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 16

The second new Roland Product that caught my eye was the new Roland RD-800 Piano

This You Tube Clip from Keyboard Mag does an excellent job of showing just how good this Piano is. It is a quality instrument but will cost you £1799 but watching this I am sure you will think it is worth it.

I had an RD-150 some years ago and loved it. I always remember its simple quick two track recorder for quickly putting ideas. There is now a much better version on the RD-800 allowing you to record as a wav file on a USB stick.
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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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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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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 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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Nov 12

INTRODUCING THE CLAVIA NORD ELECTRO 4 HP 73 NOTE KEYBOARD

 

Well here is a hot item, released in the UK on 28 September 2012 – The Clavia Nord Electro 4 HP 73 note velocity sensitive hammer action portable E-E keyboard. Another classy Nord product with a quality build but one that is extremely light, (weighing only 11 kg which is 24.25 lbs.) considering the fact it has expressive, full weighted keys.

On first look there doesn’t seem to be a great difference between the Electro 4 and the Electro 3 that I recently reviewed so I shall delve into its charms and see what is new.

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Jul 15

Summer Namm 2012 Nashville Convention Cente and it is great to see Casio continue to develope their Privia digital piano range with the announcement of four new models, the PX-150, PX-350, PX-750 and PX-850 available in Black or White. These provide you with an enhanced keyboard and a new powerful sound engine. I was very impressed with the fact that they already have the lightest piano available with a great keyboard action on an 88 hammer action weighted keys. If they have really enhanced this further, then you really should check this out.

Casio state that these new Privia digital pianos deliver exceptional sound quality and are equipped with an abundance of new features, offering an enhanced performance.” They appear to have redesigned their 88-note Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard. From a feel point of view you have what feels like ebony and ivory texture on the keys and if you couple this with a scaled weighted action, it starts to feel similar to an acoustic piano. At the same time their tri-sensors capture your performance with every detail and nuance.

Casio also have a new sound source called “AiR” which stands for Acoustic and intelligent Resonator. This uses over three times the waveform memory of the previous Privias has 128 note polyphony and gives you better dynamics, damper resonance and even compensates for the speed at which hammers strike strings at different velocities and key ranges. The PX-350 and PX-850 also provide the ability to record a 44.1kHz .wav file directly to a USB thumb drive.

I want to try one of these soon.

Apr 29

INTRODUCING THE NORD ELECTO 3 FROM CLAVIA


I have been anxious to get my hands on a Nord keyboard and it is very strange that at the time Nord have just announced the release of the Electro 4D at Musikmesse in Frankfurt, I am about to look into the Nord Electro 3. This maybe the right time as there is a possibility that the Electro 3 will come down a little in price, with its successor just around the corner. Obviously the Electro 3 is the third incarnation of Clavia’s virtual electromechanical range of bright red wonders. The first is now over ten years old and Clavia have slowly updated the software and hardware.
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Jan 24

Namm 2012 and Nord has launched the brand new streamlined and portable hammer-action 88-note digital piano – The Nord Piano 2 HA 88. Those great guys at Sound on Sound have recorded some footage with Nord at Namm:-

With extensive additional feature sets that bring the hardware bang up to date with competitive rival plug-ins and a player’s piano feel and new controls making it all the more authentic, it covers all your bases.

Perhaps the most important addition is one of sympathetic strings, or Acoustic Resonance as it’s called here, which replicates the sounds of strings other than the ones you’re playing very gently reverberating in the background – it’s the piano ‘jangle’ that occurs when you hit an acoustic instrument’s keys hard with the sustain on, and its inclusion here can only make for a more authentic playing experience.
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