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The workshops feature critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Martyna Wren, session/touring drummer Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and multi-instrumentalist/producer/Cubase expert, Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes). Martyna, Emily and Andy will build and record one of Martyna's tracks from scratch and look to challenge each other and the audience as they work through valuable song writing, production and recording techniques.
Martyna will start the proceedings with a section on songwriting. In an open forum, Martyna will discuss how she instinctively approaches the creative process behind song composition and the tools she uses to compose. This section will also focus on artistic direction and collaboration and we'll hear from Martyna on her personal experience of working with producers and session musicians.
At every stage of the workshop there will be conversations on home/project studio recordings and the equipment required to make the most of your creative space. Andy and Emily will move the session towards a challenging collaborative production environment. Andy will take a demo recording of Martyna's song and start the production shaping process with Emily providing drum advice/groove DNA and Martyna ensuring her artistic vision is maintained. There will be a strong emphasis placed on progressive mixing and making the use of software based tools to help shape the song and the overall sound. Audience participation is invited so come prepared to be involved.
On hand will be a tasty collection of recording kit including the latest Yamaha keyboards, drums & monitors, sE microphone & reflection filters, Steinberg software & VST plugin partners. Sales staff will be on hand to answer any questions and can also provide information on sE's exclusive loan service.
The first London workshop booked out in a matter of hours so contact your local Music Dealer to book your place at the event.
The tour will feature Education workshops for students at South and City Birmingham College, Derby University, Perth University and Edinburgh College. Please check with your college for details on student only events.
The workshops will take place in the following dates and places;
Yamaha Drums UK is honored to announce exclusive performances with drumming legend Dave Weckl this November, extending a European tour that celebrates 30 years with Yamaha Drums.
During the drum clinics, Weckl will perform and also teach many of his approaches to the drum set. He will also, answer questions and sign autographs after each event. These events will provide a rare opportunity to experience a legendary drummer up-close.
Weckl will also be running intimate "One-Day Intensive" master classes, which are limited to just 12 attendees. Open to players of all ages and playing abilities, the "Intensives" offer many benefits of a small-group learning environment, as Weckl will be spending a great deal of individual time with each player. Attendees must register and pay in advance of these classes by visiting: www.daveweckl.com
Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the greatest living drummers. He has released 12 titles under his own name and the Dave Weckl Band, and is well known for his recordings with jazz legends Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Michel Camilo, George Benson, Simon and Garfunkel, and more. Modern Drummer magazine inducted Weckl into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."
Yamaha Drums UK and Dave Weckl are proud to make these dates possible in cooperation with selected Yamaha Drum dealers. All performances along this tour will be played using Yamaha Absolute Hybrid Maple Drums. The new line of high-end drum shells is the latest generation of Yamaha's prestigious "Yamaha Absolute Series" and has adapted many innovations and features from the Yamaha "PHX" flagship series.
"I am really looking forward to the UK/Ireland leg of this tour," said Weckl. "The response is always amazing, and the drummers are passionate about sharing music and drumming ideas."
Yamaha/Dave Weckl 30th Anniversary Tour Dates November 2014
Yamaha announce nationwide ‘Live Sound Surgery’ dates – Learn how to Operate a Public Address system for free!
The most meticulously planned show, conference or event can be a disaster if the sound is inadequate. However, it’s often an afterthought in the total production process – usually due to a lack of technical skills and confidence.
That's all set to change as Yamaha Music UK announce details of the forthcoming ‘Live Sound Surgery’ tour. Sixteen venues across the UK and the Republic of Ireland are offering free sessions aimed at helping people understand and learn how to operate a full PA system.
The Sound Surgery follows on from the resounding success of Yamaha’s 2012/13 national PA Essentials Tour, which identified a high demand from people who are often asked to operate amodest PA system in local schools, churches, music venues and other public spaces.
The evening sessions will be hosted by Yamaha's Pro Audio Manager Chris Irvine, who is joined by MikeCrofts, a highly successful freelance sound engineer and a contributor to Sound on Sound, the UK's leading music technology magazine.
Yamaha are proud to announce that product specialist Dom Sigalas will be hosting a series of Music Production Sessions at music stores/shows across the UK and R.O.I throughout the next few months.
A prominent and respected composer and in-demand music producer with credits including National Geographic, Dom will be on hand all day to answer your questions and inspire you with demonstrations and guidance on the MOXF, MOTIF & MX synths, CP Stage piano and the latest line-up of studio monitors. As an expert on Steinberg's Cubase, Dom will also be showing how this production software - bundled with many of these products - integrates beautifully with the hardware and is way more than just another freebie!
So if producing music is your passion, get yourself down to one of these stores/events for an unmissable event. Simply come along and soak up the creative atmosphere, or contact your local store to book a One-To-One session with Dom:
Saturday 11th October: A&C Hamilton, Preston - 01772 722468
Saturday 18th October: Red Dog Music, London - 020 7622 7912
Saturday 25th October: PMT Manchester – 0161 877 6262
Saturday 8st November: X-Music Dublin – 00353 1411 1100
Friday 14th / Saturday 15th November: MPX Show, London
Saturday 6th December: Yamaha Music London – 020 7432 4400
Saturday 13th December: Manns Music, Colchester - 01206 572783
Yamaha Music Europe Gmbh UK are pleased to announce the sponsorship of the 2015 Young Drummer of the Year competition organised by Mike Dolbear.com
The inaugural competition kicked off in October 2002 when a story was posted on the mikedolbear.com website inviting young drummers from around the UK to enter the first annual Young Drummer of the Year competition. The competition was put together to give the country’s young drumming talent a national and indeed international platform, which we hope will be the first steps in their musical career.
Since then the competition has seen tremendous growth both in the number of entrants and the standard of the finalists. The finals are held every year at the Royal Spa Theatre in Leamington Spa judged by a selection influential and high profile Artists and Music Industry’s figures.
The first selection process will result in a shortlist of forty entrants. These forty entries are listed on the mikedolbear.com web site and are then reviewed by a number of independent judges who will choose ten finalists between them. Finalists will have to perform a solo piece and two other pieces with a band on the day.
"I was a judge at the very first finals of the Young Drummer of The year event in 2003"Gavin Thomas, Product Manager of Yamaha Drums explains, "And I am thrilled to see how it has established itself as one of the most important events of the calendar" adding “along with showcasing their talents in front of a very influential audience, the competition develops the contestants social and confidence skills at a very important time of their lives. This not a competition where just a single winner will benefit from, it's a competition where everybody wins”
Yamaha Drums are proud to support Young Drummer Of The Year, 2015 and we would like to sincerely thank Mike Dolbear for his dedication in promoting this wonderful event and make Young Dreams become a reality."
For more information on the Young Drummer of the year 2015 competition, including entry forms visit:
Shizuoka, Japan, September 10, 2014 – Yamaha is very pleased to introduce the new additions to its portable powered and passive loudspeaker lineups, the DBR Series and CBR Series.
The DBR Series is the follow-up to the acclaimed DSR and DXR Series and the most portable powered speaker that Yamaha offers. Comprised of three new models, the DBR10, DBR12 and DBR15, the new lineup features the same state-of-the-art DSP technology inherited from its predecessors, ensuring superior performance and versatility, and safe, consistent operation. Yamaha's innovative FIR-X tuning utilizes linear phase FIR filters for the crossover, achieving more accurate and smooth response for outstanding clarity and imaging, while D-CONTOUR dynamic multi-band processing applies optimized settings for either front-of-house or floor monitoring applications. The DBR also employs many of the same protection functions used in our top-class TXn Series professional power amplifiers, assuring reliable operationfor extended durations of usage.
The DBR's Class-D amplifiers deliver up to 1000W of power, achieving an impressive maximum SPL of up to 132 dB with consistent sound quality and performance. The transducers were carefully selected and then thoroughly customized to perfectly match the amplifier's properties in order to deliver high output power with minimal distortion. The new lineup also features Yamaha's extremely accurate wide dispersion constant-directivity horn that evenly projects the DBR's deep bass, clear midrange and accurate high frequencies to the outer-most edges of a very wide coverage area.
Between September 13-15, Native Instruments and Point Blank will host this year’s Learning Zone at the BPM Show in Birmingham, UK. Get a taste of the professional techniques that Point Blank teach in their range of music production, DJing, and live performance courses with a packed schedule of seminars covering all the most exciting features in TRAKTOR, MASCHINE, and KOMPLETE.
What's more, six fully-equipped workstations will be at your disposal – ready to put your learning into practice. DJs and producers of all levels are welcome to join as Point Blank tutors and our very own NI product specialists will be there to provide the latest insider tips and tricks.
Plus, be among the first to try out the revolutionary new KOMPLETE KONTROL S Series and the new instruments and effects in KOMPLETE 10.
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Yamaha's DXR Loudspeakers are set to delight ears at BPM Show as they return to the ‘PA Experience Room’.
Delivering powerful, consistent high definition sound in any situation, Yamaha's DXR active loudspeakers have enjoyed huge success since their launch back in early 2012.
Designed in collaboration with the highly respected speaker manufacturer ‘NEXO’ and sold with a reassuring 7 year warranty, the DXR series comprises four full range models - the DXR8, DXR10, DXR12 and DXR15. Each features a high-efficiency 1100W class D amplifier providing SPL of up to 133dB. Delivering deep bass, clear mid-range and accurate high frequencies, the sound is further enhanced with the D-CONTOUR dynamic multi-band processing. For those looking for an extended bottom end, there’s also a choice of two subs within the range – the DXS12 and DXS15
We’re very pleased to announce that Yamaha’s resident Music Production expert Dom Sigalas, will be attending GAK, in Brighton on Saturday 6th September for one of his signature Music Production sessions.
Prominent and respected composer and in-demand music producer with credits including National Geographic, Dom will be on hand all day to answer your questions and inspire you with demonstrations and guidance on the MOXF, MOTIF & MX synths, CP Stage piano and the latest line-up of studio monitors. As an expert on Steinberg's Cubase, Dom will also be showing how this production software - bundled with many of these products - integrates beautifully with the hardware and is way more than just another freebie!
Gak is a Yamaha state-of-the-art Yamaha Pulse store, with a cutting edge music technology department stocked with contemporary hi-tech gear, keyboards, synths and a versatile range of music production products.
So if producing music is your passion, get yourself down to GAK THIS SATURDAY for this un-missable event. Simply come along and soak up the creative atmosphere, or book a one to one session where you will receive guidance, advice or a personal demo on the product of your choice, by contacting the staff at Gak – details below.
TC Electronic and Yamaha are pleased to announce a unique high-profile clinic tour collaboration. Nathan East will represent both companies in a select, “evening with” style workshop tour in Europe. Specifically in the UK, Denmark and Germany see below for further details.
Nathan East is a founding member of the chart-topping and world-renowned jazz quartet Fourplay. He is also a Grammy nominated bassist, songwriter and recording artist in the fields of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and pop music.
Most recently, Nathan’s playing was featured on Daft Punk’s worldwide hit “Get Lucky” performing this at the 2014 Grammys, along with Stevie Wonder, Nile Rodgers, Omar Hakim, Paul Jackson Jr. and Pharrell Williams. Significantly this year Nathan released his highly acclaimed debut solo album in March.
Check the list of legendary artists who collaborated with Nathan on this album: Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Bob James, Chuck Loeb and more. “Nathan East” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and went to No. 1 on both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz album charts.
For more than 40 years, Nathan has been delivering hit songs with celebrated artists such as Beyoncé, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Joe Satriani, Anita Baker, Usher, Ray Charles, Toto and Stevie Wonder to name but a few.
In association with Yamaha and TC Electronic, join Nathan East at a venue near you for a special evening of insight, discussion and live performance.
In addition to playing and undertaking a Q&A session during the evening, Nathan will talk about and demonstrate the TC Electronic bass amps, loopers and fx pedals he uses. East’s professional relationship with Yamaha spans more than 30 years and again he will be happy to talk about the basses he has used and helped create over the decades. Each free show will start locally at 19:00 and spaces will be very limited, so we recommend booking your attendance with each dealer as soon as possible.