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Yamaha TYROS 3 Arranger


The Yamaha Tyros3 features a vast range of voice technologies from Organ, Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Accordion to Saxophone, just to name a few. Tyros3 has Yamaha’s FSX (Flight Simulator X) keyboard actions, 61-key and touch sensitive.Tyros3’s Super Articulation 2 gives you a direct control of the original instrument real vibrator and a detailed control of musical expression of each voice. There are 450 Styles (Pop & Rock, Latin, Swing & Jazz, Country and many more) to choose from and they are suitable for both beginners as well as professional musicians because Styles follows a player’s chord progressions.

Tyros3 other features includes:- Music Finder, Music Finder+, One Touch Setting, Registration Memory and Score Display. Music finder is a popular feature which allows you to search your favorite songs on the Music Finder song list. Whereas, Music Finder+ assists you to search for songs not on the list, by accessing to songs library online. Thereafter, the sheet music of your selected song will be downloaded directly to Tyros3’s display by internet direct connection. The OTS (One Touch Setting) feature provides four different professionally created registration for each Style. Just select a Style and the One Touch Setting and you can start playing the keyboard.

The Tyros3’s Registration Memory can store virtually unlimited Voices, Sounds and Effects. You can set what is stored and recalled. A single press of a button and you can recall. Tyros3 is compatible with all SMF (Standard Midi File) song software. Score (notation) display in TFT (Thin Film Transistor) display screen can be enhance by changing score size, adding note name, coloring the pitches and so forth. The Tyros3 can bring out the best in each voice, styles and it is also user friendly. Though the price range is on the higher side compared with other branded Arranger workstation but, to all professional musicians take a closer view of TYROS3.

Alesis MICRON Analog Modeling Synthesizer

SYNTHESIZER FOCUSED PORTABLE

The feisty dynamism of Alesis’s synthesizer, Micron Analog Modeling Synthesizer, is guaranteed to inspire you with incredible sonic results, both on-stage and in studio. Micron’s rugged and compact design has programmable step, phase sequencer and arpeggiator. In addition, the simple interface makes creating new textures and instruments extremely fast and intuitive and there are many more you can do with the Micon. If you are looking for synthesizer that is affordable yet has an expansive set of analog sounds, the Alesis Micron gives you the most bangs for the buck.

And if you are doing electronic dance music, this synthesizer is the perfect choice. Contrary to some comments; like not finding soft and warm patches, actually the patches are categorized by drums, bass, pad, lead, just to name a few. The Micron features 8-voice, each with 3 oscillators, 2 multimode filters, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFOs (Lyte Funky Ones), sample and hold, and tracking generator.

If you compare the Micron with other Virtual Analog synthesizers like Korg’s VA synths (MS2000, microKorg), the Roland 303 and the Novation Station, I can honestly tell you that Alesis Micron can go toe to toe against all of them and many times come out ahead in both sound and functionality.

FEATURES

  • 37 Keys
  • No. of Effects Processors/Effects Programs: c
  • Outputs/Type: (2) analog in/out
  • Polyphony/Multitimbral Parts: 8/32
  • Filter Types/Resonance: Variable


Casio LK-220 Lighted Keys Keyboard

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Lighted Keyboard with Headphone,Stand,AC Adaptor

Lighted Keyboard,Headphone, Stand,Power Supply


The Casio LK-220 Lighted Portable Keyboard comes with Microphone input. This allows users to sing along and play along with 110 stored top-quality song. The 61 light-up keys on LK-220 will guide you through a whole host of songs. The practice pieces are divided into small learning units, to enable you to learn step by step – just like a traditional music lesson.

The LK-220 also offers the new AHL Sound Source Technology boasting 48 notes and 150 rhythms, mesmerizing you with a colorful overview of the world of music.The sampling function provides you hours of fun because recordings of up to a second can be played back via the keyboard using the mic-in facility.

A large, easy-to-read LCD display shows you key information at a glance. Regardless, of whether you are playing for pleasure or performing in front of audiences, ten impressive reverb effects enhance the sound diversity of your keyboard. The USB MIDI tried-and-tested interface quickly and simply connects your keyboard with a computer. The sound system features two loudspeakers with a power of 2x two watts, producing an impressive and balance sound.This keyboard is for beginners as well as more advanced players. Package does not include Accessories.

Special Features:

  • New Step-Up Lesson Functions
  • New entertainment features
  • World Music Library
  • Music Challenge

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Casio SA-75 Mini Home Keyboard

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Mini keyboard with Microphone headset

The Casio SA-75 Mini Keyboard is great for kids who love to hammer the keys. However, the keyboard is designed not just for children but also beginning musicians. The SA-75 package comes with a Microphone headset, thanks to Casio. This hands free microphone makes playing much easier.

The Casio SA-75 Mini Keyboard features 37 keys, 100 PCM Tones, 30 accompaniment Patterns which comprises of 10 Rhythms,10 Free sessions and 10 Funny modes, 4- note polyphonic and10 Tunes. Though Mini in size but, comes with LCD screen and Musical Information Display System, whereby On-screen music staff displaying notes played and icons indicates the beat. This musical instrument has an option for players to turn-off the melody and concentrate on playing songs with notation. There are 2 built-in Speakers but players should be aware that there is no line out or headphone jack. Players have an option to run the SA-75 Mini Keyboards on 5-AA batteries or AC adapter, which are not included in the package.

Children can learn about chords and melodies simultaneously because this keyboard can produce 4 notes at once. The quality of sound is unexpected though it runs on 5-AA batteries. The very low volume is still high so it is great for children and the new generation. Taking into considerations the features, it is unbelievable that this musical instrument cost slightly more than a toy keyboard.

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Roland FANTOM-X8 Synthesizer/Workstation


The Roland Fantom-X8 comes with 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard designed to capture the feeling of a grand concert. This workstation keyboard has Roland’s most powerful Sound Generator Chip offering musicians 128-voice polyphony and almost 1GB of wave length memory. The dazzling color LCD screen is the first in a workstation keyboard. With all the images in color, the surrounding becomes more lively and ones mood more pleasure and I bet you would not want to turn back.

The Fantom-X8 can record either short samples for playback on keyboard or long linear takes which is similar to a digital recorder. The Fantom-X8 features a brand new 128MB wave ROM loaded with quality-focused sounds like vivid new string sections, expressive and fat-sounding drums, an amazing new 88-key split acoustic piano sound and rich nylon string guitars, which uses individual stereo multi-samples for each key and at every velocity stage.

The workstation keyboard has Roland’s Skip Back Sampling feature. This feature would relieve musicians from keeping track of their performances because the sampler is constantly recording every note you play. Musicians can instantly retrieve a performance and turn into a sample. This Powerhouse Workstation with an Ultra-Friendly Interface is every Studio Musicians and live Performer’s dream come true!