Keyboards

Yamaha Clavinova CLP-500 Series

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  • Keyboards
• July 15, 2014

Yamaha’s Clavinova CLP-500 Series digital pianos feature sounds from two distinct piano brands: the Yamaha CFX 9-foot concert grand and the Bösendorfer Imperial. Upper models in the series feature Yamaha's new Virtual Resonance Modeling (VRM) technology. Piano touch enhancements have also been added to every model in the line, which can include real wooden keys, a key action escapement feel, and Yamaha's Synthetic Ivory keytops.

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Yamaha P-255 Portable Digital Piano

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  • Keyboards
• July 15, 2014

The Yamaha P-255 Portable Digital Piano boasts Pure CF Sampling from a Yamaha CFIIIS concert grand for its piano tone, responsive touch via Graded Hammer action, and Synthetic Ivory Keytops. The P-255 also offers the Live Music Toolbox with a Sound Boost button, Panel Lock mode, and internal speaker On/Off control for when the player wants to use only external amplification.

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Arturia SPARK 2 Drum Machine Software

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  • Keyboards
• June 6, 2014

SPARK 2 users are now free to add and subtract modules (including Oscillator, multimode Filter and Karplus-Strong Filter, Envelope, Lfo, MiniMixer, RingMod, and Bode Frequency Shifter), create their own patch routings, and assign up to six macro controls for immediate control. Arturia has also updated the look and feel of SPARK to allow for faster workflow. SPARK 2 also adds 50 new kits – including no fewer than 800 new instruments – that span many more musical genres than ever before, including trap, hip-hop, tech house, and nu disco.

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Eisenberg Einklang Extended Softsynth

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  • Keyboards
• June 6, 2014

Eisenberg's Einklang Extended (for Mac or Windows) is now bundled with its RED Tone Pack, GREEN Tone Pack, and BLUE Tone Pack, plus the recently released premium WHITE Tone Pack and BLACK Tone Pack, to add a whole new range of tone colors. Einklang re-synthesizes sounds using instrument models based on Eisenberg's Artificial Intelligence Studio Technology (AIST).

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Korg Pa-Series Sound & Style Shop

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  • Keyboards
• June 6, 2014

Several new Korg sound collections – some for free download, some for purchase – are now available on Korg's global Pa-Series Sound & Style Shop. This online store expands the musical options for players of Korg’s keyboard arranger products by offering instantly-accessible Sounds and Styles* in multiple musical genres.

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Yamaha Mariachi and Norteño Expansion Pack

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  • Keyboards
• June 6, 2014

Yamaha’s Mariachi and Norteño Voice and Style expansion pack for its PSR-S650 keyboard enables musicians to play songs in these popular musical genres. The musical tools for playing TexMex, a genre that is influenced by Norteño but with more contemporary instrumentation, are also included. The package is now available as a free download through September 30, 2014 with the purchase of a Yamaha PSR-S650 arranger workstation keyboard.

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Roland RP-401R

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  • Keyboards
• June 6, 2014

The RP-401R combines space-saving efficiency with traditional appointments such as an integrated music rack and a retractable keyboard cover. Roland’s acclaimed SuperNATURAL® Piano technology provides a truly authentic piano experience with the expressive tone of an acoustic grand. The newly developed PHA-4 Standard Keyboard inherits the functions, appearance, and Ivory Feel texture of keyboards in Roland’s flagship instruments.

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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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