Yamaha Partnership with Blue Man Group Yields Signature Synth Voice Library for MONTAGE/MOTIF Instruments

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Collaboration between Yamaha and musical performance art troupe results in new synth sounds modeled after percussive instruments

Blue Man Group: Yamaha PVC Sound Set
It was an exciting collaboration...We expect that users of both our MONTAGE and MOTIF synths will enjoy the new level of creativity this new Synth Voice Library will bring to them. (Jason Nyberg, Yamaha MusicSoft)

Yamaha today introduced the Blue Man Group Soundset, a new Synth Voice Library for the Yamaha MONTAGE and MOTIF synthesizers. This unique Synth Voice Library is the product of an unprecedented partnership between Blue Man Group and Yamaha.

Blue Man Group has won both admiration and critical acclaim for their percussive live stage shows, performed almost entirely on instruments of their own design. Fashioned from white PVC piping of various dimensions, these instruments include The Big Drum, Tubulum, Drumulum, and their signature PVC, played by all three members of the troupe simultaneously. Yamaha has partnered with Blue Man Group to create a signature Synth Voice Library for MONTAGE and MOTIF synthesizers, allowing musicians, producers, and sound designers to harness all of these exclusive Blue Man Group PVC instrument sounds, plus the thunderous Piano Smasher. Users may integrate them into their own compositions, or emulate the distinctive Blue Man Group performance on their own.

“What began as a casual conversation about their PVC instruments soon blossomed into a working partnership between Yamaha and Blue Man Group,” said Jason Nyberg, marketing manager, Yamaha MusicSoft. “It was an exciting collaboration. Our sound designers worked directly with the music team at Blue Man Group to ensure both the authenticity of the sounds as well as the correct performance characteristics. We expect that users of both our MONTAGE and MOTIF synths will enjoy the new level of creativity this new Synth Voice Library will bring to them.”

Exclusive to Yamaha and unavailable elsewhere, the Blue Man Group Soundset is the first Synth Voice Library of its kind for the MONTAGE synthesizer, and takes full advantage of the MONTAGE Super Knob, delivering on-the-fly control over multiple sound parameters at once in multiple directions, depths, and degrees. MONTAGE is the latest flagship synthesizer from Yamaha, and is built around the Motion Control Synthesis Engine.

Blue Man Group started as a collaboration between three friends on Manhattan’s Lower East Side back in 1991. Twenty-five years later, Blue Man Group is a global entertainment company, and the Blue Man Group show has been seen by more than 35 million people worldwide. The show features a trio of bald men in blue makeup and black clothes performing on their unique instruments with a mix of music, humor, and technology. Blue Man Group has released five albums, including the Grammy-nominated, Audio, won numerous stage awards, and has contributed to countless film and TV scores. Their book Blue Man World will be released by Black Dog & Leventhal on October 4, 2016.

Pricing and Availability

Yamaha Blue Man Group Soundset for MONTAGE (MSRP $ 39.99) will be available to purchase Tuesday, October 11, 2016. The library will be available to purchase for MOTIF (MSRP $39.99) on Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

For more information, visit http://4wrd.it/BLUEMANGROUPSOUNDSET

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