Synth, Electronic & Audio

This section covers the range of synthesisers, keyboards, electronic music gadgets, and other audio devices used in making and recording music, from manufacturers such as Yamaha, Korg, Kurzweil, Roland, Casio, and Moog, as well as looking at projects and techniques for synth playing and programming.








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. The two and four octave models are stylishly designed with touch sensitive semi-weighted keys, a range of DAW presets, […]

Korg TRITON taktile USB controller keyboard/synth





Casio XW-J1
Casio has announced its new XW-J1 DJ controller, an all-in-one VJ/DJ controller for creating remixes of audio and video from music players, smartphones, and PCs that supports OS X, iOS, and Windows platforms. Musicians can mix music using the djay app, transforming their Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into […]

Casio XW-J1 DJ controller unveiled



Casio CTK-6250
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 memory, USB MIDI interface, […]

Casio CTK-6250 launched


Casio CTK-6200
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, pitch bend wheel, backlit […]

Casio CTK-6200 launched


Casio WK-6600
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 presets and 670 individual […]

Casio WK-6600 launched



Chordana Viewer
Casio has launched Chordana Tap and Chordana Viewer, two new apps designed for all current iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad). Chordana is Casio’s own music analysis technology, and the apps harness this by detecting musical chord progressions through analysis of the frequency characteristics and temporal changes of an […]

Casio Chordana Tap and Viewer iOS Apps


Nord Lead A1
Nord has announced its latest analog modelling synthesizer, the Lead A1. Designed to suit a wide variety of musical styles, it claims to have a simpler interface which encourages experimentation and allows faster programming. Key features include: Oscillators: 8 oscillator configuration with Pitch, Detune, Shape, Sync, AM, Noise, Dual Osc, […]

Nord Lead A1 Analog Modelling Synthesizer





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 RD-800
Roland has updated its RD line of digital stage pianos with the introduction of the RD-800. Roland claims the RD-800 not only has a new, sleek look but also “many improvements in sound, feel, and versatility”. Sound-wise, Roland has added more acoustic piano samples, plus authentic vintage electric pianos, organs, […]

Roland RD-800 Stage Piano revealed


Roland FA-08
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 real-time power”, “ultra-fast workflow”, […]

Roland FA-06/FA-08 Music Workstation revealed