Music is all around us, especially at this time of year. If you’ve got a music lover or a musician on your holiday shopping list, here are some exciting gift-giving suggestions guaranteed to bring a smile to their face. Time to spread that holiday cheer!
Give a 5.1-channel surround sound experience this holiday season with the gift of a Yamaha MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar, along with a pair of Yamaha MusicCast 20 wireless speakers. Setup is simple and there’s no fuss with running wires to the back of the room. Just pair the MusicCast BAR 400 with two MusicCast 20 speakers for high-quality immersive sound.
The MusicCast BAR400 easily connects to any TV, providing high fidelity audio in a slim profile design. It offers built-in DTS® Virtual:X™ virtual 3D surround sound and support for streaming via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, AirPlay® or Spotify Connect, as well as voice control with any Amazon Alexa or Google device, as well as Siri®, via AirPlay® 2 — it even comes with a wireless subwoofer to add all the necessary low end punch to both music and blockbuster movies. MusicCast 20 speakers pack a big sound in a small package and are unobtrusive in size so they fit anywhere, making them the perfect addition to any home theater. And because each component in this system is part of the Yamaha MusicCast family, your gift recipient can listen to music wirelessly in every room of their house.
Want to give the drummer in your life something really unique and special? The Yamaha EAD10 acoustic electronic drum module enhances every aspect of drumming — the way it’s practiced, recorded and performed live. Just attach the supplied sensor to the bass drum and instantly transform any acoustic drum set into a powerful digital/electronic hybrid with sampled sounds and studio quality digital effects.
The EAD10 also allows drummers to play and record acoustic drums along with their favorite artists from their music library — or from tracks created by friends — and share them digitally. A free iOS app provides automatic tempo detection so the user can add a click, change the tempo and select sections to repeat. It even lets your young drummer shoot, mix, edit and upload videos of their drum performances!
The Yamaha P-125 is a compact digital piano suitable for keyboardists of every level. It combines incredible piano performance with a minimalistic design for a natural acoustic touch and sound in a slim and portable package.
Designed with simplicity in mind, the P-125 includes a powerful built-in stereo speaker system. There are two headphone jacks for silent practice or lessons, along with a broad array of important features such as the ability to layer voices and split the keyboard to play one sound in the left hand and a different sound in the right hand. Similar to an acoustic piano, its 88-note weighted keys have a heavier touch in the low end and lighter touch in the high end, allowing full range of expressiveness. There are dozens of high quality onboard sounds, as well as bass and drum accompaniment tracks that are helpful during practice and can also be used as a virtual backing band for live performances. The P-125 can also be used with the free Yamaha Smart Pianist app for remote control of most functions from a smartphone or tablet — the perfect marriage of traditionalist design with modern technology.
STORIA is a new series of Yamaha acoustic-electric guitars designed for beginners. Their smaller body and shorter length, combined with a low string height and a narrow neck with rounded edges, make these instruments not only comfortable to hold but easy to pick up and play whenever inspiration strikes.
In addition to their appealing finishes, tasteful inlay work and champagne gold tuners, STORIA guitars feature superb workmanship, solid tops, brass bridge pins and Yamaha passive undersaddle pickups, which provide a warm and natural-sounding acoustic tone when the guitars are amplified. There are three STORIA models: STORIA I has a solid Sitka spruce top with an off-white semi-gloss finish and ivory body binding; STORIA II has a solid mahogany top with a natural semi-gloss finish and a beveled edge; and STORIA III has a solid mahogany top with a chocolate-brown gloss finish and black body binding. All have complementary inside colors and sound hole inlays, with mahogany backs and sides, as well as nato necks with walnut fingerboards.
Not all violinists are traditionalists. An electric violin like the Yamaha YEV-104 (or the five-string YEV-105) gives violin players the opportunity to explore new creative and sonic possibilities, and allows them to experiment with new genres and perform in environments where the sound from their traditional violin doesn’t project sufficiently.
These innovative instruments play the same way as their acoustic counterparts and draw their design inspiration from the organic beauty of natural wood and the simplicity of clean lines, combined with signature Yamaha quality and sound. The wood materials they are constructed from are carefully crafted with an infinity loop-like design representing the dimensions of acoustic space, making these instruments as visually stunning as they are fun to play. Both the YEV-104 and YEV-105 deliver a warm, smooth organic tone, and can be connected to any standard amplifier or P.A. system. Unlike “clip-on” violin pickups, they amplify directly and cleanly, with no feedback issues, making them optimum for both indoor and outdoor performances. And with an electric violin, it’s easy to add effects like reverb or distortion with the use of any standard effects pedal or signal processor.
Know a musician who’s ready to go out and start gigging, either on their own or with their band? The Yamaha STAGEPAS 600BT will give them everything they need to hone and perfect their live performances … including built-in Bluetooth capability for instant audio streaming of backing tracks, break music, loops, even software instruments.
The STAGEPAS 600BT delivers extraordinary sound quality and reliability in a portable self-contained package that combines a high-efficiency 680 watt stereo amplifier with dual two-way speakers and a versatile 10-channel mixer, complete with effects and 3-band channel EQ. Advanced features include an onboard feedback suppressor and 1-Knob Master EQ™ with virtual bass boost for easy adjustment of overall equalization. There are also dedicated Monitor and Subwoofer outputs, switchable stereo/ mono inputs, and phantom power that allows the usage of high-quality condenser microphones. This is one gift every budding musician will put to good use for many years to come!
reface synthesizers provide legendary sound in a modern size. These mobile mini keyboards present reimagined interfaces of classic Yamaha instruments, making them the ideal gift for the synthesist who is looking to hone in on one particular family of sounds instead of taking a “one size fits all” approach.
Each reface model adopts a different stylistic and sonic approach. The reface CP offers vintage electric piano and keyboard tones with retro analog-type knob controls. The reface CS is a virtual analog synth with five unique oscillator types and extensive modulation controls, along with a built-in looper. The reface DX provides the ability to create and edit FM (Frequency Modulation) sounds, allowing the user to go from retro ’80s to cutting-edge modern at the flick of a switch. The reface YC allows the user to fashion a wide range of classic organ sounds with drawbar controls and rotary speaker effects. Take your pick, or choose them all for an unparalleled array of keyboard sounds.
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