Friday, February 24, 2012

The SA2 Saxophone Bundle Released At Yamaha MusicSoft!

Everybody loves to get a deal. That's why we've packaged all three of Yamaha's amazing SA2 Premium Saxophone Voice Packs into one "Sax-y" bundle, and taken 10% off the price! The SA2 Saxophone Bundle features 6 Super Articulation 2 Voices, 48 Registrations, and 3 Demo Songs! Experience the deep growl of the Baritone Sax, and the breathtakingly realistic Tenor and Alto Saxophones, complete with the SA2 technology to provide extra expressive capabilities on the Tyros4. Check out these amazing voices in action, or browse our entire catalog of Yamaha Premium Voices!

SA2 Funk Tenor



SA2 Funk Bari



SA2 Pop Alto



Yamaha Premium Voices are only available from Yamaha MusicSoft.

Have a great weekend!

~Drew

Yamaha Premium Style Roundup: Top Ten For Pop Music!

This week we're reviewing the newest and most notable Yamaha Premium Styles for Pop music. The definition of Pop Music has definitely changed over the decades, though it has maintained its core meaning: Pop is "Popular", or at very least socially and culturally accepted by a wide audience. The way we talk about music has certainly changed as well, and we are finding ourselves using adjectives that were once used to describe how music sounded as all-encompassing words to name modern genres. As a result, we have Pop music that isn't all that popular, just as we have "indie" music that isn't really all that independent. One thing you can be sure of, is that the best art and music is made when you're not thinking about how to describe it, or who will be listening. At Yamaha Online Services, we aim to give you the tools to make the music you want to make, and hopefully inspire you to share it with your friends and family!

Let's take a look back at some of the best Yamaha Premium Styles for Pop Music, however you would define it! Don't forget that all of these Styles offer 4 variations, with automatic voice selection when you turn on the One Touch Settings Link!

00's NY Diva
Clearly inspired by Lady Gaga's smash hit Poker Face, this Style offers some dirty and fat synth tones, with electronic 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.


Summer Pop
A lofty and bright Style with a true easy going feel. Perfect for summer songs of the 50's and 60's, featuring harmonica, organ, lead guitar and a beautiful string section!


Rosen Pop
An image of Berlin’s contemporary Pop/Rock scene. A driving rhythm moves this Style along, building from sparse roots and gaining intensity as you cycle through the variations. Featured voices include grand piano, harmonica, rotary organ, and a sweet lead guitar.


60's Brit Pop
British rock and pop groups started a musical movement in the mid-1960’s that spread throughout the English-speaking world. Here the distinctive rhythm and sound of Manchester in the late 60’s is recreated.


80's Pop
The sound of popular Central European bands of the early 80’s is beautifully captured in this Style. Great for middle of the road 80’s pop songs. Features steel drum, pan flute, marimba, and trumpet voices in the one touch settings.


Swedish Pop
In the 1970’s the sound of Swedish pop music rose to international acclaim, producing some of the world’s best selling records and hits that are still a fixture of radio playlists today. Relive the sound and the hits with this mid-tempo style, and use the pan flute, organ, vintage guitar, and sax voices to play your melody.


Mid 80's Chart Pop
A perfect style for the A-ha classic "Take On Me". This style features a few different synth voices, ranging from lush pads to wire leads!


60's Pop Beat
The 60's Pop Beat style has Roy Orbison written all over it. Classic piano, organ, and guitar voices lend themselves nicely to pop gems like "Pretty Woman".


Cool Ballad
Transport yourself into an early 90’s sound field complete with sparkling electric pianos - perfect for playing relaxed pop ballads.


Shadow Tango
This Tango Style was inspired by the song "Guitar Tango" by The Shadows. Shadow Tango features a couple of great Tango rhythms, and some sweet guitar voices that are reminiscent of the famous Shadows tone, which they originally achieved with Fender guitars, Vox amplifiers, and tape echo! You also get an orchestral string section, and a sweet trumpet to support your melodies!


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

~Drew

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sweet Premium Style Packs At Yamaha MusicSoft!


This week we're excited to announce the release of 4 Premium Style Packs at Yamaha MusicSoft! Each pack contains 4 of Yamaha's best Premium Styles all bundled together at a discounted price. We've hand-picked Styles for our customers who play Pop, Rock, Big Band, or Soul music; but this is only the beginning!

Yamaha Premium Styles are created by the same team that programs the factory installed Styles found in Yamaha's best Arranger/Workstations and Clavinovas! If you've never added Premium Styles to your instrument, you can be sure the the quality and performance will match the professional level that you're used to, while giving you new rhythms to expand your musical creativity!

Check out the Premium Style Packs below, or browse our entire catalog!

Premium Style Pack: Pop
This pack includes 60's Brit Pop, Sunshine Pop, Mid 80's Chart Pop, and 80's Synth Pop!



Premium Style Pack: Big Band
The Big Band pack includes Big Band Train, Hot Big Band, Big Band Foxtrot, and 50's Big Band!



Premium Style Pack: Soul
The Soul pack features Disco Celebration, Detroit Ballad, Memphis Soul, and Uplifting Soul!



Premium Style Pack: Rock
The Rock pack includes Stairway Rock, Piano Rock, 80's Movie Rock, and US Rock!



Yamaha Premium Style Packs are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft!

~Drew

Remembering Whitney Houston At Yamaha Online Services

Music is a universal language. It's there for us when we feel like celebrating, or when we need to relax. Music can evoke a wide range of emotions and even trigger vivid memories. This week as we remember the inspirational voice and chart-topping career of Whitney Houston, we can take comfort in the music she left behind. It's the music that will make us feel better, and help us to celebrate and remember an irreplaceable pop icon.

Whitney Houston was one of the best-selling artists of all time, ruling the 80's Pop Charts with her powerful gospel-trained voice. She was best known for her hit songs "How Will I know", "Saving All My Love For You", "I Want To Dance With Somebody(Who Loves Me)", and of course the earth-shaking ballad "I Will Always Love You".

Check out some of Whitney's greatest hits at Yamaha MusicSoft.

Whitney Houston MIDI Songs
The Whitney Houston Song Pack
How Will I Know
I Wanna Dance With Somebody(Who Loves Me)
Saving All My Love For You
So Emotional
I Will Always Love You
I'm Every Woman
Where Do Broken Hearts Go
Didn't We Almost Have It All
One Moment In Time
I'm Your Baby Tonight

Whitney Houston PianoSoft Collections

How Will I Know- Hits Of Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston Hits- I Will Always Love You

I'll leave you with the greatest performance of the US National Anthem ever performed, courtesy of Whitney Houston in 1991.




~Drew

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Valentine Love Notes Channel Is Back On Piano Radio!

We do our best to make seasonal and holiday channels a vibrant addition to our rotation on Yamaha's Piano Radio. It's February, so you know what's coming next. As owners of Yamaha Disklavier Pianos, Digital Pianos, and Keyboards, you have the exclusive pleasure of celebrating your love with our annual Valentine Love Notes Channel! This channel features beautiful piano arrangements of romantic standards, ballads, and showtunes that are sure to provide the perfect soundtrack for the holiday. Like all Piano Radio channels, Valentine Love Notes is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

If you've never tried Piano Radio before, now is the perfect time. Two free channels are available right now - all you need to do is get your instrument online and you can be enjoying streaming music within seconds. Subscribers get access to over twenty channels of piano music, including seasonal and holiday channels, like Valentine Love Notes, throughout the year. Check out our comprehensive Connection Guide for step-by-step instructions to start listening in minutes!

Here's a sample of what you can expect to hear on the new Valentine Love Notes Channel!

Lady In Red From the PianoSoft collection "My Valentine- Songs For Lovers"


Have I Told You Lately From the PianoSoft collection "Love Across The Decades"


The Greatest Love Of All From the PianoSoft collection "From A Distance- Contemporary Ballads"



Share your favorite music with the one you love, and enjoy the soundtrack to your lives!

~Drew

Friday, February 3, 2012

New PianoSoft- Chopin Nocturnes & The Best Of The Who!


If you're a PianoSoft fan that loves romantic classical music AND fist pumping rock anthems, then this is the best week ever! The former is another wonderful collection of Chopin compositions as performed by virtuoso pianist Gergely Boganyi at the 2010 Newport Music Festival.

The latter is our latest PianoSoft Plus album from Joel Plimmer, highlighting classic songs from The Who, with wonderful piano accompaniment. Diversify the soundtrack to your weekend with some fresh new PianoSoft, and enjoy the beauty of your Yamaha Disklavier, Clavinova, or Keyboard!


Chopin Nocturnes: Newport 2010
Gergely Boganyi
Recommended if you like The Chopin Etudes or The Chopin Ballades

Back in May of 2011, we released The Chopin Ballades, as performed by Gergely Boganyi at the 2010 Newport Music Festival. Each year, the Festival chooses one (or more) of the great composers from the world of Classical music to be their featured artist. In 2010, the featured composer was Frederic Chopin. The festival curates a performance of nearly every piano solo piece, every chamber piece, and every vocal piece written by the featured composer. Virtuoso pianist Gergely Boganyi performed every one of Chopin's solo compositions himself! That's over 200 works! What makes this even more incredible is the fact that Boganyi performed them all from memory! Fortunately for PianoSoft fans, many of these performances were recorded using the Disklavier, including our newest addition to the catalog, Chopin Nocturnes: Newport 2010.

Nocturne in G-Minor, op. 37, no. 1


Nocturne in E-flat Major, op. 9, no.2


The Best Of The Who
Joel Plimmer
Recommened if you like The Rolling Stones- Paint It Black or Motor City Favorites

This album has all the big hits from The Who, arranged with a beautiful piano and complete with MIDI accompaniment! From The Seeker and Behind Blue Eyes, to Baba O'Riley and Pinball Wizard, there's a lot to love about this collection. The Who was a band that really strived to be different, succeeding in conceptualizing records, films, and a unified spirit that is unforgettable.

Pinball Wizard


My Generation


These new PianoSoft collections are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft!

~Drew