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Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. It has been suggested that Yamaha Artist be merged into this article. Also, in 1954 the Yamaha Music School was founded. In 1988, Yamaha shipped the world’s first CD recorder. Yamaha purchased Sequential Circuits in 1988. In the late 1990s, Yamaha released a series of portable battery operated keyboards under the PSS and the PSR range of keyboards.
The Yamaha PSS-14 and PSS-15 keyboards were upgrades to the Yamaha PSS-7 and were notable for their short demo songs, short selectable phrases, funny sound effects and distortion and crackly sounds progressing on many volume levels when battery power is low. In 2002, Yamaha closed down its archery product business that was started in 1959. Six archers in five different Olympic Games won gold medals using their products. It acquired German audio software manufacturers Steinberg in January 2005, from Pinnacle Systems. Ltd, Yamaha’s UK import and musical instrument and professional audio equipment sales arm, the company being renamed Yamaha Music U.
On December 20, 2007, Yamaha made an agreement with the Austrian Bank BAWAG P. Group BAWAG to purchase all the shares of Bösendorfer, intended to take place in early 2008. Yamaha intends to continue manufacturing at the Bösendorfer facilities in Austria. Yamaha Corporation is also widely known for their music teaching programme that began in the 1950s. Yamaha electronics have proven to be successful, popular and respected products.
For example, the Yamaha YPG-625 was awarded “Keyboard of the Year” and “Product of the Year” in 2007 from The Music and Sound Retailer magazine. Japanese word used by Yamaha Corporation to describe their corporate mission. Kandō in translation describes the sensation of profound excitement and gratification derived from experiencing supreme quality and performance. Some reasonable English synonyms are “emotionally touching” or “emotionally moving”. The Yamaha Music Foundation is an organization established in 1966 by the authority of the Japanese Ministry of Education for the purpose of promoting music education and music popularization.