Thursday, January 14, 2010

Yamaha's Online Services NAMM Show Preview

Today marks the opening of the 2010 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, and it's going to be a big weekend. During the show, which runs through Sunday the 17th, and is the largest musical instrument trade show in North America, Yamaha will be providing live video broadcasts, up to the minute news updates, as well as tons of announcements about new products and programs.

Though most of us, myself included, can't be there to witness all of the excitement first hand, Yamaha America and the Hub have set up so many ways to connect with the show online that nobody will need to miss out. First, there's the official Yamaha NAMM '10 website. From here you'll be able to watch live streaming video from the show with the HubTV live feed, or watch videos of performances and demonstrations as they're posted throughout the weekend.  The Hub's Twitter feed will also be providing up to the minute updates, and you can follow all the updates from an iPhone at this address: http://tr.im/yamahaiphone.

Of course, you can also read up on all of the official Yamaha NAMM '10 press releases, featuring detailed information on the latest products that will be debuted during the show. At a glance some of the most exciting products include:
  • The DKC-850 Disklavier module, which will provide a major upgrade to any Mark II or Mark III Disklavier system. With the DKC-850, any Disklavier can now connect to the internet for streaming radio, load songs from or transfer songs to a computer with USB, and store hundreds of your own recordings on the expanded internal memory.
  • The DGX-640 digital piano, which gives piano and keyboard players a great new tool. Improving on the best selling YPG-635, the DGX-640 offers a more realistic keyboard feel, easier to use USB features, and great sounding built in speakers.
  • The DTX-950 digital drums, which mark a new breakthrough in digital drum systems. Combining technology from Yamaha's Motif synthesizers, sampling and mixing features and new space age synthetic drum head materials, the new DTX kits feel and sound better than ever.
See all of the new products Yamaha will be introducing in the Yamaha NAMM '10 Product Showcase.

I've just scratched the surface here - be sure to check the Yamaha NAMM website throughout the weekend for further updates and details.

- Doug