The Nord Wave Synthesizer is both lightweight and solidly built. Weighing in at merely 6 kg, the instrument was made for live gigs. Controls; 33 knobs, 3 notched endless encoders and 33 buttons are located at the front panel. The LCD screen shows the value of all parameters while editing, especially the names of multi-samples and digital waveforms. The value of certain parameters is shown in its true unit of measurement; frequency in Hz, time in seconds, intervals in semitones. A dedicated Panic button can cut all notes and is ideal for gigs.
The Nord Wave features 49-keys 4-octave keyboard that is sensitive to both velocity and pressure. The Nord Wave has an extensive sound range from imitations of vintage analogs, digital hybrids to acoustic instruments with a 189 MB Flash Memory pre-filled to ninety per cent. The multi-samples are well assembled, well looped and musical. The best part of this multi-sample bank is the Mellotron, since its samples are static. The Nord Wave offers no less than 250 MB recorded from Mellotron built from original parts. Nord Wave shines in synth sounds like synth basses, soft leads, portamento, arpeggios, pads and digital sounds. The Nord Wave is a digital synthesizer with 18-note polyphony. The memory contains 8 banks of 128 programs, including 3 pre-programmed. Fortunately, you can scroll through programs by number, category or alphabetically and they are simple and effective. Its range of sounds is surprising, with very different and perfectly complementary timbres within easy reach.
If all these sounds complicated, you got the wrong impression, it is the exact opposite. I have the distinct impression that the Nord Wave Manager takes care of most of the work with excellent results. The Nord Wave is a concentration of synthesis types with excellent musicality, user friendly, robust, and lightweight and the instrument is built for live performances.
Roland’s popular GW-8 Workstation evolves with Version 2. The Roland GW-8 Workstation features 61-key keyboard with velocity sensitive. This contemporary music workstation incorporates maximum 128-voices Polyphony derived from famous Fantom-X series, on-board 16 tracks sequencer, tons of contemporary sounds and interactive backing styles, LCD display, a wide variety of Effects; MFX – 78 types, Chorus – 3 types, Reverb – 5 types.
The Roland GW-8 V2 is build on the foundation of intelligent backing-track functionality, contemporary sounds from around the world, and expressive interactive musical styles. The GW-8 Version 2 includes a new Style Composer that enables you to edit the Styles as well as create your own interactive backing tracks and put your personal stamp of creativity on this amazing instrument. This is a great instrument to play. It is user-friendly and the manual, on the whole, is clear.
Roland has obviously put a lot of thought into the GW-8 v2. The Note To Arranger (NTA) function allows hands-free control of the Arranger engine from external Midi gear. It works very well for what it offers, which is a superbly controllable and playable instrument. The Roland GW-8 v2 weight merely 6.0 kg. To sum it all up, this portable keyboard instrument is suitable for solo keyboard players and gigging musicians.
Yamaha new S series includes S70 XS and S90 XS. The new Yamaha S70 XS Music Synthesizer features 76-key Balanced Hammer weighted action keyboard that accurately reproduces the touch and feel of a grand piano. The S70 will satisfy the most discerning pianists, piano focus individuals and ultimately every performer’s ideal partner. The S70 incorporates the sounds of the Yamaha Motif XS, S6 concert grand piano sounds and user friendly stage piano, in addition to its compact and portability.
The S70 XS Portable keyboard is designed primarily to satisfy the player, unlike the previous conventional keyboards which were designed specially for the listeners. The idea came about because Yamaha development team believes that performing is about now and performance would be at the best only when performer hears and experiences the best possible sound. In another word, only the best instrument sound can inspires and stimulates performer, music creator and arranger. The S70 XS enable users to easily and quickly create their custom Performances with the Performance Creator feature. Additionally, the S70 XS has a list of other features that live performers would find them useful, like combo input jack for instrument and microphone input, Control Knobs for adjusting volume and apply reverb and chorus effects, and Panel Controls.
The S70 XS is also compatible to the computer music production system, serving both as a master keyboard and a full-function, multi-timbral tone generator. The S70’s Cubase AI is a powerful and versatile MIDI sequencer, providing you complete music production features right out of the box. For casual players, you will be amazed by the advanced features, superb playability, robust and exquisite sounds. The Yamaha S70 XS weight 20.4 kg.
The NEW portable Korg SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano comes in both 73-key and 88-key, Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 (RH3) keyboard. As the name says it all, this new vintage keyboard will cure those who are addicted to vintage keys, while at the same time fulfilled the wishes of those who yearn for both classic and timeless keyboards, all in one instrument.
Korg is prudent with details, the on-board effects provide spot-on recreations of studio techniques, amp chassis, stomp-box pedals, and speaker cabinets transformed these sounds into coveted classics. Additionally, the SV-1 incorporates Korg’s Real eXperience (RX) Technology whereby each sound is a detailed and authentic recreation, accurately capturing the full range of expression and dynamics of the original. The 36 sounds in the SV-1 span electric pianos, acoustic pianos, clavs, organs, strings, and even a couple of synths for good measure. Besides the robust sound system you can hear the real mechanics of all the instruments behind the way the sound comes out. The acoustic piano sound is very intuitive, and that is a very hard thing to model on many keyboards.
If you have played vintage keys before you will notice that when you play Korg SV-1, it is the keys and the incredible sound which make you feel like this is something that you had played before. The touch of this lends itself to the classic sounds. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keyboard, with a solid, responsive feel. The authentic hammer weighting gets progressively lighter as you go up the keyboard, just like playing an authentic piano. The groovy, retro-styled Korg SV-1 73 Portable keyboard weight 38.5 lbs whereas the SV-1 88 weight 45.3 lbs. Check out its cool features and you will understand what I mean.