Vibrant Electric Pianos: Soulful vintage sounds for HALion

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E-Instruments has released a collection of deeply sampled electric piano sounds for Steinberg’s HALion and HALion Sonic instruments. Vibrant Electric Pianos could be all the pianos you’ll ever need. Vibrant Electric Pianos Drawing on the usual four classic electric pianos this is a suite of 40 presets constructed from 24GBs of samples with a simple, […]

Sampleson spectral model a Honer Pianet T into the 30MB Model T

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Sampleson has developed a method of sampling instruments and recreating them through spectral modelling. It can take a huge sample library and reduce it down to simple sine waves which can then recreate the exact timbre and behaviour of the instrument. They began with the Electra Piano T, then the Rhodes and Wurlitzer and this […]

Kurzweil sneak an FM engine into their new PC4 production station

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The Kurzweil PC range of performance controller and production station keyboards come stacked with sounds, effects and masses of control. The new PC4 ups the ante with an all-new 6-operator FM engine with the ability to import 80’s/90’s FM SysEx files and more. Kurzweil PC4 The PC4 is a significant jump from the previous generation. It […]

Nord Grand: huge weighted Kawai hammer action piano with a vintage vibe

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Clavia has released a piano styled very differently from their usual range. The Nord Grand is an elegantly designed premium instrument with a distinctive vintage feel and it’s kind of wonderful. Nord Grand All the Nord products have had a certain style to them. They all follow the same sort of flat and straight form […]

Reed200: a spectral modelled 200A Wurlitzer

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Sampleson has turned their spectral analysis onto the classic Wurlitzer 200a electric piano and with the magic of their Organic Behaviour Algorithm, they’ve captured the sound in just 30MB of samples. Reed200 They first did this with the Rhodes piano in their Markus 88 virtual instrument. The idea is that as every sound is composed of sine […]

NAMM 2019: Dexibell introduces VIVO S7 PRO and S3 PRO stage pianos

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Italian keyboard manufacturer Dexibell has two updated stage pianos to show this year, the Vivo S7 Pro and S3 Pro. Vivo S7 Pro As will all stage pianos it’s all about the sound and feel. The S7 Pro has 88 hammer action keys with graded weight, triple contact and an ivory feel. Internally the sound […]

NAMM 2019: Casio redesigns their Privia Digital Pianos with the PX-S1000 and PX-S3000

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Casio first introduced their Privia range of digital pianos 15 years ago designed to be compact and useful for home or studio use. With the PX-S1000 and PX-S3000 Casio has gone sleeker, shinier and more elegant which is great because the others in the range are a bit chunky. PX-S1000 These look great – even […]

NAMM 2019: Roland FP-10 is an affordable, simple portable piano

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The Roland FP-10 is the latest in their FP piano series. It’s simple, entry-level if a bit chunky but with what they call a “reassuringly authentic feel”. Roland FP-10 They have combined an 88-note PHA-4 Standard keyboard with their “SuperNATURAL” piano tones complete with speakers and a headphone socket. The hammer-action scales up the keyboard […]

NAMM 2019: Akai Pro MPK Road 88 road-ready stage piano style MIDI controller

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I wasn’t expecting an 88 keyed hammer-action MIDI controller from Akai Pro but let me introduce you to the MPK Road 88 and I’m really liking it. MPK Road 88 Most MIDI controllers of this size tend to be festooned with knobs and pads, sliders and buttons whereas this is so featureless you could stand […]

NAMM 2019: Yamaha go all out on the interface with CP73 and CP88 stage pianos

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Stage pianos tend to lurch from being simplistic like the Roland RD-300, complex like the Nord Stage or achingly cool like the Korg SV-1. Yamaha is having a stab at the middle ground with the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos. CP73 and CP88 The one thing stage pianos can agree on is having fabulous quality acoustic piano […]