New Gear January 2017 - KeyboardMag

New Gear January 2017

New instrument and pro audio equipment for keyboardists
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MODARTT GROTRIAN CONCERT ROYAL
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A virtual grand piano for Pianoteq (version 5.8) that uses physical modeling to re-create this highly respected, handmade German instrument. Easy access to voicing, tuning, action, and other parameters. A free trial version is available for download. WHY Physically modeled instruments provide a realistic playing experience, while remaining relatively inexpensive. $59 | pianoteq.com

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ROLI BLOCKS
WHAT
Modular, wireless iOS controllers that send MIDI over Bluetooth. Lightpad Block is a 5-dimensional touch-sensitive controller. Live Control Block offers scales, chords, and arpeggiator. Loop Control Block has record, quantize, and a click track. The free Noise app contains 100 sounds and works with the Seaboard Rise. WHY A low-cost MIDI controller with multidimensional polyphonic expression that anyone can use. $79-$179 | roli.com

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KORG ARP ODYSSEI
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A virtual-analog model of the ARP Odyssey for iOS. Three versions are available, each with a different lowpass filter. Includes arpeggiator, x/y pad, and voice-assign mode for playing chords. Compatible with Audiobus, Inter-App Audio, Korg Gadget, and Apple GarageBand. WHY Spot-on vintage sound quality enhanced with modern features. $19.99 | korg.com

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GARRITAN/ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS CFX LITE
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A fully playable version of the Abbey Road Studios CFX Concert Grand piano using only the samples of the Close Classic mic position. Includes partial and re-pedaling features, convolution reverb, and Timbre effects. WHY An affordable, yet highly detailed, virtual piano for AU, AAX, VST, or ARIA player. $79 | garritan.com

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UVI SYNTH ANTHOLOGY 2
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Sample library for Falcon and UVI Workstation featuring 77 classic and modern hardware synths. Version 2 has an updated interface, 25 new synths, and added effects— Phasor, Sparkverb, and Thorus. WHY From Polymoog to OB-6, the new keyboards make this formidable collection a no brainer for stage or studio. $149 | uvi.net

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