Alesis intros Coda Series digital pianos at NAMM

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Alesis has announced the introduction of its new Coda Series digital pianos, full-sized 88-key units that are ideal for a wide variety of performing and recording requirements.

Alesis Coda Pro

The Alesis Coda and Coda Pro are full-featured 88-key digital pianos that have the versatility and rich sound today’s musicians are looking for. They’re the perfect solution for any situation where a full-size keyboard is needed, but where portability and affordability are also important. They are ideal for piano students, stage and studio use, schools, theatres, and houses of worship.

Both the Coda and Coda Pro have 20 built-in piano voices (such as Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Drawbar Organ, etc.) and the versatility to split or layer two voices simultaneously. With 50 piano accompaniment styles to choose from (such as Slow Rock, Vienna Waltz, Jazz Pub, etc.), players can select the perfect style for any solo performance situation. Players can even connect the Alesis Coda and Coda Pro to their comput- er via the USB-MIDI port for full 88-key control of their virtual instrument software or plugins.

Alesis designed the Coda Series to have it all: great sound, a full-size 88-key keyboard and complete control over virtual instrument software and plugins.

Coda and Coda Pro features

  • Full 88-key keyboards cover the full piano range.
  • 20 built-in voices, with ability to split or layer two voices simultaneously.
  • Play along with 60 preset songs or record your own with the User Record mode.
  • Duet mode with 50 accompaniment patterns.
  • Exclusive built-in sounds from industry-leading virtual instrument developers AIR and SONiVOX.
  • Lesson mode divides the keyboard into two areas with the same pitch and voice.
  • Built-in DSP with adjustable EQ, Reverb, and Chorus FX.
  • Transpose control, built-in metronome.
  • USB-MIDI and MIDI DIN output.
  • Aux ¼” output; (2) ¼” headphone outputs.
  • Stereo ¼” Aux input for playing along with external equipment.
  • Sustain pedal included.

The Coda Pro adds Authentic Hammer-Action Weighted Keys to the above, giving the player a true, “real piano” feel to their playing experience.

In addition, the Alesis Coda Keyboard Stand is available as an accessory to both pianos.

Alesis Coda Keyboard Stand

The Stand connects to the Coda with just a single cable and adds three-pedal functionality: Soft, Sostenuto and Sustain. Its genuine wood finish adds a classic touch to any setting.

The Alesis Coda Series will be available in April 2015, priced at MSRPs £299.99 GBP for Coda, £379.99 GBP for Coda Pro, and £79.99 GBP for the Coda Stand.

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M-Audio intros Code Series Keyboards

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M-Audio has introduced its new Code Series keyboards, a family of three full-featured models.

M-Audio Code Series Keyboards

Available in 25-, 49-, and 61-key versions, the Code Series combines a remarkably smooth-feeling keyboard with a surprisingly complete feature set to create a keyboard line of unusually professional capability and unexpected value.

The Code Series builds upon M-Audio’s legacy of innovative workflow and playability. Their comprehensive controls automatically map to popular DAW’s such as Ableton Live, Apple GarageBand, Apple Logic, Pro Tools, and Steinberg Cubase, so artists can easily convert their creativity into immediate, tangible results.

Code Series keyboards features

  • Smooth-feel, semi-weighted keybed with aftertouch.
  • 16 velocity-sensitive pads with LED feedback .
  • Touch pad for X/Y axis control .
  • USB Bus powered for portability and ease of use.
  • 5 Pin MIDI Input, and Output jacks allowing you to control your favourite synths.
  • Assignable pitch & mod wheels, knobs, faders, buttons (with macro ASCII support), and transport control with Mackie Control and HUI modes.
  • Split keyboard with four assignable zones.
  • Expression and Sustain pedal inputs.
  • 6 digit LED display.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite, AIR Music Technology Loom and Hybrid 3.

The Code Series will be available in May 2015, priced at £149.99 GPB for Code 25, £189.99 GBP for Code 49, and £229.99 GBP for Code 61. The keyboards will be on display at the 2015 NAMM Show, January 22-25, Hall A, Booth 6700 in Anaheim, California.

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AIR intros 15-day trial versions of its instruments

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AIR Instruments

AIR Music Technology has announced demo versions of eight popular instruments for studio production and live performance.

Following the success of the transition designer The Riser—first made available as a demo in the summer of 2014—musicians may use full versions of select titles for 15 days prior to making a purchase decision: Hybrid 3, Loom, Strike, Structure, Transfuser, Vacuum Pro, Velvet, and Xpand!2.

Each title is 64-bit compatible with support for AU, VST, and AAX plugin formats. With over 70 Gigabytes of content across all eight instruments, users are treated to an exhaustive number of professional sounds ranging from synthesizers, electric pianos, percussion, pads, ethnic instruments, strings, sound design, and more. Each instrument uses PACE Eden authorization, eliminating the need for a physical iLok dongle, and existing users of each instrument are eligible for a free update.

“Without a doubt AIR instruments provide inspiration and world-class quality to the modern musician,” said Jennifer Hruska, Vice President of Software Development at AIR Music Technology. “By offering demo versions of our most popular instruments, a whole new set of users can experience our capabilities first hand in real-world scenarios.”

AIR instrument highlights

  • Hybrid 3 – Subtractive and wavetable synthesizer with 6 oscillators.
  • Loom – Modular additive synthesizer with 30 editable modules.
  • Strike – Dynamic drum arranger and instrument with comprehensive sample library.
  • Structure – Multi-timbral sampler instrument with over 35 GB of content.
  • Transfuser – Groove creation workstation; sequence, slice loops, pitch shift, and more.
  • Vacuum Pro – Subtractive vacuum tube synth with analog tube modeling.
  • Velvet – Electric piano instrument with stunning Fender, Wurlitzer, and Hohner models.
  • Xpand!2 – Four part instrument designer with arpeggiator and 2,500 presets.
  • 64-bit; VST, AU, and AAX compatible.
  • Free update for existing users of each respective instrument.
  • No physical iLok required.

The instruments start at just $99.99 with existing users eligible for a free update. Upgrade opportunities and collections will be available for download starting in early 2015. Each instrument will be on display during 2015 Winter NAMM, Hall A, booth #6700, January 22-25 in Anaheim, CA.

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M-Audio announces updates to Virtual Instruments included with its products

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M-Audio has announced it has teamed up with Air Music Tech and Sonivox to bring free upgraded versions of the Virtual Instruments included in Trigger Finger Pro (Hybrid 3 2.04 Update), and Oxygen 2014 Series & Keystation 2014 Series (Xpand!2, select models of Eighty Eight and Twist Update).

M-Audio Hybrid 3

A new serial number is required for these new versions. Customers will receive an email with their complimentary upgrade serial number in the next few days. If you have not yet registered your product please do so at their website to redeem your complimentary instruments.

Changes in the updates

  • Improved support for Cubase 8.
  • Improved support for Logic Pro X latest version.
  • Wide range of performance enhancements and stability optimizations.
  • Improved support for Pro Tools 11.
  • Official support for OS X 10.10.
  • Optional support for using an iLok key to store your license.
  • New license manager to allow customers to manage their own authorizations.
  • Now install on up to three seats per license (Computers or iLoks).
  • Support for new Akai Pro Virtual Instrument Player.
  • Improved support for M-Audio Arsenal.

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Alesis releases V & VI Series Computer Controllers

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Alesis has announced that its new V and VI series USB/MIDI keyboard controllers are now available.

Alesis VI61

Models in the V Series include the V25, the V49, and the V61. The VI Series models are the VI25, VI49, and the VI61. These offer two, four, and five octave keyboards, respectively.

Alesis V Series are ideal for the hobbyist, software performer, or novice musician. Far from stripped down, each model includes several up-to-date premium features. Full-size, flat-front keys provide a confident, comfortable feel. Octave Up/Down buttons provide access to the entire note range, regardless of keyboard length. Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels—plus the sustain pedal input—lend an extra level of performance expression. The eight velocity-sensing drum/trigger pads are generously proportioned, and offer blue LED illumination. Each Alesis V Series model is also equipped with four assignable knobs and four assignable switches—also illuminated—that allow interactive software control.

Alesis VI Series models are equipped with full-size, flat-front keys. Semi-weighted for an authentic feel, these keys allow the performer to play with confidence—plus they respond to both velocity and aftertouch. Octave Up/Down buttons provide access to the entire note range, regardless of keyboard length. Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels lend an extra level of performance expression, and there is a sustain pedal input for piano-style control.

In keeping with their more professional-level performance capabilities, on the VI Series to the left of the keyboard—up front and of equal importance—are 16 highly-responsive drum/trigger pads equipped with color-keyed RGB LED illumination. Generously sized, these pads offer dynamic (velocity) sensitivity and a substantial, solid feel. These pads are ideal for playing drum sounds, firing samples, or triggering loops and grooves.

Both the V and VI Series come with comprehensive software packages that provide an important creative boost for the user. Both series includes the popular Ableton Live Lite, an interactive loop-based compositional and performance software program that makes effective use of the V and VI Series pads and controllers. Also included is the powerful Xpand!2 from Air Music Technology. Originally created as part of the Avid Pro Tools Creative Collection, Xpand!2 has been updated as a standalone software synthesizer capable of creating fantastic sounds, from natural instruments to intense electronic tones. An accompanying software editor opens the door to easily creating custom controller assignments. A single USB cable makes a convenient connection providing both power and two-way USB/MIDI link between the Alesis V and VI Series Controller and the user’s Mac or PC computer.

“The V Series controllers provide a powerful competitive performance edge for the modern music maker,” notes Alesis Director of Engineering, David Gill. “The emphasis on dynamic pads, illuminated controls, and full-size keys reflect our dedication to provide the most in-demand features to the entry and mid-level performer. Plus, the included software suite makes it uniquely easy to record, produce, and perform your music.”

Gill added, “Offering even greater flexibility and performance, the VI Series reflects the changing nature of software—and music making in general—from linear song composition to loop- and percussion–based construction and performance. We are very excited to deliver a controller that can satisfy the modern studio producer, the live performer, and the software composer, all in the same instrument.”

The controllers are now available for purchase at the following prices:

  • V25 $79.99 USD.
  • V49 $99.99 USD.
  • V61 $149.99 USD.
  • VI25 $169.99 USD.
  • VI49 $199.99 USD.
  • VI61 $249.99 USD.

More information: Alesis / V & VI Series

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