Yamaha Design “Synapses” VKB-100
GOOD DESIGN BEST 100
A keyboard that makes VOCALOID sing.
A pure presence that emulates the character and voices assigned, without being restricted to any specific image. Free of any decorative elements, this design allows the player to color the instrument to their preference.
Interface elements such as the displays and buttons needed for performance are placed in easy-to-see locations, with the logo arrayed along the keyboard focusing the attention of the audience on the player’s hands.
A rounded form that creates an intimacy between player and instrument. The VKB-100 emits sound with just the push of a key, so that anyone can enjoy the world of VOCALOID without specialist knowledge, immersing themselves in the new musical experience of “performing vocals.”
In seeking to create the ideal form for a VOCALOID keyboard—an instrument that performs vocal lines for songs—we started by crafting a design for an entirely new over-the-shoulder keyboard. Careful selection of the functions that equip the VKB-100 produced a compact, lightweight instrument that anyone can play with ease.
- Kazuki Kashiwase
- Yamaha Design Laboratory