Yamaha Design “Synapses” YC61
A stage keyboard that meets the most demanding needs of today’s active keyboard players.
A 61-key stage keyboard ideal for organ performances, designed in the mold of the CP88 and CP73 keyboards that focused on piano and electric piano performances. The classic rounded edges of the waterfall keys and the slightly curved keytops were newly developed to accommodate the distinctive techniques of organists.
Eight LED indicators have been used to recreate the each of the drawbars that bring the distinctive voices of the electric organ to life, emphasizing their presence when they are pulled out. Each slider cap features a transparent line that intuitively displays the LED indicator status to the organist, even when they call up a new setting.
The side pads are sloped more steeply toward the organist in anticipation of glissandos (a technique where the organist slides their palm or fingers across the keys in a sweeping motion). They are the same low height as the keys at the front end, allowing the performer to play as actively as they wish without worrying about obstructions.
The YC61 is even slimmer and more lightweight than the CP88 and CP73, making transport to and from live venues easier than ever. To account for the fact that 61-key keyboards often occupy the top row of stage rigs, the Yamaha logo also makes a bold appearance on the bottom surface of the YC61, announcing its presence as a stage instrument to the audience below.
- Toshihide Suzuki
- Yamaha Design Laboratory