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Yamaha Tenori-on

by Yamaha

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  • 16x16 LED matrix music sequencer
  • Hands-on controller and display
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Product Dimensions35.5 x 29 x 8 cm
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Best Sellers Rank 41,724 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight6 Kg
Date First Available1 Nov 2007
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Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to design a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, TENORI-ON.A 16x16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively, creating a 'visible music' interface.TENORI-ON 'Modes'The TENORI-ON 16 x 16 LED button matrix is simultaneously a performance input controller and display. By operating and interacting with the LED buttons and the light they produce you gain access to the TENORI-ON's numerous performance capabilities.The TENORI-ON provides six different performance and sound/light modes for broad performance versatility, and these modes can be combined and used simultaneously for rich, complex musical expression.LayersTENORI-ON layers can be thought of as 'performance parts' or 'recording tracks.' The TENORI-ON has a total of 16 layers. Separate notes and voices can be assigned to each layer, and all layers can be played together in synchronization.The 16 layers are divided into six performance mode groups as shown in the illustration below. The six modes have different note entry methods and operation. Up to 16 layers created using different modes can be combined for rich, complex musical expression. BlocksOnce complete set of 16 layers is called a 'block.'The TENORI-ON can store up to 16 programmed blocks (16-layer groups) in memory, and you can switch from block to block instantly during performance.You could, for example, create a musical composition in one block, then copy that composition to another block and edit it to create a variation of the original composition. Or you can load a number of previously-created compositions into separate blocks from an SD Memory Card and switch between them to create variation during playback.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Wilton on 29 Sep 2008
I read about the Tenori-on in a computer music magazine, & then went to have a look on You Tube to see what it was & what it can do. I ordered mine from Amazon & it arrived within 3 days, so no complaints there.

I suppose that you could say that it is a very expensive toy, which it is, but it is also a very easy way to create music. The internal sounds are nothing special, & it sounds best when played through an amplifier & speakers (mine goes via powered computer speakers) but you can load your own samples by using an SD card. It also has midi in & out & I have found it is a very useful midi controller. I have used mine for that purpose as I am not a particularly gifted keyboard player. I have programed complicated musical parts with the Tenori-on which I don't have the ability to play in real time, then put it through my sequencing software (Reason 4) & used the various soft synths & effects available in that to produce my own tracks.

This is really for anyone who is into computer based music but has no formal music training (me for example). If you want to do more than paste loops & samples this is a good way to start. I think that it is a little overpriced, but I have acheived something creative from it so I am satisfied. Overall I think that this was a good purchase for me. By the way, you don't need to be young & technically minded to learn to use a Tenori-on, I'm over 50 & I found it very easy to use straight off.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 May 2010
I got mine for Christmas 2009, and I love it. It's exactly the type of intuitive, ergonomic and user-friendly synth/sequencer that I was looking for. You don't need any formal Musical knowledge to learn to use it, though you could of course take this much further with prior knowledge of chords, modulations, phrasing, time signatures etc etc. Mine was Version 1.0, however in January I downloaded the software upgrade to Version 2.0. I haven't really plumbed the Tenori-On's capabilities to do it real justice, even though I have programmed several pieces on it using different musical techniques and forms. I also cracked the Tenori-On's "secret settings" (you can get details on how to do this online, it's no secret really, just not advertised openly, that's all) and now I can set it to play in whatever mode/setting I want, irrespective of what line or track I'm on. I can also set my Tenori-On to a scale of my own making, or make the rhythm "swing". My LCD display now says "Tenori-On <Advanced>".

The sounds in the 256 banks can tend towards tinniness, though you can counter this by changing the octave downwards, or layering two or more sounds together at the same time. There are 3 buttons on the bottom right where you can input your own sampled sounds. What I love about my Tenori-On is that I can programme individual voices to go at different rates but still at the same tempo. You can also set the length of individual voices, for example if you want Strings to play sustained notes, but a Flute to play staccato. At present, however, you can't change the octave on one instrument at a time - if you move the octave up or down, the entire piece/block changes up or down as well.
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