Ever since the introduction of the Nord C1 in 2007, life has been a bit easier on the organ player. No other unit delivers so much, at such a low cost, in such a compact and lightweight package. The sound and the versatility of the C1 has not only made it a player favourite, it has also received great accolades in the music press all over the world. With the introduction of the Nord C2, we now raise the performance bar a bit further and this is the new organ for others to compare and for manufacturers to compete against.
At the recent 2009 Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Nord previewed the New Nord C2 Combo Organ. This is a direct descendant of the acclaimed and award winning C1, with the addition of many exciting new features. Nord also presented two new accessories at the Musikmesse: the new sturdy but lightweight aluminum stand for the C2 and Pedal Key 27: a bass pedal keyboard. The new Drawbar Preview function allows you to dial in a new sound while still playing without any changes being heard. When you are ready, the new setting can be instantly activated.
The award winning sound of the C1 with its extremely faithful tonewheel organ, Voxand Farfisa models have been augmented with a beautiful baroque pipe organ. This makes the C2 even more versatile, perfect to play in church on Sunday mornings and clubs on Saturday nights. It is also a fantastic solution to the pipe organ player who needs a portable dual manual practice instrument that can be equipped with a large pedal board. Other updated features include new keyboard action, monitor input, controls moved to “classic” positions and enhanced click. The dual-manual portable keyboard have been enhanced with a firmer action to better provide the rock solid feel of an original tonewheel instrument. Not forgetting the ultra fast response time is of course still there. The rock solid Portable Nord C2 Combo Organ weight merely 15.5 kg.
The Neko XXL is the only Open Labs products line featuring 4 panels of physical control and it is the corner stone to any high end production studio. The Neko XXL features 61-key semi-weighted synth action keyboard and weight approximately 46 lbs. The Neko XXL features 10 input, 10 output sound card, in addition of a balance output.
The Neko XXL is equipped with 2 USB ports and a Firewire port. The Ethernet on the back of the XXL can be used to download plug-ins, authorize plug-ins or allow Open Labs online technicians access to the instrument, troubleshoot and assist you to familiarize with the instrument. Additionally, the Neko XXL’s external VGA output is ideal for studios who want to accommodate multiple screens.
The Neko XXL also incorporates a full version of the Ableton Live 7 software, an ideal companion for anyone; musicians or music producers doing any live sequencing, remixing or studio production.
The Casio WK-3800 Workstation Keyboard features 76 Full-Size Keys, with touch sensitive, 32-note Polyphony, Effects: DSP, reverb, chorus and EQ, backlit LCD display. The WK-3800 is the high-end workstation among the WK workstation and family. The instrument also features an internet data expansion system, Pitch bend and modulation wheels, USB port, SD slot and built-in floppy drive for MIDI files, all these are available in your workstation.
The Casio WK-3800 is a fun and very versatile keyboard with good quality built-in speakers. The workstation allows you to have control on preset digital tones. You can also record on separate tracks and later put them together for rich composition playback. The portable keyboard also allows you to switch instantly from one instrument sound to another, like electric piano sound to drawbar organ sound.
Additionally, special feature like the synthesizer mode enable you to edit built-in sounds to produce your own original creations and up to 120 of your own sounds can be stored in memory for recall, just like the built-in tones. Some of the synth sounds are great and overall, the Casio WK-3800 Workstation sounds are great and useful.
Fondly known as the “Baby Blue”, Korg PA500 is for musicians, performer, entertainer as well as music composer. Like Korg’s Arrangers and family, the PA500 incorporates Korg’s RX (Real eXperience) technology. The PA500 features all Korg’s exclusive features except the exclusive price tag.
The Korg PA500 starts with stunning sound, available in Korg’s high-end instruments, with 80 voices Polyphony, minimum 880 editable sounds on-board, and can accommodate an additional 128 user sounds and 64 drum kits. The PA500 includes 4 Stereo Digital Multi-Effect systems and a final semi-parametric three band EQ with a total of 124 different effects all in. With over 320 Styles on-board by the world renowned Arranger, the Pa500 is another achievement for the Arranger and family. Best of all, the Pa500 can automatically enhance the guitar tracks of existing Standard Midi Files after creating guitar parts from the keyboard.
Additionally, the Backing Sequencer enable even beginners create their own songs with ease. The PA500 another indispensable musical (SongBook) feature marks another mile stone of Korg’s achievement. The SongBook is a musical database which enable you to play your favourite song exactly the way you want it. Given all the power packed technology in a box, the Korg PA500 is absolutely self-contained and Portable. The Portable keyboard is a favourite among gigging keyboardists, live performers and for jamming sessions.
The M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 USB MIDI Controller features Advanced 49-key Trutech semi-weighted, piano-style keyboard, with HyperControl Technology. The difference between HyperControl technology and other controllers technology being that they merely offer mappings, whereas, HyperControl synchronizes Axiom Pro 49 with DAW to ensure that both hardware and software work hand in hand to form a single work environment while at the same time constantly maintains a live link between them. Click Here!
The Axiom Pro 49 also features assignable buttons for instant access to all your DAW playback and recoding, transport-only mode for you to access DAW transport and Track Navigation while simultaneously enables you to create and control your MIDI assignments for the buttons, trigger pads, sliders and encoders, all via HyperControl technology. In fact, the Axiom Pro keyboard controller line is the first to combine MIDI control with ASCII keystrokes.
The M-Audio Axiom Pro 49 is perfect for producing on a budget. The MIDI keyboard looks very sturdy and I find the keyboard to be very playable. At this price range, the instrument is very appealing because similar controllers from other manufacturers seems to be more expensive.