Manufacturers

This section focuses on the hardware and software of various piano and synth manufacturers, including Yamaha, Casio, Korg, Roland, Steinway and Baldwin.








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Get our occasional newsletter... I know we are going to see some incredible soft synths, emulators and simulators coming to the iPad over time, given its screen real estate and immense portability, and one of the first is Streetly Electronics’ and Omenie’s software implementation of the great Mellotron. Mellotronics M3000 […]

Mellotron comes to iPad with launch of Mellotronics M3000 HD



Get our occasional newsletter... I’ve just found this cool tool (via Synthtopia) that builds random, computer-generated drum and rhythm patterns for the µTonic VST/AU plugin. Patternarium builds new patterns by mixing together two previous ones, creating a subsequent ‘generation’. Visitors to the site can vote each pattern up or down. […]

Patternarium: vote on computer-generated drum patterns for µTonic





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Get our occasional newsletter... If you want the lowdown on Yamaha’s new portable digital piano, the P155, then look no further. Here are complete specifications, pictures, and comparison with Yamaha’s earlier P series instruments. Overview The Yamaha P155 features samples taken directly from the CFIIIS 9-foot grand piano Uses Yamaha’s […]

Yamaha P155 digital piano: Complete specifications and gallery



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Get our occasional newsletter... When a modern keyboard just won’t cut it for the sort of organ sounds you’re wanting to play, Roland’s C-330 Classic Organ could be just what you’re looking for. The unit features Rodgers highly acclaimed voice engine on board, offering gorgeous tone with highly flexible pipe-voicing […]

Roland intros C-330 Classic Organ [Musikmesse 2009]



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Get our occasional newsletter... In a world of modern keyboards, there’s something about Roland’s new C-230 Classic Keyboard that speaks of the past. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have cutting edge technology in it. The C-230 features 36 classical organ tones, 8 organ bass tones, 4 harpsichord tones, […]

Roland intros C-230 Classic Keyboard [Musikmesse 2009]



Get our occasional newsletter... Korg has taken the fundamentals of its flagship M3 Xpanded workstation and put it out in the form of the more affordable M50 Music Workstation. The latest version offers 73 keys (six octaves) together with angled control panel and full-size TouchView interface. The EDS (Extended Definition […]

Korg shows off new M50 Music Workstation [NAMM09]





Get our occasional newsletter... Roland has announced its Prelude home music keyboard that features a range of top-notch sounds lifted from Roland’s other sound modules plus a range of software and decent amplification. This velocity-sensitive 61-note keyboard offers a very respectable 128 notes of polyphony with which to play the […]

Roland intros Prelude music keyboard [NAMM09]



Get our occasional newsletter... Roland unveiled a huge array of new musical instruments and accessories at this year’s Winter NAMM, including this: the AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer. Harking back to the glorious days of the 1980s when this kind of instrument was all the rage, it frees the keyboard player up […]

Roland intros the AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer [NAMM09]



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Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha will show off one of its latest arranger workstation keyboards in the PSR range at Winter NAMM, offering a sleek look and advanced features at a decent price point. The 61-key PSR-S550B features 774 instrument voices and 22 drum kits including ethnic instruments, 176 song […]

Yamaha intros PSR-S550B arranger workstation keyboard [NAMM09]



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Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha will show off its latest Disklavier E3 series at Winter NAMM. The three “E”s stand for easy, enjoyment, and elegance, and encapsulates what this more entry-level digital piano is all about. Many of the Disklavier functions are present, such as recording and playback and whisper […]

Yamaha intros Disklavier E3 entry-level digital piano [NAMM09]


Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha’s latest Clavinova, the CVP409GP, will be on show at this year’s Winter NAMM exhibition. Claiming it to be the world’s most innovative and technologically advanced digital piano line, the CVP409GP offers a luxurious mini-grand piano style cabinet option. The ebony polished cabinet, synthetic ivory keytops […]

Yamaha shows off new Clavinova CVP409GP digital piano [NAMM09]


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Get our occasional newsletter... Despite the advances in digital pianos, not least from Yamaha, there’s still nothing like a real acoustic grand piano. Yamaha will be showing off three of them at Winter NAMM this year, including the new GC2 and updated GB1K and GC1 grand pianos. The new 5’8″ […]

Yamaha debuts new acoustic grand pianos: GC2, GB1K, GC1 [NAMM09]




Get our occasional newsletter... Since this article was written, these two models have been superseded by later YPT models. Yamaha has introduced two new keyboards aimed at the home user. The YPT-210 and YPT-310 both offer 61 fully touch-sensitive keys, 32 notes of polyphony, Yamaha’s “Portable Grand” feature, Yamaha Education […]

Yamaha introduces two new home keyboards: YPT-210 and YPT-310




Get our occasional newsletter... The iPhone is one very cool phone, and thanks to the recent addition of third-party applications, there’s some pretty nifty software coming out for it. I must admit, though, that I’d not considered the iPhone being used for any serious synth work / music creation. Yes, […]

noise.io iPhone synthesiser software coming to App Store


Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha’s YPG (Yamaha Portable Grand) digital pianos have been upgraded, to now include the YPG-635, YPG-535 and YPG-235. The YPG-635 includes weighted Graded Hammer action; the YPG-535 and YPG-235 feature a new Graded Soft Touch action and piano-style keys, providing top-quality playing experiences. The 88-key YPG-635 […]

Yamaha intros upgraded YPG line of digital pianos


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Get our occasional newsletter... The Yamaha P85 has been superseded by the Yamaha P95. Part of Yamaha’s P Series of digital pianos, the new P85 and P85S (differentiated by their body colour: black or silver) are slim digital pianos featuring high-quality piano sound and feel. With 88 Graded Hammer Standard […]

Yamaha introduces P85 and P85S digital pianos




Get our occasional newsletter... Music furniture isn’t the most exciting product around, but it’s certainly vital. Roland’s new KS-G8, and accompanying KS-STG8 accessory, provides solid support for the Fantom-G8 and RD-700GX, among other 88-note keyboards. The KS-G8 is height adjustable in three steps for sitting or standing positions, and is […]

Roland announces new KS-G8 keyboard stand





Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has reintroduced its high-end Clavinova CGP1000 digital piano featuring the technologically advanced function of the Clavinova CVP400 Series housed within an elegantly crafted 4ft 11in grand piano cabinet. This hybrid piano combines the accurate reproduction of sampling technology with the richly textured harmonic nuances of […]

Yamaha reintroduces Clavinova CGP1000 digital piano






Get our occasional newsletter... Roland has brought out a white version of its E-09 interactive arranger keyboard, unsurprisingly titled the E-09W. The E-09 features 61 velocity sensitive keys, 64 notes of polyphony, 32MB of wave memory comprised of 870 tones and 70 drum sets, 47 different effects, 130 styles, 100 […]

Roland announces E-09W interactive arranger keyboard