Yamaha TNR-i

I’ve been a super fan of the Yamaha Tenori-On since I first laid my eyes on one. In fact, I went to its launch party in Berlin. You can see my photos from that event: here. When the iPad came out I new there would be Tenori like apps. What most people don’t realize is how deep the Tenori software is and so most of the clones were fun but didn’t take you as far as the original. Peter over at CDM has a post today about the Yamaha TNR-i and yes it’s the official Tenori app for the iPad! Honestly a huge part of the Tenori-On’s appeal is the hardware. Those white touchable LEDs are so quite futuristic fantastic. I’m sure I will enjoy the iPad app but I still want the original.

“On the road from futuristic instrumental concept to real-world product, the Yamaha Tenori-On as shipped lacked some of the functionality its creator, gifted media artist Toshio Iwai, originally imagined. Notably, wireless networking, which promised social music-making with other devices, was gone, replaced with a more-limited MIDI connector. Now, in a surprisingly literal translation from the hardware to iPad, it appears the Tenori-On has added that feature – but lost some of its charm.” – Peter Kirn

For more info: createdigitalmusic.com/lost-in-translation…

2 Comments

  1. Very cool! I’ve always wanted one of these. I love creative sequencing. But i always thought they were a bit over priced. This might be my meal ticket in =o]

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  2. I am upset Yamaha lacked the couthe to inform the public this was comming. I suppose to catch people like me off guard and sell me a thousand dollar piece of hardware in its dying days before being reborn as a 20 dollar app. I just found out last night about this just days shy of my 30 day return period expiring. I just shipped my Tenori back to the retailer and told them why. They graciously are taking it back. They remarked that the releasing of this app is a slap in the face to the faithful hardware purchasers. I am happy for those who do not have alot of coin to be able to enjoy this interface as an app. Thank you yamaha for saving me about a grand. I now can have two tenori’s oops I mean iPads and run this app wirelessly like it was meant to be. Well, maybe in amonth or so when the frigin US app store gets it head out of its fourth point of contact.

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