ANAHEIM, Calif. Playing the new Yamaha Tyros3 Arranger Workstation keyboard is like controlling a virtuoso musician who happens to play hundreds of instruments.
Tyros3 Arranger Workstation
Equipped with the most advanced instrument voices ever created by
Yamaha—Super Articulation 2—Tyros3 allows players to simulate subtle sonic nuances and performance techniques associated with wind instruments, including legato, staccato and vibrato. Special Articulation Control buttons add pitch bend and glissando to note-on and note-off events. Other voices are culled from Yamaha's flagship Motif synthesizer and a new algorithm will voice guitar parts like a live player.
Almost every aspect of the computer-compatible Tyros3 has been redesigned and upgraded, from the stunning sounds to the layout of the controls to the addition of faders and a high-resolution TFT 7.5-inch VGA color screen.
"It's uncanny how human-like some of the voices sound," says Dane Madsen, Digital Piano marketing manager, Yamaha Keyboard Division. "Tyros3 utilizes the latest technological advances from Yamaha, which means that the best just got a whole lot better."
As the only electronic keyboard manufacturer to also make acoustic pianos, Yamaha sets the standard for stunning keyboard sounds, and with Tyros3, it delivers. Organ sounds replicate vintage tone-wheel organs with rotary speakers. The new deep, detailed three-layer piano voice, drawn from a Yamaha CFIIIs Concert Grand Piano, derives from the CVP Series of Clavinova digital pianos. Tyros3 can even recreate the sound of an acoustic piano with the top open or closed.
Super Articulation 2, created with Articulation Element Modeling, is capable of reproducing natural legato and staccato expression, vibrato, pitch bend and glissando passages. The feature builds on Yamaha's legendary MegaVoice technology, which adds an element of human playing techniques to recorded instrument samples. For the guitar, these include muted string sounds, finger slides, fret noises and harmonics. Wind instrument voices include the ability to add strategically placed "breaths" that sound like a person is performing, from passages played on clarinets and saxophones to the bent notes of a harmonica.
Tyros3 can also perform 450 musical styles with authentic corresponding sounds that blend into a professional-sounding backup band. With the One Touch Setting function, Tyros3 delivers a polished arrangement with appropriate voices and effects by simply pressing a button. With the one-button Registration Memory option, users can easily recall favorite settings. Song Creator also helps orchestrate and arrange songs with the help of a 16-track sequencer.
Other features include a touch sensitive keyboard that adds unmatched expressiveness to performances, enabling players to control dynamics and expression. Tyros3 is packed with studio-quality DSP effects like reverb, distortion and chorus, along with the ability to perform one-touch recording to the hard-disk recorder.
A USB port, conveniently located on the keyboard's front panel, facilitates easy computer connectivity for transferring song data from the 3.2 MB internal flash storage. The LAN port connects to Yamaha's online music portals, Internet Direct Connection, Yamaha MusicSoft and Digital Music Notebook. Users can download different song styles, instrument voices and upgrades to the Tyros3, along with sheet music, song books and software.
"Tyros3 will appeal to songwriters, professional musicians and arrangers, houses of worship and home hobbyists who are interested in having the world of music at their fingertips," says Madsen.
For more information on Tyros3, visit Yamaha Corporation of America at Winter NAMM 2009 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel; write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Portable Keyboards, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
; or visit www.yamaha.com