Friday, January 27, 2012

New Premium Styles! 00s NY Diva and 60s Country Shuffle!

It's been a little while now since we last released new Premium Styles. Our first set for 2012 highlights hit songwriting from the past and present. Leading off with a Style that is unmistakeably inspired by Lady Gaga, 00's NY Diva will satisfy the players that have been asking for more electro-pop Styles. On the other end of the spectrum, we've got a great new Country Shuffle that is tuneful and toe-tapping!

As with all Premium Styles, these have been created to the exacting standards of the Styles that are factory-installed in Yamaha's best arranger/workstations!

Check out the demonstration videos below, or take a look at our entire catalog!

00s NY Diva
Clearly inspired by Lady Gaga's smash hit Poker Face, this Style offers some dirty and fat synth tones, with eletronic drums and futuristic melodic voices. Speaking of voices, you'll find the One Touch Settings include two dance synths, a club style lead, and a modular synth lead.



60s Country Shuffle
This Style nods to the country rock of the 60's, and is perfect for The Everly Brothers "When Will I Be Loved". A good shuffle Style is an essential addition to any country, rock, or even rockabilly set, giving you the opportunity to boogie along in a comfortable medium tempo. Featured voices include Yamaha Grand Piano, pedal steel guitar, rock sax, and a finger-picked guitar.



Yamaha Premium Styles are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

~Drew

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Photo Highlights of Yamaha Online Services & NoteStar from NAMM 2012!

We just got back from the NAMM trade show! NAMM stands for the National Association of Music Merchants. As you've probably seen on this blog or through our Facebook and Twitter pages, we've just released a new digital sheet music application for the iPad called NoteStar, and it was a big hit at NAMM! It's only been one week since NoteStar was released on the App Store, and we already have 5,000 users! NoteStar offers keyboard players an interactive experience that feels like you're playing along with a professional band by allowing you to read smooth-flowing and dynamic keyboard transcriptions of your favorite songs, with or without the keyboard part so you can play along!

Every year, thousands of musical instrument manufacturers and dealers converge in Anaheim, CA, to see what's new in the world of music. Yamaha's presence at NAMM was HUGE! Our booth displayed all of Yamaha's latest instruments; from pianos, Disklaviers, Clavinovas, and Keyboards, to drums, guitars, and every band and orchestra instrument you can make a sound with!

Check out some of the many highlights for NoteStar from NAMM 2012!

This is a shot of one of Yamaha's iApps kiosks, where NAMM attendees could have a first-hand look at NoteStar, Song Chords(coming in February), EZ-200 Page Turner, and Piano Diary.

Here's Yamaha demonstrator Peter Baartmans giving one of his many presentations on Tyros4 Premium Packs & Voices.

Drew is proudly showing off the NoteStar T-shirt we had made for the NAMM show!

Oh look! It's Drew again, holding up the issue of USA Today that featured a review of NoteStar! Comb your hair Drew!

Craig Knudsen is pictured here, in the middle of one of his 3 daily iApps presentations! Craig streamed the audio and video using iPad mirroring, wirelessly to the TV's on the stage!

Patrick got to meet and hang out with STEVE JORDAN!!! WOW!

And then he got stuck trying to cross a 4 lane street!

And finally, we found this old banner for YamahaMusicSoft.com in one of the recording studios at Yamaha HQ in Buena Park, CA. We've come a long way!

I hope you enjoyed this little photo review. I definitely left the NAMM show inspired, and truly excited about the future of music. Most importantly, I'm excited about the role Yamaha will play in shaping that future. Stay tuned!

~Drew

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NoteStar Is Available Now On The App Store!!

NoteStar is Yamaha's digital sheet music application for the iPad that features hands-free, smooth-flowing, easy-to-read digital sheet music and real audio backing tracks, complete with lead vocals. NoteStar provides a playing experience that feels like you're actually in the band!

NoteStar takes advantage of the portability and flexible display of the iPad, while developing an "in the band" experience for keyboard players. Each song available through NoteStar has been hand-picked from the catalogs of the world's biggest sheet music publishers to provide a selection of your favorite songs, specifically for the keyboard player. NoteStar offers a variety of tools to help you learn faster. Transpose or adjust the tempo of every song, view the notes in 4 different sizes, make annotations directly on the digital sheet music, and set A-B loop points to repeat difficult phrases. Most importantly, you can mute the keyboard part of any song to play along with a real band!

Check out the official NoteStar video!



NoteStar is FREE on the App Store, and when you register NoteStar with Yamaha, your first song is also FREE!

Make sure to follow NoteStar on Twitter and Facebook for regular updates from the NAMM trade show this week!

~Drew