We are fast approaching holiday season, and with Christmas on its way, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for the aspiring musicians in your family. Here, we have put together a list of some of our favourite music keyboards, digital pianos, synthesisers, And other musical instruments. We hope this […]

14 of the best music keyboards for Christmas 2018

Roland GP609 digital grand piano front view
Roland has introduced its GP609 digital grand piano, combining the luxury and elegance of an acoustic grand piano with the benefits of a modern digital piano. This is a classic 4.9′ (150cm) depth grand digital piano, weighing in at just 325lbs (148kg), with a built-in 6.1-channel multi-speaker system for powerful […]

Roland GP609 digital grand piano announced

Yamaha has introduced two new models in its popular PSR-E series. These entry-level models are typically aimed at beginning keyboard players, although they have plenty of features for more advanced players also. The PSR-EW410 is the new flagship model, featuring 76 keys, a Groove Creator function for adding intros, section […]

Yamaha PSR-EW410 and PSR-E463 portable keyboards introduced

Yamaha Arius YDP-S34
Yamaha has added to its Arius line of digital pianos with the introduction of its new flagship YDP-184 and slim YDP-S34 models. One of the key improvements in the new instruments, compared with previous models, is the addition of the meticulously sampled and highly realistic Yamaha CFX concert grand piano […]

Yamaha Arius flagship YDP-184 and YDP-S34 announced

Yamaha AvantGrand NU1X
Yamaha has succeeded its successful NU1 upright hybrid piano with the introduction of the AvantGrand NU1X. Based on the legendary U1 acoustic upright piano, the AvantGrand NU1X improves upon the NU1’s multi-samples of the Yamaha CFX concert grand, and adds the Bösendorfer Imperial as a second piano. On-board, front-facing 16cm […]

Yamaha AvantGrand NU1X succeeds NU1 hybrid piano

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-695GP
Yamaha has added to its line of CLP-600 Series Clavinova digital pianos with the flagship model CLP-695GP. Available in polished ebony or polished white finish, this top-end Clavinova is designed to fill any room with realistic piano sound. Together with its realistic Grand Touch keyboard action, including individual key counterweights, […]

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-695GP adds to CLP-600 series

Bösendorfer Dragonfly grand piano
Five years after the first Marquetry series of grand pianos was unveiled, Bösendorfer has revealed the fourth in the series. The new Dragonfly grand piano has been designed in keeping with the Viennese tradition of incorporating visual art on the inner side of the lid. Recreating beautiful scenes of nature, […]

Bösendorfer Dragonfly grand piano added to marquetry range

Yamaha has added two new models to its range of PSR-S arranger workstation range, showing them off at Winter NAMM 2018. The PSR-S975 supersedes the PSR-970 and is now hailed as the “ultimate PSR”, while the PSR-775 takes over from the PSR-S770. Yamaha PSR-S975 Yamaha’s new flagship PSR arranger workstation […]

Yamaha PSR-S975 and PSR-S775 workstations added to S Series

The biggest names with the latest products in pianos, synths, digital music, sampling, DJ and more, announced at Winter NAMM 2018. Stay tuned to this page for a summary of the most interesting new launches and links to more details. Acoustic Pianos Bösendorfer Bösendorfer Dragonfly grand piano added to marquetry […]

NAMM 2018 Roundup

As part of my Depth Year, I’m challenging myself to create and publish an improvisation every day in 2018. I know a variety of factors will see to make that difficult. Fitting it into my schedule is the least of the issues — perfectionism and fear will be the biggest […]

PSimprov: A year of daily improvisation

My Daily Improvisations for January 2018. 1 Jan 2018 2 Jan 2018 3 Jan 2018 4 Jan 2018 5 Jan 2018 6 Jan 2018 7 Jan 2018 8 Jan 2018 9 Jan 2018 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018 13 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018 15 Jan […]

PSImprov January 2018

Introduction While most music compositions and arrangements you’re likely to work on will be written in just one time signature, you may well find yourself needing to handle two or more time signatures in the same piece of music. It’s generally accepted that GarageBand, Apple’s free music creation software for […]

How To Have Multiple Time Signatures in GarageBand

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is one of the most well-known and loved Christian hymns of all time. It was written by Isaac Watts in the early 18th century. As common with many hymns, it has been sung to a variety of melodies. This tutorial uses the Rockingham tune […]

How to Play “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” on ...

One important consideration when buying any keyboard-based musical instrument is the weight of the keys. The ‘weight’ of a key refers to the amount of pressure it takes to depress it. The key weight generally ranges from very soft/light organ and synth style keys, through semi-weighted keys, up to piano-style […]

How to choose the right key weight for your keyboard ...

More detailed comparison of the PSR-S970 and PSR-975 plus a full specification comparison sheet for the latest five models are further down this article page. Yamaha introduced its first S Series arranger workstation keyboard in July 2006, meaning the range is well on its way to its twelfth birthday. Although […]

Yamaha PSR-S Series Comparison: All fourteen models compared

Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table by Rick Wakeman
We’ve just heard that Rick Wakeman is a headline act at next year’s Stone Free Festival (18/19 June 2016, O2 Arena, London). As part of the 12-hour-per-day multi-stage festival, Rick will be performing the album “The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table” in […]

Rick Wakeman to perform entire “King Arthur” album live at ...

Update: Just realised the post in question is nearly four-and-a-half years old. Apparently, though, it’s OK for a “scrapbooker” to make a six-figure annual salary, but not a piano teacher. We tend to let people alone here at Piano & Synth Magazine, but when we read this rant (passed on […]

Rant Buster: Lain Ehmann bemoans piano teachers

15 tips for accompanying a singer on piano keyboard - musician basics
As a pianist, you may be asked to accompany a solo singer for a performance or recital. While this may be a nerve-wracking concept, follow our tips and you’ll soon be a pro accompanist! 1. Sort printed music, be minimal Once you know what song or songs you will be […]

15 Tips for Accompanying a Singer on Piano Keyboard

Arturia BeaStep
Arturia has shown off its BeatStep pad controller offering a range of features in a compact and highly portable body. Key features include: MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads 16 encoders 16 MIDI Controller presets 16 […]

Arturia BeatStep revealed

Elektron Analog Rytm
Elektron used the NAMM14 show to unveil its Analog Rytm 8-voice analog drum machine. Touted as a one-stop solution beat machine, the Analog Rytm offers the following features: Twelve backlit velocity/pressure sensitive drum pads 8 analog drum voices Dedicated analog circuit design Customisable samples Multimode filters Reverb/delay send FX Compressor/distortion […]

Elektron Analog Rytm unveiled

M-Audio HDH50 headphones
M-Audio has shown off its HDH50 high definition headphones, offering great sound reproduction for monitoring and studio use. Key features include: Studio-grade quality, tuning, and frequency response 50mm neodymium drivers provide critical audio detail Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction Closed-back design prevents sound from leaking in or out Around-the-ear padding […]

M-Audio HDH50 high definition headphones

M-Audio Vocal Studio
M-Audio has announced its Vocal Studio, a complete recording system for PC or Mac, featuring the Producer USB microphone and Ignite music creation software. Key features of the Producer USB microphone are: 16-bit recording at CD quality and beyond—44.1 or 48 kHz Large 16mm cardioid capsule protected by wire mesh […]

M-Audio Vocal Studio launched

M-Audio Nova microphone
M-Audio has announced its Nova large-diaphragm condenser microphone, offering the following features: 1.1-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm for exceptional transient detail Cardioid polar pattern helps isolate the desired sound source Perfect for vocals and acoustic instruments requiring exceptional detail Durable, solid brass body with rugged protective basket Class A solid-state electronics provide […]

M-Audio Nova condenser microphone

M-Audio Pulsar II microphone
M-Audio has unveiled its Pulsar II small-diaphragm condenser microphone, which come as a pair for clinically-accurate stereo recordings. Features include: Small-diaphragm design provides exceptional detail & easy placement Ideal for percussion, acoustic instruments & ambient recordings Durable, solid brass body with internal shockmount Switchable 10 dB pad & high-pass filter […]

M-Audio Pulsar II small-diaphragm condenser microphone

M-Audio Sputnik microphone
M-Audio has shown off its Sputnik large-diaphragm tube condenser microphone. Main features include: Vacuum tube signal path combines vintage warmth & modern clarity 1-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm for exceptional transient detail Hand-selected 6205M vacuum tube Selectable polar patterns offer real-world versatility (Cardioid, Fig-8, Omni) Switchable 10 dB pad & high-pass filter […]

M-Audio Sputnik tube condenser microphone

M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32
Alongside the three Axiom AIR USB controller keyboards comes M-Audio’s Axiom AIR Mini 32, a more portable keyboard controller ideal for music creation on the move. It features 32 low-profile keys with velocity but no aftertouch, eight assignable trigger pads, sustain, pitch and modulation buttons, an octave shift button, and […]

M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32 portable USB pad/keyboard controller

M-Audio Axiom Air 61
M-Audio has introduced a trio of new USB pad/keyboard controllers – the Axiom AIR series. Available in 25, 49 and 61-key versions, they also feature a range of illuminated trigger pads, knobs, faders and transport/navigation buttons. The 25 and 49 key models have synth-style keys, where the 61-key model features […]

M-Audio Axiom AIR USB Pad/Keyboard Controller

M-Audio M-Track Quad
Alongside their M-Track Eight comes a four track USB audio and MIDI interface from M-Audio. Features include: Efficient desktop design offering up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution 4 XLR+1/4? combo inputs accommodate any source Selectable phantom power and guitar-level switching 1/4” balanced outs; monitor (1, 2) with level; fixed (3,4) 4 […]

M-Audio M-Track Quad revealed

M-Audio M-Track Eight
M-Audio has announced its M-Track Eight 8-channel USB audio interface. Features include: High headroom inputs with Octane Preamp Technology Up to 24/96 kHz resolution 8 XLR + 1/4″ combo inputs with individual metering Dual headphone outs with selectable source (1/2 or 3/4) 8 balanced 1/4″ outputs USB/Analog Direct Balance control […]

M-Audio M-Track Eight revealed

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro
M-Audio has unveiled its Trigger Finger Pro USB controller with step sequencer. Its main features are: Includes the M-Audio Arsenal; 8+ GB of instruments, one-shots, loops & more Built-in step sequencer for building jaw-dropping grooves 16 ultra-responsive pads with illuminated RGB feedback Customizable, backlit controls with instant automapping High-resolution display […]

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro revealed

Casio WK-7600
Casio has shown off its latest WK-7600 workstation, featuring a 76-key piano-style keyboard, 64-note polyphony, 820 tones, 260 rhythms, DSP effects, pattern sequencer, equaliser, rhythm editor and 17-track song sequencer. It also features a host of controllers, including pitch bend and a number of sliders, for easy control of various […]

Casio WK-7600 revealed

Casio CTK-7200
Casio has shown off its CTK-7200 portable keyboard, a five-octave (61-key) piano style keyboard featuring a range of controllers to make it easier to shape sounds, effects and mixes. It has a pretty decent 64-note polyphony and uses Casio’s Tri-element AHL sound generation system. There are 820 built-in tones, which […]

Casio CTK-7200 unveiled

Yamaha P-255
Yamaha has updated its Yamaha P Series of digital pianos with the P-255. Yamaha suggests it has a more authentic piano sound and feel than before. It’s highly portable and can also be used with matching stand and three-pedal accessory, making it great for both on-the-move and in the home. […]

Yamaha P-255 digital piano revealed

Korg DS-DAC-100m
Alongside Korg’s new curvaceous DS-DAC-100 comes the compact DS-DAC-100m, a mobile digital/analog converter audio system designed to be used for high quality sound on the move. It’s about the same size as a portable hard drive and offers the same great sound as its bigger brother. Features: Compact Design AudioGate […]

Korg DS-DAC-100m mobile digital/analog audio solution

Korg DS-DAC-100
OK, so there’s a lot of letters in DS-DAC-100, but all you really need to know is that it’s Korg’s latest 1-bit digital-analog converter. Korg boasts the unit has both beautiful sound and design. It features AudioGate 3, realtime DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Fconversion, native DSD playback of 2.8224 MHz […]

Korg DS-DAC-100 1-bit USB digital/analog converter

Korg Gadget
Korg has announced its “all-in-one music production studio” for the iPad. In 2010, Korg launched the iELECTRIBE alongside the first iPad. Now, Korg offers Korg Gadget – a single package for your iPad. Korg Gadget offers 15 compact synths and drum machines, and the interface is designed both to make […]

Korg Gadget: 15 synths and drum machines on iPad

Korg taktile
Korg has announced the availability of its new taktile USB controller keyboard. Based on the same design as the new TRITON taktile, but without the TRITON sounds, this is an ideal keyboard for those who want a versatile controller without need of the sounds. Available in two keyboard sizes (two […]

Korg taktile USB controller keyboard

Korg TRITON taktile
Korg has announced its new TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard synthesizer, available in two sizes, which offers an attractive and versatile controller instrument with over 500 sounds from the Korg TRITON. The two and four octave models are stylishly designed with touch sensitive semi-weighted keys, a range of DAW presets, […]

Korg TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard/synth