By Mike Miner
There are many, many reasons for musicians to enter Searchlight. There's the exposure, chances for radio play, an opportunity to network with other bands and more. But there's also that $20,000 in gear from Yamaha Canada Music. That's a pretty good reason, too.
But what does $20,000 worth of gear even look like? Yamaha has provided us with some suggestions on how to spend that prize money. Take a look at the packages they've put together.
Check out Yamaha Music Canada's Searchlight prize page for more details.
Rockin' Electric Strings
Vibrant expression that breaks tradition. Yamaha SILENT Violins™ (the SV250 and a couple of SV255s) and SILENT Cellos™ along with the most portable, powerful, dependable and versatile live sound setup, including six DXR Speakers (four DXR12s and two DXR15s) and the 01V96i Digital Mixing Console.
Funky Horn Section
A funk-soul classic. A baritone and two tenor saxophones (the YBS52 and the YTS62) along with two trumpets (the YTR8310Z) make up this five-piece Tower of Power-inspired horn section.
Travelling Jazz Quartet
Versatile, elegant and ready for the road. Expressive and dynamic drums, the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made, a 10th anniversary Custom Z Alto Sax, super lightweight SILENT Bass™ along with a feature-packed portable live sound setup make up this modern classic.
Piano Practice and Performance
A piano you can play any time you want. The natural touch of an acoustic grand piano (the Upright SILENT Piano™ in polished ebony) paired with the inimitable SILENT Piano™ technology.
Everything you need to produce your next record. A Tyros5 for sketching composition ideas, CP4STAGE for authentic Yamaha grand piano action and sound, MOXF6's killer instrument sound library and a DTXMULTI12 to deliver the beats in studio or on the fly. Plus a serious collection of Stienberg pro audio software and sounds, HS Series reference monitors, studio headphones and all the recording hardware, mics and cables to lay it down.
Loud & Live PA Pack
Huge sound, will travel. A completely modular, powerful, dependable and versatile live sound set-up including four DSR Series speakers, six DXR Series monitors and two DSR Series subwoofers that can be used all together or divided up for multiple applications and venues. Two mixing consoles including the 01V96i and MGP24X, mics, cables, speaker stands and covers round out this ultimate PA solution.
Singers, Songwriters & Storytellers
Compose, practise and perform on keys and strings. A Tyros5 for sketching composition ideas, CP4STAGE for authentic Yamaha grand piano action and sound, along with two beautiful handcrafted guitars, a SILENT Bass™, Guitalele and THR practice amp to inspire writing sessions. STAGEPAS600i and MXL mic and cable packs are also included for a versatile live sound setup.
Rock, Roots and Country
Handcrafted rock 'n' roll guitars, keys and big, bold drums. Live custom drums for soul-shaking low-end, SG1802 and PAC611HFM electric guitars for palette of tone, A3RVS electric acoustic guitar for playability, BB2024X Bass for aggressive attack, two practice amps and the best stage piano Yamaha has ever made. This package is designed for performing live.
Hard & Heavy
Massive sound with tons of control. Featuring two electric guitars including a black-on-black SG for hard-edged sound, two electric basses including Billy Sheehan's legendary Attitude 3 to deliver a bold and tight low-end, along with a seven-piece Absolutely Hybrid Maple kit on super-sturdy Hexrack for wicked response on every stroke. Two THR amps are included for quiet practice, but this setup is really designed for playing loud.