Research and Development

True Yamaha spirit

Create new value by combining technology and sensibility

During its long history, Yamaha has accumulated original technologies in the field of acoustic musical instruments based on its seasoned production skills and sensitivities about sound creation that have been passed down from generation to generation. Similarly, in the fields of digital musical instruments and audio equipment, Yamaha has developed epoch-making electronics technologies. By drawing on and integrating both acoustic and digital technologies, Yamaha is able to create new value that only it can create and offer new ways of enjoying music.

To deliver even richer sound, Yamaha is continuing research into technologies in the fields of processing wood and metal materials, as well as keyboard and action mechanisms, sound sources, and acoustics.

[ Thumbnail ] Wood reforming technology A.R.E.

Wood reforming technology A.R.E.

A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) is an original wood reforming technology developed by Yamaha. Through precise control of temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, the molecular properties of the wood can be manipulated into a more acoustically ideal condition, similar to the molecular characteristics of wooden materials in instruments that have been played for years.

[ Thumbnail ] Research to Analyze Vibrations and Acoustics of Musical Instruments

Research to Analyze Vibrations and Acoustics of Musical Instruments

The shape of acoustic musical instruments, their structure, materials used, and other elements of their design have a major effect on the tones the instruments produce. For this reason, Yamaha evolves its instruments by using measuring and simulation technologies to study how the various parts of the main body of instruments vibrate and how the sound is generated by transmitting the vibration inside the instrument and into the surrounding atmosphere.

[ Thumbnail ] Muting system for brass instruments "Silent Brass™"

Muting system for brass instruments "Silent Brass™"

Yamaha's "Silent Brass™" muting system for brass instruments allows users to practice or play at any time and in any place. This system consists of a Pickup Mute, which is smaller and lighter than in previous models, and a Personal Studio, which incorporates Brass Resonance Modeling technology that makes use of Yamaha's unique signal processing technology. Application and fusion of these latest technologies enable players to hear more-realistic sounds and a more-pleasant feeling when performing and practicing.

In creating AV, PA, and networking equipment, Yamaha brings together its digital signal processing and network technologies, which are at the core of cutting-edge electronics technology, to deliver high-value-added products.

[ Thumbnail ] Modeling technology VCM

Modeling technology VCM

To recreate the depth of sound that can be obtained from analogue audio equipment, Yamaha has developed its VCM technology, which makes it possible to do precise modeling from the circuit element level to the overall circuit in the world's best equipment. Yamaha's Effect Program VCM Effect, which applies this technology, makes it possible to achieve the warmth of musical sound and is now incorporated in Yamaha digital mixers and electronic musical instruments.