Musical Instruments

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Grammy-nominated producer Erik "Blu2th" Griggs explores Arturia’s new sounds and products. Blu2th shares how he discovers new sounds using Arturia’s MiniFuse, KeyLab Essential mk3, and
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Arturia just unveiled its newest flagship synthesizer, the PolyBrute 12, a 12-voice analog synth featuring a Full Touch MPE keyboard and powerful sound-morphing capabilities. This feature-rich synth builds on what made the original PolyBrute great, giving music-makers more features, functionality, and expressivity options than ever before.
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The Arturia AstroLab gives you access to a collection of 7,000 sounds and presets in an easy-to-transport package. Unleash your creativity in the studio, on the road, or on stage with Arturia’s latest keyboard. 00:00 - Introduction 00.53 - Opening Jam 02:49 - Overview 04:08 - Keyboard and Interface 05:38 - Rotary Screen Encoder 06:14 - Preset Browsing 08:31 - Analog Lab Integration 09:10 - Multi-Part Presets 10:22
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There are hundreds of synths to choose from, so which do you buy? Gabe Richards discusses three synths from Novation: the Bass Station II, Circuit Tracks, and
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Korg just released 30 new products, but which ones are worth your while? Gabe Richards has got you covered. He's at Korg's NAMM 2024 booth to introduce the new MicroKORG 2, KingKORG NEO, and the Nu:Tekt NTS-1. 0:00 - Introduction 0:31 - microKORG 2 1:57 - NTS-1 MKII 3:09 - KingKORG NEO Will you be adding any of Korg’s new products to your setup? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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It’s the end of January, which can only mean one thing: It’s the 2024 NAMM show, where our favorite synthesizer manufacturers display their latest offerings. Highlights from this year include several releases from Korg, as well as a new stage piano from Nord, a MIDI controller from Intuitive Instruments, and the MegaCase from Erica Synths. Korg opsix, wavestate, and modwave Korg hit the ground running with the release of the highly anticipated
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Hot off the presses at NAMM, Nord is announcing the latest generation of its stage- and studio-worthy piano keyboards, the Nord Grand 2. Sporting a brand-new keyboard and the ability to generate piano and synth sounds simultaneously, the Nord Grand has never been so versatile. Nord Grand 2 88-Key
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At NAMM 2024, Korg announced a little something for everybody with three exciting new products: the KingKORG Neo virtual analog synthesizer, the Poetry digital piano, and the
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Join Andrew Swift for a quick overview of the Korg MPS-10, a multipad electronic drum machine and percussion controller designed to take live and home music production to farther edges of the tonal envelope. 0:00 - Introduction 0:20 - Specs and Sample Audio 2:46 - Looping Demo 4:18 - MPS-10 Editor What do you think of the Korg MPS-10? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Before we get to the news of the week, it is always worth mentioning that you can find some amazing deals by stopping by the B&H Holiday Page—cameras, lenses, etc. It’s all on sale. Now for the good stuff. Kodak is finally making its modern
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Teenage Engineering made waves with the release of its PO-33 K.O!, one of the best-selling samplers in the world. Now the brand is ready for Round 2 with the EP-133 K.O. II, the next evolution of its champion sampling machine. With more power, more sampling capabilities, and a fully reworked sequencer with brand-new punch-in effects, the EP-133 K.O. II is ready to take your pocket operation to the pro leagues.
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Professional music producers, arrangers, and stage performers have long looked to Yamaha for their vital tools―namely, powerful multi-faceted arranger keyboards, from the old Motif series to the modern GENOS platform. Now, Yamaha is updating its GENOS line to be the foundation upon which all future Yamaha keyboards will be built with the GENOS2, the most comprehensive toolbox Yamaha has ever provided for keyboard
by Andrew Eisele ·Posted
We’re heading into the final stretch of 2023 and synth manufacturers have been busy with new and updated models that offer sonic inspiration. With so many choices, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. In this buying guide, we’ll demystify some of the latest synthesizer technology and find that perfect instrument for you or a loved one that fits any budget. Synthesizers have been around for more than 60 years and, as much as technology progresses, we still find the same basic analog subtractive synthesis principles used for most synthesizer designs.
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MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a programming language that connects a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers, and related devices for playing, editing, and recording music. When we record with MIDI, we are capturing the performance of how an instrument was played, not the audio waveforms produced by the instrument. This has many benefits because we can add notes, edit velocities, correct the performance, or change the sound of the instrument altogether. MIDI controllers are the devices we use to create a
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Pedals are invaluable accessories for keyboardists. They play a vital role in expanding the expressive capabilities of a keyboard, offering greater control and nuance over the instrument's sound. Whether you're a pianist aiming for a traditional piano sound or a keyboardist in a band, incorporating pedals into your setup can elevate your playing experience. Here are some common pedals for a keyboard and their functions. Sustain Pedal and Sustain Foot Switch Sustain pedals (also known as damper pedals) and sustain foot switches are the most