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Yamaha MM6 Portable Music Synthesizer Keyboard

The Yamaha MM6 Music Synthesizer represents Yamaha’s new generation of the popular MOTIF series instruments; depicting the same sounds of the MOTIF. The MM6 features 61-note keyboard, 32 notes Polyphony with 16 parts Multi Timbral. The MM6 is equipped with powerful voices, real-time recording and gives users full control over the sound. These help musicians create some serious music. The lightweight Portable keyboard weighing merely 11.1 lbs enables musicians to bring it along anywhere they go.

The MM6 features 418 Voices and 22 Drum Kits, similar to the MOTIF synthesizers. These high-quality sounds range from authentic sounds and acoustic instruments sounds to wild, unique and in-your-face synthesizer sounds. An additional 128 Normal and 1 Drum Kit (GM voices) were incorporated into the instrument as well, giving you all you need to play back songs recorded in that popular format. The MM6 is compatible to any computer music software.

The MM6 has a range of Patterns that give you rhythmic backing from R&B, Rap, Hip Hop, Jazz to even world music styles. These Patterns are just what you need to shake up the dance floor and only the MM6 can gives you the real power. The MM6 also incorporates a powerful arpeggiator and 213 arpeggiator types and most of these arpeggiator types use synthesizer lead, piano and guitar Voices, Bass arpeggios and Drum Voice rhythm loops. The MM6 also allow you to make sound changes quickly even in the middle of a song and the Performance Memory is the tool to help you to switch gear smoothly, back track Patterns and other important setting that you are working on. With a full range of Voices and Patterns for you to select and a full control over them these are the features which will entice musicians.

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The Williams Encore Digital Piano is a Portable Keyboard. Though Portable, it is not as light as keyboard from other brands but the sound is superb. The Encore features 88 full-size Hammer-Action Weighted keys with 4 different touch-sensitivity setting, allowing users to select the feel that they enjoy most playing. The robust sound system encompassed 30 voices, 32-note Polyphony, metronome, Effects; reverb and chorus, Dual and Split voice modes. The Encore also comes with LCD display screen, 58 play-along practice songs, built-in amplified speaker, MIDI, sustain pedal, pitch-bend and modulation wheels and headphone jack.

The Encore could also be use as a midi controller besides a digital piano. The feel of the weighted action keys is nice if you have tried the acoustic pianos or the semi-weighted keys. Other digital pianos of this price range do not include pitch-bend or modulation wheels but with the Encore it is great to have for a midi controller.

The Williams Encore is the best for the price. The best feel and touch from the lower price models and some of the higher price models too. The Encore’s nice feel, pretty good tone and though there are not many sounds to choose from but a perfect portable digital piano keyboard for beginners and true musicians. Check it out. Taking into considerations the features for the price, you are actually getting a very nice keyboard instrument. Go for it! Enjoy!

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Nord ELECTRO 3 Portable Digital Piano

The Nord Electro 3 is a combination of other Nord models best technology. The new Nord Electro 3 features a new organ section, a new piano section, new effects section and a new sample library section. The Electro 3 digital portable piano features 61-key (5 octaves) or 73-key (6 octaves) velocity sensitive semi-weighted “waterfall” (square front) keyboard.

Piano section: Only the best from the best quality were selected to include in this Virtual Electromechanical portable keyboard. The Electro 3 incorporates 5 selectable types of exquisite new pianos sound; three acoustic grands and two electric grands. The pianos sound come in the Nord Piano Library download area and you can change or replace if you wish. You can also choose the sounds from the Library area for free. The Sample Editor allows you to add any sound you love to the Electro 3 and is a great tool to assist you to create sounds according to your personal choice. The Nord Sample Editor is compatible with Windows XP and Vista, and Mac OSX.

Organ section: The Electro 3 is even equipped with four selectable tone wheel modes, that stretches from a clean sound to battered unit with the most dramatic setting; vintage 3(B3, Vox Continental and Farfisa with full Polyphony). This setting even produces a sound in the background of its own, even if you don’t touch any keys. The sound of B3 produce by Electro 3 sound truly original which I find difficult to differentiate. The Vox Continental and Farfisa are just as impressive as the B3. The massive savage sound created by their 12-top oscillator frequency-divider designs is of course also a no sample zone in the Electro 3; you have the same behavior and unique response from our models as in the original instruments. Organ split: Using the Organ Split mode, you can play two different organ registrations in a dual manual fashion, one sound on either side of a user definable keyboard split point. Connect a second MIDI keyboard to the Electro 3, to use the organ split functionality, but in a true, dual manual setup.

Effect section: The Nord Electro 3 comes with a good selection of quality Effects and Reverb. Effect 1 comprises a selection of pan, tremolo, auto-wah, pedal-wah and ring modulator. Where as, Effect 2 comprises phaser, flanger and chorus and five algorithms (Room, Stage Soft, Stage, Hall, Hall Soft) Reverb. For the final stage, players can further enhance the sound system and effects by choosing from a selection of three amplifier /speaker simulations, compressor and rotary speaker which could add any amount of distortion and grit from gentle to mania level. The Electro 3 also features a new function in the Rotary Stop Mode. Users can switch between fast and stopped rotation and back using either the controls on the panel or foot pedal. This is an improved features of the early one-speed original rotary speaker units. A user adjustable settings like speed for both treble and bass rotors, and acceleration speed.

The lightweight (61-key 15.3 lbs) yet roadworthy design, affordable and the simple to use features makes Nord Electro 3 a truly digital musical instrument.