Measuring an admittedly svelte 21 x 15 centimetres, (although I'm not sure I'd class that as 'palm-sized', but perhaps the staff at Yamaha HQ have big hands), the QY100 offers 16-track fully loaded digital recording, contains over 500 AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) sounds and 22 programmable drum kits, as well as three programmable 24-bit effects processors and an a/d input for mics, guitars or your retrofitted MIDI Stylophone.
Other specs include a database of 128 in-built musical styles (Yamaha claims these will help break creative block), 32-note polyphony and 24-way multi-timbral voices.
The QY100 also houses a fully featured professional XG synthesiser, 4 megs of ROM and 32,000 note sequencing capacity. A 'smart media' TM slot enables MIDI song files to be stored and transferred. Interface is via 128 x 64 LCD display and a 25-key mini-keyboard.
Yamaha is aiming the QY100 at both professionals on the move and budget-consious types who they hope will use it for demos and the like.
Yammy UK Head of Music Production Peter Peck commented; "the QY100 is ideal for writing and recording music; it's equally ideal as an accompaniment tool for semi-professional and professional gigging musicians. Yamaha pioneered the affordable recording studio concept and this has got to be our greatest breakthrough to date. The QY100 brings previously out of reach all-in one quality recording facilities to anybody serious about getting into music."
UK list price is UK £449, (around US $660)More From: YAMAHA