Friday, August 28, 2009
Roland FANTOM-G8 Workstation Refurb
The Roland Fantom-G8 Workstation is a dream keyboard instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity. Roland has included an ...
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Casio LK 110 Keyboard Factory B-Stock
The Casio LK 110 music keyboard features 61 full-size keys. The keyboard's Key Lighting System lights up the keys you need to press when you're using...
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Casio WK200 76-Key Digital Keyboard Workstation Factory B-Stock
The Casio WK-200 is a digital keyboard workstation featuring 76 touch-sensitive, piano-style keys and a host of features. This surprisingly...
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Yamaha P-155B Contemporary Digital Piano - Black
The Yamaha P-155 digital piano offers professional quality sound with Yamaha's legendary piano touch. Whether you're practicing at home or away, performing solo or in a band you'll have top-shelf Yamaha digital piano technologies at your fingertips. This Yamaha digital piano has advanced sampling functions and the ultra-expressive Graded Hammer (GH) keyboard. Now you don't have to choose between portability and piano quality. The P-155B version has a black finish and ebony top boardHand-crafted Pianos, High-quality Voices To ensure the finest grand piano sound for the P-155, Yamaha went straight to the source: Yamaha's finest 9-foot concert grand, a handpicked CFIIIS.
Yamaha PSR-E223 Entry-Level Portable Keyboard
Yamaha has carefully designed the PSR-E223 keyboard to make playing and learning music the way it should be—fun and easy. The included Interactive Yamaha Education Suite has 5 lessons, a chord dictionary, metronome, and over 100 songs to learn and improve your basic skills. The PSR-E223 keyboard has 375 voices, including the amazing Portable Grand with which you can let your inner talent shine. The Yamaha PSR-E223 keyboard gives you 32-note polyphony, with 9 digital reverb effects including a new chorus. It is also GM and XGlite-compatible. Simply connect The Yamaha PSR-E223 to your computer and enjoy the extra benefits. The PSR-E223 can be powered by the optional Yamaha PA-130 AC adapter power supply (sku#336005) or six AA batteries (not included).
Yamaha MOTIF XS7 Music Production Synthesizer Workstation Keyboard
The MOTIF XS7 is a powerhouse 76-key synth workstation from Yamaha. It comes with a mind-blowing 355MB of wave ROM which combines with the Expanded Articulation tone generator for previously unheard levels of expression and sound quality. Also key to the XS experience is the easy-to-use performance recording for capturing ideas as you play—voices and effects intact. Over 1,000 voices (plus 64 drum kits), 4 musical arpeggiators, over 6000 phrases, a sampling sequencer, studio-style mixing, a color LCD, and assignable knobs and sliders for hands on control. Computer connectivity via USB and Ethernet. Includes Cubase AI, optimized for seamless integration with the MOTIF XS.Instant inspiration, infinite possibilities With the Yamaha MOTIF XS, inspiration is just a key press away.
Yamaha PSR-E323 Entry-Level Portable Keyboard
The Yamaha PSR-E323 is an entry-level keyboard with a lot to offer. First of all, the PSR-E323 has 61 full-size keys with Touch Response for the expressiveness of an acoustic piano. For the absolute beginner, this keyboard features the Yamaha Education Suite system with 5 lessons, including a "Keys to Success" function that helps you hone your skills. You also get over 100 songs to learn. The Yamaha PSR-E323 keyboard has Flash ROM for importing standard MIDI files. Now you can learn your favorite songs on the Internet. Once you've got the hang of the basics, the keybaord has a 2-track sequencer to record 5 of your own songs with up to 10,000 notes. Use 482 built-in voices, 106 rhythm styles (including 12 drum kits) to create your own masterpiece. The Yamaha PSR-E323 has 9 reverbs, 4 chorus, and 26 types of harmony for genuine creativity with your sound. The PSR-E323 can be powered by the optional Yamaha PA-130 AC adapter power supply (sku#336005) or six AA batteries (not included).
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Casio Privia PX-130 88-Key Digital Keyboard
The grand piano sounds in the PX-130 delivers an unprecedented level of realism and expression. Four dynamic layers of stereo piano samples are...
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M-Audio Axiom 25 Red Special Edition MIDI Controller
M-Audio offers the compact Axiom 25 MIDI controller in an extremely limited, special red edition. But don't let the Axiom 25 keyboard's size fool...
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Thursday, August 06, 2009
Re-Mventing the workstation
By Dave Allen
Korg M3 Workstation
Korg defined the concept of the all-in-one workstation when they introduced the M1 back in the late 80’s, and have been refining it over the years with some of the most popular keyboards of all time, including the Trinity and TRITON. Now the latest edition is here: the Korg M3. It may be part of a legendary bloodline, but it’s the fresh genes running in its DNA that will get most musicians’ interest. The M3 has inherited features from the high-end OASYS and Karma workstations that take it an evolutionary leap beyond the competition.
The 61-key M3 I received for this review looked modern and hip in its sleek aluminum chassis with wood accented end caps. It also has a very unique modular setup with the sound engine and controls in a separate chassis that mounts onto the back of the frame of the key bed. There are also 73-key and 88-key models, with the 88 featuring hammer action. With the modular setup, the larger models allow you to use additional Korg synth modules. With the 73-key version, you can have an M3 and a RADIAS on the same frame. The 88-key frame can host two M3 modules. The module also comes as a tabletop design by itself and includes the whole M3 system—synthesis, sampling, sequencing, and all.
Korg M3 Workstation and Synth Module
The Korg M3’s modular design allows you to add additional Korg synth modules and the M3 is also available as a standalone tabletop synth.
If you’re like me the first question you have is, “Is this just another extension of the TRITON, or is it really new?” Let me clear that up—this is a significant step up from the TRITON in fidelity, sounds, and capabilities. The M3 inherits a lot from the OASYS, although it is a chip-based instrument, as compared to the Pentium-powered, open architecture design of that uber-flagship model. But the M3’s engine—which Korg calls EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)—is similar to the OASYS’ HD-1. Each oscillator can play back stereo waveforms, with four-way velocity switching and crossfading, a big step up from the TRITON. All new filters, more detailed envelope generators, advanced modulation mixers, and much more signify this is a serious synth for programming. Of course, it has sounds to inspire you and make you want to work too.
The first acoustic piano program on the M3 is a four-way switched version of the Steinway from the OASYS and it was a pleasure to play—I’d gladly use this piano live and for tracking in the most critical applications. A number of the other acoustic sounds were just as impressive; the guitars had extra sampled effects like finger slides and fret buzz that made them sound realistic. The various drum and percussion voices also stood out, with natural-sounding velocity switching for the snares. The organ sounds were outstanding. My favorites were JazzPerc Org (A008)—a smoky and warm Hammond that just reeked of jazz club attitude—and Rock Perc (B104)—an overdriven sound that could stand up to the loudest wall of guitar amps.
Every program in the M3 also has a drum track: a drum groove preprogrammed to match each sound in feel and sonics. Call up a program, turn on the drum track and you’ve got a great beat to play along with. While it may not be innovative, it’s inspirational and fun. There are over 500 drum patterns with many played by live musicians, but I found it a snap to sequence my own little groove, save it as a pattern, and assign it to a sound. I was even able to import a favorite sample loop from an Akai CD, create a trigger for it, and use it. Sweet!
Combination mode is another area where Korg always shines. These automatic setups give you multiple sounds layered or split to make functional performances like left-hand bass splits, right-hand leads with left-hand comping, and complex splits and layers that give you an expressive orchestral ensemble or modern remix groove under your fingertips. The M3 ups the ante with up to 16 parts per Combi—double that of previous Korg workstations. When you call up a Combi, you have great sounds and effects programmed, and when combined with a drum track and KARMA, it’s easy to spend hours just jamming along with one sound.
Korg M3 Workstation
Its large color touch screen offers full control of the M3’s power including some unique effect controls derived from the KAOSS PAD.
KARMA is the cool phrase-generating technology Korg introduced in the Karma Music Workstation and further developed in the OASYS. The M3 has the complete OASYS-based version of the technology. There are thousands of KARMA phrases covering everything from drum grooves, bass lines, and guitar strumming and finger-picking to totally outrageous chopping effects and arpeggiators. What makes KARMA arps different is their capacity for real time customization using the onboard sliders and switches. It makes it super easy to add musical patterns to your sounds and ideas without relying on stock arpeggios. It’s a little hard to explain but the instant you try it you’ll see how cool KARMA is.
The M3 has some other tricks up its sleeve, and one of the most addicting is that you can use its color touchscreen as a KAOSS PAD to control effects and other aspects of the sound by moving your finger around on it. And when you do, the screen changes colors—it’s trippy and way cool! The key bed has a fantastic new action with a fast response that also feels really solid and slightly weighted. But the standout aspect was the aftertouch. It was extremely easy to control and add expression. I walked away from my few days with this monster synth totally excited and completely convinced. This is THE synth workstation on my wish list, and should be turning players’ ears for years to come.