Yearly Archives: 2011




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In crafting his latest release, The Bowie Variations, celebrated composer, pianist and session musician Mike Garson relied on the Yamaha Disklavier performance reproducing piano not only to unleash his creativity, but to singlehandedly compose and create works in ways previously unimaginable. According to Garson, The Bowie Variations was the perfect […]

Yamaha Disklavier used on Mike Garson’s Bowie Variations CD





Calling it “the ultimate percussive sampling instrument”, Roland introduces the SPD-SX Sampling Pad, making it easy to capture, manipulate and play back audio. Features include: Unique sampling-pad concept — the only instrument of its kind in the world 2 GB internal memory, enabling approximately 360 minutes of sampling (mono) without […]

Roland intros SPD-SX Sampling Pad









Next Saturday, 8th October, 7.30pm, Merseyside composer Alexandra Dariescu will premiere her new piano work Mesmerism at the Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead. Mesmerism was commissioned from Oxton-born composer, Emily Howard, by the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra (LMO), to celebrate the orchestra’s 60th anniversary year. Mark Heron, the LMO Musical […]

Mesmerism: Alexandra Dariescu to premiere work in Merseyside



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Take a gander at this amazing looking instrument. The Kelstone 9-string guitar (reported by GizMag) is a monster of an acoustic instrument which spans some five-and-a-half octaves and is played horizontally by both hands. In case you were wondering, that’s why we’ve featured it here (we haven’t suddenly turned into […]

Kelstone Guitar: keyboard-esque 9 stringer offers great possibilities





PG Music, creators of Band-in-a-Box, has announced over 700 RealTracks to add some “REAL” accompaniment to your musical arrangements. With Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Reggae, and more you’re sure to find the RealTracks for you. Listen to all the RealTracks Demos here: Windows | Macintosh. Get all of the RealTracks with a purchase of the […]

Over 700 RealTracks are Available in RealTracks Sets 1-136


Propellerhead has released ReBirth 1.2 for the Apple iPad. Version 1.2 adds WIST (Wireless Sync-Start Technology developed by Korg). WIST uses a Bluetooth signal to simultaneously start two compatible iPad or iPhone apps. The free update to current owners is available now from the iTunes AppStore. ReBirth 1.2 users can […]

Propellerhead Adds Wireless Sync-Start (WIST) to ReBirth for iPad and ...


Today’s the day Reason and Record users can elect to upgrade to the new Reason 6 for whatever they think it’s worth. A number of musicians, authors and others have already adopted the “pay what you want” model for their albums, books and other merchandise, so it’s not surprising that […]

Reason 6: Name Your Upgrade Price



High quality portable audio recorders are now easily obtainable and affordable enough that even hobbyists can dabble in the world of digital sound recording while on the move. Being able to capture high quality sounds on location can open up a whole wealth of music possibilities, particularly in certain genres […]

TASCAM intros DR-40 4-track portable audio recorder


It’s not at all surprising someone has rigged this up, but I haven’t personally seen it before. A great use for those old floppy disk drives and disks you (might still) have lying around. Got an interesting musical/synth use for old computer parts? Share in the comments!

Video: Floppy music DUO – Imperial march


TASCAM has announced its iXZ mic/instrument interface which will turn any iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone into a high quality mobile recording studio. It can be used with a variety of audio apps already installed on Apple’s handheld devices. Features include: Switchable mic/line input Phantom power Gain control 1/8” headphone output […]

TASCAM announces iXZ mic/instrument interface for iPad / iPhone / ...




Roland has introduced a lighter relative of its popular FP-4 digital piano. The FP-4F is designed to be travel-friendly, taking the best features of the FP-4 such as V-Piano technology, SuperNATURAL piano engine, Ivory Feel-G 88-key keyboard with escapement and session partner accompaniment and putting them in a stylish, practical […]

Roland FP-4F: the lighter quality digital piano


When inspiration strikes when you’re on the move or you don’t want to fire up your studio equipment, you can plump for the likes of Roland’s BOSS BR-80 portable digital recorder or jump straight in with a compact arranger workstation like Korg’s new microARRANGER. Space needn’t be an issue with […]

Korg intros microARRANGER professional compact arranger workstation



Roland BA-55 portable amplifier
Roland has introduced its latest portable amplifier with a range of easy to use features including automatic mono/stereo output switching, echo and reverb modes, wireless microphones and either battery or mains powered operation. Built in to the BA-55 portable amplifier is an accelerometer, similar to what you’d expect to find […]

Roland intros BA-55 portable amp with easy switching modes


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Sometimes (in fact, most of the time in my experience) musical inspiration hits you when you’re away from your studio. In the rush to get down the ideas before those creative juices dry up, or your memory plays tricks and you forget the melody line for that future masterpiece, equipment […]

Roland intros BOSS Micro BR BR-80 portable digital recorder


Roland has launched the Quad-Capture USB portable audio interface featuring a pair of premium VS Preamps, 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality, ultra-low latency performance, and convenient USB bus power. Features include: Two combo XLR/TRS inputs with premium mic preamps (VS Preamps), two TRS outputs, coaxial I/O, headphone out, and MIDI I/O […]

Roland intros Quad-Capture USB audio interface




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


alchemy player
Camel Audio has announced the latest update to its Alchemy Player software. This is touted as a major upgrade and features: New formats – 64-bit and RTAS 64-bit support for Mac and Windows – access unlimited memory RTAS Support for Pro Tools on Mac and Windows SFZ Sample Playback Support […]

Free Alchemy Player updates to version 1.20



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