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!
The ideal gift for budding stage performers everywhere, the Yamaha STAGEPAS 400BT provides a complete PA system in a small, portable package consisting of two lightweight speakers and a detachable powered mixer that fits neatly into the back of one of the speakers. But it’s wireless Bluetooth® connectivity that makes this system truly unique: Simply pair your smartphone or tablet for instant audio streaming of backing tracks, loops, etc. — all from up to 33 feet away.
The 400BT provides eight input channels and 400 watts of power, more than sufficient to cover just about any small- or medium-sized venue. Each speaker is outfitted with an 8″ woofer and a 1″ tweeter, for crisp, clear sound, and the mixer offers a two- or three-band equalizer, plus a simple one-knob Master EQ, for further sonic adjustment. There’s even an onboard professional quality digital reverb with four selectable types: Hall, Plate, Room and Echo, as well as a feedback suppression feature to help target and reduce frequencies that might cause feedback before they can be heard.
DTX402K Electronic Drums
As many a parent has discovered to their chagrin, one of the unfortunate facts of life about acoustic drums is that there is no volume knob. Fortunately, electronic drums such as the Yamaha DTX402K do provide such a control, allowing your child to play and practice while wearing headphones — and in the process, giving you the peace and quiet you desire.
But that’s not the only advantage! Electronic drums are versatile, portable and easy to store, plus they come with an entire catalog of sounds, making them great for both live performance and recording. The DTX402K includes four drum pads (snare and three toms), three cymbal pads (ride, crash, hi-hat), two silent pedals (kick, hi-hat), a trigger module (the central “brain” of the kit), and all required mounting hardware. It comes loaded with 287 drum and percussion sounds, plus 128 additional sounds (including special effects) as well as an onboard metronome. There are also onboard training functions that make practicing fun and help your child quickly develop drumming skills for various genres of music. In conjunction with the free Rec’n’Share app, drummers can practice and perform with their favorite music and quickly share their efforts with friends and family on social media.
YRA-801 Alto Recorder
Chances are that the first instrument you encountered in school (or even pre-school!) was a plastic recorder. It’s a great way to learn the basics, but grown-up wooden versions are serious instruments capable of tremendous musical expression… meaning that they make terrific gifts!
When it has been specially seasoned, natural wood creates a tone of great depth — one that is warm, glowing, alive. Yamaha offers a complete line-up of professional recorders in a variety of woods for subtle sound differences. The YRA-801 alto model is hand-crafted from Castellowood — a softer wood with a warm tonality, well-suited for articulating the finest musical nuances. It offers a natural, traditional Baroque sound, with impeccable construction that includes an arch windway, double tone holes and three body sections. The YRA-801 even comes with a cotton case, fingering chart, cork grease and cleaning rod — everything your gift recipient needs to get started!
Music lovers rejoice when they’re able to hear their favorite songs in expansive surround sound. The heart of every audio system is the receiver, and the Yamaha RX-880 AVENTAGE AV receiver not only delivers great sound, it’s packed with functionality. It offers support for Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth, AirPlay®, and Spotify Connect, as well as Yamaha MusicCast for multi-room audio streaming — even voice control using an Alexa device such as Echo or Echo Dot. Vinyl lovers will appreciate the phono input, and the built-in YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer) analyzes your space and components, then calibrates the speaker outputs for optimal listening.
In addition, the “V” in an “AV” receiver indicates the ability to route video as well as audio signal, and there are a slew of options on that front, including 7.2-channel processing for playback of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X content, along with seven HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs, plus 4K Ultra HD support, HDR10, Dolby Vision™, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020. The versatile RX-880 is truly the gift that keeps giving, allowing your loved ones to enjoy all their favorite music and movies in the comfort of their home.
The Yamaha DGX-660 Portable Grand digital piano offers a full 88-note weighted keyboard and a variety of interactive features that make learning, playing and sharing music fun for everyone. These include one-note chords, style accompaniments and “Piano Room,” which lets the user choose from a variety of pianos (including the renowned Yamaha CFIIIS 9′ concert grand piano) and acoustic settings to create a custom virtual practice or performance environment. Simply select the desired piano, then choose acoustic spaces from a plain room to a club stage to a concert hall. You can even adjust the position of the virtual piano lid!
The DGX-660 also includes dozens of onboard multi-layered samples that capture the essence of drums, string and brass instruments, right down to genuine resonance, expression and vibrato. This gives players of all abilities the chance to feel what it’s like to play with a band and sound like a pro. You can even connect a microphone so you can sing along while you play, hearing your voice with digital effects through the instrument’s built-in speakers, then record your performance to a USB device to share with friends and family.
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