Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Digital Music Notebook Karaoke

Using your Yamaha Instrument and
Digital Music Notebook
for Karaoke

With New Year's here you may be looking for ideas to entertain friends and family without leaving your home.
Of course, a performance on a Yamaha keyboard is always a greatd source of entertainment, or you can check out fun karaoke feature which is sure to get everyone involved!

With Yamaha's Digital Music Notebook you can easily turn your keyboard or computer into a karaoke machine - check below to find out how.

Click here to read more.

There are two ways to sing along with karaoke features using Digital Music Notebook. First, you can sing along with the playback on your computer. Here's how:
  1. Go to the Digital Music Notebook website to download the free Digital Music Notebook player
  2. After installing the player, click on the "store" tab towards the top of the screen use the keyword search to find your favorite Karaoke songs!
  3. After adding all of your selected songs to your cart and checking out, the songs will be automatically downloaded into your Digital Music Notebook library
  4. Click on the "my library" tab to find your newly downloaded songs, and click on one to load it
  5. The sheet music for the song will appear in the player window. To set up the song for karaoke, click the tools menu at the top of the screen, and click Karaoke
  6. To start singing along, press the play button at the top right of the player window, or click "show play controls" to open the full controls
You can also use the Keyboard Sync feature to transfer songs to your keyboard, and use your keyboard's karaoke function to sing along. To do so (for more detailed information, click "Keyboard Sync Setup" under the "How It Works" menu in the "Store" tab of the Digital Music Notebook player):
  1. First make sure that your keyboard is Keyboard Sync compatible. Click here to see a list of compatible instruments.
  2. Next, make sure that the songs you want to transfer are also compatible with Keyboard Sync. To find out, check the song either in your library or in the store tab, and look for this icon: Any compatible songs will show this icon either in "Action" column of your library, or the song's description in the store tab.
  3. With a compatible instrument and a compatible song, you're ready to transfer the song to your keyboard. You can do this either using a USB Flash Drive or a USB Midi Connection. The first step is to either insert your USB Flash drive into your computer, or connect your keyboard to your computer with a USB cable.
  4. Then, click the icon in the "Action" tab next to the song you want to transfer.
  5. In the side bar that appears, choose your USB flash drive or keyboard connection in the "Sync With" drop down and click "Start Sync".
  6. After the transfer is complete, the song will be loaded on your drive or keyboard. Either call up the song from your keyboard, if you used a Midi Connection to transfer, or insert the flash drive into your keyboard, and load the song from there.
  7. Press the "lyrics" button on your keyboard to display the lyrics for the song, press play, and you're ready to sing along.
But that's just the beginning. Once you've got your songs ready for karaoke, there are a number of other ways to enhance the sing along experience.
  1. For the ultimate karaoke evening, connect your instrument to your TV via the Video Out jack on your keyboard, and read the lyrics on a big screen.
  2. Hook up a microphone to your keyboard and use it with all your keyboard's sing along feature and effects - add reverb, or test your pitch!
For more information about your keyboard's karaoke and sing along features, please check your owner's manual.

Happy singing and happy New Year from Yamaha Music Interactive.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Yamaha Music Soft After Christmas Sale

This December 26th, whether you're celebrating Boxing Day, St. Stephens Day, or just playing around with your new toys, make sure to stop by Yamaha Music Soft for our 20% after Christmas Sale.

Everything on the site will be on sale for the rest of the year, including new PianoSoft, new songs and styles, as well as accessories and lesson books for beginning piano players.

Remember, everything on IDC is also 20% off for the rest of 2008, giving you two ways to save.

- Doug

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays from Yamaha Music Interactive!

Best wishes to you and yours from all of the Yamaha Music Interactive staff.

On behalf of Yamaha, have a happy holiday and a joyous new year!

- Your friends at Yamaha Music Interactive

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Discounts Aplenty

Tonight is the third night of Hanukkah, tomorrow is Christmas Eve, and New Year's is fast approaching. We're deep into the holiday season, but it's not too late to learn your favorite carols or find music to play at that special holiday gathering. We're here to help, offering discounts on pretty much everything on both Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection!

At Yamaha MusicSoft, all PianoSoft downloads are 20% off through Christmas - download instantly and have beautiful Christmas music to play on your piano throughout the holiday.

Plus, these selected PianoSoft packs are up to 30% off!
Best of Broadway
Best of Broadway

Best of The Big Screen
Best of the Big Screen

Best of The Best!
The Best of "The Best!"

Best of Love
Best of Love

Best of Classical
Best of Classical

At Internet Direct Connection everything is 20% off until December 31st. That means all PianoSoft at the Disklavier Music Store, all styles and songs and all Music Finder Perfomance Guides are 20% off until New Year's Eve. Plus we've added lots of new files in the past few weeks - log in and check it all out.

And lastly, as we mentioned earlier, we opened up Yamaha Piano Radio to all Internet Direct Connection instruments this week. With the Holiday Channel running, there's no better time to try out this streaming music service and, while you can try two channels out absolutely free, we're also offering one month free when you sign up for an annual subscription for Yamaha Piano Radio before the end of 2008.

Just enter this promotion code during checkout: radioservice1208.

I'd also like to take this opportunity to wish you happy holidays on behalf of the entire Yamaha Music Interactive Staff.


Yamaha Piano Radio Now Available for Yamaha Keyboards

Piano Radio keeps on growing. Last year we first launched this streaming music service for Disklavier Mark IV pianos, then expanded to MODUS digital pianos last spring and CLP model Clavinovas this summer. Now, all Internet Direct Connection compatible instruments can use the service!

Yamaha Piano Radio offers over a dozen channels of music, playing 24 hours a day directly on your instrument. Piano Radio includes seasonal channels, such as the Holiday Music Channel currently playing your favorite Christmas carols.

All users can hear two free sample channels just by logging on to Internet Direct Connection - or you can subscribe to get the full experience. For more information, please click here to see the Yamaha Piano Radio page at the Yamaha Net Services site. Or, to see if your instrument is compatible with Piano Radio, click here.

Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 19, 2008

Procrastinators Rejoice!

Last minute shopping is half the fun! Download PianoSoft products from yamahamusicsoft.com and receive it instantly - no shipping, no stress, no excuses! And to make it even easier for you laid back lateys we're cutting prices on all Pianosoft downloads by 20%!*

Monday, December 8, 2008

Get Ready for Christmas With New Songs and Styles

With only two weeks left until Christmas, it's the perfect time for new Christmas carols and seasonal styles.

Luckily, Midi Spot studios has come through this week with some great new songs. Check out the whole selection here.

They've also put together new style files that capture the musical feeling of the season, including Waltz, Swing and Rock beats with a Christmas twist. Click here to see the full catalog.

Check back soon for new PianoSoft, including Eric Clapton and more new Midi from Ray LaMontagne, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Free Shipping - Just like Santa!

From December 5th to December 19th 2008, Yamahamusicsoft.com is offering all Continental US orders over $75 free standard UPS shipping!

Need help deciding what to buy? Check out our Holiday Shopping page for the music lover on your list and purchase before December 19th to avail of free shipping in the Continental US.