Super Synthesis’ “Super37″ Powered Euro Case and Keyboard

May 16, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Switched On is now carrying the Super Synthesis “Super37″ powered Eurorack modular case and keyboard. Simply plug in a custom array of Euro modules and build your super synth. The keyboard feels excellent to play and is velocity sensitive, it’s very portable, and it has midi out. The onboard midi sends out polyphonic data as well!

It includes one module that allows for switching octaves, velocity out, trig,gate, and of course volt per ocatve out. The modules single LED bulb also indicates the amount of velocity being sent from the keyboard by how luminous it is. And last but not least it can slew voltage from the keyboard to create glide effects.

It features 104HP of high quality Tip Top Audio Z-rail space, includes a Tip Top Audio powersupply, and has a well crafted aluminum chassis with stained wood sides.
They are made by Super Synthesis in our hometown of Austin, TX and we are pleased to be carrying them.

Read more about the Super37 and purchase HERE.

http://www.switchedonaustin.com

Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Introduction Video

May 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A tour of the Privia Pro PX-5S Stage Piano from Casio. All audio recorded direct on the PX-5S using factory presets and the USB Audio Recording feature. For more information on the PX-5S visit: www.casiomusicgear.com

Music from 0:30-1:30 written and performed by Tom Brislin – www.tombrislin.com

About the synth in Casio’s own words:

The new Privia PX-5S redefines the stage piano category with unprecedented sound quality and performance features in a lightweight design that is supremely portable. Featuring tone editing, insert effects, MIDI controller capabilities, an 88 Key, Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action II Keyboard and weighing only 24 lbs., the Privia PX-5S is ready to take stage.

At the heart of the PX-5S Stage Piano is Casio’s proprietary AiR sound source which provides incredible realism, detail and expression for grand piano sounds. In the PX-5S, the power of AiR has been expanded to provide stunning fidelity and control over other instrument tones and effects with 256 notes of polyphony.

More info here >>

Keyboard Tour – all Jordan Rudess’ keyboards in the studio with Dream Theater

May 12, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jordan takes us on a quick tour of his studio showing of his keyboards

You can view Jordan’s PledgeMusic campaign at:

www.pledgemusic.com/projects/jordanrudess

Roland VR-09 Combo Keyboard First Hands-On

May 2, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Keyboard magazines first hands-on time with Roland’s surprisingly affordable (under $999 street) new combo keyboard, which puts organ sounds first but also does great piano, EP, Clav, and synth sounds. It also offers lots of controls for realtime parameter tweaking (with the drawbars doubling as filter and envelope controls on synth sounds–cool!), and super-easy splitting and layering on the fly. Read the full review in our July 2013 issue.

Korg microSTATION Demo

April 28, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Dan “Polymoog” Stesco demos the new Korg microSTATION keyboard, showcasing some of the sounds he engineered for it.

http://www.korg.com/microstation
Keio organ – Korg

MicroStation offers unprecedented portability, the stunning sound of Korg’s EDS-i synth engine (M3, M50), dual arpeggiators, and phenomenal effects; all the tools you would expect in a keyboard/workstation housed in a smaller – and extremely affordable – package.

Whether performing or composing, the on-board sequencer can be anything from an extra set of hands or a powerful drum machine up to a full-blown MIDI production suite. Loop Recording, Grid Sequencing, Song Templates, and One-Step recording features make it easy for anyone to achieve professional results.

Roland presents the BK-9 Backing Keyboard

April 5, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Roland says:

A World of Music at Your Command
The BK-9 Backing Keyboard is the new flagship instrument in the acclaimed BK series, bringing together sensational sounds, top-class rhythms, and an incredible selection of premium features.
For more details: http://www.rolandconnect.com/product….

Yamaha SK-15 Demo

March 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Yamaha’s SK-series are combo-keyboards with synthesizer, organ, brass and string sections. The SK-10 was the first of the SK-series, released in 1979 – the SK-20, 30 and 50D followed in 1980, and the SK-15 in 1981, possibly as a replacement for the SK-10. The SK-10 is the only one in the series that does not incorporate a synth section, but has organ, brass and string sections that can all be played together for more interesting combinations. Very sturdy casing, 4-octave and fully polyphonic the features also include a leslie simulator, vibrato, attack and sustain rocker switches, a slider for ‘brilliance’ and a one-octave transpose switch. Not exactly feature-laden, but a lovely string synth sound. Interestingly, they are often referred to as ‘analog’, but in fact do have a digital section. Its organ has one of the early implementations of Yamaha’s FM technology in a very limited form, concurrent with the GS-1/2 development platforms which eventually led to the DX series.

“Just a quick-and-dirty demo of the Yamaha SK-15 Synthesizer. Please excuse my poor playing skills, I was just making stuff up to show off the various sounds the machine is capable of making. This particular machine I stripped down and nearly completely rebuilt, making more than a few changes in the audio pathway.”

Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Keyboard drone

March 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The DSI Evolver in action, details below:

Single patch drone on the DSI Mono Evolver keyboard, one shot recording, no editing.
VCA is held open with max VCA level with tweaking and editing of various parameters during recording. More details below..

Making extensive use of the modulation routings of all 4 LFOs, FM and RM of the digital oscillators and one of the sequencers switching the wave shape of one of the digital oscillators. Strange pitching effects courtesy of S&H modulation of the delay time on 2 of the delay lines built into the MEK. Nastiness courtesy of the tuned feedback circuit.

All running through Sonnox Oxford reverb for a bit of atmosphere, shame I didn’t have a Roland Space Echo.

Film is edited segments of Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women courtesy of http://archive.org/details/Voyagetoth…

This one goes out to Atomic Shadow. – http://www.atomicshadow.com/

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.

Software

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.

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