NEKTAR IMPACT LX+
WHAT MIDI controller with 61-and 49-note velocity-sensitive keyboards, as well as transport controls and assignable buttons, faders, rotary controllers, and lighted pads. Supports Mac OS, iOS, Windows, and Linux, and is bundled with Bitwig 8-track DAW. WHY A full-featured, low-cost keyboard controller for synths, drum machines, and plug-ins.
$299/$199 | nektartech.com
25 GREAT JAZZ PIANO SOLOS BY HUW WHITE
WHAT Transcribed solos by the greatest players—Evans, Peterson, Ellington, Tyner, Basie, Monk, Jarrett, Corea, and many more. Two audio tracks for each; one with the solo, and one without, for you to play along with. WHY A wonderful guide for intermediate and advanced players studying the jazz masters.
$24.99 | halleonard.com
PIANO FOR KIDS BY JENNIFER LINN
WHAT A step-by-step guide for young people learning keyboards, with audio examples available for download. Songs include “Over the Rainbow,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Heart and Soul,” “My Favorite Things,” and others. WHY A fun and fresh way to introduce the joys of keyboard playing to children.
$12.99 | halleonard.com
KORG LP-380 RWBK
WHAT A slim, low-profile digital piano now available, as a limited edition of 75 instruments, in a rosewood-grain black finish. Includes a grand-piano sound inspired by the Kronos Workstation, high-output speakers, and 3-pedal system. Also available in white, black, and rosewood grain. WHY A distinctive look for a well-appointed instrument.
$999 | korgusa.com
NATIVE INSTRUMENTS KOMPLETE 11
WHAT The latest iteration of NI’s outstanding software suite adds instruments to Komplete 11 (Form synth) and Komplete 11 Ultimate (Form and Symphony Essentials), and introduces a low-cost bundle: Komplete 11 Select. WHY A high-quality collection of instruments and effects at three price points.
$199, $599, $1,199 | native-instruments.de