Summer NAMM: Yamaha Debuts a Portable Keyboard, Digital Piano & Billy Corgan Guitar

By Emusician,

PSR-EW300 Successor to Best-Selling 76 Key Portable Keyboard
Yamaha today introduced the PSR-EW300, a replacement for the YPG-235. The PSR-EW300 provides beginners with the tools they need to grow and flourish as pianists, including an audio and MIDI interface, onboard lessons, 76-keys, and state-of-the-art Yamaha sounds.

The PSR-EW300 reflects the expertise and experience that has made Yamaha the leader in the U.S. keyboard market. It retains the features that made the YPG-235 so popular, while adding the latest technological innovations.

The PSR-EW300’s powerful audio-and-MIDI interface provides 2-way connectivity using a single USB-to-host cable. Players can use it to expand the capabilities of the instrument by accessing the wide world of educational and creative apps available on their iOS devices or computers.

Like its predecessor, the PSR-EW300 offers both portability and a keyboard large enough for serious practice. Its 48 notes of polyphony — compared to 32 for the YPG-235 — allow complex passages to be played without any drop-outs. Students and their teachers will also appreciate the built-in Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) lessons, which are designed to supplement a student’s regular piano instruction. The innovative Touch Tutor function helps beginning pianists learn to play with better dynamics.

The Aux Line Input allows for connection of a smartphone or other music source, making it possible for users to listen to or play along with their favorite songs. The built-in Melody Suppressor reduces the level of the lead vocal or lead instrument, allowing the player to take center stage while singing or playing along.

Other notable features:
•Duo mode, which splits the keyboard into two halves, each with their own “middle C,” for practicing with a partner.
•A backlit LCD for better visibility of screen information in all kinds of lighting.
•A choice of AC or battery power so users have the option to plug in when an outlet is available or use batteries (not included) for complete mobility.
•Accompaniment Styles, which creates an automatic “backing band” that responds to chords played on the keyboard.

Pricing and Availability
Yamaha PSR-EW300 (MSRP: $249.99) portable keyboard will ship in September.

YPD-103 Digital Piano Featuring iOS Connectivity
Yamaha today showcased the YDP-103, the latest and most affordable member of its popular Arius family of console digital pianos. It combines the authentic sound and playing experience of a Yamaha acoustic piano with advanced digital features like iOS control and USB/MIDI connectivity.

The 88-key YPD-103 is a joy to play, and is equally at home in the living room or school piano lab. It’s equipped with the acclaimed Yamaha Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard action, which replicates the difference in touch between the low and high keys, just like on an acoustic piano. The black keys feature a matte-black finish — another realistic touch — which keeps them from becoming slippery when played for extended periods. The accuracy of the YPD-103’s playing experience is crucial for helping aspiring pianists develop proper finger technique.

Stereo AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sampling technology delivers a remarkably realistic piano sound, and Yamaha-exclusive Dynamic Voice Allocation makes it possible to play the most complex passages without any notes dropping out. The stereo speaker system reproduces the onboard sounds with brilliance and clarity. And Dual headphone jacks make it possible for student and teacher or parent and child to listen and play together.

The YPD-103’s realism also extends to its looks, thanks to attractive rosewood cabinetry that reflects the legendary Yamaha heritage in piano craftsmanship.

Built-in USB/MIDI connectivity lets the user access the ever-expanding world of interactive educational software for the pianist on iOS or Mac/Windows. What’s more, the YPD-103 is compatible with Yamaha’s Digital Piano Controller App for iOS, which allows the user to easily setup, customize, and adjust many functions and parameters of the piano from the touch screen of an iPhone or iPad. Tasks such as layering sounds, adding reverb, and changing the touch curve are easy to accomplish with the large, intuitive and colorful app.

Pricing and Availability
Yamaha YDP-103 (MSRP: $1,299.00) Arius digital piano is now shipping.


Billy Corgan Special Edition Acoustic Guitar Headlines Trio of L Series Models with Enhanced Playability

At the 2017 Summer NAMM Show, Yamaha Corporation of America is reintroducing to the U.S. a limited run of its LJ6R and LJ16R jumbo acoustic guitars, and highlighting a special-edition custom guitar designed in collaboration with artist Billy Corgan.

Yamaha has worked together with Corgan, solo artist and lead singer and guitarist of the Smashing Pumpkins, to create the limited-edition LJ16BC Billy Corgan Signature Model Jumbo Acoustic Guitar, as one of the company’s new LJ acoustic guitars. Based on the standard-run LJ16R model, this custom guitar features Billy’s zero logo on the headstock, a TUSQ nut and saddle, Gotoh vintage-style tuners, brass bridge pins and no pickguard. The LJ16BC will bear a Vintage Natural finish, and Billy’s signature will appear on the label. This model will see a limited run of 400 guitars globally, half of which will ship to the United States. Of the 200 U.S. guitars, 50 will ship with an exclusive Brown Sunburst finish.

The redesigned LJ acoustic guitars are part of the company’s L Series, a revered line of handcrafted acoustic guitars known for its tonal quality, fine tone woods and impeccable workmanship. The newly-refined LJ6R and LJ16R models feature solid Engelmann spruce tops treated with A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement), an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Instruments made with this technology produce a tonal richness that can only be found in a vintage instrument that has been played for many years. The back and sides of these models are produced with rosewood, and feature solid wood for the LJ16R and laminate for the LJ6R.

Other highlights from the standard-run guitars include maple body binding, an ebony fretboard and bridge, a new tortoise-pattern pickguard, and a gig bag. Several improvements include a refined, thinner neck profile, lower string action and wider string spacing. A new five-ply neck design adds stability and additional tone enhancement.

To enhance playability, these models come with an under-saddle Studio Response Technology (S.R.T.) passive pickup for live applications. The pickup does not affect the unplugged sound or detract from the guitar’s finish. Yamaha added this near-invisible and simple-to-use feature to expand each guitar’s capabilities.

Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha LJ6R (MSRP: $995) and LJ16R (MSRP: $1,575) acoustic guitars will ship in July 2017. The limited-edition Yamaha LJ16BC (MSRP: $1,600) will ship in September 2017.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement, commercial installation and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and NEXO commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, MusicCast wireless multiroom audio systems, Blu-ray/CD players, earphones, headphones, home-theater-in-a-box systems, sound bars and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, music, professional audio installation and consumer markets.

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