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

Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

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

Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

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

Get our occasional newsletter... 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 […]

Yamaha introduces MM6 Music Synthesizer

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has introduced two new models in its CLP-200 range of Clavinova digital pianos. Clavinova CLP-265GP The CLP-265GP (click image for large view) offers a luxurious polished ebony mini-grand case cabinet, along with a range of the key CLP-200 Series technologies, including a Graded Hammer 3 […]

Yamaha intros Clavinova CLP-265GP and CLP-295GP

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has unveiled its NP-30 Portable Digital Grand Piano, featuring 76 Graded Soft Touch piano-style keys and AWM (Advanced Wave Memory) stereo-sampled piano voices, weighing just 12 pounds, and able to operate on six AA batteries or a power adaptor. With an emphasis on portability, the […]

Yamaha intros NP-30 portable digital grand piano

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha’s new MODUS H01 digital grand piano continues the line of compact, stylish digital grand pianos. As with their CLP-F01, Yamaha’s designers have addressed the needs of luxury homeowners who need to use space efficiently whilst accenting their rooms with stylish furniture. “Though we are catering […]

Yamaha intros MODUS H01 stylish, compact digital piano

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has introduced its CVP300 Series of Clavinovas, which includes the CVP301, CVP303, CVP305, CVP307, CVP309, and CVP309GP models. They all come with Internet Direct Connection, song and lyric displays, floppy disc drive, and Smart-Media slots, as well as the USA Edition upgrade. Assuming the user […]

Yamaha Clavinova CVP300 Series include direct Internet connection for web ...

Get our occasional newsletter... Akai has unveiled the MPK49, a semi-weighted, touch and aftertouch sensitive 49-note keyboard complete with 12 MPC-style drum pads. 48 drum pads are available via 4 banks, and there’s MPC Note Repeat function and Swing parameters, plus an arpeggiator. It delivers 72 assignable controls, including an […]

Akai MPK49 USB/MIDI semi-weighted controller keyboard

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has added to its Clavinova range of world-class digital pianos with the CLP-F01 “Slimline” Clavinova digital piano. These Clavinovas come with a choice of four designer back plate colours – Polished Orange, Polished Ebony, Polished Blue and Polished Red – that stands against the wall […]

Yamaha CLP-F01 Slimline Clavinova released

Get our occasional newsletter... Yamaha has unveiled their latest digital grand piano in a new contemporary design. The Nocturne Grand N100 in attractive black finish has speakers tucked conveniently into the rear cabinet and pedal frame, a slim look top-to-bottom, and a tasteful soft-glow blue-lit control surface. “This strikingly visual […]

Yamaha Nocturne Grand N100 digital piano released

Get our occasional newsletter... On June 22nd, some of the world’s most renowned synthesists will honour Bob Moog at the third annual Moogfest Names include Keith Emerson, Jan Hammer, The Mahavishnu Project, The School of Rock, DJ Logic, Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theatre). Moog Music will […]

Synthesist greats join for third Moogfest

Get our occasional newsletter... For the tiny-fingered, space-challenged mono-synth lover, the vintage Yamaha CS-01 might need to be in your collection. SynthMuseum says It was obviously marketed to the young, first synth buyer, market. However, dispite it’s mini-sized keys, it has been since adopted by many professionals for it’s simple […]

Vintage: Yamaha CS-01 – “The Mini Mono”

Get our occasional newsletter... So which of these are you most familiar with? Yamaha CE-20 or Yamaha DX7 Yep, thought so. Continued below... Not a huge commercial success, the CE-20 came before the legendary DX-7: Introduced in 1982 Price: US$1395 Synthesis: FM (Frequency Modulation) Voices: 20 (Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, […]

Vintage: Yamaha CE-20 – “the one before the DX7”

Get our occasional newsletter... Korg has introduced three new concert series digital pianos to its range. Features include: Continued below... Korg’s proprietary “Piano eXperience” technology that delivers richly expressive piano sounds. High quality PCM multi dynamic level samples including string resonance and damper noise samples. Up to 62 note polyphony. […]

Korg Concert Series Digital Pianos C-320, C-520 and C-720

Get our occasional newsletter... Cox Electronics have produced ‘The Interpreter’ – “a small box which can be connected between any MIDI controller and a Roland JX-8P, alpha Juno1, alpha Juno2, HS-10, HS-80, MKS-50, MKS-70 or MKS-80 synthesizer.” It effectively turns MIDI control change messages into System Exclusive (SysEx) messages, the […]

Vintage Roland synth controller

Get our occasional newsletter... M-Audio released their ProKeys 88 digital stage piano last year. Now its little brother has arrived: The Prokeys 88sx digital stage piano is a semi-weighted 88-note keyboard offering 7 instrument sounds. Continued below... It offers much of the functionality of its heavier relative. See full details […]

M-Audio Prokeys 88sx: lighter touch digital stage piano

Get our occasional newsletter... Korg used the NAMM 2006 show to unveil its new RADIAS synthesizer/vocoder. With a bold new approach that is at once both daring and familiar, RADIAS exceeds common analog expectations and rapidly takes off for uncharted territories. says the official website. SonicState calls it a sexy […]

Korg Radias “every synthesist’s dream”