Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's a Grand Slam! Little-Known Facts About Our Triple Play Artists


To celebrate the upcoming WorldSeries, we selected nine iconic artists who knock it out of the park. Then we picked three hit songs from each artist to create collectible MIDI Triple Play bundles. If you missed any of these bundles during the first nine innings of our Take Me Out to the Ball Game promotion, you can now purchase all of these bundles during our Grand Slam week http://4wrd.it/GrandSlam

While you’re browsing, check out these fun facts about our featured artists:


Avicii – Fighting Hunger with Music

This 25 year old superstar DJ has certainly seen his fair share of success. In 2012 he made history as the first DJ to headline the Radio City Music Hall in New York City and his first breakout hit, “Levels” was played on Shazam over 3.5 million times that same year. But Avicii is trying to share his success with the world through House for Hunger, a non-profit charity the artist founded with his manager Ash Pournouri. http://4wrd.it/AviciiTriplePlay

Elton John – A Life of Performance

Like many great piano prodigies, Sir Elton Hercules John started his performance career at a young age, attending the Royal Academy of Music at age 11 and performing in local pubs by age 15. Since then he has played over 3,000 concerts in 75 countries. He was even the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union in 1979. In 2013 Sir Elton collaborated with Yamaha on a limited movie theater release of his current Las Vegas show, “The Million Dollar Piano”.

Helene Fischer – International Talent

German pop icon Helene Fischer was actually born in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. She immigrated with her family to Germany at the age of four. Following her graduation from school she attended the Frankfurt Stage and Musical School to study singing and acting. The vocal training certainly paid off and she has since achieved international fame, winning eight Echo awards as well as four “Krone der Volksmusik” awards, and a Bambi accolade.

Adele – Songwriting Powerhouse

International sensation Adele thinks of herself as a singer first and foremost. Citing Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, and Mary J. Blige as inspirations, she has crafted two award winning albums, “19” and “21”, named after her respective ages when she began work on those records. Adele is also another record breaking artist as the first female singer to take the top the artist, album, and singles spots on the US Billboard charts in the same year.http://4wrd.it/AdeleTriplePlay


ABBA – Breaking Records Around the World

2010 inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, ABBAs famous foursome has smashed musical records all over the world. In fact, their greatest hits album, “Gold”, is one of the best-selling records in music history. Though the group has vowed to never reunite, from their 1974 Eurovision Song Contest victory to their hit singles and popular records, ABBA remains a formidable force in the music industry. http://4wrd.it/ABBATriplePlay


Andrea Berg – Award Winning German Songstress

Talented artist Andrea Berg has a well storied history of success in her homeland. With fourteen popular albums and several singles at the top of German charts, this vivacious singer has won over twelve awards for her music, including the Echo award and Germany’s Goldene Stimmgabel. http://4wrd.it/AndreaTriplePlay

Coldplay – The Statesmen of Rock

While many of the anecdotes surrounding Coldplay’s rise to fame are humorous – their first official song was called “Ode to Deodorant” and the band at one point had their headquarters in a London bakery – the success of this group is no laughing matter. The group started when all four members attended University College London in 1996. Since their formation the band has won numerous awards, including eight Brit Awards, five MTV Video Music awards, and seven Grammy Awards. http://4wrd.it/ColdplayTriplePlay


The Beatles – Defining Iconic

No list of iconic artists would be complete without a nod to the legendary Fab Four. Widely accepted as the most influential group in the rock era, all four band members were appointed as Members of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to this honor, the band holds the title of best-selling band in history with over 600 million sold worldwide.


Jürgen Drews – Singer and Actor

Popular Schlager musician Jürgen Drews received his first award for Best Banjo-Player of Schleswig-Holstein, the province of his hometown in Germany. He rose to celebrity as a member of the 1970s pop group “Les Humphries Singers” before launching a successful solo career. In addition to his musical pursuits, Drews has also prospered on the silver screen with multiple appearances in German films and television. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Kooky Karaoke – a fun way to enjoy special voice-changing effects on your Clavinova!


The Yamaha Clavinova CVP and Tyros instruments feature several different voice effects, including ones that drastically change the sound of your voice. Just plug in a microphone to your instrument, locate the voice effects section, and you’ll be enjoying a whole new level of music!



Craig Knudsen, Yamaha Clavinova artist, has taken this technology and merged it with a classic Halloween favorite – Monster Mash! In one song, you’ll experience several different outrageous voice effects. Just sing into the mic in your normal voice, and you’ll be instantly transformed into a ghoulish Boris Karloff, then transformed again to a harmonized group of backup singers! The karaoke lyrics appear right on your screen, in sync with the music. You sing the song, and your Clavinova or Tyros does all the rest.



The technology is truly amazing. You don’t even have to be a great singer. With pitch correction, auto harmony, pitch change, reverb, and other effects, you can sound like just about anyone – or anything!


To see voice effects in action – check out the video on the "Monster Mash" product page.