Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Tyros4 at NAMM 2011

Yamaha made some big news at this year's NAMM show, with exciting developments including remote live concert on the new DCFX Mark IV Pro Disklavier piano, a night of amazing performances from Yamaha saxophone artists, and of course, plenty of performances and demonstrations of the new Tyros4 arranger workstation keyboard. While there's tons of video available on the Yamaha NAMM website, we've collected some of our favorite "unofficial" videos as well.

First, Martin Harris, whose playing you'll recognize from Yamaha's many style and voice demo videos, gives a full, 20 minute demonstration of the Tyros4 (spread across three videos). This demonstration covers everything you can think of about the Tyros, all with Martin's world class playing.

And of course Peter Baartmans, one of Yamaha's best known keyboard players and demonstrators, was at the show as well, and in this video for Harmony Central he demonstrates some of the Tyros4's great sounds, then touches on Premium Packs and Voices, and vocal harmony features.

And in one final exciting moment, the legendary pianist Larry Dunn stopped by to try out the Tyros4, as Peter explained and demonstrated the choral and vocal voices, guitars sounds and styles. In this video, Dunn gives the Tyros4 a full run through and even joins Peter in a little duet, which I can only imagine was quite a thrill.

Full Yamaha NAMM highlights can be found at the Yamaha NAMM website, and the official post NAMM wrap-up press release.

Update: Larry Dunn in the final video was previously mis-identified as Keith Jarrett.

- Doug