Yamaha Design “Synapses” Tyros5
Red Dot Award
Yamaha's new flagship performance keyboard.
The Tyros5 is a high-end performance keyboard with extensive functions that support playing in a wide range of genres, with top-quality sound and automatic accompaniment. The key goals in this category of instrument are superb operability, legibility, and playability under all conditions, and these drove our design.
Subtle curves inform the shape down to the smallest details. Functional features like memory-card slots and jog wheels integrate into the key blocks with accent grooves and compound curved surfaces to convey beauty and tautness. What seem at first glance to be simple flowing lines are actually formed by a combination of multiple curves.
This is what a performance keyboard is supposed to be. With purpose-built rotating speakers mounted on it, the keyboard can go into any environment, including house parties and cafe stages, uniting the performer with the audience. Even in these more intimate settings, the clean lines flow attractively when viewed from any angle.
As much as possible, we eliminated straight lines from the design, and joined the front and back with seamless curves to reflect the idea of uniting the performer with the audience, of conveying the music being played and the performance directly to the audience.
- Kunihiro Takei
- Yamaha Design Laboratory