Research and Development

Research and Development


Yamaha conducts research and development in a wide range of fields
to support the “Well-Being of People around the World.”

Sound and music are a vital part of the "Well-Being of People", and are enjoyed and used in a variety of ways.
To create new value by combining technologies and sensibilities, Yamaha's Research & Development Division conducts cutting-edge research and development in three main areas.

The first field focuses on "people". What kind of sounds stirs an emotional response in people? What kind of sound is striking a chord across the world right now? What is needed for people to better familiarize themselves with their musical instruments? These are the kinds of questions we ask ourselves daily as we work toward encapsulating the measurements of performance motions and operating state of people, while giving deep consideration to the research of human sensibility, value judgments, and the musical culture forming the foundation of such. This "people"-focused field delves deeper in an exploration of the value of universal experiences, helping a broader range of people further their enjoyment of music through research into sensibility engineering and the science of performance.

The second field focuses on "things" (products). In this field, we work to improve technologies for simulating and measuring sound and music to deliver products that are highly optimized for their expressive qualities. Also in materials research field, we continue our research into the required materials to develop products that stay with people for many years to come. By advancing these technologies, we hope to continue to develop a broad product lineup, and contribute to sustainable social and cultural development well into the future.

The third field focuses on bringing "people" and "things" together. The value of a musical instrument lies in its use to perform music. Having an instrument mold seamlessly into your hands to feel as part of your body allows for greater freedom of musical expression. An encounter with such a musical instrument is something to treasure for a lifetime. Yamaha dives deeper into the wonderful relationship between people and things, and applies its findings in a broad range of products and services. AI also plays a major role in this area. We are pursuing research and development in cutting edge musical information retrieval research fields that could feasibly have AI sing and perform instruments alongside human performers to develop richer forms of musical expression for the greater enjoyment of sound and music by a great many people.

When conducting research into these areas, we prioritize "sensibility" above all else. We feel that only by fully drawing upon the "sensibility" of each and every researcher engaged in R&D can we deliver the kinds of "technology" that empowering a heart-trembling moments that really tap into the broad palette of human emotion. Looking ahead, Yamaha will continue to pursue research and development in a wide range of fields relating to sound and music in order to "Sharing Passion & Performance" with people around the world.

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"People,” “things,” and “bringing people and things together.” Yamaha is carrying out research in these three areas to enrich the daily experiences of our customers. These three areas consist of the following cutting-edge fields: “simulation, measurements”, “musical information processing, signal processing”, “AI, machine learning”, “sensitivity engineering”, “human interface” and “acoustic device, material”.
Research Areas and Technological Fields