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links for synths and keyboards



Elektron Analog Rytm
Get our occasional newsletter... 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: Continued below... Twelve backlit velocity/pressure sensitive drum pads 8 analog drum voices Dedicated analog circuit design Customisable samples […]

Elektron Analog Rytm unveiled


M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32
Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

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




M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro
Get our occasional newsletter... M-Audio has unveiled its Trigger Finger Pro USB controller with step sequencer. Its main features are: Continued below... 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 […]

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro revealed






Korg TRITON taktile
Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

Korg TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard/synth





Casio CTK-6250
Get our occasional newsletter... Casio has launched its CTK-6250 workstation keyboard. It’s a similar specification to the CTK-6200 and updates the CTK-6000. It features a piano-style touch response 61-key keyboard (unusual in this keyboard size range), 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration […]

Casio CTK-6250 launched



Casio CTK-6200
Get our occasional newsletter... Casio has launched the CTK-6200 workstation, an update to its CTK-6000. It features a piano-style touch response 61-key keyboard (unusual in this keyboard size range), 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration memory, USB MIDI interface, SD card storage, […]

Casio CTK-6200 launched


Casio WK-6600
Get our occasional newsletter... Casio has launched the WK-6600 workstation, an update to its WK-6500. It features a piano-style touch response 76-key keyboard, 16-track song sequencer, tone editor, rhythm editor, multiple digital effects, 32-channel mixer, performance registration memory, USB MIDI interface, SD card storage, pitch bend wheel, backlit display, music […]

Casio WK-6600 launched


Roland TM-1 Trigger Module
Get our occasional newsletter... Acoustic drums are versatile and authentic, and many drummers wouldn’t contemplate using a complete electronic rig. That said, there’s sometimes room for expanding repertoire by using triggers to augment playing with digital sounds and effects. Other musicians in a band can have some control over this, […]

Roland TM-2 Trigger Module revealed



Roland FA-08
Get our occasional newsletter... Preempting NAMM 2014, Roland has announced its new breed of music workstation. The FA Series, available in 61-key (FA-06) and 88-key (FA-08) models, is naturally being talked up by Roland, with hyped statements such as “taking the ‘work’ out of the music workstation”, “completely reimagines”, “effortless […]

Roland FA-06/FA-08 Music Workstation revealed






Alesis Vortex Keytar angled view 1
Get our occasional newsletter... Alesis has introduced its Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar controller complete with an onboard accelerometer. Bearing similarities to the Roland AX-Synth, the Vortex gives keyboard performers the freedom to move around during a performance while still being able to control a host of other equipment. Continued below... Alesis […]

Alesis Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer unveiled






Step Sequencer
Get our occasional newsletter... Casio’s musical instrument department enters a new era as it announces the launch of two new professional music synthesisers. First up is the XW-G1 Groove Synthesiser, targeted specifically at DJs and club performers with its interactive step sequencer and sample looper. Key features of the 61-key […]

Casio XW-G1 groove synthesiser and XW-P1 launched [NAMM12]



Korg Kaossilator 2 angled front view
Get our occasional newsletter... Korg has updated its hugely popular Kaossilator with the arrival of the Kaossilator 2. Still sporting a vibrant yellow body (whether it comes in pink is another matter) it boasts a range of features including: Continued below... Simple control with finger taps/slides on the integrated X-Y […]

Korg Kaossilator 2 bursts into life [NAMM12]



Yamaha EZ-220 Lighted Keyboard
Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has updated its EZ-200 lighted keyboard with the introduction of the EZ-220. Compare EZ-200 and EZ-220. It includes 100 preset songs designed to help beginners learn to play the keyboard. It features 392 built-in voices including realistic acoustic instruments including drums, plus synths and sound […]

Yamaha intros EZ-220 lighted keyboard [NAMM12]



Roland FR-1x V-Accordion Red open view 1
Get our occasional newsletter... Roland takes another step on its decade-long V-Accordion journey with the introduction of the FR-1x V-Accordion. It builds upon the current FR-1 V-Accordions with the following key features: FR-1x Piano type and FR-1x Button type with stereo speaker system onboard USB memory port for Wave/MP3 player, […]

Roland intros FR-1x V-Accordion [NAMM12]


Roland PK-6 dynamic MIDI foot pedal top view
Get our occasional newsletter... Roland has updated its impressive MIDI foot pedal with the introduction of the PK-6 dynamic MIDI pedal. Looking much like the pedals found on an organ, this versatile piece of kit allows the keyboard player/pianist great creativity and flexibility by controlling MIDI with the feet. Compatible […]

Roland intros PK-6 dynamic MIDI pedal [NAMM12]


Roland BK-5 backing keyboard top view
Get our occasional newsletter... Auto-accompaniment features on electronic keyboards are nothing new, but Roland believes it has stepped up the game a notch with the introduction of its BK-5 Backing Keyboard. Designed for the one-man gigging keyboardist, or to use to accompany others, the BK-5 includes a powerhouse of authentic […]

Roland intros BK-5 backing keyboard [NAMM12]





Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

Korg intros microARRANGER professional compact arranger workstation




alesis qx49
Get our occasional newsletter... 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, […]

Alesis QX49 USB/MIDI keyboard controller announced


roland jupiter-80
Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

Roland shows off Jupiter-80 synth



korg monotribe
Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

Korg intros monotribe Analog Ribbon Station