yamaha instruments

A portion of my Seattle setup, 2011.  In this photo you can see a Yamaha CS-5, Access Virus TI Polar, Native Instruments Maschine MK1 and some of my old Washburn analog effects pedals.  There is a Kurzweil MIDIBOARD underneath the CS-5 and a Roland Jupiter-6 out of shot.   This setup is what I used for my “Secret Gun” and “Flash of Light” remixes.

Yamaha Creates New Song with Voice of Deceased Musician

Police push back screaming young female fans of late rock star Hideto Matsumoto, a member of the rock group “X Japan,” as the coffin leaves Tokyo’s Tsukiji Honganji Temple after the funeral in 1998.

When Nat King Cole’s daughter Natalie scored a big hit with her album “Unforgettable…with Love” in 1991 it included what was considered a technological marvel at the time: a duet of her singing with her long-deceased father.

But musical instrument maker Yamaha Corp. has taken this concept well beyond just overlaying one vocal track over an older recording. Through the magic of vocal sampling technology, the Japanese company has succeeded in recording an unreleased song with new lyrics sung by musician Hide, who passed away in 1998.

Kenji Arakawa, a spokesman at the company, said that he believes Hide’s new song is the first work by dead artist to be commercially available and to include voice of the deceased singing lyrics that were completed after the musician passed away.

“When we were offered the idea, only a very rough recording of the singer’s vocals, sung with alternative lyrics was available to us,” Mr. Arakawa told Japan Real Time. “So we gathered what is called the synthesis unit, or basic segments of Hide’s voice, from a large collection of his previous recordings.”

The song, Co Gal, celebrating 50 years since the musician’s birth, will be included in a CD album to be released next month. The guitarist/vocalist of rock band X Japan passed away at age 33 in an apparent suicide.

In addition to Hide’s singing, the team also created near-identical voices of the singer using synthesized singing software. The entire process of recording Co Gal, including adding the right accents and the singer’s singing style, took two years to complete.

Yamaha undertook a similar project in 2011, when they recorded a song using vocals of singer Hitoshi Ueki who died in 2007. But for that song, they relied partly on Mr. Ueki’s relative to provide vocal samples.

Source: Japan Real Time. Thanks to norikei for sharing!


im going through and listening to every sega genesis game soundtrack that howard drossin composed (he’s why sonic spinball has this fuckin bizarre stupid heavy industrial-ass soundtrack) and ffffffffffhjdfjghdgjkgh its all so good

the sega genesis’s yamaha YM2612 synthesizer + texas instruments SN76489 sound generator combination was an ugly piece of shit and this guy knew it and used it to its full advantage to BRING THE FUCKING 16-BIT MOSH