In advance of the 2020 NAMM Show, Yamaha has introduced the YC61 Stage Keyboard, a new organ-focused instrument combining iconic organ sounds with sonic versatility and real-time control.
The YC61 employs a Yamaha’s newly-developed ‘Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) Organ’ engine. VCM models the behavior of vintage electronics at the component level. This allows realistic organ character sound along with familiar and modern keyboard controls.
They say that authenticity is further enhanced by a new VCM Rotary Speaker effect, capturing the two-speed, physically spinning speaker that is part of the organ sound.
The musician playing the YC61 has full command of the sound via drawbars, percussion, rotary speaker speed and more. Users also have the ability to personalize “under the hood” organ and rotary speaker settings like drawbar leakage, key click and rotor speed up.
A 61-note waterfall keyboard makes for smooth rock and jazz playing techniques such as “palm smears,” as seen in this sound demo by Jonas Gröning, (video is just YC61 sounds, no talking):
Beyond organ sounds, Yamaha’s YC61 stage piano has two comprehensive “Keys” sections that offer acoustic pianos, electric pianos, strings and brass, analog-style synths, and more. Dedicated effects like delay, chorus, distortion and more allow keyboardists the ability to quickly create new sounds on the fly.
“The organ is the original keyboard, and in some ways, the original synthesizer,” said Nate Tschetter, manager, Synthesizer Marketing, Yamaha. “It always adds a soulful sound to the music, regardless of genre. We hope YC61 provides that essence of soulfulness to keyboard players through its sound and controls.”
Pricing and Availability
The Yamaha YC61 Stage Keyboard (MSRP: $2,499) will ship to retailers in June 2020. For detailed information and product specifications, visit the Yamaha Synth website, or check out the latest episode of Yamaha Synth’s Behind the Synth podcast.