Jordan Rudess tries out the new Seaboard keyboard

March 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jordan: “About to leave for SXSW and practice a little Seaboard!”

Evolved from the piano keyboard, the Seaboard is a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips.

Introducing the Seaboard keyboard

March 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The piano keyboard meets the future in a revolutionary new approach to music

The Seaboard is a radically new musical instrument based on the design of a piano keyboard. Its patent-pending approach brings together a traditional approach to making music with cutting edge digital technology in a way that is so intuitively tactile that you can play it with your eyes closed.

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This approach enables performers, composers and producers to exert unprecedented real-time control of all the major characteristics of sound: volume, pitch and timbre. If you can play the piano you already know how to play the Seaboard, and it literally puts a new world of expressive possibilities right at your fingertips.

The core team brings together a wide range of skills – product, industrial and interaction design, software engineering, business management, and of course music production, administration, management, teaching, networking and strategy and a passion for creating more intuitive ways of making music.

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In early 2011, Seaboard successfully entered the Incubator.

More information on the Seeboard website

“Evolved from the piano keyboard, the Seaboard is a new musical instrument which bridges the gap between acoustic and digital music by putting the control of pitch, volume and timbre right at your fingertips.

A limited edition of 88 GRANDs will be available for pre-order worldwide starting in April 2013. In recognition of its provenance, each will be named after a particular note on the piano keyboard, from A0 to C8.

Our cutting-edge SoundDial software gives you complete control of the Seaboard’s sound and unprecedented integration between software and hardware.

Novation SUPERNOVA 2 – Ambient / chillout electronic space music drone soundscape

March 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Demo of Novation Supernova 2 synthesizer / keyboard.

Playing a dreamy, relaxing spacey ambient electronic music soundscape. Utilizing 3 oscillators, portamento, reverb, panning, tremolo, envelope and filter adjustments.

Live improvisation, no external processing. Excerpt from a longer session.

Turn your iPad into the ultimate electric piano instrument

February 14, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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A new electric piano app for iPad, details below:

THE STUDIO QUALITY ELECTRIC PIANO APP: A COLLECTION OF 40 PROFESSIONAL SOUNDING INSTRUMENTS FOR YOUR IPAD

Turn your iPad into the ultimate electric piano instrument with an extraordinary collection of authentic electric pianos and vintage keyboards along with built-in recording! Use the iRig KEYS portable keyboard (www.irigkeys.com) or the iRig MIDI interface (www.irigmidi.com) to connect your external keyboard to your iPad, and you’re ready to compose, rehearse, perform and record with the very best instruments for iPad.

The sequel to IK’s acclaimed iGrand Piano app, iLectric Piano now puts a collector’s dream gallery of history’s best electric pianos, electric grands and clavinets right at your fingertips with studio-grade quality never before heard in app that stands up to the most powerful virtual instruments available on on a computer.

With high-definition samples across multiple velocities, iLectric Piano brings you the most playable, expressive and authentic sounding electric piano, electric grand and clavinet instruments available on a mobile device that you can play anytime and everywhere.

iLectric Piano gives you a collection of 20 world-class electric pianos, electric grands and clavs (including one by registering) along with a capable recorder and metronome. Add the Electric Piano Expansion Pack to add another 20 high-quality instruments.

Record your rehearsals or performances as MIDI with both overdubbing and punch-in capability, then export your track as audio via E-mail of File Sharing or Audio Copy to other iOS apps. With the built-in MIDI Recorder, you can change the tempo of your piece or even choose to use a different piano AFTER you’ve completed your performance! For composers of any level, the MIDI Recorder lets you capture and develop ideas anywhere your mobile life takes you. iLectric Piano also includes some professional MIDI performances to help you audition the various electric piano instruments or just ignite your own creative muse!

The easy-to-use instrument editor puts real-time controls on the panel just above the keys to let you adjust the EQ, the amount of reverb, the overdrive and your choice of 5 modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and auto pan). You can also adjust the tuning and transposition of the instrument. All edit knobs can be assigned to your choice of MIDI controllers for external fine-crafting of your instrument’s sonic details. Virtual MIDI and MIDI Program Change are also supported.

iLectric Piano features:

  • 20 world-class, multi-velocity electric piano, electric grand and clavinet instruments (including one by registering)
  • Expandable library of 20 additional studio-grade instruments instantly available via in-app purchase
  • Intuitive instrument and effect edit controls including 3-band EQ with sweepable mid, overdrive, reverb and choice of 5 modulation effects (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo and autopan) along with tuning and transpose
  • Export performances as audio via E-mail, File Sharing and Audio Copy
  • Large visual metronome with variable click volume and adjustable tempo
  • Virtual MIDI and MIDI Controller and MIDI Program Change support
  • Low-latency for real-time playing
  • Up to 48-voice polyphony on the latest devices
  • Designed to use with with iRig KEYS portable keyboard and iRig MIDI interface

The app is priced at $19.99

Get it here >>

A Quick Run on Yamaha MX61

February 11, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yamaha MX61 Synthesizer is heavily focused on performance; there isn’t the MOTIF in deept editing and you can only modify the very very main synth parameters of sounds. You can play two different parts in Split or Layer; the remaining 14 parts are available for composing/arranging/performing thru MIDI/USB with bundled Cubase.

Roland Reveals New Performance Keyboard

January 27, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland Reveals New Performance Keyboard V-Combo VR-09 features piano, organ, and synth engines

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Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines—organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel—provide all the essential tones you need, right under your fingertips. The powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great features include an onboard looper, a drum section stocked with a library of rhythms for practice and jamming, and more. With its versatile sound selection, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians.

  • Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians
  • Light and mobile; battery or AC power
  • Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
  • SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus newly developed transistor-type ‘60s organ tone
  • Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
  • Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls
  • Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory
  • Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad

Experimental Instruments – The Wheelharp Up Close

January 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

WNAMM13: Wheelharp Up Close Video From Antiquity Music

The Wheelharp is a groundbreaking keyboard musical instrument that gives the player the ability to orchestrate a full chromatic scale of sixty-one (61) actual bowed strings at one’s own fingertips, almost like having a real chamber string orchestra at hand.

With an exotic profile and stunning rosette appointments, the Wheelharp’s appearance is equally as breathtaking as its audible character. It is available in a Radial Model (curved keyboard) and a Linear Model (traditional straight keyboard), and in several ranges.

It utilizes a patent-pending action and bridge to translate the player’s subtle fingerings into a range of bowing intensities, and comes equipped with a damper system and electronic pickup system, allowing individuals to sculpt astonishingly beautiful and complex sounds. For musicians, composers, and studios that seek to create the natural sound of classical string instruments while avoiding the frequently sterile quality of digital string synthesizers and samples, or for those looking to foray into new sonic territory, the Wheelharp presents a truly exciting opportunity.

WNAMM13: Novation LaunchKey Video

January 26, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Novation LaunchKey Video – iPad integration, app switching and more

Launchkey is a range of 25, 49 and 61 note keyboard controllers with up to 50 physical controls including 16 velocity-sensitive multi-colour launch pads that trigger and stop clips – and launch scenes – in Ableton Live. As well as enabling hands-on control of your DAW’s mixer, instruments and more, Launchkey is an integrated software/hardware instrument. The control surface has been designed to work tightly alongside two intuitive apps for iPad: the Launchkey app and the Launchpad app* – plus the powerful V-Station & Bass Station synth plug-ins for Mac and Windows.

More info here >>

Future Music get a demo of the new Novation Launchkey controller keyboard and the accompanying iOS apps.

 

NAMM 2013: Akai Max 25 and the M-Audio Axiom Air 25

January 24, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Nate from Akai Professional shows of the new Max 25 MIDI keyboard controller at Winter NAMM 2013.

Nate from M-Audio shows us their latest keyboard controller the M-Audio Axiom Air 25.

New M-Audio Keyboards Controller range extended with three new Axiom AIR models

New from Roland: V-Combo VR-09 Introduction

January 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Travel-ready, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09 is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated piano, organ, and synth sound engines—organized in three intuitive blocks on the front panel—provide all the essential tones you need, right under your fingertips. The powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with nine sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and various parameters. Other great features include an onboard looper, a drum section stocked with a library of rhythms for practice and jamming, and more. With its versatile sound selection, inspiring operation, and smart user interface, the V-Combo VR-09 is a dream come true for gigging musicians

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Professional keyboard with instant-access operation for performing musicians
Light and mobile; battery or AC power
Pro-quality acoustic and electric pianos, including grand piano with 88-note stereo multi-sampling
SuperNATURAL-powered Virtual Tone Wheel organ with nine harmonic bars, plus newly developed transistor-type ‘60s organ tone
Wide range of synth tones, from vintage classics to modern essentials
Seven simultaneous effects with dedicated real-time controls

Looper and built-in rhythm patterns; WAV/MP3/SMF song playback via optional USB memory
Free VR-09 Editor app available for iPad
Intuitive Operation for Expressive Stage Performance
The V-Combo VR-09 was designed from the ground up with the needs of live players in mind. An intuitive front-panel layout and clear LCD screen offers quick access to Roland’s top piano, organ, and synth sound engines, along with plenty of real-time controls for expressive tone manipulation. Seven simultaneous effects include rotary, delay, reverb, tone, overdrive, compressor, and customizable MFX, with dedicated knobs that tweak multiple parameters with a single twist for powerful sound shaping with minimal effort. The smart interface makes it simple to set up splits and layers on the fly, and to save all your keyboard settings in user memory locations for instant recall on stage.

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Pro Acoustic and Electric Pianos
Piano is a cornerstone sound for live playing, and the V-Combo VR-09 is filled with a wide selection for covering all musical styles. The gorgeous acoustic grand piano features 88-note stereo multi-sampling, delivering pro-level tone that rivals Roland’s dedicated stage pianos. Many popular vintage E. Piano sounds are onboard as well, along with complimentary effects such as vintage phaser and tremolo. The compressor—accessible via a dedicated, easy-to-reach knob—transparently boosts the level of the piano sounds, ensuring that your playing always cuts through when performing in loud bands.

World-Class Organs
Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL technology powers the V-Combo VR-09’s classic tonewheel organs, while nine harmonic bars provide authentic real-time performance control. A newly developed transistor-type organ is also included, offering the unique sound of combo instruments from the 1960s. The 61-note keyboard has an extremely fast response, perfect for essential organ techniques such as trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. Rotary speaker and amp simulators reproduce the characteristics of vintage organ speaker cabinets and overdriven tube circuits with astounding realism, while a new “Twin Rotary” option delivers a deep, aggressive effect never before heard.

Vintage and Modern Synth Tones
The V-Combo VR-09 is packed with a ton of ready-to-play synthesizer sounds, from vintage analog classics like JUNO strings and ‘80s synth brass to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. Front-panel controllers allow you to tweak the synth tones intuitively in real time, including convenient ADR and cutoff/resonance adjustment with the harmonic bars in the ORGAN block. Onboard effects like “Bit Crash” provide the ability to create modern synth voices for current dance music, including dubstep

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VR-09 Editor for iPad
The free VR-09 Editor app for iPad gives you powerful, intuitive control of the organ and synth sound engines via your tablet’s full-color touchscreen interface. Quickly edit organ sounds and customize vintage tonewheel characteristics such as leakage, click noise, and rotary speed, and easily access synth sounds to build custom tones and layers. After tweaking sounds at home, you can take your iPad to the gig and use the app for extra real-time control on stage. Convenient, cable-free communication between the V-Combo VR-09 and iPad is simple to set up with Roland Wireless Connect. Alternately, you can link up with a USB cable via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.

http://www.rolandconnect.com/product.php?p=vr-09
01. (00:00 – ) Overview
02. (01:33 – ) Piano Ballad
03. (02:09 – ) E.Piano with 80s Pop Music
04. (03:30 – ) Piano and Pad Split (Dual), Write Registration
05. (04:40 – ) Funky Groove with Clav
06. (05:48 – ) Dance Music with Tweaks
07. (07:02 – ) Dance Track by Looper
08. (08:53 – ) Rock Organ and Progressive Rock Organ
09. (10:47 – ) Jazz Organ
10. (11:48 – ) Transistor Organ with 60sPop Music
11. (12:28 – ) VR-09 Editor (Organ mode)
12. (13:14 – ) VR-09 Editor (Synth mode)

Performed by Keiki Uto, Japan

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