Manufacturers

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




More detailed comparison of the PSR-S970 and PSR-975 plus a full specification comparison sheet for the newest five PSR-S models and PSR-SX models are further down this article page. Yamaha introduced its first S Series arranger workstation keyboard in July 2006, meaning the range is well on its way to its fifteenth […]

Yamaha PSR-S/PSR-SX Series Comparison: All seventeen models compared







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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 Pure CF sampling technology […]

Yamaha P155 digital piano: Complete specifications and gallery



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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 capability, Windchest panning, and […]

Roland intros C-330 Classic Organ [Musikmesse 2009]



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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, two fortepianos, celesta, and […]

Roland intros C-230 Classic Keyboard [Musikmesse 2009]



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 Synthesis) sound engine delivers […]

Korg shows off new M50 Music Workstation [NAMM09]




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Roland claims that its latest digital piano pushes the boundaries of realism far beyond that of existing sample-based digital pianos thanks to new “from scratch” technology that can be easily and creatively adjusted in real time to suit a pianist’s needs. Rather than simply sampling real acoustic pianos, Roland created […]

Roland shows off revolutionary new V-Piano [NAMM09]


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 myriad of tones (896 […]

Roland intros Prelude music keyboard [NAMM09]



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 to move about, while […]

Roland intros the AX-Synth Shoulder Synthesizer [NAMM09]



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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 and genre styles which […]

Yamaha intros PSR-S550B arranger workstation keyboard [NAMM09]



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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 soft playing, 450 built-in […]

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


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 and natural wood keyboard […]

Yamaha shows off new Clavinova CVP409GP digital piano [NAMM09]


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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″ GC2 grand piano has […]

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




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 Suite including nine-step piano […]

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


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 is a weighted graded […]

Yamaha intros upgraded YPG line of digital pianos



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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 keys, the digital pianos […]

Yamaha introduces P85 and P85S digital pianos





Roland has announced its new SA-1000 stage amplifier, a super-lightweight and portable stage amp customised for use with organs such as new ATELIER series and digital pianos. Features include an Organ Enhance button which adds bass nuances to a sound, onboard Anti-feedback function to automatically cancels unpleasant howling from being […]

Roland intros SA-1000 stage amplifier ideal for organs and digital ...



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 a real grand piano. […]

Yamaha reintroduces Clavinova CGP1000 digital piano







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 user programs, sixteen track […]

Roland announces E-09W interactive arranger keyboard



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April 2017: Massive Update in this brand new article: Choosing Your Child’s (First) Keyboard Instrument. Check it out! Updated 10th August 2013 The keyboard buyers’ guide I wrote a couple of years ago stands as a good introduction to buying a keyboard instrument for adults. In this feature I will […]

My First Keyboard: Buying a child’s first electronic keyboard instrument



We’ve looked at Yamaha’s Disklavier in the past, and now they’ve upgraded the beast with the introduction of their Disklavier 2.0 service, available to Disklavier Mark IV owners who install a software update. Yamaha has introduced the DisklavierRadio and the DisklavierMusicStore services, combining the best aspects of live performance with […]

Yamaha introduces “Disklavier 2.0”, greater Internet connectivity for Disklavier Mark ...


Yamaha has introduced what it says is the most innovative and technologically advanced range of digital pianos, in the CVP400 series. “No question about it: the Yamaha CVP400 Series Clavinova Digital Pianos are the most exciting CVP Series ever,” says Jim Levesque, Clavinova Marketing Manager, Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano […]

Yamaha unveils CVP400 digital piano range


Yamaha has introduced its MM6 Music Synthesizer, a younger cousin of the MOTIF series of instruments. It features high quality sounds, real-time control of sound, dynamic music creation tools including Authentic Pattern and Arpeggiator generators, performance memory, and versatile song recording.It’s a 61-note (5 octave), 32 note polyphony synth featuring […]

Yamaha introduces MM6 Music Synthesizer