Yamaha Design “Synapses” SessionCake
An amplifier you can hold in the palm of your hand.
Created around the concept of a “connectable gadget,” SessionCake is small and light enough to put in your bag and carry around, with large knobs embedded into the square upper surface in a geometric layout. Colored a lively primary red or blue rather than the more serious hues generally used for mixers and amplifiers, these products leave a fun, pop-infused impression.
With a design comprised predominantly out of resin materials, SessionCake features different textures on its upper and lower sections. The upper case, which is seen and touched often, has a glossy, brushed finish, while the lower section, which is more prone to nicks and scratches, has a rougher texture. The Yamaha Logomark set in the glossy body has a matt texture that is intended to represent the center of the product body, and emphasizes the solidity and precision of the product itself.
Small, light, and utilizing the color of the plastic itself rather than any coating, SessionCake can be carried easily and placed almost anywhere. The red SC01 is intended for monaural instruments such as electric guitars, while the blue SC02 is designed to connect to stereo instruments such as synthesizers, and to vocal microphones. With a strap hole—rare in headphone amplifiers—this product makes sessions with digital and electronic instruments easier and more convenient than ever before.
SesssionCake functions as a headphone amplifier when connected to an instrument, and allows other musicians to join in for jam sessions by connecting their own SessionCakes. Connecting to other SessionCakes in a chain allows up to eight people to enjoy playing in a session together. Since anyone can join in just by connecting with cables, SessionCake can be used in a range of situations, from practicing at home to jamming with friends.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory