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Yamaha Tyros 2 Info & Specs

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:27 pm
by Saul
Inspired by Nature
The new Yamaha Tyros2 is a never-ending source of inspiration – for playing, recording, learning, creating and performing. The richly expressive, authentic sounds and the powerful, dynamic rhythms get your creative juices flowing like no other instrument. Image With the intelligent, easy-to-use performance features and the new audio recording functions, Tyros2 is a treasure chest of inspiration for all your musical applications – from songwriting and demo recording to arranging and live performance. Tyros2: inspired by nature, perfected by technology, created for your personal inspiration.

Super Articulation Technology
Yamaha introduces a completely new level of sonic realism and musical expressiveness with a brand new technology: Super Articulation. Just play as normal and Super Articulation delivers MegaVoice authenticity to the melody that you play, adding unique performance characteristics of each instrument - for example, the expressive finger-slides on guitar, or the breathy, legato phrasing Tyros2 Voice Info of a saxophone. Never before have stringed, wind and brass instruments – played live with a keyboard – sounded so convincing or so real! And these voices can be played right away without any special technique. However, to help you get the most out of them, Tyros2 has an "online" Information window that provides performance details on each voice – that pops up at the touch of a button.

Audio Rendering
One of the most impressive new features of the Tyros2 is the Hard Disk Recorder. It allows you to directly record the sound of the instrument to an optional installed hard disk drive as digital audio data – for pristine, absolutely noise-free audio quality. Naturally, you can record your voice, guitar or other acoustic and electric instruments as well, and mix them with the Tyros2 sound. The recording is a simple stereo file, but you can freely overdub additional parts as desired – with little to no loss of sound quality. Moreover, if you have a computer and audio editing software, you can also edit the sound file as needed, and then re-import it to Tyros2.

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FSX Keyboard
Tyros2 has a professional FSX keyboard action that is smooth, fast and responsive and is the only Arranger Workstation from Yamaha that is equipped with both initial touch and after touch, so that you can dynamically and expressively control the level of the voices with your playing strength, just as on an acoustic instrument.

Custom Voice Creating (Sample/Playback)
Tyros2 has two enormously powerful features that let you craft your own Voices: Voice Creator and Voice Set.

Voice Creator allows you to import your own audio samples and waveforms, and assign them to the keys as desired – letting you build completely new Voices with completely new sounds.

Voice Set provides tools for editing a Voice – changing its filter, envelope and vibrato settings, as well as making modulation assignments and adjusting the EQ and effects.

The end result is a Custom Voice that can be selected and played just like all the other Tyros2 Voices. For added convenience, you can auto-load an entire library of voices when you turn the keyboard on. Tyros2 ships with 4 MB of sample RAM which you can easily expand to 1 GB using standard computer RAM, giving you plenty of capacity for samples. You can even store the samples on the optional hard disk. With Voice Creator sample playback capability, you can load sample in WAV and AIFF format, offering an almost unlimited range of sounds that you can buy off the shelf.

Online, on-demand music
Bring your Tyros2 online and tap into the worldwide music network! Yamaha has created two new, essential online services for musicians everywhere: Internet Direct Connection (IDC) and Digital Music Notebook (DMN). IDC lets you connect the Tyros2 directly to the Internet – without a computer – letting you delve into the thousands of MIDI songs on our custom website, and download your favorite music for playback on the Tyros2. DMN, on the other hand, is a combination online music library and special music learning/performance program for your computer. The DMN catalog contains thousands of popular songs for downloading, and each song can be printed, played back with the Tyros2 sounds (with variable tempo), displayed as notation on the LCD, and even used with the accompaniment Styles of the instrument. This last feature is especially cool since it lets you find the Tyros2 Notation 0905 right Style to fit the song, or experiment with unusual Style and Song combinations.

Large Color Display and Video Output
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One of the first things you notice about Tyros2 is its beautiful extra-large, full-color, high-resolution display. The adjustable display tilts up for ease in viewing, and shows all important settings and parameters at a glance. The display signal can also be sent to an external TV – perfect for sing-a-long events and houses of worship, or monitor - perfect for home studios and permanent installations.

* Tyros2 does not include a computer monitor or stand. Also shown with optional TRS-MS02
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Connect to a Computer and USB Storage Devices
You'll find that Tyros2 is extremely computer friendly. The USB connections built into the instrument let you freely exchange and save your important data, and use your computer to take full control over the comprehensive Tyros2 features. With just a single USB connection, you can access both MIDI ports, giving you up to 32 channels of MIDI recording. Two separate USB to DEVICE terminals are included – one conveniently on the front panel–letting you easily connect storage devices such as USB memory sticks.

Score, Lyric and Text Display
When we gave the Tyros2 an extra large display, we decided to give it some extra display features as well. These include display of the song notation (score) and lyrics (for songs that have score and lyric data). A special Text Display function allows you to show text files you've created on the computer – making it possible to display lyrics for songs that don't have lyric data, or for creating your own onscreen chord charts, song memos and registration notes. For example, rather than playing along with a MIDI file with embedded lyrics, you could play a song completely live by using a built-in Style and still have the convenience of lyrics and chords in the display.

You're an Instant "Power User"

One Touch Setting
This versatile performance feature provides four specially programmed settings for each Style. Simply select the Style you want and then press one of the One Touch Setting buttons. Tyros2 is instantly reconfigured, with the proper Voices and effects, for playing in that style of music. While playing choruses in the Bebop Style, for example, you can instantly switch from solo piano to trumpet with just a single button press.

Music Finder
When you want to play in a certain genre of music but don't know which settings to choose, what can you do? Music Finder has the answer. It features over 1800 preset records – each with its own specially selected Style and Voice settings and choice of four registrations.

MegaVoice Technology
The MegaVoices deliver enhanced realism and expression, and are designed primarily for MIDI recording purposes. Since they make special use of velocity switching, with completely different sounds in the various velocity ranges, they are meant not for playing but for programming. For example, a guitar MegaVoice has various specific performance techniques assigned to different velocity ranges – making the voice difficult to "play" in real time (because of the precise velocities needed), but very useful when creating realistic tracks with MIDI data, especially when you want to avoid using several different voices just to make a single instrumental part.

Other Voices and Voice Effects
Tyros2 has over 500 dynamic, realistic Voices, covering virtually every instrument category in the real world – as well as other-world-like sounds! In the Organ Flutes section, there's a wealth of preset organ sounds from Theatre to Jazz, Classical to Rock – including a set of on-screen virtual tone bars that let you adjust the individual flute footages, just as on an actual organ.

The special Live! Cool! and Sweet! Voice categories give you a huge palette of acoustic and electronic instrument sounds, using a mixture of stereo and multilayered samples to fully capture the natural presence, resonance, expression and vibrato of the real instruments. What's more, Tyros2 has a comprehensive set of Digital Signal Processing (DSP) tools – effects that let you enhance the sound in a variety of ways (for example, with reverb, chorus or EQ), or completely transform it.

Accompaniment Styles and Multi Pads
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If you're looking for a pro backing band to support your performance, Tyros2 has everything you could ask for – and more. The 400 built-in Styles, each with 15 different "sections" on-call at a button press, and the wealth of versatile real-time controls give you the power to perform fully arranged songs – instantly, intuitively and interactively. If you need to spice up your performance, the Multi Pads give you a wide selection of one-shot phrases and special loops you can easily trigger while you play.

Vocal Harmony
Connect a microphone and let Tyros2 automatically add backup singers to your voice! The added vocal harmony parts instantly follow the chords you play or pre-programmed parts in MIDI files and you can even select different harmony styles to match the music.

Song Creating
Thanks to the comprehensive features of the built-in 16-track MIDI sequencer, Tyros2 is truly a songwriter's delight. It allows you to easily record your keyboard performance in real time or use the Step Record feature to enter each note individually. There's even an Easy Record function that lets you instantly record fully arranged songs, including accompaniment styles – just press REC and START/STOP like on a cassette recorder! For finer control, you can separately enter chord progressions and pattern variations using Step Record, and automatically clean up the timing of your recorded parts with the Quantize features. Repairing mistakes and replacing certain sections in a song is exceptionally easy, too – using Punch In/Out recording and the precision editing functions of the Event List.

Style Creating
The accompaniment power of Tyros2 extends far beyond the hundreds of professionally arranged built-in styles of the instrument. With the versatile Style Creator feature, you can change the content of existing styles or even create your own new, original styles from scratch. Or combine various parts from different styles and come up with unusual "hybrid" accompaniments.

Extensive Software
Once you've connected your computer, extend the musical potential of the Tyros2 with our powerful software. Included with the instrument is the Tyros2 Voice Editor, which gives you comprehensive, easy-to-use control over the voice and effect parameters via the graphical user interface. Since data is transferred between the computer and Tyros2 in real time, you can play the voice as soon as you've edited it. Another versatile tool is the MEGAEnhancer for Tyros2. This program converts conventional MIDI song data for use specifically with the amazing MegaVoices. Guitar and bass parts in normal MIDI songs suddenly take on new life and dynamic realism.

Interactive Learning Functions
Tyros2 has a wealth of features that enhance your music studies, making it both fun and easy to learn new songs. The Follow Lights and Any Key keyboard practice functions pause song playback and wait for you to play the correct notes. Follow Lights even has a bouncing orange ball in the display to show you in real time what melody notes to play. Karao-Key and Vocal CueTime are two features designed for sing-a-longs. With Karao-Key, you can control the song and accompaniment playback with just one finger, while you sing along. Simply play a key on the keyboard in time with the music (any key is fine) and the accompaniment parts of the song follow your playing. Vocal CueTime helps you learn how to sing, monitoring your voice and pausing playback until you sing the notes correctly.

Expandability
As your musical needs grow, Tyros2 can grow with them. Install a hard disk drive inside the instrument and gain massive storage capability for your Custom Voices, Styles, Registrations and song data – as well as storage for audio created with the Hard Disk Recorder function.

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