Friday, August 31, 2012

Yamaha MusicSoft Drops A Big Batch Of New MIDI Songs!

We've just added nearly 30 new MIDI Songs to our catalog at Yamaha MusicSoft! Check out a variety of songs that span genres and decades. You'll find new additions from modern pop stars like Adele, to classics from The Go-Go's, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABBA, and so much more. If you haven't used MIDI Songs with your Yamaha instrument, check out our MIDI Workshop Video Series for some helpful tips to get you started.

The new songs are on the first page of our catalog, or you can check out the links below:

Rumour Has It
Adele

Desperado
The Eagles

You Belong to the City
Glen Frey

House of the Rising Sun
Frijid Pink

For What It's Worth
Buffalo Springfield

Head Over Heels
The Go-Go's

A Big Hunk o'Love
Elvis Presley

We're Not Gonna Take It
Twisted Sister

The Weight
The Band

Why Can't We Be Friends?
War

Angel
Sarah McLachlan

Yamaha Midi Songs are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft and Internet Direct Connection.

Enjoy the long weekend!

~Drew

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

POP! New Yamaha Premium Styles at Yamaha MusicSoft

We wanted to end the summer with a bang, but we'll have to settle for a POP! New in the Premium Style catalog are two fantastic Pop Styles, boasting all the versatility and expert programming that goes into the content that is pre-installed on all of Yamaha's best keyboard instruments! 60s Pop Rumba nods gently to the Temptations, while 70s Retro Pop has The Rubettes' "Sugar Baby Love" written all over it!

Check out the video demonstrations, or head to Yamaha MusicSoft to browse the entire catalog of Yamaha Premium Styles!

70's Retro Pop



60's Pop Rumba




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

~Drew

Friday, August 24, 2012

Madonna, The Monkees, The Kinks, and New Orleans Blues in New PianoSoft!

We're wrapping up this week with four brand new PianoSoft collections at Yamaha MusicSoft! Fans of pop music will have plenty of new songs to listen to, with an entire collection of Madonna's biggest hits! The Kinks and The Monkees each have new PianoSoft tributes, while a collection of traditional blues songs from New Orleans rounds out this batch of new releases. If you've never listened to PianoSoft before, you can download a free song from Yamaha MusicSoft and hear the note-for-note recreations of wonderful piano performances with the signature sound of your Yamaha instrument! Check out some samples of this week's new releases, or head over to Yamaha MusicSoft to browse our entire catalog.

"Open Your Heart"- From the PianoSoft collection "Material Girl"
"Daydream Believer"- From the PianoSoft collection "Hey, Hey, They're The Monkees!"

"Lazy On A Sunny Afternoon"- From the PianoSoft Collection "You Really Got Me- The Best of The Kinks"

"King Porter Stomp"- From the PianoSoft collection" Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"


The new PianoSoft albums are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft.

Have a great weekend!
~Drew

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New Songs In NoteStar Version 2.0!



We're excited to release nearly 100 new songs in the NoteStar store! If you enjoy the traditional NoteStar experience, you'll be glad to know we've added 50 new songs to the "Full Band With Vocals" series, featuring big hits from Billy Joel, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and more! Fans of the Full Band Series can browse over 40 new songs that cover a diverse set of genres and styles: everything from J.S. Bach and Debussy, to Duke Ellington and Elton John!

Check out the entire catalog, or open your iPad, and tap "new releases" to see all the new songs.

If you haven't heard about the new features of NoteStar version 2.0, our friend and colleague Craig Knudsen recently sat down and made a lovely demonstration video. Check it out!



                        


~Drew

Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Premium Latin Voice Pack for the Tyros4!

We are pleased to announce the latest Premium Voice Pack for Tyros4: the Latin Voice Pack! The pack boasts 25 expertly sampled voices that a wide range of traditional Latin instruments; showcasing a variety of dynamic Latin Guitars, Octave Pianos, Bandolims, Cavaquihnos, and two complete Brazilian inspired drum kits! The authenticity spreads to the 10 included Styles, featuring Samba, Cha Cha, Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, Bossa Nova, and Bolero rhythms. 2 Sets of Registrations, 2 Demo Songs and 3 Multi-Pads complete this impressive pack! Check out the demonstration videos below, or head to Yamaha MusicSoft to spice up your Tyros4 with a little Latin flavor!

Flamenco Guitar Voice Demonstration from the Latin Premium Voice Pack



Latin Piano Voice Demonstration from the Latin Premium Voice Pack



Slow Bossa Style Demonstration from the Latin Premium Voice Pack



Samba 1 Style Demonstration from the Latin Premium Voice Pack



Salsa Style Demonstration from the Latin Premium Voice Pack




Yamaha Premium Packs and Voices are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft!

~Drew

New Premium Styles! They're Pop! They're Rock! They're British!

Our Premium Style catalog is having a little "British Invasion" this week! With a nod to instrumental 60's guitar pop and modern stadium pop rock inspired by one of the biggest bands in the world; there's a lot of musical flexibility with these new additions. Check out the demonstration videos, or head to Yamaha MusicSoft to browse the entire catalog of Yamaha Premium Styles!


60's Guitar Brit Pop
Rock out in the style of the Shadows with this driving new Style. A solid bass guitar holds down the quarter notes with a back beat that just doesn't quit. Play your solos with featured voices that include a vintage lead, and vintage muted lead guitar, realistic string section, and a sweet harmonica!



2010's Brit Rock Pop
Inspired by Coldplay's smash hit Paradise, this Style has a serious groove that is perfect for slow improvisation. Featured voices include a vintage lead guitar, warm string section, organ, and grand piano.



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


~Drew

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Act Fast To Get 3 Free Songs When You Download Song Chords!

Time is running out to get 3 FREE songs when you download Yamaha's Song Chords App for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch! Song Chords is perfect for aspiring keyboard and guitar players who want to practice or perform with a backing band, on stage or at home. The app features a 16 track mixer, a player with easy-to-read chord symbols that change in sync with the music, and chord dictionaries for both keyboard and guitar. Now through the end of August, you'll find the songs Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lovers in Japan by Coldplay, and Hard Day's Night by the Beatles pre-installed and ready to play when you download the app!

Check out a quick demo of Song Chords v1.2, visit the app store to download it today!




~Drew

*Song Chords is only available on the US App Store.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NoteStar Version 2.0 Available Now On The App Store!



The new version of NoteStar gives you more ways to experience playing along with your favorite songs. We ran a survey this past April and put your feedback into version 2.0!




What's new in this version?

Now, you can mix or mute vocal tracks to sing-along with existing "Full Band with Vocals"series songs.

2 new series of songs have been added as well!


Full Band Series
The songs in this series feature a realistic audio backing track and a separate keyboard reference audio track. Each audio track can be independently muted for practice or to provide a unique "in the band" performance experience. Check out all the new products in this series! 



Piano Solo Series
The songs in this series feature separate reference audio tracks for keyboard left and right hands. Each audio track can be independently muted for hands separate or hands together practice and performance. Check out the all the new songs in this series!



                        







Friday, August 3, 2012

Introducing Yamaha's Jazz Collection!

Attention Jazz fans! We are very excited to announce the latest addition to our MIDI catalog on Yamaha MusicSoft: Yamaha's Jazz Collection. The songs in this collection are sold in packs of four and five, and include classics like "Autumn Leaves" and jazz standards such as "Misty", "Satin Doll", and "Moanin'". All songs work with the score feature of Yamaha instruments, showing accurate transcriptions of the left and right hand piano parts! Think Jazz is too fast and hard to follow? No sweat! You can slow down the tempo to make learning the parts easier. You can also practice each hand separately to help you learn the chord fingerings at your own pace.

Packs are sold in Intermediate and Advanced skill levels. For expert players, the Advanced Pack #3 boasts nearly note-for-note transcriptions of the most famous performances of each song in the pack.

Check out the demonstration videos below, or head over to Yamaha MusicSoft to hear MP3 samples of each pack!

Yamaha's Intermediate Jazz Collection Demo


Yamaha's Advanced Jazz Collection Demo




The new Jazz Collections are available exclusively from Yamaha MusicSoft.


~Drew