Casiotone is making music fun again

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Casio is a master of the portable keyboard. The original Casiotone keyboards we all over the 1980s giving us bedroom musicians our first affordable electronic sound source. It was all pre-programmed beats and automatic accompaniment but we lapped it up before moving on to more grown-up synthesizers or giving in to the allure of the […]

Arturia releases updated Keylab 88 mkII with CV/Gate outputs

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Arturia has unveiled the updated Keylab 88 mkII controller keyboard. It still has the elegant looks and 88 weighted keys of its predecessor. But a quick glance at the front and rear panels reveals that there are many updates, including CV/Gate connectivity and workflow improvements. Let’s take a look. First, the hard facts: The Arturia […]

ROLI wants to teach you music with the LUMI lighted keyboard

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After much speculation, ROLI has revealed the LUMI lighted keyboard. ROLI LUMI is an integrated learning system that consists of the keyboard and an interactive app. It’s gorgeous-looking, but is it really the kind of product that ROLI’s fans were hoping for? Apparently yes: The Kickstarter campaign, which ROLI has launched to finance production of […]

Free VST instruments and samples collection available from Audio Animals

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British company Audio Animals has stepped in with an impressive collection of freebies that’s certainly worth checking out! Available in VST, WAV, and Kontakt sampler formats, the instruments seem well-crafted and musically varied. Among them, you will find stuff such as: – A bongo instrument covering 8 hand styles across 384 hits – Three emulations […]

Nektar Panorama MIDI controllers take control of Studio One

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The Panorama range of MIDI controller keyboards from Nektar have a hidden superpower. They have deep level integrated control of DAW software. Studio One now joins the list of supported DAWs for the first time and offers a surprising amount of control that you won’t find on any other MIDI controller. Panorama and Studio One […]

Superbooth 2019: Novation Summit is their peak of the polysynths

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Leaked just before the show but now Novation has released all the details on their new flagship 16-voice polyphonic 61-key synthesizer. Summit Building on the success of the Peak Novation has expanded it into a fabulous looking “proper” synthesizer and called it the Summit. It looks great. Taking its cue from the Peak and Bass […]

Superbooth 2019: Elektron Digitone Keys is it some kind of dream?

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It’s for real, it’s a little weird and they are calling it the Digitone Keys. It will unlock your sweet dreams while challenging your ideas of workflow and instrument design. Digitone Keys It’s certainly striking to look at. Maybe we have to leave it at that and let you make up your own mind about […]

Superbooth 2019: Endorphin Ground Control modular performance sequencer

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Endorphin.es reveals Ground Control – a 42hp wide 4-track performance sequencer for your Eurorack. Ground Control We only have a few details at the moment but this is looking pretty comprehensive. You’ll notice immediately that they’ve packed a two-octave keyboard onto the front panel which lets you play and record sequences on-the-fly. It can handle […]

SB-1/Space Bee synthesizer from Superlative to debut at Superbooth 2019

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Superlative appear to be new on the scene and are offering glimpses of an impressive looking synthesizer that they are bringing to Superbooth next month. It’s called the SB-1/Space Bee and yes it does look a lot like a Roland SH-101. SB-1/Space Bee Starting off with an annoying slash in your naming convention doesn’t please […]