Jan 29

 

I am pleased to announce the release two free drum kits for Native Instruments Maschine. Both of these kits have: 1 Maschine Project file, 1 Maschine Kit file, 1 Maschine Pattern file and 16 Wav files recorded at 24 Bit 96 Khz. Just go here to my new page :-

http://www.tonylongmusic.co.uk/my-world-of-native-instruments-maschine/

I hope you enjoy them. Don’t forget at the bottom of this page is also a link to my Maschine educational page, where I am trying to get a group of You Tube Clips to help you and me understand this beast better.

Jan 28

Not the biggest product of Namm but something interesting all the same was from CME and their CME X-Key Midi Controller. It is a small 25 note MIDI keyboard very slimline 3.6mm and smart looking but it is velocity sensitive and provides polyphonic aftertouch – wow.

The other good news is that it doesn’t just work with PCs or MACs but will work with iOS and Android devices and has standard size keys. Have a look at the youtube clip to see it operation with an iPad. Continue reading for full specs.

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Jan 27

NAMM 2013 Casio Privia PX5S Stage Piano

Well he says it here – this stage piano is so much more than just a stage piano. Casio seem to be going from Strength to Strength.

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Jan 27

Namm 2013 Dave Smith Instruments –  Prophet 12 Synth

It is Namm 2013 and there is yet another new new polyphonic synthesizer, – a very expensive Prophet 12 from Dave Smith Instruments. “After 35 years of creating synths, this is simply my best synth yet,” said Dave Smith.

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Jan 27

Native Instruments Reverb Classics – NAMM 13

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Jan 26

Here is something that caught my attention from Namm 2013, it is a keyboard from Kawai, just a controller keyboard with no sounds but it has a fab hammer action. The guy from Kawai demonstrating explains (and other keyboard manufactures should take note) that when a key is struck it is weight plus motion that equals feel. In other words as well as the weight you need to have the correct mechanical movement. Ok so the problem here then is how much does this weigh?

As I have said in other Blogs, it is all about compromise. Yes you can have the best keyboard action which is clearly what you have here with Kawai’s RM3 Grand2 action but normally this adds significant weight. As this is only a controller keyboard, although it is not lightweight, it only weighs 29.5kg (65lbs) – for an 88 ivory keybed that is pretty good.

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Jan 26

Namm 2013 and Korg are hard – hitting with new products like this powerful supercharged Dubstep-sounding Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder – the Korg Kaossilator Pro+. I say the words “new product” but I think it will upset some of the customers who have just or recently purchased their earlier and not so different Kaossilator Pro.

This You Tube clip makes you want one but more importantly it makes you wish you had the skills of the person performing. It makes you think about skills for the future and how so very different that has become from practicing for years scales on a piano. I must say it looks far more fun and the results are clear as you sound like a whole band rather than just an individual – see what you think. Do you feel like spending £300 on one of these?

On the next page we will have a look at the Features and Specs:-

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Jan 25

Here is one of my favourites a great little drum machine hardware / software hybrid from Arturia called SPARK and now for NAMM 2013 the SPARK LE at a great price of only £229.


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Jan 25

I really like the world-class sounds ommiting from Korg’s new Wavedrum called Wavedrum Global Edition which is really a Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer. It looks very smart too with a combination of blue and white.

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Jan 25

Building on the success of its Phatty synth family, Moog Music is introducing a new 25-key 31-knob analog synthesiser called the Sub Phatty.

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