Category Archives: Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments updated Poly Evolver keyboard

pek_angle_72dpiDave Smith Instruments has released an updated version of its flagship synthesizer keyboard the Poly Evolver.

The new version boasts 60 potentiometers among its complement of 78 rotary controls. An analog/digital hybrid, the four-voice Poly Evolver features four oscillators per voice – two analog and two digital – in a unique stereo voice architecture with a real Curtis analog low-pass filter per channel. The digital processing does not simply add effects at the end of the signal chain, but is tightly integrated with the analog electronics for tuned feedback, distortion, bit crushing, and synced delays. It can also process external audio and has separate stereo outputs for each voice.

Specifications:

  • 5-octave, semi-weighted keyboard action with velocity and aftertouch.
  • Spring-loaded pitch wheel and assignable mod wheel.
  • 512 fully editable Programs (4 banks of 128) and 384 Combos (3 banks of 128).
  • Numeric keypad for direct access of Programs and Combos.
  • Oscillators per voice: 2 digitally controlled analog oscillators (DCOs) with selectable sawtooth, triangle, saw/triangle mix, and pulse waves (with pulse-width modulation), and hard sync; 2 digital wavetable oscillators with Prophet VS waves and wave sequencing capability, FM and ring modulation.
  • White noise generator.
  • 2 Low-pass filters per voice: 1 analog Curtis filter per channel, selectable 2- and 4-pole operation (self-resonating in 4-pole mode).
  • 3 Envelope Generators per voice: filter, VCA, and assignable (four-stage ADSR).
  • 4 LFOs per voice.
  • Glide (portamento): separate rates per oscillator.
  • Analog VCAs.
  • Digital high-pass filter.
  • Digital delays: 3 separate, syncable, stereo delay lines per voice.
  • Tuned feedback with “Grunge”: use feedback as a pitched sound source.
  • Distortion and “Output Hack.”
  • 16 x 4 step sequencer per voice.
  • Dimensions: 14.00″ (30.73 cm) W x 38.5 ” (97.79 cm) L x 5.09″ (12.95 cm) H (2.84″ at front edge; the feet account for 0.625″ of the total height)
  • Weight: ~28 lbs. (12.7 kg)

More information about the product: Dave Smith Instruments

Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano

large-Korg_SV-1_73_Photo1Korg have presented their new product the SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano.

The SV-1 offers the most complete compendium of hit-making vintage electric pianos, funky clavs, classic and cult-fave organs, string machines, analog/digital electronic contenders and world-class acoustic pianos ever available in a single instrument. Available in lightweight 73-key and 88-key models, the SV-1 features Korg‘s premium RH3 Real Graded Hammer Action for a solid, expressive feel.

The SV-1 recreates the look, feel and satisfaction of performing on a vintage instrument. Absent are the crowded displays and parameter menus that are so common on today’s keyboards. In their place, the SV-1 provides a streamlined front panel where each knob serves a single function and LED indicators cue the performer to each knob’s current setting. Pressing any knob recalls its original saved setting.

Crafted using Korg‘s RX (Real eXperience) Technology, each of the 36 onboard sounds is a detailed and authentic re-creation (complete list below). The RX engine accurately captures the full range of expression and dynamics of the original instruments, including the snap of the tine, release of the hammer, click of the contacts and other definitive sonic elements.

The SV-1 also re-creates the effect pedals and studio processing that gave these sounds their original character. In addition, the proven, tube-driven (12AX7) Valve Reactor circuit combines with period-accurate amplifier modeling to deliver the warmth, bite and snarl that brings these sounds to life. Each of the tone modifying sections features its own dedicated On/Off switch and controls for easy editing.

The SV-1 can be transposed into any key, and the tuning can be adjusted to match another instrument or existing track. Eight velocity curves match the keyboard response to any playing style. Unlike the original instruments, the SV-1 is virtually maintenance-free and always in tune.

The SV-1 features balanced XLR and ¼” outputs, eliminating the need for noisy or costly direct boxes. Convenient audio inputs are also provided, along with a front-mounted headphone jack. A half-damping sustain pedal is included. Two aux pedal inputs can accommodate an additional switch pedal and an additional sweep pedal (to control the Wah effect and Rotary speed, for example). Both inputs can accept switch pedals, providing the Soft and Sostenuto pedals for the piano performer.

The SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano will be available early November 2009.

The 73-key SV-173 will carry an MSRP of $2700.00; the 88-key SV-188 will carry an MSRP of $3000.00.

Studiologic Numa Nero keyboard controller

large-NumaNerokbdcontrollerStudiologic have presented one of their latest products – the Numa Nero keyboard controller with its sexy ebony stylings.

Handmade in Italy and featuring Fatar’s 88-note Grand Touch progressively graded grand hammer-action keybed, the Numa symbolizes style, grace, quality of materials, craftsmanship, and technological innovation.

Innovation permeates the Numa Nero, and its customizable velocity profiles and touch-sensitive control panel redefine control and flexibility. A brand new feature exclusive to the Numa Nero is the “you-play” system, which allows unprecedented control of the velocity response of the keyboard. Realtime sensing of a user’s actual playing dynamics allows for the most advanced, customizable velocity response system ever developed. Users can design and save over 20 personalized dynamic curve settings in addition to the preset curves installed at the factory. Black and white keys can be assigned separately for total control, and the organ option allows keys to trigger much earlier in the keypress, allowing for rapid organ style playing without the need to fully engage the hammer action.

Technical specifications:

– 88-KEY wood keys grated Hammer action Keybed (TP4OWOOD)
– TOUCH SENSITIVE control panel
– large LIGHT BLUE graphic display
– 2 assignable jack pedal INPUTS
– 1 assignable FLUORESCENT wheel
– 16 independent MIDI channels assignable to all controllers
– 4 KEYBOARD ZONES for splits and layers
– 3 factory DYNAMIC curves
-15 memory user locations for VELOCITY DYNAMIC COURVES saving
– 64 memory locations for PATCH saving
– 2 MODE operation
1st EDIT to create patches with all MIDI parameters
2nd PLAY to play keyboard and controls, and some fast MIDI changes ( program change, midi channels, transpose, mute…)
– assignable AFTERTOUCH
– PANIC buttons
– YOU PLAY feature is the best and fastest way to create a dynamic curve in REAL TIME
– MIDI out
– USB class compliant – to connect with PC to load/save FIRMWARE UPDATES presets
– XP-VISTA- MAC compatible, no drivers required
– POWERED via USB (cable not included) and/or power adapter included

Numa Nero specifications:
– size: 51.8(L) x 15.8(W) x 4.7(H) [cm 131,5 x 40,0 x 12,0]
– weight: 57.3 lbs (kg 26,0)

More information: Numa World

Quik Lok double-tier SL-820 Keyboard Stand

001-004 PRIME PAGINE GBQuik Lok are now shipping their new product the double-tier SL-820 Keyboard Stand.

The SL-820 features fully adjustable tiers that can be quickly set at any of nine height positions or four angle positions. Telescoping arms accommodate virtually any size keyboard and controller up to 16.1 inches (41cm) deep, as well as drum machines and sound modules. The stylish V-shaped base provides plenty of support while still leaving room for volume, sustain, and control pedals.

The solid all-steel construction of this gear provides maximum sturdiness and ensures excellent structural support for this new two-tiered, slant-style stand. The exclusive, patented foldable design of tiers and base allows lightning-fast setup and fold-down with no loose parts, and the folded size is compact and convenient for storage and easy transport.

The SL-820 features a rear leveling foot that compensates for uneven floors, and eliminates vibration and shaking during a performance. Also available in a single-tier model (SL-810), the SL-820 is the perfect solution for home studio and live performance and is quite attractive with a non-reflective, powder-coated black enamel finish.

Quik Lok‘s Slant Stands can be expanded by adding the SL-823 optional tier set. An optional SL-827 telescopic mic boom and SL-825 laptop holder add-ons are also available to complete the line and fit any keyboard player’s needs.

The double-tier SL-820 Keyboard Stand:

Leg depth: 20 – 51 cm

Base width: 29.1 – 74 cm

Stand height: 47.2 – 120 cm

Main tier usable depth range: from 12.6 to 16.1 (from 32 to 41 cm)

Upper tier usable depth range: from 9 to 12.6 (from 23 to 32 cm)

Tiers height adjustment positions: 9

Tiers angle adjustment positions: 4

Weight capacity: 220 lb – 99 kg

Weight: 26 lb – 11.7 kg

Color: Black

Prices will be available soon.

More information: Quik Lok

A new era for keyboards: Mellotron M4000 from Streetly Electronics

MellotronM4000_3_lStreetly Electronics has announced the release of their new M4000 cycling tape replay keyboard instrument. It surely improves on the classic Mellotron M400 design of the 1970s to offer as standard a total of 24 individual tape sound sets, plus an additional 16 two-sound combinations, with programmable attack, a much lighter keyboard feel, improved playing height, and an air filtration system and positively-pressurized cabinet.

This product is the first cycling tape replay keyboard instrument to be manufactured anywhere for nearly 40 years. Unlike the nearly four-decades-old M400 and present day reproductions, which offer only three sets of sounds, the M4000 incorporates an improved tape cycling mechanism based on the original Mellotron Mk. I, Mk. II and M300 design. Eight stations that each includes three sets of prerecorded sounds (designated A, B, and C) may be individually selected.

The height of the keyboard relative to the older M400 has been raised by five inches to provide a comfortable standing playing position. The single manual keyboard most closely replicates the action of the Mk. II, considered to be the best of all Mellotron models. The M4000 keyboard's light and very playable feel is a revelation. The signal-to-noise ratio of the M4000 is optimized by the use of the replay amplifier and other electronics from Streetly Electronics' later model M400 and Novatron instruments. The instrument output automatically mutes when the tapes are cycling between stations.

M4000 is available now for about $8000 and with a roadcase for about $750.

More information about this keyboard can be found here: Streetly Electronics

Arranger workstation keyboards PSR-S910 and PSR-S710 from Yamaha

90724yamYamaha launched the new Arranger Workstation keyboards – PSR-S910 and PSR-S710. Designed to fulfill the needs of songwriters and arrangers, the PSR-S910 offers pro capabilities, but it’s also suitable for ‘one-man bands’ because it puts the performer in charge of hundreds of different virtual bands that sound great due to highly realistic accompaniment styles.

The new model adapts feature sets from Yamaha‘s flagship arranger Tyros3, including Super Articulation Voices, which give strings, guitars, reeds and brass sounds real-time expressiveness, including the slide of a guitarist’s fingers across a string or the breaths taken by a sax player. The 61-key PSR-S910 also includes a 7″ x 7″ colour screen and professional features like USB audio recording and playback of MP3. It also features a broadband connection that lets users link the keyboards directly to the Internet.

“The accompaniment styles found on the PSR-S910 give keyboard players a quick and easy way to sound like a fully arranged ensemble with little or no setup required,” said George Hamilton, Electronic Keyboard Product Manager, Yamaha Keyboard Division. “The powerful Music Finder feature even allows them to set up the entire instrument by simply selecting from thousands of song titles. Style, tempo, variation and right hand voices are instantly set when you select a title.”

The 61-key PSR-S710 blends functionality and affordability. With a broad sonic palette and realistic styles, it’s suitable for home use and on stage. High-end features include dozens of effects, a 16-track sequencer, an audio recorder and Internet connectivity. “The PSR-S710 represents a significant leap forward in the evolution of the Arranger Workstation keyboard at all price points,” said Dane Madsen, Electronic Keyboard Marketing Manager, Yamaha Keyboard Division.

More information about both of the products can be found at Yamaha.

Source: Pro-Music-News

Korg microKORG XL Synth

Korg microKORG XL Keyboard

Based on the acclaimed original microKORG model Korg has released a synth and vocoder model called Korg microKORG XL Synth that comes with a vintage look-alike and the MMT Multi Modeling Technology with the two oscillators included, but the main goal has been a better design for better playing even with its compact size.

The Korg microKORG XL Keyboard features 2 oscillators (one with 7 different algorithms and the other with sync or ring modulation), 37 natural touch keys, included gooseneck mic, sixteen band vocoder (for voice controlled effects), 128 built-in sounds selectable by genre and instrument category, 17 KAOSS-like effects, 2 multi-mode filters (drive/waveshaping and EG/LFO) and the device is powered by a battery to kill the need of a DC adapter.

The sounds can be edited with a software available to download from Korh website, that also allows you to convert from/to MS2000 programs. The price of the Korg microKORG XL Keyboard has not been announced yet but it will be available at the beginning of 2009.

Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller

Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller

Behringer expands its recording product line with a keyboard controller, the U-Control UMA25S, that can be used for studio or live tasks with a computer or another device like a sampler or a synth because its USB and MIDI connections. A very compact device useful for carrying it anywhere you are and although its size you won’t play a small-scale keyboard, the keys are full sized.

The Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller features 25 velocity-sensitive half-action keys, 21 assignable controllers (including 8 knobs, 8 buttons, 2 pitch-like wheels and 1 fader), 2 pedal inputs and drum triggering and control inversion functions.

This device comes with a strap, quality headset,a transport soft bag and some interesting software like (energyXT2 compact, Audacity editor, podcasting software, over 100 virtual instruments, and more than 50 effect plug-ins). The Behringer U-Control UMA25S Keyboard Controller is now available and its price is $150.

ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard

ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard

ESI has released a new product in its keyboard controller product line that can be used with many different software or hardware devices because its USB connection, including synths (using the knobs and faders). The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard‘s environment can be studio (professional or home) or live stages, where the aluminum cabinet gathers importance.

The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard features 88 hammer action keys, 8 endless rotary knobs (for effects or parameters adjustments), 9 faders, modulation and pitch wheels, editing and selecting controls, numeric LED display, transport controls and 4 expansion slots (on the back) that are compatible with many vendors synth modules. The controller can be powered through the USB connection or via an external power supply.

This controller works with Windows (XP or higher) and Mac OS X and comes with ubiquitous Cubase LE 4.0 software. The ESI K.ON Controller Keyboard is now available and its approximate price is $675.

Korg Pa2X Professional Arranger Keyboard [Winter NAMM 2008]

Korg Pa2X Professional Arranger Keyboard [Winter NAMM 2008]

We did not talk about Korg releases in the Winter NAMM show, one of the is this Korg Pa2X Professional Arranger Keyboard, a easy-to-use keyboard with high quality sounds using Real Experience technology, internal hard disk and an adjustable TouchView screen that provides an intuitive interface for controlling the keyboard.

The Korg Pa2X Professional Arranger Keyboard features 76 semi-weighted keys with velocity and aftertouch, 120 voices, 120 oscillators, 4 stereo digital multi-effects (including 124 effects types, 3-band EQ and built-in TC Helicon voice processor), more than 950 sounds or drum kits, more than 400 preloaded styles, 4 real-time tracks, MP3 player and recorder, DVD/CD player and LCD touchscreen display. The controls and connections include 4 assignable pads, master and MP3 volume, octave and master transpose, pitch and modulation joystick, 8 assignable sliders, 2 assignable switches; and unbalanced/balanced stereo or mono line, headphones and S/PDIF digital outputs, 2 unbalanced/balanced stereo or mono line and mic (with gain control and phantom power) inputs and MIDI and USB connections.

There are a lot of accessories for this product, like memory expansion boards or a video output for displaying lyrics. The Korg Pa2X Professional Arranger Keyboard is now available and its MSRP price is $4,600.