Yamaha’s Keyboard Division today introduced the Mariachi and Norteño Voice and Style expansion pack for its PSR-S650 keyboard, enabling musicians to play songs in these popular musical genres more authentically. The musical tools for playing TexMex, a genre that is influenced by Norteño but with more contemporary instrumentation, are also included. The package is now available as a free download through September 30, 2014 with the purchase of a Yamaha PSR-S650 arranger workstation keyboard.
Following on the success of the popular Banda expansion pack released by Yamaha last year, this new offering was enthusiastically received by performers of all skill levels during demonstrations at the 2014 NAMM show held in Anaheim, California this January.
“Like Banda, Mariachi and Norteño music continue to grow in popularity not only in Mexico, but throughout the U.S. and in the Mexican-American community and around the world and across diverse cultures,” said Mark Anderson, director of marketing, Keyboard Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “We see great potential in our latest expansion pack that puts new instrument Voices and Style sections along with other authentic touches that enable any musician to fully explore these vibrant folk music styles.”
The Mariachi and Norteño Voice and Style expansion pack provides wide access to the signature sounds that make these genres come alive:
Mariachi: Real Vihuela, Guitarron, Mariachi trumpets and more;
Norteño: Accordions and Bajo Sexto;
TexMex: Sophisticated harmonies and syncopated drums
The expansion pack adds yet another layer of authenticity and fun to these Mexican musical forms with a varied selection of Gritos, the fun, vocal exclamations, and Chifidos (or whistles) that add energy and flavor to the music.
The new samples featured in this pack can be integrated into a variety of Mega Voices that can be used for programming Styles and creating playable Voices for performers to use in solos.
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