Yamaha Announces Entry-Level Tenori-On Orange

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Yamaha today announced a new, budget version of it’s innovative Tenori On music synthesizer – the Tenori On Orange, TRN-O.

The TRN-O is an entry-level version of the Tenori On, offering the same basic musical functionality, but using orange LEDs, stripping away the backlighting LEDs and using a basic white plastic case.

Surprisingly for a budget item, Yamaha did not announce the pricing for the new Tenori On Orange. The TRN-O is expected to be available in December.

Yamaha also confirmed a free forthcoming firmware update for Tenori-On customers, expected to be available in January. The update will address the syncing of Tenori-On to external DAW applications and offer an improved MIDI sync implementation.

According to Yamaha, the new Tenori-On ‘Orange’ offers the same levels of creative power as the original but has been made significantly more affordable. Yamaha has replaced the magnesium casing of the original with a heavy duty and durable plastic casing.

“We know everyone loves the concept and fresh approach of Tenori-On, however, as you’d expect we have received thousands of requests for a more affordable version,” Yamaha’s Peter Peck explains. “We therefore looked at many ways of reducing the price without compromising the all-important product concept or creative operating system. By removing the battery option and the back panel LED’s and changing the chassis construction from the magnesium found on the original to a more affordable material we have achieved our goal of creating the more affordable Tenori-On ‘Orange’, bringing the full creative capability of Tenori-On to a much wider audience.”

Details at the Yamaha site.

11 thoughts on “Yamaha Announces Entry-Level Tenori-On Orange

  1. It would be so great if they annouced the price along with press releases like this… I've been wanting a Tenori-On for a long time but don't think it's worth the $1000 asking price.

    If it were half that (and i'm being optimistic that it might be?) i'm totally in.

  2. They should be something in the 399 to 499 price range people are saying.
    Still too much if you ask me.

    When I tried the $1000 version in person it feel very cheap. The buttons are very plastic and have a hard click feeling. I hate stuff that clicks. I was hoping they would have a more "smooshy" feel.

    My GF was very impressed till I told her the price. She had thought it was a toy from the look of it.

    Still, I want one. Its just too much fun and a cheaper price would make it tempting.

  3. yeah, way too much money. If the thing was built like a tank, with a steel and aluminum casings – then maybe I can see that as a justification. I'll wait until it hits $400 for the white one or until another company produces a similar product (yo Roland or Korg) that's better and cheaper.

    To be honest, all Korg has to do is put out a Kaoss Pad 4 with Kaossilator sounds, a kickass sequencer and a 16×16 touch grid.

  4. I sure hope they can work the clock problems with the new OS, because for now the clock is broken. I sold mine because of this (and yamaha did tell they wouldn't update the OS). I mean it's a sequencer! the clock must be tight! If it wouldn't have been for that, I would have probably kept it. Now I'm intrigued by this new more affordable model. If they can get the clock right, I might just buy it… It's a bit sad they got the battery option out though.

  5. According to http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/specificat… (bottom of page)

    To coincide with the unveiling of the new model Yamaha have also confirmed a free forthcoming firmware update for current TENORI-ON customers. Following a range of user comments Yamaha are currently in the process of creating a new operating system which is expected to be available from January 2010.The update will address a number of areas including the synching of TENORI-ON to external DAW applications and offer an improved MIDI sync implementation.

  6. According to http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/specificat… (bottom of page)

    To coincide with the unveiling of the new model Yamaha have also confirmed a free forthcoming firmware update for current TENORI-ON customers. Following a range of user comments Yamaha are currently in the process of creating a new operating system which is expected to be available from January 2010.The update will address a number of areas including the synching of TENORI-ON to external DAW applications and offer an improved MIDI sync implementation.

  7. According to http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/specificat… (bottom of page)

    To coincide with the unveiling of the new model Yamaha have also confirmed a free forthcoming firmware update for current TENORI-ON customers. Following a range of user comments Yamaha are currently in the process of creating a new operating system which is expected to be available from January 2010.The update will address a number of areas including the synching of TENORI-ON to external DAW applications and offer an improved MIDI sync implementation.

  8. According to http://www.global.yamaha.com/tenori-on/specificat… (bottom of page)

    To coincide with the unveiling of the new model Yamaha have also confirmed a free forthcoming firmware update for current TENORI-ON customers. Following a range of user comments Yamaha are currently in the process of creating a new operating system which is expected to be available from January 2010.The update will address a number of areas including the synching of TENORI-ON to external DAW applications and offer an improved MIDI sync implementation.

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