Yamaha MOXF reviewed
Apr 4 2014 1:13PM
The trend in keyboards is to create a flagship product and then trickle down the features into more affordable iterations. This inevitably requires some trade-offs, but Yamaha’s new MOXF series cuts surprisingly few corners in
Roland FA series reviewed
Apr 1 2014 6:50PM
Since the idea of the all-in-one synth/production workstation came into its own decades ago, Roland has cranked out all sorts of formidable, great sounding instruments used for composition, recording and performance by
Nektar Panorama P6 MIDI controller
Mar 21 2014 12:25PM
In a crowded world of budget MIDI controllers with limited features and questionable build quality, it’s nice to have a high-caliber controller that hits most of the marks for the demanding professional. Nektar’s P-series
Kurzweil Artis stage piano reviewed
Mar 12 2014 4:30PM
In the early ’90s, Kurzweil turned the keyboard market on its ear with the PC88: an affordable, portable 88-key stage piano that quickly became the go-to instrument for gigging keyboardists everywhere, including me. Now,
NI Maschine Studio reviewed: the ultimate groove-based nerve center?
Mar 7 2014 3:56PM
It’s been four years since Native Instruments Maschine burst onto the scene as a true hybrid tool in which hardware and software were developed in tandem. Since then, it’s become almost second nature to expect
Korg Volca series reviewed
Feb 25 2014 9:59PM
Korg has been aggressively expanding their offerings in affordable true analog synths. First there were the Monotrons, then the Monotribe, then the MS-20 Mini. Now come the Volcas, which are an order of magnitude more
Novation Launchpad S reviewed
Feb 14 2014 4:23PM
Since its introduction in 2009, Novation’s original Launchpad has developed a cult following among performance-oriented Ableton fans, thanks to its combination of affordability, gig-friendly size, and realtime control of
Novation Launckey and Launchkey Mini reviewed
Feb 14 2014 4:12PM
Standing out in a crowded market is a daunting task for any manufacturer, but Novation isn’t just any manufacturer. With over two decades of experience ranging from both analog and digital synthesizers to flexible software
Waldorf Pulse 2 reviewed
Feb 12 2014 11:15AM
Since their introduction back in 1996, Waldorf’s original Pulse and Pulse+ synths have become collector’s items. With three oscillators, a beefy lowpass filter, and some exotic cross-modulation options, the original Pulse
Hammond XK-1C organ reviewed
Feb 7 2014 2:06PM
The Hammond organ is one of a handful of keyboard instruments that never go out of style. Though some think it only makes “one sound,” that sound has countless different hues due to drawbar manipulation, organ/amplification
Pop Session Keyboardist Cheat Sheet
Jan 26 2014 4:26PM
Growing up in Southern California, I was acutely aware of its session scene, with guys like David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Greg Phillinganes, Victor Feldman, and other heavy hitters covering every conceivable keyboard gig. It’s
The Editor's NAMM Diary - Day 1
Jan 25 2014 1:39PM
For me, NAMM actually starts on Wednesday evening, which I've come to call "day zero." My exhibitor badge gets me into some exhibits early, and certain companies are set up in demo rooms and on mezzanine levels of the
Yamaha CP4 Stage Piano reviewed
Jan 21 2014 12:06AM
When it comes to Yamaha digital pianos, I’ve played more than my fair share. There was the Clavinova CLP-300 on which I made my audition tape for the Eastman School of Music and the Yamaha P200 I used on my first recording
Arturia MicroBrute reviewed
Jan 15 2014 2:57PM
When Arturia first introduced the MiniBrute (reviewed Nov. ’12), it shook up the analog market. Previously, modern analog keyboards started at close to $1,000 and went up from there. The MiniBrute’s $500 price made real
Grand Pianos at NAMM 2014
Jan 31 2014 3:40PM
At the 2014 Winter NAMM Show, "Lounge 88" on the third-floor mezzanine of the Anaheim Convention Center offered a civilized respite from the din of the main show floor. That was because it was where most grand piano manufacturers

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