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Yamaha Hubdates

Updates and new features related to The Hub, the Yamaha multimedia resource.

Published: Wed, 02 Jul 2008 09:53:05 -0700

Last Build Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2009 01:21:27 -0700


What is RSS? What are Hubdates?

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 16:34:39 -0700

What is RSS?
Those little orange buttons labled “RSS” and “XML” are all over the web today. They look cool, but what are they for? In short, RSS is a TLA (three-letter acronym) meaning “Really Simple Syndication.” An RSS feed is simply a standard of syndicating frequently updated content from a website. If you want to make sure you know about all the latest updates on a particular website as soon as they come out, just subscribe to that website’s RSS feed. Once subscribed, your RSS reader will receive up-to-the-minute notifications every time the feed is updated.

What’s an RSS reader?
We knew this would be your next question. An RSS reader looks a lot like an email program. Instead of emails in its inbox, however, you’ll receive all your RSS feed updates. You can set them to alert you with a pop-up window or even a funny sound whenever a new update arrives. Or, if you prefer not to be bothered, you can disable the alerts and just check your inbox when it’s convenient for you. Most web browsers now have RSS readers built-in, and there are also many stand-alone RSS readers available for free download.

How do I get started?
Well, of course you would want the Yamaha Hubdates feed to be your first RSS. (The Hub / Updates - Hubdates...get it?) So, get yourself set up with an RSS reader or RSS-enabled browser or email application. Then, paste this xml URL in the appropriate field within your reader.

Now you’ll be the first to know whenever Yamaha adds new Hub content, nifty features or anything really rockin' on the or websites.

Yamaha Tenori-On : An Instrument Unlike Any Other

Tue, 01 Jul 2008 16:48:27 -0700

Media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha have collaborated to develop a new digital musical instrument for the 21st century, Tenori-on. A 16x16 matrix of LED switches allows everyone to play music intuitively.

Check out the product that PCWorld declared one of the 25 Most Innovative Products of the Year -- on The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Yamaha Superior Valve Oil

Mon, 21 Jul 2008 16:43:27 -0700

Yamaha Valve oil technology explained.

Suzanne Teng, Yamaha Flute Artist Interview

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 11:10:27 -0700

Yamaha flute and world music artist Suzanne Teng is interviewed in the inaugural podcast at the new Yamaha Los Angeles Atelier. -- on The Hub of all things Yamaha.

New HD-200 Harmony Director Tutorial

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 09:09:27 -0700

Yamaha gives high school bands and choruses a boost with its newest technological advancement, the HD-200 Harmony Director. This comprehensive tool brings together harmony training, rhythm training, and ensemble timing in one device, making it quicker and easier for music teachers to improve the quality of their musical ensembles -- on The Hub of all things Yamaha.

BodiBeat Video

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 09:10:27 -0700

Short video and special offer posted for the Yamaha BODiBEAT- the innovative MP3 player that scans your music collection and plays tunes in sync with your heartbeat -- on The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Yamaha Online University on The Hub

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:09:27 -0700

New Feature: Yamaha Online University on The Hub. Yamaha dealers can now get to hours of sales and product training video content and certification. Easily access the Pro Audio & Combo PAC-E program, Band & Orchestral Division’s ‘Yamaha Certified Sales Professional’ program, learn more about the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems training seminars and participate in the Yamaha Electronics Corporation ‘Product Advisory Board’. All within a click -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

DTXtreme III Tutorials on The Hub

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 01:09:27 -0700

Check out all of the impressive new features on the latest and greatest Yamaha electronic drumset, the DTXtreme III. Learn about voice editing, recording with a Mac or PC, assembling the kit and more -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Yamaha Drums and Percussion Podcasts

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 01:21:27 -0700

Would you like to get the latest and greatest in Yamaha Drums and Percussion content fed directly into your iTunes podcast library? Click the 'PODCAST' icon on Hub content that is featured in the podcast stream or click here to go directly to the Drums and Percussion podcast. Hear it from the experts. This is your opportunity to check out enhanced audio and video podcasts featuring exclusive concert peformances, artist interviews, advance product release information, details on upcoming events, and other information in the world of Yamaha Drums and Percussion.

Greg Vail Saxophone Interview

Fri, 8 Aug 2008 01:09:27 -0700

Yamaha Saxophone Artist Greg Vail at the Yamaha Los Angeles Atelier -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Sound Reinforcement 'Tips and Tricks'

Thu, 7 Aug 2008 01:09:27 -0700

Learn a few quick tricks for good working practices and troubleshooting for Live Sound. Segments on AC Source, Cables and more -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Yamaha 'Live Sound' and 'Keyboards and Pianos' Podcasts

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 01:21:27 -0700

We are proud to announce new members of the Yamaha Podcasts family, the 'Yamaha Live Sound Podcast' and the 'Yamaha Keyboards and Pianos Podcast'. Click the 'PODCAST' icon that appears next to The Hub content that is featured in a podcast stream or click here to go to the Live Sound podcast XML or here to go to the Keyboards and Pianos podcast XML. Want to subscribe through iTunes? Click here to go directly to the Live Sound podcast or here to go directly to the Keyboards and Pianos podcast in the iTunes Store. No matter what your level of experience is, this series of video podcasts is sure to improve your enjoyment of music through exclusive interviews and tutorials with Yamaha product experts, advance product release information, details on upcoming events and other information related to Yamaha products. From The Hub of all things Yamaha,

New Cubase Rebates and

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 01:21:27 -0700

We are proud to offer a collection of special offers and rebates related to Steinberg software, hardware and online training. Check out The Hub to learn more about Cubase software and make sure to click on the Berklee School of Music banners for info about the "Producing Music with Cubase" online course. Within the Cubase collection in Library section of The Hub, you'll also find a plethora of special consumer rebates.

New Podcasts are live!

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 01:11:27 -0700

It has been a busy few months for the Yamaha Hub team. Two more official Yamaha podcasts are up on the iTunes Store. The Yamaha Guitars and Basses Podcast features factory tours, artist interviews and detailed product videos, all free and easily accessible. Completing the collection of Hub Podcasts is the Music Production and Recording Podcast. -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Motif OS Update videos

Mon, 15 Sept 2008 01:11:27 -0700

New video content provides a detailed look at the new Motif synthesizer operating system update, OS 1.10. The most dramatic new feature is the new support for USB ASCII keyboards. You can now connect a standard computer USB ASCII keyboard to the synthesizer via its USB TO DEVICE connector. This allows you to type in Voice names, Song names, file names and other alphanumeric text directly from the computer keyboard rather than using the MOTIF XS softkeys. Learn more at The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Improved Hub Navigation

Mon, 6 Oct 2008 01:21:27 -0700

We are happy to announce that the infamous 'Hub scroll wheel' has been replaced with a more conventional 'pull' navigation, making the ever-expanding Hub Library much easier to navigate. Just pull the orb up or down to flip through the Library. Quickly get to older content and maybe find a few hidden gems from the early Yamaha podcasts, dating back to 2005. Thanks for the feedback and stay tuned for all sorts of new looks, features and function from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Silent Violin Practice Materials Live

Mon, 6 Oct 2008 01:20:27 -0700

Looking for free mp3 reference tracks? Looking for sheet music for string instruments? We've got it. Content options include mp3s of Classical, Fiddle, Suzuki Book 1 arrangements, accompaniment tracks and PDF sheet music, among numerous other selections. Although particularly focused on the SV-150 Silent Violin, these practice materials are useful for many different instruments -- from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Celebrate your Music with Yamaha Contest

Wed, 29 Oct 2008 01:21:27 -0700

We have launched an exclusive sweepstakes, seeking the best performance of Disney's "it's a small world". Between October 22 and December 31, 2008, contestants can enter online to win the grand prize of a stay at the Disneyland® Resort and a credit towards any Yamaha instrument or product. A second prize winner will also receive a monetary credit towards any Yamaha music product. Both winning entries will be showcased on The Hub ( Click on the 'Celebrate Your Music' button on The Hub for more details!

All sorts of new content!

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 01:21:27 -0700

Thanks to everyone who has been submitting entries into the 'Celebrate your Music with Yamaha' Contest. If you haven't checked it out yet, you still have a few weeks to enter. Go to Before you do that, though...make sure to swing by The Hub for new content featuring the Tyros3, the Yamaha Music Education System, BODiBEAT Fitness MP3 player, a Godsmack drumset battle, Brad Garner (flute artist) and a pile of content related to 'it's a small world' for the 'Celebrate your Music with Yamaha' Contest. We have a few cool features in the works for The Hub that you'll hear all about in mid-Jan.2009. Oh, and a little thing called 'NAMM 2009'. We'll be there in a big way and you'll be the first to hear of our plans through The Hub of all things Yamaha.

All sorts of new content!

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 01:21:27 -0700

Wow. NAMM was crazy and we are proud to have received an award from MMR Magazine for 'Best Music Industry Website', voted in by retail music dealers. Thank you for the support, everyone! Check out the NAMM site at and swing by The Hub for new product video related to one of the big stars of the show, the AvantGrand Hybrid Piano.-- Congratulations to Bobby Smith and Mark Carman for winning the Celebrate Your Music With Yamaha contest- great job, guys. -- and if you have participated in the YCSP or PAC-E Authorized Yamaha Dealer Training programs in the past, click on the Yamaha Online University icon to access our new dealer training engine within The Hub. -- lots going on and many more snazzy things coming up soon on The Hub of all things Yamaha.

Four Yamaha Artist Videos

Wed, 4 Feb 2009 01:21:27 -0700

Each summer, some of the greatest teachers and performers in the world gather in Hamamatsu Japan, for the Hamamatsu Wind Instrument Academy and Festival.

This weeklong event features very high level instruction to the participating students as well as amazing concerts for the citizens of Hamamatsu. During the 2008 Academy, we caught up with four top Yamaha artists to hear their story. Saxophone Artist Jean-Yves Fourmeau and Otis Murphy along with Trumpet Artist Fritz Damrow and Trombone Artist Peter Sullivan are featured in these short interviews from The Hub of all things Yamaha.

New videos, facebook, twitter and more!

Wed, 1 Mar 2009 01:21:27 -0700

>There has been a lot going on in the Yamaha Hub world lately. New videos from just about every product group - make sure to check out the Day of Jazz videos with Steve Turre and Bobby Shew, the new AvantGrand Hybrid Piano overview, new electronic and acoustic drums videos...lots of new content. We also added in Facebook social bookmarking functionality, just click the Star icon above your favorite videos and it'll allow you to add it to your Facebook. you may already know, we have been twittering up a storm lately - Since this XML feed and the twitter feed both give instant updates to our many Hub fans, we will be splitting them up a bit going forward. For simple updates relating to new videos only, this Hubdates feed will be the place. For a little more in-depth conversations and info on promos and back-stories on Hub videos, check out the twitter feed. Thanks for listening and watching! - from The Hub of all things Yamaha.