Yamaha has been making keyboard instruments since 1887 when they started with a reed organ. At the turn of the century, Yamaha began manufacturing acoustic pianos. As technology evolved, Yamaha began researching electronic musical instruments and in 1959, introduced the D-1 Electone home organ, the first electronic keyboard instrument. Fifteen years later, in 1974, Yamaha released the SY-1 synthesizer. What sets Yamaha apart from other products in the music industry is their quality and sound. They’ve become known for creating well-made instruments and for this reason, the company has risen to be the #1 manufacturer of musical instruments in the world. This tradition of excellence continues with electronic musical instruments which are renowned for great sound and build quality. In order for them to get their sounds and sound quality to be cutting edge and innovative, they invest a great deal of research and development in sound design and have an international team of industry-leading professionals focused on crafting instruments that create remarkably expressive music. From amazingly realistic acoustic emulations to cutting-edge, synthesized sounds, Yamaha Synthesizers are chosen time and time again by musicians and producers in all genres across the globe.