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YAMAHA QY10: A PERSONAL RECORDING STUDIO THAT FITS IN YOUR CHRISTMAS STOCKING

 YAMAHA QY10: A PERSONAL RECORDING STUDIO
 THAT FITS IN YOUR CHRISTMAS STOCKING
 BUENA PARK, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Tear off the giftwrap, plug in the headphones, and in minutes you can be composing fully- orchestrated tunes at the touch of a few buttons -- even if you've never read or written music before. And the "band" that will held you create your musical masterpieces is small enough to fit in the bottom of your Christmas stocking.
 The new Yamaha QY10 Music Sequencer ($399) is a first-of-its-kind, VHS videocassette-size instrument that allows anyone to create professional-sounding original music compositions, and do it just about anywhere.
 The "instruments" used to make your own songs are "sampled" sounds, which means that actual instruments were originally recorded digitally, and can now be played back at will by pushing the appropriate buttons. The musical palette includes 30 of them -- from hear-it-to-believe-it "Rock Organ," "Piano" and "Guitar" to realistic "Brass" and "String Ensemble" sounds.
 Also inside are 26 sampled drums -- including standard "Bass," "Snare" and "Rim Shot," as well as more exotic sounds such as "Timbale" and "Agogo Bell." Rhythms can be set in any of 76 preset music styles, such as "Pop," "Funk," "Hard Rock," "New Age," "Reggae," "Jazz," "Gospel," "R&B," "Country" and "Bluegrass."
 The true power comes when you combine rhythm patters, chords, and melody to create original songs. Select, say, a "Funk Rock" beat from the menu screen. Then, at the touch of a few more buttons, drum, bass and keyboard backing patterns start things rocking, formed automatically to fit the song style you selected. Change the key, and the backing patterns follow -- even the walking bass.
 According to Yamaha, the creative possibilities are endless. Professional musicians, such as jingle writers and arrangers, can use it to compose just about anywhere, while camcorder enthusiasts can create their own original soundtracks to spice up their home videos.
 The QY10 also helps beginners with musical ear training, by teaching chord structures simply through the act of pushing a sequence of buttons. For example, you may not know a chord of music from a cord of wood, but by pushing a "diminished" button, and then a "minor seventh," you can hear what different chords and arrangements sound like, and study how they can be used effectively to create a song.
 The QY10 Music Sequencer is available at authorized Yamaha musical instrument retailers nationwide. For information on the closest retailer that carries the QY10, call Yamaha Corporation of America, in California at 714-522-9011.
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 /CONTACT: David Matson of Giles Communications, 914-337-9355, for Yamaha Corporation of America/ CO: Yamaha Corporation of America ST: California IN: HOU SU: PDT


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