Akai Professional introduced its cool Akai product the SynthStation25 at the 2010 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. The Akai SynthStation25 keyboard controller transforms your iPhone into a portable music production studio for mobile music creation. The SynthStation25 features 25 velocity sensitive, synth-action keys, a built-in dock for the iPhone, pitch and modulation wheels, physical control buttons, audio out and headphone out.
The SynthStation25 is designed to work well with the Akai Professional SynthStation Studio app as well as other MIDI software. The SynthStaton Studio app is the Apple iPhone application that is available exclusively from Akai. It is a 3 powerful virtual analog synthesizers application each with different 3 oscillators synths and drum kits. The SynthStation app enable musicians to sequence, build songs and change all just like a typical sequencer, play your keys and mess with all your settings of your synths. The two separate products when work together will transform the iPhone into a professional musical instrument.
Similarly, if you intend to use the controller as a standalone midi controller, all you need to do is to remove the iPhone from the dock and you can use it with any MIDI software you like. The cool SynthStation25 easy setup, with battery powered option and flexibility, is deemed a preferred choice for musicians on the go.
The Kawai MP5 continues the heritage of Kawai’s highly acclaimed MP8II stage piano but in a compact and lighter package. The Kawai MP5 is a very powerful MIDI Controller Keyboard and Professional Stage Piano. The MP5 features 88 weighted keys Advanced Hammer Action IV (AHAIV) with Acoustic ReactionTM Technology, 192-notes Polyphony, 256 high-quality instrument sounds including Kawai famous Concert Grand Piano sound along with newly sampled alternative grand piano, Electric Piano, plus dozens of other instrument sounds including Drawbar, Organ, Strings, Brass, Synth and Guitar, 256 user setups, 4-zone control, 4 real-time control knobs, backlit LCD display, Reverb and Effects.
The MP5 utilizes Kawai’s acclaimed Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology to create its impressive concert grand piano sound. The piano’s sound is great both in mono and stereo. The AHAIV delivers uncompromising feel in a surprising lightweight and portable keyboard action. With tons of polyphony the MP5 can handle even the most demanding performances, and it is great because notes never run out even with four internally layered sounds and each sound can have it’s own effect.
The MP5 is recommended for the masses who want a nice bright, full piano sound, not too heavily weighted keys, ample polyphony, much internal storage and a solid bread and butter sound pallet. Similarly, the Kawai MP5 Professional Stage Piano would satisfy the most demanding performer’s need for impeccable sound quality, responsive touch and powerful control, and the MP5 delivers all these, and more . . . all at an impressively affordable price. The portable keyboard weight 20.5 kg. Check it out!
Alesis introduced its Special and Limited Edition, Alesis micron se Analog Modeling Synthesizer, and announced its immediate availability. The special Blue version is a new addition to Alesis popular analog modeling synthesizer and family. The micron se features eight-voice analog modeling synthesizer, with 37-key synth-action touch sensitive keyboard, more than 600 preset sounds, robust sequencing section with phase, step, and drum, stereo effects, and an arpeggiator, Effects; including Stereo, Reverbs and Delays. Each of the micron’s voices contains two filters, and each filter can be one of the following different types, each with its own character and sonic flavor. Each of the micron’s voices contains two LFOs, each of which offers rate, depth, shape, and tempo sync, and three envelopes: Amp Envelope, Filter Envelope, and Pitch/Modulation Envelope.
The Alesis micron se analog modeling synthesizer though small in size but, do not underestimate the instrument, the micron se delivers robust sound and impressive sonic flexibility. Regardless, whether musicians choose to use the synth for live performance or studio environment, and whether they choose to create their own sounds or work with the preset sounds, the micron se is the ideal companion with powerful synthesis capabilities, great sound and excellent portability.
If you’re considering getting a cheap, easy to use analog synth emulator, than you should seriously consider the Alesis Micron Se Analog Modeling Synthesizer. Its sixties Sci-Fi flavored aesthetics and simple control layout belies a sophisticated, yet user-friendly electronic music instrument.
Behringer introduced its new U-CONTROL UMX 610. The Behringer U-Control UMX 610 features a 61-Key MIDI Controller Keyboard with Audio Interface, 100 Software Instruments, 50 VST Effects, energyXT2.5 Compact BEHRINGER Edition Music Production Software and NI (Native Instruments) KorePlayer Software Sound Module.
The U-Control UMX 610 is a compact, absolutely flexible and professional midi keyboard. The U-Control UMX610 is ideal for use with audio editing and sequencing software, or even as a master keyboard for controlling external sound modules and hardware synthesizers. With 61 full size velocity-sensitive keys and a total of 22 assignable knobs, buttons and fader, the instrument enables you the ease of control over your software and hardware, allowing direct hands on manipulation of parameters within Effects, Synths and Sequencers within your music software. The included USB audio interface will enable you simple recording and playback of audio – recording decks, vocals or instruments and playing back audio without having to install any drivers or additional software to use the device and it is compatible with your PC and Mac computers.
Additionally, the package also includes a software and plug-in bundle, including Native Instruments Koreplayer with 300MB of samples sounds including sounds ranging from synths to acoustic instruments to drums and more , making it ideal for both entry level and advanced producers. This portable keyboard provides total flexibility and tremendous ease of use thus, allowing players to realize their ideas intuitively.
The Roland V-Combo VR-700 Stage Keyboard is a Performance Build Organ, High Quality Piano and Synthesizer equipped with all the essential sounds in one easy to use package. The V-Combo VR-700 features 76-keys, velocity-sensitive waterfall keyboard, 128-voice Polyphony for ensemble section and Full polyphony in organ section, Roland’s legendary Virtual Tone Wheel organ technology plus the first class collection of sample sounds including acoustic piano, electric piano, string, brass, synth leads and many more, backing tracks functionality, built-in rhythm.
The Roland V-Combo VR-700 combines an entire keyboard rig into one convenient instrument for fast set-up and portability. The V-Combo dedicated drawbars allows you to modify the organ sound naturally in real time. To also helps you to recreate an authentic organ performance, the D Beam can be used to add tone wheel organ playings effects such as wheel brakes, adding ring modulation, spring shock and volume control.
In addition, the V-Combo backing tracks function and built-in rhythm patterns makes this instrument a multifaceted keyboard and every gigging keyboardist dream come true. This one music instrument is all you need for any live performance. The portable keyboard weight merely 16 kg.