Tenori On Orange Now Available For $699

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Yamaha has announced that its Tenori On Orange (MSRP $999; estimated street price $699.99), is now available, along with an OS update for the original, the Tenori-on W (MSRP $1,499; estimated street price $999.99).

Both versions will now be available through standard musical instrument retail channels after initial test marketing in 2009 via e-commerce channels.

Functionally, the new O model is exactly the same as the original W model, except it cannot be operated with batteries, its 256 orange LEDs are only visible on one side of the unit and it is encased in plastic.

Yamaha is positioning the original Tenori On W for live performance, since its LED display is visible on two sides, and the Tenori On O for music production.

About The Tenori On

The Tenori-on is the product of collaboration between Toshio Iwai, a leading media artist who provided the idea and design, and Yamaha, which provided its electronic musical instrument technology.

Physically, Tenori-on takes the shape of a square board, approximately 8 X 8 inches, with a matrix of 16 vertical and 16 horizontal rows of LED buttons, or switches, (for a total of 256 in all), which, when blinking on and off, provide a visual image of the structure of the music. When these buttons are touched directly, it is possible to create intuitive compositions, even without specialized knowledge of music, and enjoy playing with sounds. It is also possible to perform compositions in real time as the player is composing them.

8 thoughts on “Tenori On Orange Now Available For $699

  1. You can't compare the two. While the Monome is basically a controller which fully depends on the software running on computer its connected to the Tenori is stand alone and full fledged instrument. The Monome can do as much as its drivers allow, even its midi out capabilities are basically emulated.

    The Tenori however has midi in, midi out, sound out and even allows storage on a SD card. Its far more than a mere software-driven controller.

  2. You can't compare the two. While the Monome is basically a controller which fully depends on the software running on computer its connected to the Tenori is stand alone and full fledged instrument. The Monome can do as much as its drivers allow, even its midi out capabilities are basically emulated.

    The Tenori however has midi in, midi out, sound out and even allows storage on a SD card. Its far more than a mere software-driven controller.

  3. I just bought one of these (the orange one) and I must say I'm thrilled with it. I actually like the onboard sounds, but even if you hate them it's a wonderful sequencer, I used it with both vst's and hardware synths alike and its really fun and useful. I haven't had it that long yet and it's already changing the way I work. People, please don't say ignorant things about the tenori'on without at least trying one first (or at least google what it can do at the very least).

  4. I just bought one of these (the orange one) and I must say I'm thrilled with it. I actually like the onboard sounds, but even if you hate them it's a wonderful sequencer, I used it with both vst's and hardware synths alike and its really fun and useful. I haven't had it that long yet and it's already changing the way I work. People, please don't say ignorant things about the tenori'on without at least trying one first (or at least google what it can do at the very least).

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