Internet-Ready Piano Streams Live Performances into the Living Room

BUENA PARK, Calif., June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- There's a growing buzz around the country and here's what it sounds like:

BUENA PARK, Calif., June 19 /PRNewswire/ — There's a growing buzz around the country and here's what it sounds like:

"When a piano comes with a hard drive, Ethernet jack, video output, stereo speakers, audio/microphone input, CD and floppy drives, USB jacks and an open-source Linux operating system, all kinds of new tricks are possible." — David Pogue, New York Times, April 17, 2008

"This Yamaha Disklavier Piano could be the most advanced piano we've ever seen, and we've seen several…Not only does it have Wi-Fi to download MIDI files onto itself so it can play back songs, you can record performances — with vocals and other instruments — as well." — Jason Chen, Gizmodo, May 28, 2008

"If a computer could morph into a piano, or vice-versa, it might well resemble a Yamaha like this one." — Mike Yamamoto, Cnet Crave, May 29, 2008

I invite you to join the conversation about the Disklavier (www.disklavier.com), the world's first Internet piano, by offering you a personal demonstration so that you can experience this unique technology for yourself. Simply plug it into your home network connection, and the Disklavier lets you browse a dozen music channels over the Internet and download music onto its 80-gigabyte hard drive. At the touch of a button, immediately enjoy thousands of live performances made famous by top artists such as Elton John and The Beatles, with the keys and pedals moving up and down, and vocals and ensemble performances coming from the built-in speakers. The Disklavier also allows you to videotape your own performances and play them back with the piano in perfect step with the image. You can even practice in total silence any time using headphones.

With the new version 3.0 upgrade, officially arriving this summer, users can:

— Record their own performances, including vocals and other instrumentals, then burn their own album on a PC or Mac

— Control the Disklavier from a PC or Macintosh computer from anywhere in their home

For the first time, the piano has finally joined the multimedia living room by becoming an iPod, high-tech "radio" and the ultimate home theater component, all in one.

Please contact me for additional information, high-resolution digital images, video, or to arrange for a demonstration of the Disklavier in action.

Vera Kessler Giles Communications 914-798-7131 vkessler@giles.com

SOURCE Yamaha Corporation of America

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