White Is The New Black: Stunning New R01 Joins Yamaha Modus Digital Piano Line
Remarkable Digital Piano Line Debuts Model With Serene, iPod-Like Aesthetic; H11 "Contemporary Grand" Now Offers Player Piano Functionality
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Yamaha Piano Division continues to enhance its remarkable MODUS line of digital pianos, which will be on display at Winter NAMM 2009. The stunning white MODUS R01 will be unveiled, along with the H11 "Contemporary Grand" style digital piano.

"With the introduction of the R01, Yamaha's designers continue to astonish us," states Jim Levesque, MODUS marketing manager, Yamaha Keyboard Division. "With its highly modern feel, the R01's clean, simple design captures an almost iPod-like aesthetic. The white finish also offers an interesting contrast to the vivid colors featured in the rest of the MODUS line."

Available in the second quarter of 2009, MODUS R01 will include a transparent music rest and matching white piano bench.

Building on the H01, the stylish H11 features player piano-like moving keys, Yamaha XG technology for fully orchestrated sound, record and playback functionality, plus a USB TO DEVICE port for song data storage and retrieval, and a LAN port to enable access to the Internet-based ModusRadio.

ModusRadio is a groundbreaking service that elevates streaming radio to the level of a live performance. Each station includes a MIDI feed, enabling the Yamaha piano to play live with moving keys, accompanied by specially recorded ensemble parts, for remarkable realism and accuracy.

Yamaha MODUS owners who subscribe to ModusRadio can choose from a range of music stations including Broadway, Classical, Country, Great Piano Solos, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Soundtracks and Standards. Non-subscribers can access 30-second sample clips of music found on the various channels and can stream a complimentary channel featuring full-length, public domain songs. ModusRadio streams selections to Internet-connected MODUS pianos, offering nonstop entertainment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

MODUS H11 is available in a variety of stunning finishes, including Amber Glow, Velvet Rouge and Deep Brunette—all accented with polished Ebony. The instrument features synthetic Ivory keytops and a choice of hard, medium, soft and fixed touch sensitivity, as well as Yamaha's proprietary Tri-Amp system for better sound in all frequency ranges.

All MODUS models feature AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) Stereo Sampling technology with 30 Sample Banks (50 on the H11), which varies the volume and timbre of sound according to the player's touch on the keyboard. Combined with 64-note polyphony (128-note on the H11), reverb and Dual Voice capability, the instrument offers 20 instrument voices and 50 onboard preset piano songs.

MODUS takes the realism of the grand piano sound to new heights with its Stereo Sustain and Key-Off samples. Stereo Sustain samples recreate the resonance of the strings and soundboard when the damper pedal is pressed, contributing to the unique sound of a grand piano. Key-Off samples provide the delicate sound of the dampers touching strings as the keys are released.

The H11 features metronomes and auxiliary jacks that allow the user to connect the instrument to a home audio system or for use with headphones. Each piano has a built-in 40-Watt sound system and includes an owner's manual, the book 50 Greats for the Piano, and an ideally-suited piano bench.

All MODUS models carry a Yamaha Keyboard Division five year warranty. To learn more, visit www.moduspiano.com.

For more information on the Yamaha MODUS digital piano series, visit Yamaha Corporation of America at Winter NAMM 2009 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel; write Yamaha Corporation of America, Keyboard Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or e-mail infostation@yamaha.com.