Nov 5

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Controller keyboards continue to improve with more and more functionality and Korg are a company that do not stand still in this respect and who have just discontinued their Kontrol range of Midi keyboard controllers to provide the new
Korg Triton Taktile keyboard controller.

The Triton Taktile has even more real-time controls and functions but has an added bonus with the inclusion of 512 sounds from the well known and loved Triton range of synthesizers.

At only £319 for the Triton Taktile 49 and £239 or the Triton Taktile 25, it has a great spec and fairly good build quality for the price. It has sufficient lights for stage use or badly lit studios. All of its buttons and pads are made of rubber which are translucent. It has a nice playing feel but sadly like many keyboards today it has no aftertouch.

The pitch-bend and modulation wheel which is assignable are not in my favourite position and are positioned in the upper left-hand corner above the keys. It has eight sliders and the buttons below the sliders allow you to assign a Midi Control of your choice. Above the sliders are eight knobs and when the Korg Triton Taktile is in sound mode, these knobs become controls for Filter, Envelope and effects. Unfortunately there is no way that edited sounds can be saved.

Furthermore in the centre there is a mini Kaoss Pad which can be assigned either to trigger notes, chords from a particular scale or software parameters and a ribbon controller which also gives you a range of assignable options. On the right-hand side of the control panel are 16 pads that are assignable, velocity-sensitive and backlit – great for your drum sounds whic is also very useful for the on-board arppegiator which has six modes.

The Korg Triton Taktile is everything you could want from a Midi controller keyboard and at this price anf fuctionality, it is going to be hard to beat and The taktile series is now compatible with iPad.

Dimensions 750 x 290 x 83 mm, Number of Keys 49, Weight 3.8kg.
Dimensions 531 x 290 x 72 mm, Number of Keys 25, Weight 2.5kg.

Oct 31

I love these You Tube clips that Brett Domino does. As well as being very funny, you have to agree that they are recorded extremely well. I wonder who does the mastering?
This one from Brett is specific to Halloween and how you can make a hit ready for the 31st October.

Brett demonstrates his abilities on Korg’s new RK100S Keytar Synthesizer. Have a watch and listen – great fun

Oct 31

The new Kurzweil Forte premium stage piano is now available in the UK and it sounds awesome. Have a listen in clip above.

It has a brand new sound engine from Kurzweil’s patented FlashPlay technology, giving you very fast access to its large 16GB sample memory. So as you would guess it powers up really quickly and what all keyboard players want is no loading time when you are changing between sounds. With this technology you really get a great level of detail in the sound that has not been achieved before on a hardware keyboard. The Forte’s new piano sounds are modelled on German and Japanese grand pianos as you would expect. The dynamics are awesome and the sound is very realistic. It is also very rugged and ideal for a life on the road

Jan 26

Korg Triton Taktile keyboards – Namm 2014

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The Korg Triton Taktile controller keyboards come in two sizes a 25 note or 49 note high quality semi-weighted keybeds. Not only are they powerful controller keyboards with loads of great features they have an awesome Korg XY pad for you to control parameters on the fly and come loaded with 512 Triton sounds, which have been “specially tuned” for the unit. The Triton taktiles can also connect to a computer via USB and function as an external sound module.

Prices are $299/$349 for the 25-note/49-note taktile controllers and $349/$499 for the 25-note/49-note Triton taktile keyboards available in July 2014.

Jan 26

Nord Lead A1 – Namm 2014

Namm 2014 and Clavia showed its latest analogue modelling synthesizer, the Nord Lead A1. My first thoughts on this was that how different is this from its other Nord Leads. It certaily looks very similar and for a 49 Note keyboard it still carries the hefty Nord Price of $1799. Nord say it has been made to “encourage experimentation with quick and easy programming and is very different from the Nord A4 as it has a completely diffent oscillator section”, but what does it sound like as it is not true analogue. The YouTube clip above allows you to hear some of its sounds without the noise of the Namm crowd.

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Jan 24

Best of Namm 2014

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The NAMM show is such a great event running from 23 January 2014 to 26 January 2014 in its usual location of Anaheim Convention Center, 800 West Katella Avenue
Anaheim, although I have seen there will also be a Namm show in Russia in September 2014.

Sometimes the companies build the hype to such an extent that you feel a little let down when you see the new products, but as you dig a little deeper, there is normally something for everyone. Whether it is precisely what you are after is another matter but you can easily get drawn in and dream of possibilities for you.

For me, I have my own selection of goodies from the show, so apart from the four that we have already looked at:- ROLAND FA-06 and FA-08 Synth Workstation, ROLAND RD-800 Stage Piano, ROLAND TM-2 Trigger Module and M-AUDIO Finger Trigger Pro, my favourites are:-

NORD AI
ARTURIA SPARK 2
IZOTOPE BREAKTWEAKER
ELEKTRON THE ANALOG RYTM
KORG TRITON TAKTIL
WAVES: ABBEY ROAD REEL ADT,
KORG GADGET SYNTH STUDIO FOR IPAD
KORG KEYTAR RK-100S

It looks like ROLAND VT-3 VOCAL TRANSFORMER and ROLAND ARIA will not be at NAMM 2014 and following Waldorf’s tease of possibly a new synth, nothing as materialised as yet.

I hope to look at the above in a little more detail, so stay tuned

Jan 15

Roland FA-06 and Roland FA-08 Workstation

 

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I was really looking forward to finding out what new products Roland would be announcing today for their first quarter of 2014 just prior to Namm 2014.

At first, I was a little disappointed as their are not many and their didn’t appear to be anything ‘new’ in the true sense of the word. On closer inspection their are a couple of interesting additions and to start with I want to have a look at the new FA synth workstations that come in two sizes the FA-06 (61 key) and the weighted action FA-08 (88 note).

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Sep 13

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Well could the new CP4 Yamaha Stage Piano be the best stage piano they have ever made? Although it has the usual Yamaha look and controls it has Forty-Five premium grand pianos including the CFX, CFIII, and the S6. If you throw in 47 Electric Pianos and 341 other voice patches, it is begining to shape up. But at just over £2000 what is it that makes this one stand out from the crowd? How heavy or portable is it?

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Jun 28

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INTRODUCING THE ARTURIA MINIBRUTE

It is good to see that manufactures are still bringing out new Analogue Synths. Many of them are small and compact with sufficient knob-tweaking controls for you to create your next Dubstep sound or effect for a movie soundtrack. Arturia are one such company and have taken the step in producing their first Analogue Synth – the Arturia Minibrute.

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May 30

INTRODUCING THE ROLAND RD-64 DIGITAL PIANO

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I find it facinating to watch what Roland and Yamaha are releasing currently, or rather what they are not. For me Yamaha have stopped producing any digital product that I find I can really get excited about and with Roland, whilst some of their new products have some good ideas, some of them fall short of expectations.

The RD-64 Digital Piano in my opinion is one such product. On the face of it, the idea of a portable lightweight piano with a good weighted action with more than 61 notes sounds very appealing at a price of just under £700.00.

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