offers great sound, built-in speakers, 37 keys with profession- al-grade HQ-Mini action (derived from the MOTIF XF) and battery-powered mobility for making music on the go. But more than mere travel com- panions, these versatile keyboards connect with external speakers, smartphones, tablets, MIDI devices and computers for use on stage and in the studio. With four distinct models (the YC or- gan, the CP electric piano, the CS virtual analog synthesizer and the DX FM synthesizer), the reface features a “one to one” control scheme, meaning the panel controls perfectly match the tone generator and musical inspiration.

Contact Yamaha, 714-522-9011