Steinway has announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2013, and it shows a healthy overall balance sheet for sales of its wholesale pianos, with Europe and America being particularly strong markets. Second quarter revenue increased to $56.8 million, or 12.7%, over the prior-year quarter due to strong […]

Steinway sees healthy piano sales 2Q 2013

Pianos For Peace is an initiative which sees eleven street locations in the City of Rochester, NY, outfitted with pianos painted with peace-themed art by local youth, artists and community members. From Monday 5th August and for the duration of the month, residents and visitors will be able to see […]

Pianos For Peace sees 11 pianos on the streets of ...

Jurors selecting finalists for this year’s Cleveland International Piano Competition have selected the four semi-finalists who will advance to the final round and perform a piano concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall. They are: Francois Dumont, of France; Arseny Tarasevich-Nikolaev, of Russia; Jiayan Sun, of China; Stanislav Khristenko, […]

Cleveland International Piano Competition 2013 finalists selected

Do you remember the jewel-encrusted Kuhn-Bosendorfer grand piano we featured four years ago, with the speculation that it was the world’s most expensive? This exclusive limited edition grand piano has now concluded a round of limited concerts and showings and is being put on the open market. That is, the […]

Kuhn-Bosendorfer art case piano now available to buy… for just ...

Akai Professional has just launched its iMPC app for iOS devices, offering them a virtual music production environment based on Akai’s hardware controllers. It comes with over 600 samples, 47 editable programs and 80 editable sequences, and features an exclusive iMPC sound set plus classic Akai Professional sound library. Users […]

iMPC launched by Akai Professional [iOS App]

With horror stories like this £45,000 piano falling off a lorry, it’s not surprising that people are wary about entrusting their beloved piano to a removals company. Even if you can find a regular company who’ll take on the challenge (many will refuse anyway due to the risks involved) you […]

Professional piano moving service launched by US removal company

Native Instruments has announced an updated TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 is now available, offering a compact decks/effects controller and an ideal partner for the TRAKTOR PRO. The unit offers direct control over playback, browse, cue, sync and loop functionality, and now introduces a button for dedicated Flux mode access. 7-segment displays, […]

Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL X1 MK2 launched

Sad to announce that we’ve read confirmation that jazz/R&B/fusion/funk keyboardist legend George Duke has passed away, aged 67. Duke was being treated for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia but lost the battle yesterday (5th August), his record label Concord-Telarc confirmed. It follows a difficult year in which his wife Corine died. His […]

George Duke, jazz keyboard legend, dies aged 67

Casio has announced that the UK market will gain a new limited edition model in its Celviano line of digital pianos, arriving in the Autumn and so available for the busy Christmas period. The Celviano AP-245 will feature much of the same technology as found in Casio’s other Celvianos, including […]

Casio Celviano AP-245 limited edition digital piano coming to UK ...

Italian footballer, Mario Balotelli, has supposedly been captured playing the Italian National Anthem (Il Canto degli Italiani) on a grand piano, while national team-mate Andrea Pirlo looks on. It’s a pretty ruse, but take a look at the video below and you’ll quickly see that it’s fake. While the guy […]

Mario Balotelli in fake piano-playing video

Apart from winning the prize for the longest titled app we’ve seen in a while, we’re wondering whether the Sound Effect+Music+Ringtone: Player, Downloader, and Recorder! from MobileVideo.TV is a decent iOS app. It claims to include over 200 high-quality sound effects, music snippets and ringtones, which are updated regularly. Categories […]

Free Sound Effect+Music+Ringtone: Player, Downloader, and Recorder! [iOS App]

EarWizard is an app designed to train your ear into recognising and recalling musical chords. It’s modelled on the “Simon” game, in that you have to repeat back an increasingly long sequence of music chords. The app has been developed by Jordan Rudess and Felipe Peña. Features include: Three levels […]

EarWizard [iOS App]

Fans of Neo-Soul Keys, from the Gospel Musicians, will be pleased to hear they’ve just launched two new electric pianos for the app. Neo-Soul EX5 uses the synthesis technology from the Yamaha EX5 synth, sampled through the FDSP engine of the EX5 to simulate the modelled expression of an EP […]

Neo-Soul Keys gets two new electric pianos [iOS App]

After featuring Drum Pads 24, we now show off EasyBeats 3 Pro Drum Machine, a full-featured drum sequencer/live performance instrument for iOS devices. Claiming to be the “quickest and easiest way to create great sounding beats”, it boasts the following features: 16 responsive sample pads Use the inbuilt sample kits […]

EasyBeats 3 Pro Drum Machine [iOS App]

There are an increasing number of ways for musicians and other creatives to sell or receive donations for their digital creations, from crowdfunding sites to music sharing portals and the big online players such as iTunes. Now, a service called Sellbox wants to integrate Dropbox and PayPal and create a […]

Dropbox may offer musicians another way to monetize their media

Seems there’s only such a thing as a free lunch — or in this case, a free music magazine — if you are deemed a worthy fan. Billboard Brasil magazine — which follows the basic format of the American Billboard, featuring both Brasil Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts, articles […]

Music mag vending machine gives free copies to deserving fans ...

Paul Lipnyagov introduces his Drum Pads 24 app for iOS, turning iPhone and iPad devices into fully-fledged drum machines. The “24” in the title is derived from the combination of 12 on-screen pads and two distinct ‘scenes’. Key features include: Range of preset styles including dubstep, glitch, electronic, IDM, trip […]

Drum Pads 24 [iOS App]

I’ve been a big fan of the range of interesting sound generation apps for iOS, and the CrazySpace Gravity Synth looks like a pretty interesting concept. It features: a “powerful synthesis engine with a total of fifteen high quality oscillators” 5-note polyphony 16-bit 44.1kHz audio high quality resonant low-pass filter […]

CrazySpace Gravity Synth [iOS App]

101 Colorful, Cool, Weird, Novelty, Vintage Toy Keyboard Instruments
1. Cute little wooden organ with crooked keys. 2. Green musical keyboard instrument from the USSR, circa 1990. 3. Cute yellow 1-octave keyboard with strap. 4. Yellow elephant dual keyboard. 5. Funky-looking “Xylomatic”. I’d love to see how this works. 6. Lovely green and purple toy 32-key keyboard from Kawasaki. […]

101 Colourful, Cool, Weird, Novelty, Vintage Toy Instruments [GALLERY]

Yamaha has announced a number of pianists who will perform at its sixth International Piano Series to be held at The Malvern Theatres in Worcestershire, England. The series commences on 18th October with John Lill performing works by Haydn, Chopin, Beethoven and Brahms. The Malvern recital is to form a […]

Sixth Yamaha International Piano Series lineup confirmed

Does the world need another “shake your iPhone” app? Steven Barnegren thinks so, with his Shaker Box offering for iOS-based devices. Shaker Box offers a variety of professionally-recorded percussion samples plus three modes: shake mode, tap mode and loop mode. “Shake” does what you’d expect. “Tap” will play a shaker-sound […]

Shaker Box [iOS App]

QuNexus is an ultra-controllable portable keyboard designed for both live performance and studio work. Conceived and designed by Keith McMillen, who already has a vast array of innovative hardware credits, it was funded through Kickstarter and is now available to buy. The 25-key (2 octave) controller keyboard features pressure-sensitive silicone […]

QuNexus: powerful 25 key controller launched via Kickstarter

Think piano and the name Peugeot doesn’t immediately spring to mind. However, the French company known primarily for its cars has an active design laboratory, and it’s here where a piano-loving designer teamed up with French piano manufacturer Pleyel to design a revolutionary baby grand piano. Piano design hasn’t radically […]

Peugeot and Pleyel collaborate on incredible baby grand piano

UPDATE: The Tyros5 was announced on November 11, 2013. Check out the announcement and visit our dedicated Tyros5 microsite. Over a decade has passed since Yamaha launched its first Tyros arranger keyboard. Since then, it has released the Tyros 2, Tyros 3 and Tyros 4. With almost three years having […]

Yamaha Tyros5: Fact and fiction

Keyboard players — particularly those looking for more natural, intuitive ways of expressing their musical ideas without totally abandoning the familiarity of the standard piano layout — are already faced with many options for altering sound and performance characteristics in real time. However, most of them require the musician to […]

Seaboard: the highly tactile evolved piano keyboard

Cat lovers are a strange bunch (I’m allowed to say that as I am one, although I also love dogs so that makes me a non-purist). Take the ‘owners’ of Kieran, who suggest that he has real musical talent. The basis for this is his need to walk across the […]

Kieran the Cat “has musical talent”. Or just likes the ...

No sooner do we feature a silver painted Baldwin piano when along comes this rather fetching/interesting (you decide) green Yamaha acoustic piano. You can judge for yourself whether the makeover, again using chalk paint, is a good idea. Personally, I can never tire of the original wooden grains of an […]

Yamaha upright piano gets green makeover

Here’s a cool little project by Antonella Nonnis: a pop-up book complete with a working piano keyboard. It’s constructed from paper and as you can see from the picture it’s not very sturdy or portable. Even so, it’s a great project and can surely have boosted understanding of how these […]

Pop-up piano book project [DIY]

TASCAM has announced the launch of its DA-3000 unit, an upgrade to the DV-RA1000HD. Key DA-3000 features include: Supports various media such as SDHC/CF(UDMA) and USB memory (*USB: for playback only) High sampling rates up to PCM 192kHz, DSD 5.6MHz High-quality OP-Amp (NE5532) Optimum condensers for quality audio and high-spec […]

TASCAM DA-3000 high definition master recorder and AD/DA converter announced

Here’s a very insightful video made by Steinway & Sons, giving a tour of their factory and explaining many of the processes which go into making one of their top-end, unique grand pianos. It’s narrated by the late John Steinway. The 8-minute video doesn’t cover every aspect of the production […]

Making of a Steinway grand piano [VIDEO]

Quach Hoang Nhi, aged 9, beat 21 other candidates aged between 7 and 9 in Group D of the Mozart International Piano Competition 2013, held in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday. They were marked on their ability to play a sonata piece judged to be difficult for their age. Quach Hoang Nhi […]

Quach Hoang Nhi, 9, wins Thailand international piano concert

Daniela Liebman will make her Carnegie Hall debut this coming October, aged just 11 years. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she began to learn the piano at age 5, and by seven she was named a winner in the eight to ten year old category at the Parnassos National Piano Competition […]

Daniela Liebman, 11, to debut at Carnegie Hall this October

With so many iPad music creation apps available, it would be nice to have something physical to play notes on. While it is possible to hook up external keyboard controllers, how about this product — still in development — which combines a protective case and a musical keyboard. The C.24 […]

Interactive iPad piano keyboard case in development

It’s the age-old rivalry — piano versus guitar. Throw synth keyboard players into the mix, attempting guitar-esque sounds, and you’re sure to be met with looks of disdain from guitar purists. While most pianists would never dare to suggest they could emulate the nuances of a guitar via the keyboard, […]

Guitar-like nuances added to piano keyboard via touchscreen technology

Playing any acoustic instrument can be a problem in confined spaces and the piano is no exception. Unless you’ve invested in a silent piano or are happy to practice at home with a digital piano, you are almost certain to disturb your neighbours at some point when you play. Now, […]

Apartment feud over pianist who never gets any better

Here’s a way one crafter added some shine to a “well-loved” (read: old and battered) Baldwin acoustic piano, by painting it first with Paris Grey chalk paint and then with silver metallic paint. Looks pretty good, especially with the extra accessories. It’s definitely cheaper than buying a custom painted exotic […]

Silver Painted Piano Craft

Utah-based band The Piano Guys have just released their latest self-made music video “Don’t You Worry Child (Khushnuma)”, featuring Indian vocalist Shweta Subram. It was filmed in “Little Sahara”, a desert sand dune in central Utah known for its soft white sand and beautiful Indian temple. The Piano Guys are […]

The Piano Guys “Don’t You Worry Child” sees most challenging ...

Inspired by the heatwave, Harry @ Westend Production was jamming out a remix of Roy Ayer’s classic Everybody Loves the sunshine in the shop when the young MC Tiga heard the beats and asked to join in. She proceeded to freestyle over the beats performed using the MPC Rennaisance and […]

WESTEND MPC JAM: Everybody Loves the Sunshine Remix featuring MC ...

Built a nifty clone of a Synare analog drum circuit, triggering it with a Hart Dynamics Pro Snare and also featuring the Dusic (Deaf Music Cube) which is visualizing the sound of the synth with sound-reactive LEDs mapped to different frequencies. Finally the audio out is running into a Sommatone […]

Analog Drum Synth Triggered by Electronic Snare (Synare Clone) [VIDEO]

I love looking through old (i.e. 1980s) synthesizer and keyboard manuals. I am sure no matter how excited Yamaha’s employees are about a particular model, they must get a bit bored sometimes when writing manuals. The cure? Inject some humour into the proceedings. Take the mid-1980s B200 digital synthesizer. This […]

Yamaha describes FM Synthesis like stepping on a cat’s tail