At the 2019 NAMM Show, Yamaha has announced the Sonogenic SHS-500 keytar.
The Sonogenic SHS-500 is designed to be a beginner keyboard that can grow with the user.
Central to the SHS-500 experience is a Yamaha app called Chord Tracker, which can analyze the music library residing on a smartphone or tablet and then send chord data directly to the instrument via wireless MIDI over Bluetooth. With the JAM mode enabled, keys on the SHS-500 will trigger only chord notes that go along with a song.
For the more experienced musician, the SHS-500 offers Bluetooth MIDi support. Via Bluetooth MIDI, it can control software-based synths and virtual instruments hosted on a laptop computer or mobile smart device, allowing the performer to roam freely, both indoors and out.
USB audio streaming and MIDI make it a full-featured controller and on-the-go audio interface in one.
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha Sonogenic SHS-500 is expected to ship during January 2019, at an MSRP of $499. See the Yamaha site for details.