It's a safe bet that there's no musician in the country who isn't familiar with Yamaha. They're only the world's biggest manufacturer of musical instruments, after all. Although their variety of products these days is huge, Yamaha got its start building organs. That makes it no surprise that their most popular and well-respected instruments today are the organ's descendants: keyboards and MIDI devices.
A good starting point for Yamaha's keyboard lineup is their selection of digital pianos. Designed to reproduce the sound of their acoustic counterparts down to the last detail, these are a real showcase of just what Yamaha can do with the advancements they've made to musical electronics. When you play a digital piano like the Arius YDP-142, you'll have your audience wondering where the baby grand is hiding.
If music production is more up your alley than classic piano performance, you'll be happy to find even more options waiting for you. Yamaha is an undisputed champion of electronics, which means that you can expect great things from their synthesizers, arranger keyboards and workstations. One fantastic example is the Motif XF6. This workstation's voices, effects and hardware features are beyond top-of-the-line - it wouldn't be a stretch to say it sets the standard for a hardware workstation.
Beyond the keyboards, there are several more specialized MIDI devices to choose from in the Yamaha catalog. The WX5 MIDI Wind Controller is one standout, giving wind players a natural and expressive way to play their instruments on a MIDI system. Another piece of equipment to look at if you feel like there's something missing from your hardware rack is the MOTIF RACK XS Tone Generator. This is the perfect way to expand the capabilities of your studio with new sounds and rhythms.
It only takes a quick look through the instruments and equipment available here to see firsthand why Yamaha is still the king of keyboards and MIDI. They've come a lot way from their organ-building roots, but the keyboard has always been a priority for Yamaha's engineering department. The benefits of that commitment are right here, and they're definitely worth your attention.