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Pigtronix Rototron

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  • Keyboards
• April 24, 2014

The Rototron is an all-new rotary speaker simulator effect that achieves 3D realism in a compact, easy-to-use pedal, recreating the sounds of dual-rotor 122 and 147 Leslie cabinets. Independent Slow and Fast speed controls with adjustable ramp time control the speed of the would-be rotary cabinet. A remotely switchable Brake function completes the experience, while independent expression pedal jacks for the low and high rotors enable new variations.

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Roland Announces New AIRA Line of Products

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  • Keyboards
• March 3, 2014

Roland is proud to announce the long-awaited series of AIRA products. With roots in the very origins of electronic music, the new AIRA line is designed to meet the evolving needs of today’s electronic musicians. In the studio or on the stage, AIRA brings genre-defining sound and modern performance features to a new generation. The first four products introduced in the AIRA series are the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, TB-3 Touch Bassline, VT-3 Voice Transformer, and SYSTEM-1 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer.

At the heart of AIRA is the newly developed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) that faithfully captures the sound and feel of some of Roland’s most revered classics. ACB is the technology behind the authentic sound and responsive behavior of the AIRA products. It utilizes original design specs, consultation with original engineers, and a detailed part-by-part analysis of each analog circuit using Roland’s collection of pristinely archived drum machines and synthesizers.

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Alesis V and VI Series Keyboard/Pad Controllers

Alesis V and VI Series Keyboard/Pad Controllers

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  • Keyboards
• February 25, 2014

Alesis V and VI Series Keyboard/Pad ControllersThe performance-oriented V Series offers expressive hands-on control for the software musician. The step-up VI Series provides increased control for the keyboard performer. The V Series (V61, V49, V25) combine velocity-sensitive keys with eight drum/trigger pads, allowing virtual instruments to be played with dynamic expression. Blue LEDs illuminate the pads - as well as the four assignable knobs and buttons - for positive visibility. Assignments may be made quickly via the MIDI Learn feature. Octave shift keys provide access to the entire note range. 

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Physis Modeling Piano Technology

Physis Modeling Piano Technology

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  • Keyboards
• February 17, 2014

Physis Modeling Piano TechnologyPhysical modeling is different than “sample-based” technology, instead using advanced mathematical algorithms to reproduce the various physical properties of a given instrument - in this case, the Piano.

Engineers, musicians, and scientists at Italian universities analyzed over 100 physical properties of the traditional acoustic grand piano. These properties were recreated and manipulated through mathematical models.

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Korg RK-100S Synth/Controller

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  • Keyboards
• January 26, 2014

Korg is debuting the RK-100S synth/controller for the 30th anniversary of the original RK-100. Korg's latest keytar is housed in a solid wood body and is battery powered, offering a number of additional updates from the original model. Equipped with a full palate of keyboard sounds from the built-in microKORG XL+ engine, it enables users to perform in a wide variety of music genres wherever inspiration may strike. It also functions as a USB/MIDI controller, as well as a vocoder.

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Korg Pitchblack Pro Rackmount Tuner and Cable Checker

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  • Keyboards
• January 14, 2014

The newly-developed “3D” style tuning meter offers high visibility with color LEDs on Korg’s Pitchblack Pro, allowing a multi-dimensional view of the display so that from any distance or angle, discrepancies or changes in pitch will be equally visible. The meter reads on a regular mode, strobe meter mode, and half strobe meter mode. A Cable Checker function is built in.

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Roland’s F-20 Digital Piano

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  • Keyboards
• January 3, 2014

Roland’s F-20 Digital Piano is an entry-level instrument that is also compatible with Roland’s free interactive apps for Apple iOS devices.

With the functions, appearance, and texture of keyboards found in Roland’s flagship instruments, the Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement offers an authentic grand piano touch for building fundamental playing techniques. The “SuperNATURAL” Piano sound engine—also derived from Roland’s top-line models—allows young students to develop their skills with the rich tone and expressiveness of an acoustic grand.

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Kurzweil MPG200 Digital Grand Piano

Kurzweil MPG200 Digital Grand Piano

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  • Keyboards
• December 13, 2013

The MPG200 is Kurzweil’s first digital grand piano in over eight years. The piano is loaded with 200 award-winning Kurzweil® Sounds including pianos, strings, organs and orchestral instruments from the company’s flagship “PC3” professional model instruments. The MPG200 is further enhanced with an all-new 88-Note, fully weighted and graded hammer action keybed. Additional features include: a new 140-Watt Digital Bi-Amplified sound system, 100 Authentic Kurzweil® Rhythm Styles, dual ambience and effect processors, and a three-foot Mini-Grand Cabinet with acoustic detailing.

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Yamaha Tyros5 Arranger Workstation

Yamaha Tyros5 Arranger Workstation

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  • Keyboards
• December 13, 2013

With its fifth generation flagship keyboard, Yamaha offers musicians a complete tool for composing, arranging, and performing music with +Audio Styles, vivid instrument Voices, and for the first time, the choice of 76-note or 61-note models in a sculpted design. This model’s Ensemble Voices is a new feature that intelligently orchestrates brass, saxophone, woodwind and string ensembles by assigning each note in a chord to a different part in real time. In addition, there are 40 new drum and percussion-based +Audio Styles, a new graphical interface and Virtual Circuitry Modeling that provides accurate reproductions of the classic sound of analog gear.

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Yamaha MOXF Series

Yamaha MOXF Series

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  • Keyboards
• October 29, 2013

Yamaha MOXF SeriesYamaha’s new MOXF Series models include the latest MOTIF XF sounds, effects, and the ability to add a flash board slot for further expandability options. The 88-key Graded Hammer Standard MOXF8 and 61-key semi-weighted action MOXF6 come with 741 MB Wave ROM, 3,977 waveforms and 128-note polyphony, with up to 1 GB of Flash board sample expansion. In addition to a 16-track Song and Pattern Sequencer with real time loop remix, MOXF Series synths come with built-in, four channel USB audio/MIDI interfacing and extensive DAW/VST controls.

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Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano

Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano

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  • Keyboards
• October 11, 2013

The CP4 Stage 88-key features a selection of 45 voices from Yamaha’s Premium hand-crafted grand pianos, including the CFX, CFIIIS and S6, 47 vintage electric pianos with Virtual Circuit Modeling effects and a wide variety of 321sounds based on the flagship MOTIF synthesizer. The CP4 Stage’s slim and  lightweight design combines portability with style, with large lighted buttons for splits and layers.

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Yamaha Silent Pianos

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  • Keyboards
• September 4, 2013

Yamaha Silent Pianos are acoustic pianos featuring sound-damping capabilities that allow players to plug in headphones and play quietly. They can also be played like any regular piano, combining the authentic sound and touch of acoustic pianos with the convenience of digital models. The Silent Piano’s sounds are sampled from the top-of-the-line Yamaha CFX and CFIIIS Concert Grand Pianos.

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