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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 has introduced its latest performance-oriented keyboard, the V-Combo VR-09. Touted as an ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players, it offers fast access to the sounds most frequently used by musicians. This means dedicated piano, organ and synth sound engines, quickly selectable and editable from the large LCD screen. […]

Roland V-Combo VR-09 Live Performance Keyboard [NAMM13]









Roland BK-5 backing keyboard top view
Auto-accompaniment features on electronic keyboards are nothing new, but Roland believes it has stepped up the game a notch with the introduction of its BK-5 Backing Keyboard. Designed for the one-man gigging keyboardist, or to use to accompany others, the BK-5 includes a powerhouse of authentic sounds, a large range […]

Roland intros BK-5 backing keyboard [NAMM12]



The Las Vegas Review Journal has published a really interesting interview with Nick Rhodes, the keyboard/synth player in Duran Duran. Not only do we get a glimpse of some of his influences — including Kraftwerk, Wendy Carlos, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Bjork and Portishead — but an interesting look at […]

Nick Rhodes, Duran Duran synth man, talks analog and digital





roland jupiter-80
Synth history meets synth future as Roland unveils its showcase Jupiter-80. It features proven hardware and a massive sound and integrates the Roland’s latest SuperNATURAL audio processing technology. Main Features Powerful integrated SuperNATURAL synthesis engines designed for legendary vintage synth sounds to realistic organic acoustic sounds and more Single Tone […]

Roland shows off Jupiter-80 synth


korg monotribe
Korg has introduced the monotribe Analog Ribbon Station, “bringing responsive realtime control to analog groove-making.” Highlights include: The powerful sound of true analog synthesis 3-part analog drums, using discrete analog circuitry Popular Electribe-style sequencing. Active Step and Flux features for realtime dynamic loop manipulation Advanced multi-function ribbon keyboard; Chromatic, Continuous, […]

Korg intros monotribe Analog Ribbon Station


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Circuit bending. It sounds really cool and just a tiny bit dangerous. It will certainly void your warranty, but that’s OK because it’s often done on old electronics equipment that would otherwise probably end up on the scrap heap. That’s what I assumed about circuit bending. I realised that I […]

Circuit Bending: A Basic Guide and Resource List








korg wavedrum oriental percussion synth 1
Korg has announced its limited edition Wavedrum Oriental, a percussion synthesiser featuring a wide range of Arabic percussion sounds. Exotic sounds to Western ears, Arabic percussion is indispensable to belly dancing, world music and other popular genres. Many acoustic percussion instruments can produce a whole range of sounds simply by […]

Korg Wavedrum Oriental dynamic percussion synthesiser revealed [NAMM11]






Developers continue to push the envelope for using the iPhone as a music creation device. JR Hexaton Pro is one of the latest rhythm generators/live performance apps available. Pairing Amidio, makers of other hit iPhone apps such as Star Guitar and noise.io with legendary keyboard player Jordan Rudess (who demoed […]

JR Hexaton Pro comes to iPhone: Jordan Rudess approved!



Roland has expanded its line of JUNO synths with the addition of the JUNO-Di. Roland JUNO-Di Features high portability – can run off batteries 1000+ sounds including grand and electric pianos, lush strings, beautiful guitars, powerful brass, percussion, plus banks of exotic instruments, modern synth sounds, and much more. Easy […]

Roland intros new JUNO-Di portable versatile synth





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]



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]


I got really excited when I read the headline over at Music Radar — after all, creating cool-sounding stuff from cheap, everyday gadgets is great. However, it doesn’t sound much more revolutionary than a guitarist standing a bit too close to their amplifier. Gordon Charlton uses a pair of Binatone […]

Walkie-talkie Theremin: if only it was all this easy


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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