the Kurzweil MicroPiano

March 19, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Making the most of your next second hand shop visit:

At second hand sales there are often piles of old analog computer modems that absolutely nobody wants. But it can be worthwile to go through the piles because amongst those seemingly useless plastic boxes there can be little treasures that looks like a modem but certainly isn’t.
I found this little box at a Y-mens money raising sale and because they thought it was just another old modem I got it for the equivalent of 2$ (which some people say is written $2). But I knew that it wasn’t because modems ususally doesn’t come with a MIDI interface.

There wasn’t anything wrong with it so I took the lid off it only to see what was inside. I have used it in the music that I play in this video for all the piano sounds and most of the strings. The rest is played on Roland RA-30 arranger, JX-8P synthesizer and Technics SX-C600 organ.

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 >>

Arpeggionome Pro Controlling a Grand Piano in GarageBand

January 15, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The Arpeggionome Pro is a professional MIDI controller designed specifically for iPad. With the Arpeggionome Pro, you design and perform intricate patterns of musical notes at incredible speeds and with precise control.

Introductory Sale: 25% Off! Offer valid until January 15th!
http://itunes.com/apps/arpeggionomepro
Download Audio: http://soundcloud.com/alexandernaut

Introducing Lounge Lizard EP-4

December 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Thiago Pinhero introduces AAS’ electric piano.

Lounge Lizard EP-4 — Electric Piano
http://www.applied-acoustics.com/loungelizard/overview/

Background description:

In the studio

When time matters, simply pick from more than 100 custom electric piano presets. But when sound exploration is on the program, players will dig the real-time controls over hammer hardness, tine color and decay, damper noise, and pickup placement for an unsurpassed level of customization.

Live on stage

Gigging musicians will appreciate Lounge Lizard’s small memory footprint, instant preset recalls, and stability. Furthermore, the huge library of Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds as well as the complete selection of effects makes it easy to build a set list and get the perfect tone for each songs.

Alive beneath your fingers

There is something quite immersive when a connection develops between the player and the instrument. Whether it’s the perfectly smooth velocity progression or the interactive reaction to your performance, Lounge Lizard makes that connection happen.

Beyond the electric piano

Lounge Lizard achieves convincing electric piano tones with less than twenty synth parameters. That’s a quite a feat by itself, but pushed further, these parameters reveal a realm of other tones. Organs, bells, chimes, leads are all featured in the preset library’s Experimental folder.

Custom tones

Even though famous players shared the same brand and models, they were all acheiving their own signature sound. Nevertheless, that usually meant spending many hours under the hood with screw drivers, wrenches, or even a solder iron. What’s fun with Lounge Lizard is that whether you’re looking to emulate a particular sound or simply find your own, all those tweaks are just a few knob turns away!

Inside Neo Soul Keys – Virtual Electric Piano powered by HALion

December 14, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Jamal Hartwell gives you the grand tour of the features to be wowed in Neo Soul Keys Virtual Electric Piano by Steinberg. (Part 1 of 2)

Combining faithful recordings of vintage keys with state-of-the-art technology employed in Steinberg’s engines and effects, Neo-Soul Keys proves to be the ultimate electric piano experience.

http://www.steinberg.net/en/products/vst/neo_soul_keys/start.html

Feature overview:

  • Faithful sampling of original Mark I suitcase piano
  • Elaborate interface for direct access and intuitive workflows
  • VST Amp simulation with 6 different classic amp types
  • Premium effect section: tube distortion, chorus, flanger & more
  • Vintage modeled vibrato with intensity and speed control
  • Realistic sounds & authentic bass, mid and treble boost
  • Adjustable velocity curves for individual playing behavior
  • Bark samples for classic grit sounds for authentic vintage sounds

Lounge Lizard EP-4 – new versatile electric piano plug-in

December 13, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Applied Acoustics Systems has announced the release of Lounge Lizard EP-4, a versatile electric piano plug-in for Windows and Mac.

Authentic tone, action, and feel.

Lounge Lizard EP-4 is an electric piano synthesizer plug-in delivering authentic Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds in an everything-you-need package.

New in Lounge Lizard EP-4

  • Completely renewed factory library features the classic Rhodes and Wurlitzer sounds as well as over 200 gig- and mix-ready custom electric pianos making good use of the compressor, equalizer, and multi-effect processor.
  • Compressor and equalizer added, perfect to add punch and definition to your sound, letting you cut through any dense mix or stage.
  • Character control provides five classic studio and stage signal path emulations – that’s the cabinet, pre-amp, microphone, and recorder chain that follows the piano’s output – to easily snug fit your electric piano part into your track.
  • Output limiter protects your ears and monitors during experimentation with the piano’s physical modeling parameters while providing a maximum of distortion-free dynamics.
  • Redesigned from the ground up, the new interface now divides Lounge Lizard EP-4 into Play, Edit and FX panels.
  • New bank and program manager allows simple and efficient organization, backup, and sharing of your sounds.
  • Overhauled effects, reinvigorated, polished, and tuned especially for the electric piano.
  • Native 64-­bit Audio Unit (AU) and VST plug­-ins.

Lounge Lizard EP-4 for Windows and Mac (VST/AU/RTAS) is available to purchase for $199 USD.

Get it here >>

Old Busted Granny Piano and Tuned Micro now available for Reason 6

November 29, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Soundiron has announced the arrival of their first two ReFill Packs for Reason. They tell us that they’ve worked with Propellerhead to carefully optimize and redesign their  Old Busted Granny Piano and Tuned Micro libraries specifically for the Reason 6 platform, with Combinator and NN-XT presets that truly capture the playability and advanced control functionality that people have come to love with these popular instruments.

A spokesperson told SBC, “While ReFills and Kontakt presets have very different capabilities and strengths overall, you’ll find many of the same familiar UI features, a variety of matching presets, stylized artwork and the same great sound. And don’t worry, we’ll be adding new offerings to our Reason catalog as time goes on to expand the selection for our Reason users. And existing customers of the Kontakt versions of these libraries are eligible to receive low cost cross-grades to the Reason version.”

Here’s Soundiron’s description of the new ReFill packs…

Tuned Micro Reason ReFill Edition

Tuned Micro is a compact yet powerful multi-instrument collection focuses on a variety of our unique stringed and tuned percussion instruments. We took a dozen of the popular instruments found in our Stringed and Tuned Percussion Bundles for Kontakt and selected a core set of samples from each that offer a good introduction to the signature style, flavor, tone and quality you can expect from our full libraries. You’ll find a useful variety of bamboo log drums, wooden box drums, plucked zithers, prepared piano, steel bells, music box, PVC tube drums, wine glasses, kalimba/mbira, toy glockenspiel, waterharp and a modified twine-strung cello.

We’ve designed a dual-layer mix control for each instrument category preset that allows you to create custom blends with selected layered pairs from the 20 different articulations. Each preset comes with dual layer volumes, attack, release gating, filter, Echo, Reverb and other shaping and special FX parameter controls that can be automated and changed in real-time, allowing truly unique sonic possibilities.

Granny Piano Reason ReFill Edition

The Old Busted Granny Piano is a unique instrument that goes way back with us. This classic beat-up, worn-down, rickety upright piano is just the kind of faded old beauty that your grandmother had collecting dust and creepy porcelain dolls in her living room when you were a kid. With a watery and faded tone, wobbly hammers and a few broken strings, you’ll hear and feel every creak and groan as it plays. Clearly, the years have not been kind to her looks or her voice, but her soul truly has aged like a fine wine. This old girl has heart, so give her a whirl.

We’ve included plenty of Combinator patches that feature front panel controls to easily reshape the action and tone right at your fingertips, with note attack to simulate pad-like sounds, note release, release sample volume and the volume of the pedal sound effect that plays when you use the sustain pedal. We also included a couple of nifty reverb effects and an awesome “Grahammy” mode which makes Granny sound like she’s coming out of an old phonograph, complete with vinyl record pops. We also included a selection of ambiences we call Geriatrocities – various sustaining pads and evolving drones derived from the source.

Pricing and Availability:

You can download each for $29. Existing owners of the Kontakt version of each library can order the Reason ReFill Edition as an add-on for only $9. All ReFill Editions require Reason version 6.0.2 or later.
More information:

Radical Keys: New Rack Extension instrument that recreates Rhodes, Pianet and Wurlitzer

November 15, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

For more information: http://shop.propellerheads.se/product/radical-keys/

Introducing Radical Keys, a new Rack Extension instrument for Reason that faithfully recreates three classic electromechanical keyboards—Rhodes, Pianet and Wurlitzer. Based on the same ‘Radical’ technology as our Radical Piano instrument, Radical Keys goes beyond flawless emulation, by enabling you to sculpt your own instruments from the originals.

Disclaimer: All product names used are trademarks of their respective owners, and in no way constitutes an association or affiliation with Propellerhead Software. All trademarks are solely used to identify the products whose sound was sampled and studied during the development of Radical Keys.

Live OP-1 + Piano (Crank)

September 30, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Tryggve Stakkeland is testing out the crank. OP-1 runs through el cap and cathedral. Polar controlling NI The Giant.

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soundcloud.com/trygvestakkeland

iPad JAM: GarageBand, Geo Synthesizer, iRig MIDI e Yamaha P95

September 25, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Marcus Padrini is out with a new video featuring some nice interaction between Ipad synths, the iRig and a Yamaha P95, details below:

Here is a JAM playing with just one iPad running GarageBand and Geo Synthesizer, with the support of Yamaha’s P95 Digital Piano and iRig MIDI. Everything was made live. A little drum loop on SmartDrums, a GB Pad called moonrise and my Lead, released with Geo Synth (Padrini Lead), with some modifications (delay, cutoff and gain).

The custom lead can be downloaded here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13574893/Padrini%20Lead%20LP%20MA%20delay%202.geosynth

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