Yearly Archives: 2009




Novation has announced its latest controller keyboards: the Nocturn 25 and Nocturn 49 keyboards, with two and four octaves respectively. Key Features High quality professional keyboard • Velocity-sensitive, keyboard from Fatar, with assignable after-touch. The Nocturn Keyboard feels like playing an instrument rather than a computer peripheral. Illuminated controls provide […]

Novation announces new Nocturn 25 & 49 keyboards





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Yamaha recently announced its new arranger workstation keyboard, the 61-key PSR-S710, which offers the following features: 128-note polyphony huge sonic palette with over 850 incredible instrument Voices, including some from the PSR-S900 realistic built-in accompaniment with enhanced guitar styles 16-track sequencer audio recorder large, easy-to-read screen Internet Direct Connect and […]

Yamaha intros PSR-S710 arranger workstation keyboard



Akai recently announced this interesting-looking mini synth, the MINIAK, featuring three octaves (37 notes) of semi-weighted keys, 8 multi-timbral voice polyphony, phrase and step sequencers, 40-band vocoder, built-in drum machine and rhythm sequencer, arpeggiator, stereo effects, and much more (scroll down for the full spec list). The virtual analog synth […]

Akai shows off MINIAK virtual analog synth with vocoder







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Are you looking for a music keyboard for your child? Read our guide: Choosing Your Child’s Keyboard Instrument Here are my ten recommendations of piano books for kids. They will help your child learn how to play the piano and keyboard, including identifying and playing notes and reading sheet music, […]

10 books to help your child learn to play piano ...












Apparently this great little microphone has been around for a little while now, and has gone down particularly well in the States, but I first got a glimpse of it at an exhibition last Thursday evening. The Snowball Microphone is a multi-purpose, professional-grade USB-powered condenser mic for either PC or […]

Blue Microphones Snowball Microphone: capture great audio


There’s a fascinating article and video over at Wired.com featuring classical cellist Zoe Keating. She uses her Apple MacBook Pro to record her cello, and then creates loops and layers based on that. Instead of trying to get fifty cellists together in one room, she is the sole instrumentalist. In […]

Cello meets computer: Zoe Keating creates classical music with technology




The latest in the M-Audio line of digital console pianos has arrived, with Avid’s announcement of the DCP-300. Main features include: Sixteen premium sounds including Steinway Model D concert grand piano plus two vintage electric pianos, FM electric piano, clav, harpsichord, church organ, rock organ, strings, upright bass, electric bass, […]

M-Audio DCP-300 digital console piano now available from Avid




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If you want the lowdown on Yamaha’s new portable digital piano, the P155, then look no further. Here are complete specifications, pictures, and comparison with Yamaha’s earlier P series instruments. Overview The Yamaha P155 features samples taken directly from the CFIIIS 9-foot grand piano Uses Yamaha’s Pure CF sampling technology […]

Yamaha P155 digital piano: Complete specifications and gallery



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When a modern keyboard just won’t cut it for the sort of organ sounds you’re wanting to play, Roland’s C-330 Classic Organ could be just what you’re looking for. The unit features Rodgers highly acclaimed voice engine on board, offering gorgeous tone with highly flexible pipe-voicing capability, Windchest panning, and […]

Roland intros C-330 Classic Organ [Musikmesse 2009]



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In a world of modern keyboards, there’s something about Roland’s new C-230 Classic Keyboard that speaks of the past. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have cutting edge technology in it. The C-230 features 36 classical organ tones, 8 organ bass tones, 4 harpsichord tones, two fortepianos, celesta, and […]

Roland intros C-230 Classic Keyboard [Musikmesse 2009]


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The gap between acoustic and digital pianos just closed up a little with Yamaha’s latest innovation, the AvantGrand hybrid instrument that combines the best of both worlds. Physically, it replicates a much larger acoustic grand piano in a much smaller (but not insignificant) space. It features highly realistic key and […]

Yamaha shows off its “AvantGrand” hybrid digital/acoustic grand piano





Korg has taken the fundamentals of its flagship M3 Xpanded workstation and put it out in the form of the more affordable M50 Music Workstation. The latest version offers 73 keys (six octaves) together with angled control panel and full-size TouchView interface. The EDS (Extended Definition Synthesis) sound engine delivers […]

Korg shows off new M50 Music Workstation [NAMM09]


Last month, Korg announced its annual lifetime achievement award, giving the accolade to two quite different keyboard musicians. Herbie Hancock: Jazz legend and innovator has been a musical innovator for his entire career. Not content to be pigeonholed as a traditionalist, Hancock has gained new exposure through his recent collaborations […]

Korg announces Lifetime Achievement Award 2009: Herbie Hancock and Keith ...



Korg has shown off a major upgrade to its M3 music workstation and sampler in the shape of the M3 Xpanded. This free upgrade offers 668MB of expansive new sounds, interactive interface functionality, advanced sequencer enhancements and additions to the KARMA technology. Sound samples include three new acoustic pianos, 3-way […]

Korg debuts major upgrade to M3 music workstation/sampler [NAMM09]


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Last month, Steinway announced the production of just 115 limited edition “William E Steinway” grand pianos. The piano features a carved music desk featuring elegant scrollwork and the Steinway lyre, as well as a representation of the twelve coats of arms of the royal families around the world who own […]

Steinway shows off limited edition grand piano





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Update: This piano is now available to buy for a cool $800,000 An amazing fusion between glass art and masterful grand piano construction has created the first limited edition Kuhn-Bosendorfer worth an estimated $1.2 million. The seven-foot-four-inch black grand piano is inset with over 100,000 hand cut, lead crystal jewels […]

$1.2m jewel-encrusted Kuhn-Bosendorfer grand piano: world’s most expensive?


“Recreational keyboard” suggests to me some hybrid instrument that can not only function as a decent digital piano but also play back pre-recorded music and audio, thus making it more of an entertainment centre than a mere instrument. That seems to be the thinking behind one of Roland’s latest keyboards, […]

Roland launches VIMA RK-300 recreational keyboard [NAMM09]



Synthesised vocals (realistic ones, at least) can be pretty dire, but Roland reckons it has come up with something convincing in its latest vocal and ensemble keyboard, the VP-770. Rather than focusing on the likes of built instrument samples, it takes the incredibly versatile human voice as its base. No […]

Roland introduces VP-770 vocal/ensemble keyboard [NAMM09]