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BY MARC URSELLI

Yamaha has recently introduced an interesting new hybrid instrument called the AvantGrand, which in essence is a digital piano with physical action and wooden construction. The company makes two versions: the N3, which is approximately the size of a baby grand, and the N2, which is an upright. The unveiling To introduce this revolutionary design, on April 24, 2010, Yamaha Artist Services Inc. (YASI) organized a concert by avantgarde jazz/fusion quartet Attention Screen. The group featured classically trained pianist/composer/rock guitarist Bob Reina on the AvantGrand N3, Don Fiorino on guitars, lap steel and electric mandolin (whose CDs with his other bands, Radio I-Ching and Hanuman Sextet, I had recorded at my studio EastSide Sound in New York City), Chris Jones on fretless electric bass, and Mark Flynn on drums and percussion. The quartet played two beautiful sets of their own personal flavor of new music, an original blend of jazz structures, world music sounds, fusion atmospheres, classical references and free improvisations which featured the AvantGrand. The YASI Recital Hall is equipped with Yamaha’s proprietary Active Field Control (ACF) technology, which employs ceilingembedded microphones which pick up the sound in different part of the room and then redistribute them through speakers in the walls. Allegedly this technology can help correct room acoustics, even allowing simulation of other venues.

Yamaha AvantGrand pianos? The future of digital

Editor’s Note: We are bringing you a report on a new piano technology that intrigued us when we were first made aware of it. In the 1970s Yamaha brought out an electric piano in the shape of a traditional piano, the by now ubiquitous CP-70 (and its brethren), and last Spring we asked Marc Urselli to attend an event where another Yamaha variation on the electric/electronic piano theme was to be unveiled. Will it, too, become ubiquitous?—LzR
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Unfortunately not much information was offered about ACF at the event, and so I had to rely on my ears to make a decision about the sound of the room. I can only say that the sound in the room was very evenly distributed and clear, although I would have almost preferred (at least for the sake of trying to concentrate on the sound of the AvantGrand) that the room hadn’t been treated electronically at all.



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Talkback
Recording’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide
Theme Music for TV—A Production Report
Royer Labs R-101 Ribbon Microphone
Recording SFX—A Career Option?
Primacoustic IsoTools
Avenson Audio IsoDI
Getting Your Music Heard In Today’sCommercial Culture
Preview: Yamaha AvantGrand
It’s Your Music—Know Your Rights.Chapter 9: Trademark Basics
Sonoma Wire Works GuitarJack Model 1and FourTrack 4.0.1
Readers' Tapes
Advertiser Index
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