Yamaha Introduces HS Series and POCKETRAK PR7

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Yamaha introduces the second-generation HS Series studio monitor and subwoofer series at Musikmesse 2013. The extended, revamped lineup features a new 6.5” monitor and reaffirms the philosophy of delivering sonic purity without any coloring or alteration of the original sound. This approach ensures that music production professionals and home studio aficionados arrive at the most faithful mix.

“Yamaha studio monitors are designed to help music producers achieve the most accurate mix by ensuring that the sound coming from your speakers is true to the original,” said Athan Billias, Director of Marketing, Pro Audio and Combo Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “While many manufacturers enhance their monitors to make them sound impressive, HS Series near-field reference monitors deliver a concise sound image, high resolution and flat response, providing an ideal sonic platform to build on throughout the mixing process.”

Improving on the success of the original HS line launched in 2006, the completely redesigned HS series feature new transducers that achieve smooth response over a wide bandwidth and ensure the accuracy of signal reproduction throughout the audio spectrum. By upgrading to a 1” tweeter (from the previous ¾” models) the new monitor series provides an extended frequency range and deliver superb high-resolution sound. Yamaha engineers have optimized the HS powered monitor and subwoofer monitor system for a variety of music production environments.

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The HS5 (5” cone and 1” dome tweeter), HS7 (6.5” cone and 1” dome tweeter) and HS8 (8” cone and 1” dome tweeter) are housed in bass reflex-type cabinets and reproduce tight low-end and smooth, high frequency response. Two inputs, a balanced XLR and a ¼” phone jack, can accommodate a wide range of balanced and unbalanced sources, including mixers, keyboards and audio interfaces.

 The ultra-responsive HS8S (8” cone) powered subwoofer employs large, carefully selected magnets to produce low distortion sound with a well-defined bottom end at all output levels. Two balanced XLR and two balanced ¼” phone jacks are provided for advanced connectivity and customization. All of the woofer’s components, including the woofer ring and basket, further contribute to the stunning bass and clear, accurate mids.

Additionally, the new HS Series cabinets offer low resonance enclosure designs constructed from a dense, resilient MDF for a damped acoustic response that is perfectly suited for reference monitors. Each monitor and subwoofer is also equipped with a unique high performance amp unit, perfectly paired with each transducer. The coupled amp unit ensures that each HS Series speaker delivers high-resolution sound with exceptionally flat response across the spectrum.

Each monitor speaker employs leading edge noise reduction technology, controlling and reducing the vortex at either end of the speaker port that can generate air vibrations inside and cause unwanted noise in many studio monitors. To combat this, Yamaha adopted advanced noise reduction technology when designing the ports.

The HS5 (MSRP: $250), the HS7 (MSRP: $399), the HS8 (MSRP: $499) and the HS8S (MSRP: $599) subwoofer are currently available.

For more information about Yamaha, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio and Combo Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; or visit http://4wrd.it/yamahausa.

Yamaha introduces the new POCKETRAK PR7, an easy-to-use, ultra-portable linear recorder, which captures effortless high-quality recordings whenever and wherever needed, at the Musikmesse 2013 trade show. Equipped with newly developed XY stereo microphones, the PR7 captures high-resolution stereo recordings, achieving consistent quality and natural sound regardless of the surrounding environment.

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 An invaluable tool for any musician, the PR7 offers essential practice functions such as an onboard tuner and metronome. It comes with 2GB of internal memory (with the ability to expand the capacity with micro SD/SDHC memory cards) and features long battery life, mic line inputs for microphones or instruments, 24bit/96kHz recording and a built-in speaker.

 “For a pocket-sized device, the PR7 comes with powerful recording functions,” said Athan Billias, Marketing Manager, Pro Audio & Combo division. “Despite the sophisticated features, we have made the interface simpler and more intuitive to operate.”

 The PR7 is equipped with a dedicated overdubbing button, which allows for the instant addition of solo sections and harmonies over an existing track and the ability to work out respective parts of a song. With this button, musicians can punch in and out at specific sections of an audio file to ensure that only the parts needed are committed to the file. Marker editing lets users insert up to 36 index markers in audio files either during recordings or playback, providing the location of a particular playback position. These markers can also be used to loop a specific section of a file for practicing certain phrases of a song.

 Because each environment comes with a different set of recording demands, the PR7 also features five optimized presets tailored to a variety of applications, perfect for rehearsing, songwriting, speaking engagements and field recordings. The presets are optimized with an enhanced High Pass Filter that eliminates low frequency noise along with dynamics control settings, which are customized for different recording environments. Settings include OFF, ideal for capturing musical performances, NEAR, which is suitable for personal instrument practice, BAND, optimal for multi-instrument performances, FIELD for outdoor recordings and SPEECH for meetings, seminars and other speaking situations.

In addition, the PR7 comes with Steinberg’s WaveLab LE audio editing and mastering software that provides 2-track audio editing with high-end EQ and dynamics processing to improve the sound of the audio file. This software also includes professional level VST plug-ins, giving users a wide range of effects for mastering and enhancing tracks.

Yamaha’s POCKETRAK PR7 (MSRP: $249) will be available in June 2013.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; visit http://4wrd.it/mp.