Things are crazy for Keyboard going into the NAMM show. We've got a lot to see, tons of people to connect with and, of course, lots and lots of gear to check out and play with. These are buy a mere sampling of everything we're looking forward to...

Presonus-St1PreSonus recently announced version 1.1 of its Studio One DAW software, featuring a new key-command editor with Search and Learn functions for creating and modifying keyboard shortcuts, an Undo history viewing and undoing all edits done since the file was last opened, and dynamic time stretching to change tempos within an event. An Upload as Digital Release option has been added as well, enabling users to include album and song art, and upload songs, art, and metadata to the Soundcloud Web service (http://soundcloud.com/).

The PreSonus Presence virtual instrument has been redesigned, upgraded to 96 voices, and enhanced with effects; the Impact VI now includes Velocity layers, an envelope Hold parameter, and a multimode filter; and the file Browser has been outfitted with a MIDI preview player which empowers quantization of MIDI note ends (Note Off), as well as Note On messages. The export features have been significantly improved, including the ability to export entire channels as stems. There’s much more. Version 1.1 is expected in Q1 of 2010.

Catch up with PreSonus online at www.presonus.com, come see them at NAMM Booth #6800.



Yam_CP1Yamaha's CP1 features a classic wooden side panels and a vintage textured top, a vacuum florescent display and brushed aluminum knobs. The knobs, switches and intuitive user interface are all laid out for optimum ease of use in performance. The CP1 is Yamaha's new flagship, obviously designed for the demanding pro. Other high points under the hood include new SCM (Spectral Component Modeling) tone generating system, 17 selected acoustic and vintage electric piano sounds, new NW–STAGE wooden weighted keyboard, customizable piano sounds, a user interface specialized for live stage performance, an included pedal unit (Sustain, Sostenuto, Soft) and Steinberg Cubase AI DAW software. Click over to the Yamaha site to learn all about the CP1.

TenoriOnThe Tenori-On is the result of a collaboration between media artist Toshio Iwai and Yamaha to design a totally new musical instrument. Tenori-on combines a MIDI controller, tone generator and sampler behind a unique visual user interface . Most importantly it’s a unique new way to approach playing and composing music. Music instantly becomes a wall of light graffiti as the sounds are painted across its 256 LED buttons.

The Tenori-On White is focused on live performance, with a two-sided LED display and battery operation. The new lower priced Orange model will appeal to producers, music production home studios and anyone who wants to start instantly making music visually.

To learn more, point your web browser to www.tenori-onusa.com.

If you're attending the NAMM show, be sure to visit Yamaha and Tenori-On in the Marriot Ballroom.

 


We'll be delivering all the latest news from Winter NAMM 2010 here at the Keyboard Community home, so check back often!



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