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Yamaha Mu10 (1996?) midi interface / sound module
« on: December 20, 2015, 09:22:15 AM »

Yamaha Introduces External Wavetable Sound Upgrade For Macintosh, PC, And Laptop Users

Compact, Affordable Tone Generator Unveiled

Affordable solution for Mac and notebook users
676 breathtaking wavetable voices
XG MIDI Format
ATLANTA (June 19, 1997)- Yamaha Corporation of America, whose WaveForce sound upgrade cards have won acclaim throughout the computer industry, is introducing the MU10 external wavetable sound upgrade. The model is expected to ship in Q2 1997.

Affordable solution for Mac and notebook users
"PC enthusiasts have been able to utilize the WaveForce sound upgrade card line for superior computer audio since late 1995, but a comparable yet affordable solution for Mac and notebook users hasn't been available until now," noted Gerry Tschetter, product and marketing manager, Consumer Products Division, Yamaha Corporation of America. "The MU10 is the perfect peripheral for Macintosh and notebook owners who demand outstanding sound quality, as well as desktop PC users whose machines aren't equipped with a free ISA bus slot. In fact, the MU10 is so flexible, it can be used without a computer to add 676 high-quality XG voices to any MIDI keyboard. Better yet, the unit is roughly the size of a videocassette and can be powered by standard alkaline batteries, making it extremely portable for presenters, travelers and musicians."

 676 breathtaking wavetable voices
The MU10 delivers the best computer-generated sound available by virtue of its multiple features. Utilizing the Yamaha XG MIDI format (100-percent General MIDI-compatible), the unit delivers 676 breathtaking wavetable voices, 21 drum kits and 32-note polyphony with 4MB ROM. The MU10 also incorporates extensive digital signal processing (e.g. reverb, chorus, distortion, echo, flanger, delay) for both MIDI data and external sources via the dual, variable-volume A/D inputs, thus allowing the realtime addition of studio quality digital effects to music and sound.

The MU10 tone generator also features MIDI in and out jacks for connecting the unit to a MIDI synthesizer or controller; a "To Host" terminal with selection switch (MIDI, PC-1, PC-2, Mac) for direct connection to a Mac or PC; and a line out/headphone jack. Not only does the MU10 connect directly to any Mac or PC serial port, it also functions as a MIDI interface for computers lacking this capability. Operation requires six AA (1.5V) batteries or the included Yamaha PA-3B power adapter. The MU10 will be delivered in retail packaging with Passport Designs' Master Tracks Pro sequencing software (Windows 95, Windows 3.1, Macintosh) and all required adapters.

XG MIDI Format

The XG format - which has received acclaim by noted industry sound developers - meticulously controls every subtle nuance of sound, resulting in unparalleled lifelike playback. Users will undoubtedly check their CD-ROM drives to ensure that a MIDI file - not digital audio - is being played. Numerous music software and computer game manufacturers, such as Voyetra Technologies, Cakewalk and I-Motion, are presently supporting the format, and an XG song library is rapidly expanding.

Three characteristics - compatibility, scalability, and expandability - promise to make XG the format of choice for computer music. Compatibility - XG will remain compatible with industry standards. Scalability - XG data is usable across the format's spectrum, from professional products to the WaveForce DB50XG daughterboard. Expandability - XG can be updated, although this will not interfere with compatibility or scalability. Yamaha has also incorporated XG into its diverse line of musical products, including MU tone generators, QS synthesizers and Disklavier computerized digital/acoustic player pianos.

For more information, please visit the Yamaha exhibit in World Congress Center Booth 959 (Ingram Micro) during E3; write Yamaha Corporation of America, Consumer Products Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; call (800) 823-6414 ext. 99 or (714) 522-9011; send e-mail to; or visit the Yamaha World Wide Web site at