Looking for a special gift for the child, grandchild, niece or nephew who is studying music? Here are five affordable suggestions that will help encourage them along their musical path — all with price tags of less than $500.
The Yamaha Venova™ is a completely new type of instrument — one that we call a “casual wind instrument.” It’s intended to be super accessible and fun to play, without requiring years of practice and private lessons to learn — a hybrid that blends the simplicity of a recorder with the sound of a saxophone or clarinet. With easy fingerings that are similar to the notes that students learn in elementary school on the recorder, even someone who has never played a wind instrument can get started right away … but Venova also uses a real soprano saxophone mouthpiece and reed for a realistic saxophone/clarinet sound.
What’s more, Venova is small and lightweight enough to go anywhere. Stick it in a backpack and take it to the park or to a barbeque, or toss it in a suitcase and take it along on a business trip or on vacation. And since it’s made from plastic and has synthetic pads, it’s durable too: No need to run to a repair shop if it gets wet or exposed to the elements — just let it dry out and you’re ready to go. It can even be washed in the sink — something you’d never do with a clarinet or a saxophone!
Every music student can always use quality headphones, and the Yamaha HPH-MT8 is designed to deliver accurate response and high-resolution sound with precise stereo imaging. It faithfully reproduces every nuance of music, from the all-important mids to sparkling treble, with a tight, well-defined bass.
Perfect for home studio recording as well as live sound and casual listening, the HPH-MT8 provides superb fidelity in a sturdy yet stylish design, with the durability to hold up to the rigors of the road. It features a closed-back design for excellent isolation, with large low-resistance cushions and adjustable slider length to reduce fatigue when worn for extended periods. There are even moveable earcups for single-ear monitoring — important for staying on pitch when recording vocals.
THR10 guitar amplifier
Budding guitar heroes need a versatile practice amplifier to hone their skills at home and in the school rehearsal room. The Yamaha THR10 utilizes Virtual Circuitry Technology to deliver an authentic vintage tube amp sound as well as realistic effects and quality stereo playback, and it sounds great in all genres, whether played delicately for a clean sound, or with a more edgy, distorted tone.
The THR10 provides dual full-range speakers and also has a headphone jack for private practice without disturbing parents or neighbors. It runs on both AC and battery power for total portability, and offers both an auxiliary input and an integrated USB port for playback of backing tracks from a smartphone, tablet or laptop, with circuitry that provides a wide, spacious audio image. There’s a built-in chromatic tuner and a Tap tempo function to quickly set delay time, as well as a user memory function for quick recall of up to five settings. It even comes bundled with Cubase AI Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, making it easy to create a guitar-laden masterpiece anywhere, anytime!
The Yamaha PSR-EW300 provides a fun way to learn how to play keyboards — without breaking the bank. With 76 touch-sensitive keys that capture every nuance of playing for full expressivity, this full-featured yet compact and portable instrument comes with a library of 574 realistic instrument voices that allow students to enjoy playing a wide variety of musical genres, as well as 150 arpeggio phrases that enable them to play rich, musical passages with the press of a single key. 165 auto-accompaniment styles round out the picture, adding real-time backing tracks that are based on the chords being played.
There are onboard reverb and chorus effects to add ambience and warmth, as well as a master EQ that ensures optimum sound whether listening through headphones, the built-in speakers or an external sound system. A special duo mode allows two people to play together on the same instrument, so your student can enjoy playing along with friends and family. The PSR-EW300 can even be connected to devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, enabling the use of a broad range of interactive apps — the perfect way for today’s student to master the keyboard!
BAR 400 sound bar
The Yamaha BAR 400 sound bar is the ideal audio system for students living in limited spaces like dorm rooms. It easily connects to any TV, providing high fidelity multi-channel audio in a slim profile design. It even includes a wireless subwoofer to add all the necessary low end punch to music and blockbuster movies alike.
The feature-laden BAR400 provides 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 Alexa via any Amazon Echo device. What’s more, its implementation of Yamaha MusicCast technology makes it easy to add wireless surround speakers and create a multi-room audio setup anywhere. This is one product that’s truly binge-worthy!
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