Roland FA-08 and RD-800 First Look
Jan 15 2014 2:16PM
January 15, 2014 -- Roland today announced the FA series, their first new full-featured synth workstation since 2008's Fantom-G. Available in two sizes, the 61-key FA-06 and 88-key weighted FA-08, it packs all the sounds of the
Kawai VPC-1 Reviewed
Jan 10 2014 3:32PM
It’s like one of those dreams where everything’s familiar but weird. You sit in front of a sleek ebony slab with a gorgeous grand piano keyboard but no controls save for the single power button. On the back panel are MIDI
Novation Bass Station II Analog Synth Review
Dec 6 2013 3:08PM
Back in 1993, Novation released the Bass Station. It was a monophonic analog synth optimized for bass, with a sound that was reminiscent of the Roland TB-303, which was all the rage with the early ’90s rave scene. Twenty
Novation Launchkey and Launchpad S first look
Dec 4 2013 1:42PM
Novation's Launchkey and Launchpad S MIDI controllers have been gaining in popularity thanks to their combination of portability, affordable price, and controls ready-mapped to work with Ableton Live and Image-Line FL Studio.
Gadgets We Love This Holiday Season
Nov 27 2013 1:07PM
Have one or more keyboard players on your holiday gifting list? We know--they're hard to shop for, especially when it comes to buying technology. Fear not, as we've compiled a list of our favorite gadgets and
Da Vinci's Original String Machine
Nov 22 2013 1:08PM
Polish pianist Slawomir Zubrzycki has constructed a one-of-a-kind keyboard instrument from plans drawn up by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci. Called the Viola Organista, it just may be the original (and ultimate) "string
First Look at the Nord Lead 4
Nov 20 2013 1:25PM
It’s that little red keyboard that coined the term “virtual analog.” First arriving from Sweden in 1995, the Nord Lead used then-young digital physical modeling technology to recreate the sound of an analog synthesizer.
Yamaha CP-4 Stage Piano First Look
Nov 13 2013 11:31AM
Yamaha released their new CP4 stage piano to much fanfare. A refinement of the concepts in the CP1, CP5, and CP50, it won an endorsement from Chuck Leavell, longtime keyboard player for the Rolling Stones.   We'll have a full
Korg MS-20 Mini Analog Synthesizer Review
Nov 12 2013 9:59PM
Ask any vintage synth fan to list their top ten analog wants, and you’ll find the Korg MS-20 on that list. Introduced in 1978, the original MS-20 has been used by countless electronic artists from Depeche Mode to Daft Punk to
Studiologic Sledge Virtual Analog Synth Reviewed
Nov 8 2013 1:11PM
Gobs of knobs appeal to the synth geek in all of us, right? In radioactive yellow livery, Studiologic’s Sledge virtual analog polysynth looks like a cross between a New York taxi and a Minimoog, but the inclusion of a
Hammond SK1-73: Organ Meets Stage Piano
Oct 23 2013 1:54PM
Hammond’s SK series has set a new portability standard for drawbar organs that also function as versatile stage keyboards in virtue of having a complement of non-organ sounds that can be split and layered with the drawbar
Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 12: The Ultimate Hardware Synth?
Oct 11 2013 12:50PM
Last spring, Dave Smith won a Grammy for his technical achievements. Aside from being the primary inventor of MIDI, Dave is the brains behind milestone technologies like the first programmable analog polyphonic synth (the
Yamaha at 125 - A Conversation with Senior VP Rick Young
Sep 27 2013 1:33PM
As you may be aware from seeing advertisements on this site, in music stores, and pretty much everywhere musical instruments are found, Yamaha celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. We caught up with Rick Young, Senior Vice
Moog Music Sub Phatty Review
Sep 9 2013 11:40PM
Pros: Fully analog signal path. Massive sound. Huge bass. Each parameter has its own knob, which sends controller data over MIDI and USB. External input for processing audio through Moog filters. Included software editor
Yamaha P-105 Review
Sep 4 2013 3:09PM
Yamaha’s P-105, which replaces the P-95 in their lineup, is an inspiring tool for many practice, performance, and studio uses. Its extremely approachable layout and design invites a beginning player to explore, and its
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