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Yamaha Tenori-On Reviews
It\'s impossible to rate this instruemnt, since there is really nothing out there to compare it with. Iwai san wanted to create an electronic instrument that has it\'s own identity, beaty and special qualities like a well built guitar for instance, and he has succeded. The choice of materials and all the details are very well thought out (magnesium instead of aluminium for instance, reflects light differently), and it does have a \'feel\' of a very beautiful thing. In it\'s limited numbers it is probably more hand built than any electric guitars sub 1.000.
If you\'re looking for a MIDI sound module and/or a simple sequencer for scetching out ideas within a mainstream pop/techno/trance idom only and don\'t care about the \'feel\' of it, you can probably get better value elsewhere. The Tenori-on does offer instant blip blop, and there\'s a growing numbers of YouTube videos to show just how boring that can be.
The limitations is a part of the feature set, and it\'s when you start to work up against them that interesting things will start to happen. You do need imagination to get the best of this instrument. Myself I have a classical music education where I chose to focus on 12-tone and other mathematical music. Rather surprisingly it has helped me a lot to get outside the otherwise naÃ¯ve / banal paths you can be hooked into so easily. Even if the 16 x 16 matrix instead of a keyboard helps freeing you from traditional thinking, it surley has its own clichÃ©s.
I think the tradeoffs are well thought out, generally. The soundset is limited with almost only short sounds. Mine runs on batteries for the 8th hour now, which I find great, and that wouldn\'t be possible with huge sounds. Things like that - very well thought out. This is not for everyone, and kudos to Yamaha to make it available to the general public at all.
The Tenori-on has been raved about on the internet, and it\'s been panned too. It can do a lot more than most step-sequencers, but it does have some limitations.
The voice set could be improved and the number of sample banks could be increased. And there are other things too numerous to mention.
That said, it can achieve a great deal all by itself, and as a musicians \'play tool\' it is unique.
Expect more tenori-on-like instruments in the future, when it will be come a future classic.
Cool, expensive, but worth it!
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