Yearly Archives: 2013








Introduction The Apple iPad is quickly becoming a go-to portable music device for many musicians, whether they’re composing, sequencing, performing, DJing, notating, or crafting sounds. Thanks to the iOS 4.2 upgrade, MIDI is now very much a feature of all iOS devices. There’s now a huge range of apps available, […]

How to connect a music keyboard to your iPad




We’ve seen our fair share of expensively decorated grand pianos, including the world’s most expensive jewel-encrusted Kuhn-Bosendorfer and Baldwin’s Exotic Collection of acoustic pianos. Now, a one-of-a-kind 24-carat gold leaf Fazioli grand piano is being displayed at Aberdeen Centre’s Showcase Pianos, and was last week played by visiting pianist Evgenia […]

24K gold leaf Fazioli piano displayed in Aberdeen, MD; played ...


Here’s our pick of the best places online to find free (and hopefully legal) printable piano music manuscripts. MusOpen Musopen is a non-profit organisation focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. This includes copyright-free sheet music. Musopen features a database of over […]

Where to find free printed piano music





Amidio, maker of noise.io, Star Guitar and JR Hexaton Pro, has just released its latest iOS app — a virtual acoustic steel guitar for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Simulating a six-string acoustic steel guitar based on the legendary vintage 1979 Martin & Co dreadnought, the app contains 76MB of […]

Pearl Guitar virtual acoustic steel guitar launched by Amidio [iOS ...





Jurors selecting finalists for this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition have selected the four semi-finalists who will advance to the final round and perform a piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. They are: Francois Dumont, of France; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, of Russia; Jiayan Sun, of China; Stanislav Khristenko, […]

Cleveland International Piano Competition 2013 finalists selected




Akai Professional has just launched its iMPC app for iOS devices, offering them a virtual music production environment based on Akai’s hardware controllers. It comes with over 600 samples, 47 editable programs and 80 editable sequences, and features an exclusive iMPC sound set plus classic Akai Professional sound library. Users […]

iMPC launched by Akai Professional [iOS App]




Native Instruments has announced an updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is now available, offering a compact decks/effects controller and an ideal partner for the TRAKTOR PRO. The unit offers direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. 7-segment displays, […]

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 launched









Apart from winning the prize for the longest titled app we’ve seen in a while, we’re wondering whether the Sound Effect+Music+Ringtone: Player, Downloader, and Recorder! from MobileVideo.TV is a decent iOS app. It claims to include over 200 high-quality sound effects, music snippets and ringtones, which are updated regularly. Categories […]

Free Sound Effect+Music+Ringtone: Player, Downloader, and Recorder! [iOS App]


EarWizard is an app designed to train your ear into recognising and recalling musical chords. It’s modelled on the “Simon” game, in that you have to repeat back an increasingly long sequence of music chords. The app has been developed by Jordan Rudess and Felipe Peña. Features include: Three levels […]

EarWizard [iOS App]


Fans of Neo-Soul Keys, from the Gospel Musicians, will be pleased to hear they’ve just launched two new electric pianos for the app. Neo-Soul EX5 uses the synthesis technology from the Yamaha EX5 synth, sampled through the FDSP engine of the EX5 to simulate the modelled expression of an EP […]

Neo-Soul Keys gets two new electric pianos [iOS App]



After featuring Drum Pads 24, we now show off EasyBeats 3 Pro Drum Machine, a full-featured drum sequencer/live performance instrument for iOS devices. Claiming to be the “quickest and easiest way to create great sounding beats”, it boasts the following features: 16 responsive sample pads Use the inbuilt sample kits […]

EasyBeats 3 Pro Drum Machine [iOS App]







101 Colorful, Cool, Weird, Novelty, Vintage Toy Keyboard Instruments
1. Cute little wooden organ with crooked keys. 2. Green musical keyboard instrument from the USSR, circa 1990. 3. Cute yellow 1-octave keyboard with strap. 4. Yellow elephant dual keyboard. 5. Funky-looking “Xylomatic”. I’d love to see how this works. 6. Lovely green and purple toy 32-key keyboard from Kawasaki. […]

101 Colourful, Cool, Weird, Novelty, Vintage Toy Instruments [GALLERY]





QuNexus is an ultra-controllable portable keyboard designed for both live performance and studio work. Conceived and designed by Keith McMillen, who already has a vast array of innovative hardware credits, it was funded through Kickstarter and is now available to buy. The 25-key (2 octave) controller keyboard features pressure-sensitive silicone […]

QuNexus: powerful 25 key controller launched via Kickstarter





Keyboard players — particularly those looking for more natural, intuitive ways of expressing their musical ideas without totally abandoning the familiarity of the standard piano layout — are already faced with many options for altering sound and performance characteristics in real time. However, most of them require the musician to […]

Seaboard: the highly tactile evolved piano keyboard