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Yamaha has a long and rich history of keyboard-making; indeed, when Torakusu Yamaha founded the company's back in 1887, their first product was a reed organ! Since then, Yamaha has expanded into other product areas, and in addition to musical instruments, they are now one of the world's leading manufacturers of home audio and hi-fi systems, motorcycles and motor sports equipment, along with many other products. Today, they are the world's largest full-line musical instrument and equipment manufacturer, and in spite of their success in other areas, Yamaha has never forgotten their roots as a musical instrument company -- and more specifically, as a keyboard manufacturer.
Yamaha has been actively involved in the production of a wide assortment of different types of keyboards, with models that are suited to a variety of different applications and needs. In addition to being one of the world's leading manufacturers of organs and acoustic pianos (in addition to to their own highly respected pianos, Yamaha has owned Bosendorfer in Austria since 2008), Yamaha is also a leading provider of portable keyboards, arranger workstations, MIDI keyboard controllers, digital stage pianos, synthesizers and samplers. They even manufacture Diskclavier "player" pianos, the innovative AvantGrand, and even a Celesta.
Yamaha has been a leading synth developer since the introduction of the SY1 in 1974. Over the years, nearly every type of synthesis and sound generation engine imaginable has been used in one Yamaha keyboard or another -- subtractive, PCM ROM sample playback, sampling, FM, vector synthesis and physical modeling, among others. Yamaha was one of the first companies to release a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) keyboard; 1983's DX-7. This keyboard and the entire DX line used FM (Frequency Modulation) synthesis, and were hugely successful throughout the 80s. Other successful instruments include the SY series, CP series electric and analog pianos, and the KX series MIDI controllers. Today, the synthesizer tradition is carried on with the popular S Series, MM and MO series and Motif series instruments. The P series stage pianos are also quite popular, and the new Piaggero Series piano focused keyboards are already starting to draw attention.
Consumer and portable keyboards from Yamaha have also been very well received by musicians. Their Tyros and PSR series Arranger Workstations allow a single musician to develop complete and complex arrangements in a range of styles that sound like an entire ensemble performing at once. Other keyboards in the PSR series, as well as the YPT series instruments are ideal for home and hobby use, and even for stage use, and several models have features specifically targeted for the music education and self-instruction markets. Regardless of what your keyboard need is, odds are excellent that Yamaha has a instrument designed to meet it.