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Akai MPK88 keyboard

mpk88_web_angle_largeAkai is now shipping one of its latest products the MPK88 keyboard.

The Akai Professional MPK88 is a professional performance keyboard controller with MPC production controls. The MPK88 draws on the design of the popular MPK49, the first keyboard ever to feature MPC pads. This first-of-its-kind keyboard is ideal for performance, starting with a premium, fully weighted, hammer-action keyboard, adding MPC pads, Q-Link controls, and a selection of MPC technologies. The MPK88 is born for the stage and is equally at home in the studio.

It features an 88-key keyboard and 16 genuine MPC pads. The hammer-action keyboard is fully weighted and features aftertouch for expressive melodic control. The MPC pads are pressure and velocity-sensitive to capture every nuance of your creative concepts. The pads can access four banks of sounds, so you have 64 samples at your fingertips with the touch of a button.

The MPK88 places dedicated transport controls within your reach for easy control of some of the most important tracking and editing controls. The MPK88 has modulation and pitch-bend wheels for expressive musicality, and two assignable footswitch inputs enable you to connect an expression pedal or other continuous controller and a footswitch for momentary controls like patch change or start/stop.

One of the most important input devices on an MPC is its Q-Link assignable control section. Akai Pro built a massive collection of Q-Links into the MPK series. The MPK88 gives you eight virtual knobs that are assignable to control nearly any software parameter. You can control three different parameters per knob thanks to the knobs’ three-bank selection, totaling 24 parameters of instant, hands-on control. Like the virtual knobs, eight virtual faders and eight virtual buttons also control three banks of parameters each, so you get 24 virtual faders and 24 virtual buttons. That’s 72 Q-Link controls!

The MPK88 is a MIDI controller that sends its MIDI values over USB. It is bus powered, so all you need to connect and power the MPK88 is the supplied USB cable. Because it is MIDI compliant, the MPK88 works with most MIDI recording, sequencing, and performance software for musical performers from keyboard players to producers to DJs and even VJs!

The MPK88 comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Edition, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs in the world. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise, and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

More information about the product: Akai Professional

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.


  • 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

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

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.

Moog Taurus Bass Synth Pedal

Moog Taurus Bass Synth Pedal

Moog is one of the companies that always gets a lot of buzz in their upcoming releases, either it’s because they have a lot of fans or because they release a low number of products per year the truth is that their next release, the Moog Taurus Bass Synth Pedal, a reissue of a pedal manufactured by Moog until 1983 (the second version) has some people waiting for it. For those who don’t know this is an analog bass synth pedal keyboard where you control the synth sounds with the 13 keys (or 18 in the second version) using your foots, this reissue will be based on the original Taurus model specifications and sound.

The features of this new Moog Taurus Bass Synth Pedal are 13 keys (one and a half octaves), 100% analog sound engine, 2 VCO oscillators, ADS contour generator, 1 VCF filter, arpeggiator, 16 sound banks (with 4 presets per bank) of programmable bass tones, original Taurus I sounds in bank 0, MIDI (DIN and USB) connections, VCA output and volume, filter, pitch and gate controls.

Although this is only a preliminary list of features (and we even don’t know if the device will be produced) we already know that the shipping date will be towards the end of this month and that there will be an special offer for the first 250 orders (or the offer ends in February 15th if there haven’t been 250 orders yet) that will be able to buy the Moog Taurus Bass Synth Pedal for $1,695 (making a deposit of $500), all other orders will be at $1,995. By the way, there will be only 100 units produced of this device.

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.

Behringer Stompbox Trios

Behringer Stompbox Trios

The German company Behringer has released a new way of creating your own custom sound, 3 combined pedals, called trios, in a package that each one is for different style players, jazz, blues, rock or metal. All this package come with 3 stompboxes and all the necessary accesories to use them like pedal-interconnect, 10′ high-quality instrument, 2 short patch and amp cables.

There are 5 available packages, metal, jazz, blues, bass and keyboard trios, let’s see their features. The Behringer MTPK985 Metal Trio Package includes the Super Metal SM400 distortion pedal (with from overdrived to brutal distortioned sound), Multi-FX FX600 multi-effects (with 24-bit audio resolution and flanger, chorus, phaser, …) and the 24-bit Digital Delay DD400 pedal (with up to 1.3s delay time).

The Behringer TPK987 Blues Rock Trio includes the TM300 Tube Amp modeler, the UV300 Ultra Vibrato (with 60s and 70s vibrato sounds) and the DD400 delay pedals. While the Behringer TPK988 Bass Trio Package comes with the BOD400 tube emulation overdrive pedal, the BLE100 Bass Limiter Enhanced and the BCH100 Bass Chorus, that includes the stereo chorus.

The other packages are the Behringer TPK989 Keyboard Trio that comes with the UT100 Ultra Tremolo (with 60’s amps tremolo sound), the UC200 Ultra Chorus (thick and stereo) and the Multi-FX FX600; and the Behringer TPK984 Jazz Trio that comes with the CL9 Compressor/Limiter, the CO600 Chorus Orchestra (with chorus sound) and the DR600 Digital Reverb (24-bit high-resolution reverb).

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-M Pedal

TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-M PedalAnother MusikMesse new is the TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-M Pedal, another TC-Helicon effort in the harmony field, this time for keyboard players. This pedal produces 2, at the same time, singers or dubbing tracks that can be controlled through a MIDI connection and without affecting the keyboard signal.

The TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-M Pedal features dual independent effect (with overdub), reverb, delay, compressor and EQ effects (that can be combined), 10 presets per bank (2 banks are available), input level, humanize, effect and harmony controls, on/off and A/B footswitches, tone, chord, double, fx and voice 1 and voice 2 switches,

This pedal has mic and MIDI inputs, stereo line output and mic preamp with phantom power. The TC-Helicon VoiceTone Harmony-M Pedal will be available this June and its price will be $300.