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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.
This one off event will focus squarely on the ARTIST & THE SONG and PRODUCTION & THE MIX
We are going to place critically acclaimed singer songwriter Martyna Wren in the same room as in-demand session drummer, Emily Dolan Davies (Tricky, Becky Hill, Bryan Ferry, The Hours) and London based musician, producer and Steinberg expert, Andy Schrav (Peter Andre, Delta Goodrem, Paper Aeroplanes).
We are not exactly going to force them to dance but expect to see some fireworks as we set them to task of collaborating together to record and produce a track from scratch with everyday gear that you would find in the typical project studio. Audience participation is encouraged and our three experts will cover everything from kitting out your own recording set-up, recording on your own track, right through to working and collaborating with other musicians and producers.
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 and production techniques.
Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist and a doctoral student at University of Connecticut in musical theory and history, has come up with a way to marry medical scanning technology with 3D printing in order to repair antique musical instruments so that they can be played again.
Howe learned how to use CT-scanning in his practice to make 3D scans of body parts and he soon began thinking about how it could also be used on musical instruments. Together with his musical theory professor and an engineering professor who specializes in 3D imaging, Howe began making detailed 3D scans of centuries-old instruments to not just study them from every angle, but also to then 3D print copies of parts that would allow them be played.
The technology has let them examine 18th-century horns from the inside-out, showing them to be much more complicated than was thought and a new technique that allows them to scan metal and wood at the same time has allowed them to make exact 3-D images of the mouthpiece used on one of the first saxophones made by Adolphe Sax in the 19th century.
Only three of these mouthpieces exist in the world and in order to duplicate it, the original mouthpieces would have to be measured by metal calipers which could damage the wood. After that, the part would have to be handmade through a long and costly process. 3D scanning and printing on the other hand is allowing them to make duplicates with exact dimensions without harming the instrument piece and for only about $18 a part.
SUMMER NAMM 2014 PRESS RELEASE: The reinvented Blues Cube series launches the classic 1x12 combo amp into a new era, combining genuine tube sound and response with modern reliability and easy portability. Going far beyond modelling, Roland’s Tube Logic design philosophy starts with carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, from guitar input to speaker output.
Versatile clean and crunch channels can be used independently or combined for a complex range of tones, while variable output power modes let you dial in burning, full-throttle sound at any volume. Road-tested and fine-tuned with feedback from top players, the gig-ready Blues Cube delivers the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.
YAMAHA KICK STARTS 40 YEARS OF SYNTHESIZER CELEBRATIONS WITH
A SPECIAL EDITION MOTIF XF WHITE
40 years is a milestone worth commemorating. To mark this auspicious occasion Yamaha has created the limited edition 40th Anniversary MOTIF XF Music Production Synthesizer.
In 1974 Yamaha produced its first portable analog synthesizer with the SY-1. The acceptance of synthesizers in the mainstream rock/pop genre just began to grow at this time. Over the past 40 years to date, there have been numerous new developments from Yamaha in many variants that revolutionised the synthesizer market with milestones such as the CS80, DX7, SY77, and the VL1 up to the MOTIF series – used today by over 150,000 musicians worldwide. Yamaha synthesizers and workstations were and still are the first choice for professionals and amateurs in the multi-faceted music business.
In 2014 Yamaha takes this successful history as an occasion to celebrate, and to honour this anniversary there will be a year of new products, bundles, promotional items, as well as plenty of interesting information. For starters Yamaha releases a 40th Anniversary MOTIF XF Music Production Synthesizer Special Edition. This limited edition of the MOTIF XF series with the suffix "WH" is all dressed in white, symbolizing the dedication to the development in the past 40 years.
The MOTIF XF WH is - of course - a fully up-to-date MOTIF XF with the latest OS 1.5, featuring the new HD Reverb effect algorithms and the new Amplifier Simulation and Multi FX. In short: The MOTIF XF WH is that one machine you need to produce and perform your musical ideas.
A Yamaha XF For Half The Price?
The best things often come in smaller packages and with the MOXF Yamaha have managed to take the essence of their flagship Motif XF and distil it down into something rather wonderful…and at less than half the price! Does the promise match the reality? Read on…
The Workstation market has until recently been somewhat quiet and then, like waiting for the bus that never looks like it will turn up we get a slew of rather interesting workstations all at the same time! First out of the gate was KORG with their entry level KROSS in early 2013 which set a new benchmark in what you could expect from a budget priced workstation. Then at the end of 2013 Yamaha hit a home run in the mid-range sector with the MOXF and bringing up the rear, Roland launched it’s new mid range keyboard, the rather oddly named “FA” at the beginning of 2014.
The thing with workstations though is they are “supposed” to give you everything in one box and given that means, great sounds, a comprehensive midi sequencer, perhaps an audio record function, inputs for external devices and/or instruments as well as sampling or sample import coupled with a decent quality keyboard and screen and you can see it’s quite a big ask? To bring all that in at a price most people can afford is even more of a stretch so, the question is, can it be done or, more pertinently in this case, can Yamaha accomplish the perfect balance in the MOXF?
MOX Deja Vu?
Looking at the MOXF you may be forgiven for thinking you have seen this somewhere before and of course you would be right. Yamaha have used the same case and chassis they used for the MOX and whilst this may not exactly set the world on fire in the aesthetics department it does though, make a lot of sense. Yamaha wanted to give the customer more for roughly the same price and a good way of doing that is to utilize what you already have rather than blow the budget on a frivolous makeover. So, what we have here is the same light weight (7.1kg), the same strong plastic construction, same dark grey finish and same well-appointed controls on the front panel. The layout is, in fact identical.
On the left we have the audio section consisting of volume and gain controls for the input plus a strip of LEDs to monitor internal/external signals. There are a number of real-time controls which sit in two rows of four assignable knobs, two modulation buttons (assignable), two octave-transpose buttons (very welcome), two semitone transpose buttons, an effects section, an arpeggio control and the transport controls for internal sequences or an external DAW. In the middle there is a backlit monochrome LCD with a resolution of 240 x 64 dots accompanied by two rows of six buttons below it, one for the menu pages and another for the sub-pages. You also have to the right of the display four directional buttons and a data wheel plus increment/decrement buttons.
Moving to the right hand side there are buttons for selecting the different playing modes such as Voice, Performance, Master, Song, Pattern and Mixing plus buttons for the other functions such as Job, Utility and Quick Setup the latter enabling you to very quickly create multi-timbral configurations. Further along is the Performance Creator section, which includes buttons for layers, splits and drum assign. Rounding it all off, there are three rows of eight buttons for selecting the multitude of programs and to activate/deactivate layers and arpeggios. With so many ways of getting around the MOXF the lack of a larger screen really is not an issue. I certainly found the MOXF very easy to use once I had become accustomed to all the functions on offer.
The model I had for review was the 61-key version but there is also a 88 key model which sports Yamaha’s GHS (graded hammer standard) keybed. The 61 note version has a semi-weighted keybed with velocity sensitivity but no after touch, although the lack of aftertouch is quite normal at this price point so it seems hardly worth mentioning.