Simply Put: Yamaha EZ-220 Keyboard Makes Learning, Playing And iPad Connectivity 'EZ'

1/19/2012 [Pianos & Keyboards]

Interactive Instrument Features Wireless Page Turner App; Perfect Companion for iPad Users Interested in Learning To Play the Keyboard

BUENA PARK, Calif.—With the debut of the EZ-220 keyboard at Winter NAMM 2012, Yamaha continues to offer high-tech functionality that interfaces with the Apple iPad. Ideal for families that want to learn to play the keyboard/piano, the keyboard's USB controller with built-in sounds also offers computer connectivity for musical applications.

According to Mark Anderson, Yamaha Keyboard Division Marketing Director, "There's something about lighted-key instruments in Yamaha's EZ keyboard line that makes learning music more approachable for so many more people. It was logical to combine this simplicity with the popularity of the iPad, one of the most user-friendly electronic devices on the market today."

Lighted keys, built-in wireless connectivity to the free Page Turner iPad app and 100 preset songs with digital score make the EZ-220 the perfect learn-to-play keyboard. A USB TO HOST port lets you connect the keyboard to your computer for use with a wide range of music programs for both education and entertainment. A wide variety of 392 built-in Voices lets users play strings, guitars, brass, synthesizers, drums and more. The onboard Yamaha Education Suite provides even more ways to learn how to play. Finally, 100 preset Styles act as virtual bands always ready to jam whenever you are. There's even a specially designed clip that secures an iPad to the included music rest.

"Yamaha's EZ models have always been great instruments for someone learning to play," says Electronic Keyboard Product Manager Nate Tschetter. "The EZ-220 takes another step forward with its wireless Page Turner app. It enables you to stay focused on playing by watching the music and keys without the need for any configuration or special cables in the high end, just like a real piano."

The EZ-220 is slated for shipping in Spring 2012.

For more information on the EZ-220, Yamaha Corporation of America, Keyboard Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail infostation@yamaha.com; visit www.yamaha.com/keyboards.

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