Markus 88: a spectral modelled Stage 88 electric piano

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When this press release dropped into my mailbox I absolutely assumed it was yet another sampling of an electric piano. Nothing wrong with that except that there are a lot of them about. But with the Markus 88 instrument developer Sampleson have approached it differently and they call it Spectral Modelling. Spectral Modelling They start out […]

Joué expressive modular MIDI controller gets a 25 key Grand Clavier

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Joué is an interesting MIDI and MPE controller that can be reconfigured with modular controller parts that sit on the Joué board. There are slider modules, drum pads, controllers and up until now a two-thirds width 1-and-a-half octave mini piano keyboard. But now they’ve announced Grand Clavier, a 25 key mini keyboard that spreads itself […]

A is for “Affordable” with the Komplete Kontrol A-Series controller keyboards

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Looking suspiciously like the original Komplete Kontrol keyboards the new A-Series controllers aim to bring NKS instrument mapping to a keener budget. Komplete Kontrol A-Series Native Instruments have cut back on some of the gizmos and glamour of their S-Series controllers to give you 3 sizes of “affordable” control. Most notably gone is the light-guide […]

Native Instruments pumps up the Komplete Kontrol S88 to MK2

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Probably the less exciting announcement of the day is that the Komplete Kontrol S88 hammer action controller keyboard is joining its brothers, the S61 and S49, in the second generation. Komplete Kontrol S88 MK2 The S88 gets the twin screen Komplete Kontrol browser, the sleek black buttons and smooth redesign. The hammer action, fully weighted […]

Korg Volca Keys software editor and controller

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He’s at it again. Software developer Momo Muller has released the latest in a long and brilliant line of software editors for popular synthesizers. This time he tackles the humble Korg Volca Keys. Korg Volca Keys MIDI Editor and Controller The editor can run either as a VST plug-in inside your DAW or completely stand-alone. […]

Superbooth 2018: Behringer Odyssey ARP clone turns up unexpectedly

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Just when you thought the Pro-One and RD-808 were enough to add to the DeepMind, Model D and Neutron, Behringer whips out an ARP Odyssey clone they are simply calling the Behringer Odyssey. Behringer Odyssey There seems to be a number of Behringer products that are not being shown to the general public, but rather are kept […]

Musikmesse 2018: Nord Piano 4 – this time it’s personal

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Two years after the Nord Piano 3 (Revenge of the hammer action) Nord ramp it up for a full octane outing to piano central. Witness the seamless transitions, feel the dedicated piano filters and weep over the split point crossfades. The Nord Piano 4 is about to become a legend. Nord Piano 4 Nord do […]