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links for synths and keyboards



Elektron Analog Rytm
Elektron used the NAMM14 show to unveil its Analog Rytm 8-voice analog drum machine. Get our occasional newsletter... Touted as a one-stop solution beat machine, the Analog Rytm offers the following features: Twelve backlit velocity/pressure sensitive drum pads 8 analog drum voices Dedicated analog circuit design Customisable samples Multimode filters […]

Elektron Analog Rytm unveiled


M-Audio Axiom AIR Mini 32
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. Get our occasional newsletter... 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 Axiom Air 61
M-Audio has introduced a trio of new USB pad/keyboard controllers – the Axiom AIR series. Get our occasional newsletter... Available in 25, 49 and 61-key versions, they also feature a range of illuminated trigger pads, knobs, faders and transport/navigation buttons. The 25 and 49 key models have synth-style keys, where […]

M-Audio Axiom AIR USB Pad/Keyboard Controller


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

M-Audio Trigger Finger Pro revealed






Korg TRITON taktile
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. Get our occasional newsletter... The two and four octave models are stylishly designed with touch sensitive semi-weighted keys, a […]

Korg TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard/synth





Casio has launched its CTK-6250 workstation keyboard. It’s a similar specification to the CTK-6200 and updates the CTK-6000. Get our occasional newsletter... 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 has launched the CTK-6200 workstation, an update to its CTK-6000. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Casio has launched the WK-6600 workstation, an update to its WK-6500. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
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, but when the drummer […]

Roland TM-2 Trigger Module revealed



Roland FA-08
Preempting NAMM 2014, Roland has announced its new breed of music workstation. Get our occasional newsletter... 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


Nektar has announced the launch of an entry-level USB MIDI controller keyboard, offering a great choice for those just dipping their toe into the water of DAW control. Get our occasional newsletter... The Impact LX49 is a 49-key synth action keyboard offering a host of controls perfect for controlling software […]

Nektar launches Impact LX49 budget USB MIDI controller keyboard





Alesis Vortex Keytar angled view 1
Alesis has introduced its Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar controller complete with an onboard accelerometer. Get our occasional newsletter... 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. Alesis Vortex Key […]

Alesis Vortex USB/MIDI Keytar with Accelerometer unveiled






Step Sequencer
Casio’s musical instrument department enters a new era as it announces the launch of two new professional music synthesisers. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Korg has updated its hugely popular Kaossilator with the arrival of the Kaossilator 2. Get our occasional newsletter... Still sporting a vibrant yellow body (whether it comes in pink is another matter) it boasts a range of features including: Simple control with finger taps/slides on the integrated X-Y touchpad 150 […]

Korg Kaossilator 2 bursts into life [NAMM12]



Yamaha EZ-220 Lighted Keyboard
Yamaha has updated its EZ-200 lighted keyboard with the introduction of the EZ-220. Compare EZ-200 and EZ-220. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Roland takes another step on its decade-long V-Accordion journey with the introduction of the FR-1x V-Accordion. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Roland has updated its impressive MIDI foot pedal with the introduction of the PK-6 dynamic MIDI pedal. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
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. Get our occasional newsletter... 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]



Roland HD-3 V-Drum drum kit snare drum
The Roland HD-3 V-Drums Lite drum kit is ideal as a starter kit for beginner drummers and anyone who wants a compact, relatively inexpensive electronic drum kit in their home. Get our occasional newsletter... It uses much of the same decade-developed technology found in Roland’s latest V-Pro series kit but […]

Roland intros V-Drums Lite HD-3 electronic drum kit [NAMM12]


If Reason 6 is your music recording software of choice but you’re left wanting when it comes to physical controllers, you may want to keep an eye on a new company called Nektar. Get our occasional newsletter... Forget any generic hardware controllers. Nektar have created a dedicated keyboard controller specifically […]

Nektar tease with Panorama: dedicated Reason 6 controller


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. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Synth history meets synth future as Roland unveils its showcase Jupiter-80. Get our occasional newsletter... 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
Korg has introduced the monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, “bringing responsive realtime control to analog groove-making.” Get our occasional newsletter... 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