TOONTRACK FUSION EZKEYS MIDI
WHAT MIDI parts divided into song sections—intro, verse, prechorus, chorus—in 4/4, with straight and swing feels available. WHY Rock/funk/jazz song starters that can be used with Toontrack’s Fusion Grooves MIDI pack.
$29 | toontrack.com
WAVES ELECTRIC GRAND 80 PIANO
WHAT The distinctive sound of the Yamaha CP-80 electric grand piano in a sample-based virtual instrument. New features include sustain resonance, compressor, limiter, chorus, reverb, autopan, and phaser. Use as a plug-in or standalone instrument. WHY Waves has re-created yet another classic, electromechanical keyboard for your studio or live rig.
$69 | waves.com
ROLAND RD-2000 STAGE PIANO
WHAT Digital piano with progressive hammer-action keyboard, 2 sound engines (V-Piano and SuperNatural), 8 zones (for internal sounds and/or external control), 2 programmable mod wheels, and 9 ladder LEDs that can be used as harmonic bars for organ patches. WHY A major update for the 30th anniversary of Roland’s RD-piano line.
$2,499 | roland.com
CASIO CELVIANO GRAND HYBRID GP-300WE
WHAT Digital instrument that offers 3 grand piano sounds with a Natural Grand Hammer Action keyboard, 6-speaker multichannel amplification system, Hall Simulator, as well as Concert Play Mode, Duet Mode, 60 preset songs, and USB audio recording and playback. WHY The popular Celviano GP-300 is now available in a white wood finish.
$TBA | casiomusicgear.com
ROB PAPEN EXPLORER4
WHAT Bundle of 15 synths and effects, including Blade, Blue-II, Punch, Predator2, RG, RP-AMOD, Saw, and SubBoomBass. Prisma and RP-Verb 2 available as free add-ons. AAX, AU, VST formats (32- and 64-bit) supported. WHY An economical way to collect Rob Papen’s most popular and powerful products.
$499 | robpapen.com