Alicia Keys talks about her Native Instruments Plug-In

June 13, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Soul sensation Alicia Keys discusses her new virtual piano plug-in “Alicia’s Keys” with editor-at-large Jon Regen in this June 2010 interview.

What is it:

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The instrument samples of Native Instruments Alicia’s Keys come from Alicia Keys’ very own Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano. This unique and highly-sought after instrument was built to celebrate Yamaha’s 100th anniversary in 2002 and represents the very top of the Conservatory Collection line.

The exquisite and unique sound of the C3 Neo were painstakingly captured by Thomas Skarbye, Kontakt script wizard Nils Liberg, and Grammy-award winning engineer Ann Mincieli – making this exclusive instrument available to everyone.

Using vintage microphones and preamps and through detailed analysis of Alicia’s playing, the team succeeded in capturing the warm, soulful and inspiring sound of the C3 Neo all the way down to the finest nuances.

More info here >>

Conrad Tao: “iridescence,” for piano and iPad – From ‘Voyages’

May 23, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Pre-order the album at http://www.smarturl.it/ConradTaoVoyages
For more info visit http://www.conradtao.com/
This ground-breaking composition, from 18-year-old American pianist/composer Conrad Tao’ debut full-length album Voyages, features Conrad using the Reactable Mobile app on his Apple iPad, incorporating both synth lines and real-time processing of his piano playing, via the iPad microphone. Conrad describes the piece as being inspired by the phenomenon of “fractured light, that appears differently depending on what angle you look at it from,” while also incorporating the concept of modern technology and its ever-changing development.

Conrad was listed in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list of noteworthy musicians in 2011 (the only classical musician featured), and hailed by renowned music critic Harris Goldsmith as “the most exciting prodigy to ever come my way” (Musical America).

“Conrad is the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music”
-New York Magazine

Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Stage Piano Demo with Mike Martin

May 18, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Mike Martin from Casio demonstrates the Privia Pro PX-5S stage piano at Kraft Music.

More info here >>

Specification:

Keyboard 88-key, Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
Maximum Polyphony 256 Notes
Number of Tones 370 Preset / 350 User
Keyboard Instrument (including Electric Piano) – 60 Preset, 50 User
Hex Layer – 50 Preset, 150 User
Stage Settings 100 User Stage Settings / 4 zone configurations
Controllers 4 knobs, 6 sliders, Pitch & Modwheel, 2 Pedal Inputs
Arpeggiator 4 simultaneous programmable 16 step Arpeggiators
Phrase Sequencer 8 Tracks, up to 1,000 phrases
Storage USB / File & Audio Recording
System Effects Reverb, Chorus, Delay, String & Damper Resonance
Insert Effects 4 simultaneous / Equalizer, Compressor, Limiter, Enhancer, Early Reflection, Phaser, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, Auto Pan, Rotary, Drive Rotary, LFO Wah, Auto Wah, Distortion (w/ Amp Simulator), Pitch Shifter, Multi Chorus, Ring Mod, Delay, Piano effect
Master Effects 4 Band EQ & Compressor
MIDI Independent USB & MIDI I/O
Audio Terminals 1/4″ L&R Input & Output, 1/8″ Audio Input
Dimension 52.05 x 11.26 x 5.31 (inch)
Weight 24.47 lbs (W/O Battery)

Casio Privia Pro PX-5S Hex-Saw Synth

April 4, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

This is a preview of one of the new things in firmware version 1.10 for the PX-5S. Included in the update are a variety of additional synth waveforms that when combined can create some incredibly lush and powerful sounds. This is a single “Hex Layer” tone on the PX-5S.

About the PRIVIA:

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.

Mini Bruitist Quartet

March 31, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Collective work of improvisation for Minibrute, Little Phatty, Roland V Synth XT and Playel piano. All instruments by Marc-Henri Arfeux, Noé Charmet, Quentin Grini, Nathan Nadal. Voice by Heidi Berthier. Recorded live friday 19th of march 2013.

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

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