Designed for performance, the YC73 stage keyboard features great sound, expressive touch and modern design. YC is powered by Yamaha's proprietary Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) organ engine which recreates individual component behavior to reproduce classic organ character and most important - sound. It all comes with acoustic/electric pianos, and iconic FM synth sounds that Yamaha made famous. YC73 has 73-key weighted and balanced keys for keyboardists.
Yamaha YC73 Balanced Electric Piano Action
YC73 has a weighted and balanced action that models
the unmistakable feel of an electric piano. With an E-to-E
keyboard and a touch that falls between graded acoustic
piano and authentic organ action, it’s quite possibly the most
versatile YC of all.
The YC73 is the ideal model for the keyboardist who wants to cover the widest
possible range of sounds. And that with a still compact size, a very comfortable
transport weight, and direct and intuitive access to all important parameters for
sound design. Using the MIDI Master Mode the larger keyboard range already allows
three Split Zones, using internal sounds and in combination with external sound
generators. Another criterion that should not be underestimated is the fact that
not every keyboardist needs a keyboard with 88 keys or is used to it from a piano.
The “Balanced Hammer Standard” keyboard of the YC73 lies in a pleasant “middle”
between the other two keyboard versions.
When it comes to versatility, YC is a virtuoso. Featuring
premium keyboard sound with more possibilities than ever.
Choose from authentic Yamaha grand/upright pianos, electric
pianos and keyboard to a tonewheel organ with rotary
speaker, synths, acoustic sounds, and more. Our proprietary
Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) recreates the circuits of
vintage analog EQs, compressors and phasers right down
to the transistors and resistors to capture the subtleties
other digital simulations can’t. It’s like having an incredible
sounding keyboard with everything, to go.
In addition to the three FM organ models, the 8-Operator FM
engine in YC shines with various FM e-piano classics as well
as other FM sounds from the categories lead, bass, brass,
pads, and more. These FM Voices offer real added value
beyond VCM and sample-based sound generation.
The letters “YC” stand for Yamaha Combo Organ and refer
to a tradition that began with the YC-10 in 1969. Under the
generic term “Stage Keyboard”, it combines what a keyboard
player needs on stage today. The YC Series offers exactly this
The development of electronic or electro-mechanical organs
began about 100 years ago. Although the pipe organ initially
served as a model, electronic organs were used relatively
quickly and increasingly in blues, rock, jazz, and pop music,
simply because of their portability. Even today, the typical
sound has lost none of its charm. The sound of the historical
instruments was subject to technical limitations such as
limited capacity of the tone generators, “leakage” (crosstalk
of the pickups) or “key click”. With the development of the
fully electronic organ (transistor organ), the challenge began
to recreate exactly these sound limitations to come as close
as possible to the original sound. As of today, this is of
course no longer a problem at all with sample-based sound
generation. However, a Sample is static and produces the
same basic sound with every keystroke.
This is where VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) comes into
play. With VCM technology, electronic circuits can be virtually
“recreated” and then behave as “non-static” as the original.
This allows maximum authenticity in the organ sound.
All YC models have the same level of sound
generation: a VCM, an 8-Operator FM Sound
Engine, an AWM2 Tone Generator, and a VCM
Rotary Speaker simulation plus a selection of over
35 Effects that can be used in a wide range of
applications. Distinctive features such as the type
of keyboard, size, and weight of the instruments
nevertheless allow for clear positioning.