Monthly Archives: April 2011



yamaha keyboard
Looking for the latest Yamaha digital pianos and music keyboards? Try our Keyboard Finder database. If you’re enamoured by the range and quality of Yamaha keyboards, you’re not alone. Laden with features and available at attractive prices, Yamaha instruments are a great buy whether you’re new to keyboard playing or […]

Yamaha Keyboard Buyers Guide




alesis qx49
Bit late off the mark on this one. In January, Alesis announced its latest controller keyboard. The QX49 USB/MIDI keyboard offers four octaves (49 keys) of controller goodness. It’s got most everything you could want from this kind of controller keyboard: velocity sensitive keys, drum pads, rotary knobs, long-throw faders, […]

Alesis QX49 USB/MIDI keyboard controller announced


imperial grand
Sound Magic has made a big splash in announcing its new Imperial Grand software and VSTi versions for Windows. Based on a rich, dark Bosendorfer grand piano, it uses a patented NEO Hybrid Modelling Engine and Artificial Intelligence Assistance Tool in an attempt to go beyond what many digital pianos […]

Sound Magic releases Bosendorfer-inspired Imperial Grand software


bosendorfer hq
When it’s not creating million dollar piano art, Bösendorfer may be readying limited edition grand pianos to mark important musical anniversaries. Already creating 27 Mozart Edition pianos, marking 250 years since the birth of the great composer, Bösendorfer is now ready to create unique pianos celebrating Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday […]

Bösendorfer creates Liszt 200th anniversary grand piano







Feeling patriotic? Have an event where it would be good to play the United States’ National Anthem music? Here are some simple free piano/keyboard arrangements for The Star-Spangled Banner. Introduction The Star-Spangled Banner is written here in B-flat major. This is the key I’ve most often heard it played in. […]

How To Play The USA’s National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) ...


roland jupiter-80
Synth history meets synth future as Roland unveils its showcase Jupiter-80. It features proven hardware and a massive sound and integrates the Roland’s latest SuperNATURAL audio processing technology. Main Features Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more Single Tone […]

Roland shows off Jupiter-80 synth


korg monotribe
Korg has introduced the monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, “bringing responsive realtime control to analog groove-making.” Highlights include: The powerful sound of true analog synthesis 3-part analog drums, using discrete analog circuitry Popular Electribe-style sequencing. Active Step and Flux features for realtime dynamic loop manipulation Advanced multi-function ribbon keyboard; Chromatic, Continuous, […]

Korg intros monotribe Analog Ribbon Station



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Circuit bending. It sounds really cool and just a tiny bit dangerous. It will certainly void your warranty, but that’s OK because it’s often done on old electronics equipment that would otherwise probably end up on the scrap heap. That’s what I assumed about circuit bending. I realised that I […]

Circuit Bending: A Basic Guide and Resource List



Yamaha PortaSound MP-1 4
I was delving through some old keyboard manuals posted online and came across the Yamaha MP-1 manual from the early ’80s. This is not to be confused with the Yamaha MP1 upright piano. There’s a big difference! Remember electronics manuals from that decade? They weren’t the slick affairs you get […]

Yamaha MP-1 (1982) First and only keyboard with score plotter? ...