Yamaha Products at NAMM 2024
Here are some of the exciting new Yamaha products you’ll find at NAMM 2024.
It’s NAMM time again! Can’t make this year’s show in person? Here are some of the hottest new products that Yamaha will be displaying on the show floor.
Pacifica Standard Plus and Professional
For over 30 years, Yamaha Pacificas have been one of the most popular affordable yet quality guitar models worldwide. The two new high-end Pacifica models announced at the 2024 NAMM show — the PACS+12 Standard Plus and flagship PACP12 Professional — not only expand the line but utilize today’s most modern guitar-making technology to provide exceptional levels of playability and sonic versatility.
All Standard Plus and Professional Pacificas feature maple necks with rosewood or maple fingerboards, as well as alder bodies with exclusive Acoustic Design technology for enhanced mid frequencies. They also offer an especially extensive tonal range thanks to their unique Reflectone pickups (one humbucker and two single-coils) co-developed with Rupert Neve Designs. The new Pacificas look as good as they sound, too, with subtly beautiful finishes based on those featured on album covers of the City Pop genre, popular in Japan in the 1970s and 1980s and inspired by the California music scene.
SEQTRAK is a groundbreaking music creation station that empowers you to unlock your creativity from wherever you happen to be. Capture ideas quickly through its lightning-fast, all-in-one system that includes drums, synths, sampling and sequencing, all packed into a compact, lightweight design. Create original music with two versatile sound engines, then refine with deep editing, custom samples and video creation using the intuitive SEQTRAK app. When you’re ready, share your sounds, collaborate with other artists and connect with fans using its powerful performance features and video creator. SEQTRAK has everything you need. And more.
Montage M with Expanded Softsynth Plugin (E.S.P.)
The MONTAGE M next-generation flagship synthesizer ushers in a new era of sound, control and workflow in music creation. It provides three engines that recreate warm vintage analog synths, cutting-edge FM synths and ultra-realistic sampled acoustic instruments, with an advanced Motion Control engine that further enhances these capabilities, adding a unique fourth dimension of control to your music-making.
At NAMM, Yamaha also announced the availability of the Expanded Softsynth Plugin (E.S.P.), which faithfully replicates the MONTAGE M in your Digital Workstation (DAW). Free for all registered MONTAGE M owners, E.S.P. allows you to create, edit and mix MONTAGE M Performances anywhere you go — without the hardware — providing an unprecedented level of stage and studio integration.
Genos2 is the new flagship Arranger keyboard from Yamaha. Combining legendary sounds with cutting-edge technology, it can transform solo players into the ultimate cover band and also provides unlimited possibilities for composing and arranging original music. A unique Style Dynamics function allows control over every nuance of accompaniment, and an innovative Real Ambient Drums feature provides players with a virtual drum recording studio. There’s also an AI Chord mode that intuitively guides accompaniments based on what is played, as well as a professional-grade microphone input with studio-quality effects engineered to refine and amplify a musician’s voice. Users can even follow along to their favorite songs with the option to display karaoke lyrics on the built-in color touchscreen or to a TV or computer monitor via HDMI.
FGDP Finger Drum Pads
Yamaha FGDP Finger Drum Pads allow anyone to drum, anywhere, any time. They provide a distinctive pad layout ergonomically designed for optimal finger drumming and come loaded with hundreds of drum samples, plus there’s an internal tone generator and a built-in speaker, all powered by a rechargeable battery. There are two models to choose from: the FGDP-50 and FGDP-30. The FGDP-50 offers 26 customizable drum pads, 48 Preset Kits and 1,500 Voices (instruments) and includes a USB audio recorder as well as the ability to trigger one-shot samples or short phrases from USB flash memory, while the FGDP-30 has 18 customizable drum pads, 39 Preset Kits and 1,212 Voices. Both models include a Tap Tempo click function as well as an Aux in jack so you can play along with your favorite music, along with a USB to Host terminal that enables seamless transmission and reception of both MIDI and audio data.
DM7 Series Digital Mixing Consoles
DM7 Series digital mixing consoles provide unparalleled sound quality, ease of operation and high reliability that make them perfect for a wide range of applications, including live sound, broadcasting and streaming. The DM7 model is configured with 28 touch-sensitive motorized faders (12 + 12 channel plus 4 group) and provides 120 mono channel inputs, along with 32 analog inputs, 16 analog outputs and dual AES digital stereo input/output. The DM7 Compact model has 16 touch-sensitive motorized faders (12 + 4) with 72 mono channel inputs and 16 analog inputs/outputs, along with a stereo AES digital I/O. Both models are Dante-compatible and offer 500 recallable Scenes as well as onboard four-band fully parametric EQ and a variety of dynamics processing options such as compression, limiting, expansion, gate, ducking and de-esser. An optional CTL-DM7 control expansion module adds a variety of physical controls including two faders, 16 user-defined keys, four user-defined knobs and a jog wheel.
62 Series And Custom Z Saxophones In New Finishes
Yamaha 62 Series and Custom Z saxophones are designed to be as unique and special as the person playing it, combining a vintage aesthetic with high quality performance. At NAMM it was announced that the YAS-62III alto and YTS-62III tenor models will now be available in unlacquered finishes, along with the gold lacquer and silver-plated finishes already offered. Both, along with the Custom YAS-82ZII alto and YTS-82ZII tenor models (already offered in gold lacquer, black lacquer, silver-plated and unlacquered finishes), will also be available in a stunning amber lacquer finish that adds a touch of vintage charm, with hand engraving that provides a striking contrast against the original brass color. Stand out from the crowd!
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See you at next year’s NAMM — and remember, if you can’t make the show in person, you can always catch the highlights here!
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