Yamaha Design “Synapses” YDS-150
Red Dot Award
iF Design Award
Design for Asia Award
A digital saxophone that anyone can enjoy playing, anywhere, at any time.
A new saxophone that blends acoustic and digital elements, which utilizes an acoustic reverberation system integrated into the bell to provide a rich, reverberating tone, producing a sound field similar to that of an acoustic saxophone. The mouthpiece, key inlays, and the brass bell in which the sound actually reverberates are all the same as those used in acoustic instruments, giving the YDS-150 a true wind instrument-like feel when played.
The design of the YDS-150 focused on accurately reproducing the key layout of an acoustic saxophone, allowing players to experience the same sensations they enjoy with the instruments that they are used to.
The unique rhomboid cross-section of the body was the result of the consideration given to maintaining the basic positions of the electronic parts, and eliminating any unnecessary sections to enhance the playability of the instrument. By shaping the instrument so that the line from the mouthpiece to the bell forms a large R, the design of the YDS-150 gives the player the impression their breath, and the resulting sound, is passing through a single tube.
The arrival of the YDS-150, which offers both the form and feel of an acoustic instrument and the convenience and functionality of a digital one, makes saxophone performance a more familiar experience than ever before. You can adjust the volume or use headphones to play whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.
- Kazuki Kashiwase
- Yamaha Design Laboratory