Music is all around us, especially at this time of year. If you’ve got a musician or a music lover 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!
Know a musician who’s ready to go out and start gigging, either on their own or with their band? The Yamaha STAGEPAS 600i will give them everything they need to hone and perfect their live performances. It 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.
Special features include iPod/ iPhone connectivity and an onboard feedback suppressor, as well as dedicated Monitor and Subwoofer outputs, switchable stereo/ mono inputs, and phantom power, plus 1-Knob Master EQ™ with virtual bass boost for easy adjustment of overall equalization. The STAGEPAS 600i even comes with StageLok™ clamps for secure speaker mounting.
For the home theater enthusiast who’s ready to experience the full fidelity, depth and spline-tingling sonic details that put them right in the middle of the action, you can’t go wrong with the Yamaha YAS-706 MusicCast sound bar.
Inside are eight speaker drivers and two bass reflex ports for exceptionally clear sound, and the included wireless subwoofer adds rich, deep bass, with no need to connect cables. At less than 3-inches tall, the YAS-706 fits neatly in front of most TVs or can be wall-mounted or placed on the shelf of a media stand, with automatic equalization adjustment depending upon orientation.
When it comes to features and connectivity, the YAS-706 delivers big time. Yamaha-exclusive AIR SURROUND XTREME reproduces virtual 7.1-channel surround sound with well-defined imaging and presence, and Clear Voice technology makes dialogue and narrations easy to hear. Wireless MusicCast connectivity (via Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, AirPlay® and Spotify Connect) gives instant access to streaming services such as Pandora®, Napster, TIDAL, Deezer, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio and more – and allows audio to be wirelessly added to up to 9 additional rooms, with full remote control from a simple smartphone/tablet app. Two HDMI® input terminals and one HDMI output terminal make TV interconnections a breeze, plus there’s support for 4K/60p video signal pass-through for optimum performance. The YAS-706 even decodes HD Audio signals to ensure the best possible sound from Blu-ray Disc™ players, as well as from other digital sources.
Want to give the drummer in your life something really unique and special? The 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 kit 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 – drum practice made perfect. It even lets your young drummer shoot, mix, edit and upload videos of their drum performances!
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.
YEV-104 and YEV-105
Not all violinists are traditionalists. An electric violin like the Yamaha YEV-104 (or the five-string YEV-105) will give them the opportunity to explore new creative and sonic possibilities, and allow them to play in new genres and perform in any environment where the sound from their instrument doesn’t project sufficiently.
These innovative instruments play the same way as their acoustic forebears and draw their design inspiration from the organic beauty of wood, the simplicity of clean lines and the comfort of light weight, combined with the signature Yamaha sound. The wood materials they are constructed from are carefully crafted with an airy infinity loop-like design, representing the dimensions of acoustic space, making them as stunning visually as they are fun to play. Both the YEV-104 and YEV-105 deliver a warm, smooth organic tone, and can be connected to earbuds for private practice, or to any standard amplifier or PA system. Unlike “clip-on” violin pickups, they amplify directly and cleanly, with no added noise like wind or coughing, making them optimum for outdoor performances. And with an electric violin, it’s easy to add effects like reverb or distortion with the use of any standard foot pedal or signal processor.
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