We got exclusive video access to the most famous keyboard rig on television, and more importantly, the man himself gives us the grand tour. Then, he invites us to his NYC loft to show us his pride and joy: James Brown's Hammond B-3 organ! We'll be printing an interview with Paul Shaffer in an upcoming issue, but didn't want to wait until then to show you these amazing videos.
Yamaha Tyros3 Solo Act Dream Rig
You’ve probably heard of Yamaha’s flagship Tyros arranger keyboards, first reviewed in the Aug. ’03 issue by Ed Alstrom and called “the gold standard” by Stephen Fortner in his Jan. ’06 review of the Tyros2. Meant for solo entertainers and advanced hobbyists, they now take an evolutionary step forward with the Tyros3. Arguably still the most advanced keyboard of its kind, the Tyros3 (T3) keeps its popular FSX action, smooths out the stealthfighter panel angles of the Tyros 2 (T2), and adds welcome new styles and features. Though the new features are not quite as dramatic a step above the T2 as the T2 was above the original, and (for those who have invested hours loading their T2 with treasured settings) moving to a new keyboard can be scary, rest assured that the T3 is unlike anything you’ve played before. If you’re a first-time Tyros explorer, or a skeptical pro wondering what all the fuss is about, read on.