Takuya Nakata


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Takuya Nakata is the Director and Executive Officer for Yamaha in Japan. During his NAMM Oral History interview he provided details about the development of Yamaha’s electronic musical products beginning with the D-1 organ in 1959. Mr. Nakata also related the stories of the GS-1 digital keyboard in 1981 and how that technology lead to the revolutionary DX-7, which was introduced in 1983 and forever changed the way MIDI and electronic keyboards were designed. These successes lead to the creation of PCM sound source, the VL1 synthesizer (1993) and Yamaha’s own LSI’s.