Arturia releases KeyLab 88 MIDI keyboard controller

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Arturia has announced the availability of KeyLab 88, a professional-grade, 88-note hammer-action hybrid MIDI keyboard controller that comes complete with Arturia’s acclaimed Analog Lab software synthesizer.

Arturia KeyLab 88

With its extensive array of controls, its stylish yet amazingly lightweight design, and great integration with laptops and tablets.

The Keylab 88 is perfect for modern keyboard players, pianists, demanding stage performers, and professional producers who will not compromise on quality. The KeyLab 88 sets a new standard in professional controller keyboards.

KeyLab 88 features

  • Main Features
    • Includes Analog Lab with 5000 synth sounds
    • All presets are carefully selected from the Arturia Classic Synths (mini V, Modular V, CS-80V, ARP 2600 V, Prophet V, Prophet VS, SEM V and Jupiter-8V) and from Wurlitzer V, our recreation of the classic 200A electric piano. These TAE® powered sounds offer unparalleled audio quality.
    • Fast filter the presets to your requirements: by Instrument, by Type (Bass, Pads, Leads…), by Characteristics (long, bright, dark …)
    • In-depth Preset Editing available for the owners of the Arturia Classic Synthesizers (Mini V, CS-80 V, etc.). Edit your sounds on the original instruments within Analog Lab.
    • More than 200 Multi patches organized by musical genres, each made of two different synth patches with effects, layers and splits…
    • Straightforward editing, with a complete array of parameters for tweaking sounds, directly assigned to the controls of the Keylab 88.
  • Hardware Specifications
    • Keyboard: 88 note hammer action Fatar keybed with velocity and aftertouch.
    • Controls: 2 clickable encoders, 6 transport switches, 1 modulation wheel, 1 pitch bend wheel, two banks of 10 encoders, two banks of 9 sliders, 1 volume encoder, 10 assignable switches and 16 backlit pads with velocity and pressure sensitivity.
    • Connectors: MIDI in & out, USB, Sustain pedal, Expression pedal, Aux footswitch, Breath controller inputs.
    • High quality aluminum and wooden construction.
    • 32 digits LCD screen.
    • Functions as an universal MIDI controller.
    • Use with Analog Lab or with any other MIDI software.
    • Product dimensions: 127.5/35/9.5 cm – Net weight: 13 Kg.

KeyLab 88 is available for purchase for 699 EUR/$699 USD.

More information: Arturia / KeyLab 88

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Korg intros MS-20M Kit + SQ-1, KAOSS DJ, kaossilator 2S & new Kronos at NAMM

Korg has introduced a number of new products at the Winter NAMM 2015.

SQ-1 step sequencer

Korg SQ-1

The SQ-1 is a compact step sequencer with 2 x 8 steps.

It’s wealth of connection jacks allows it to be connected to the MS-20 and a variety of other synthesizers. Vintage analog synths or the latest compact synths can be controlled from this single unit. You can also switch between a variety of synthesizer modes and use the step buttons to create performances overflowing with spontaneity, just as when using a volca unit.

Liberate yourself from the numerically-bound parameter editing that’s typical on a DAW; you’ll enjoy truly musical inspiration as you train your ears and concentrate on what your fingertips are doing. Don’t miss the experience of music that’s driven by your instinct.

MS-20M Kit + SQ-1 Monophonic synthesizer module kit

Korg MS-20M Kit + SQ-1

The MS-20M Kit is based on the MS-20 with additional improvements.

It’s an analog synthesizer module where you can choose your preferences and assemble yourself. In addition to greatly enhanced synthesis possibilities provided by oscillator sync, FM, two filters (pre and post), and PWM, there are jacks such as a CV IN that supports both Hz/V and V/Oct, making it play nicely with other equipment.

You’ll be able to immerse yourself in synthesis, and with the inclusion of the SQ-1 step sequencer you can also create and play sequences.

KAOSS DJ

Korg KAOSS DJ

The KAOSS DJ is a new DJ controller.

The KAOSS DJ is a USB and standalone DJ controller that features a built-in KAOSS PAD, KORG’s famous and inimitable touch pad effects unit. Using these effects, along with the generous assortment of control features provided, will take your DJ performances to a whole new level.

Use sweeping filters to accentuate or create your own drop; use time-based delays to manipulate the beat; employ isolators to accentuate frequencies for mashups; put a huge reverb on that snare hit… the possibilities are endless!

kaossilator 2S

The kaossilator 2S is a dynamic phrase synthesizer.

Korg kaossilator 2S

The palm-sized synthesizer, kaossilator 2, has now been intensified. Announcing the newly evolved kaossilator 2S (“S” stands for Sound on Sound), a great tool for serious music production.

Use the touchpad to perform intuitively, the loop recorder to keep overdubbing, then export your recorded phrases to Ableton Live and polish them into a song! With undo/redo functions and support for exporting as multi-track data or in Ableton Live format, the kaossilator 2S means that serendipitous phrases and sudden ideas can be seamlessly used in song production.

New Kronos

The new Kronos is the most powerful version of Korg’s flagship synthesizer.

Korg Kronos

“The new Kronos features the unrivaled 9-engine structure from previous versions, with numerous improvements to both sound capability and overall functionality. Truly, the most powerful synthesizer on the planet just got more powerful” James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg products.

“Our SGX piano engine, already revered for its German and Japanese grands, now also includes a 9GB Berlin grand with dedicated una corda (soft pedal) samples, plus sympathetic string resonance that works on all the SGX pianos” he continued. “It’s truly an amazing piano experience. There are new banks of sounds based on famous song titles for our cover players and those looking for ‘that’ sound for their recordings, plus a ‘best of’ bank from KaPro, who has created numerous libraries for the Kronos line.”

Other new features include system-wide Touch/Drag via the Kronos’ huge color TouchView™ screen; allowing the user to edit onscreen parameters faster and more naturally than ever.

An evolved Set List mode provides the capability to resize their custom text per set list entry, and enter text via either an onscreen QWERTY or external USB ASCII keyboard. Entries can also be color-coded for better organization and visibility, and users can even decide how many set list entries appear on the screen at time, allowing for more (and larger) onscreen text to remind you of lyrics, changes, or other notes.

An improved search function helps users to find the perfect sound faster than ever. Other improvements include onscreen metering in Combination and Sequencer modes, along with the ability to edit Programs within a Combination to hear the edits in context with other parts.

The improvements don’t end with the software, either; the new Kronos also boasts a new look, including natural wood side panels, easier-to-read silkscreened text, a sophisticated – and functional – vented back panel, and gold-plated audio I/O jacks.

More information: Korg

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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.

More information: Alesis

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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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Nektar ships Impact LX 88 controller keyboard + MainStage 3 support for Panorama announced

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Nektar has announced it is now shipping the Impact LX 88, the flagship product in the Impact line and the first Nektar keyboard featuring an 88 note semi-weighted keybed.

Nektar Impact LX 88

Developed for keyboard and piano players who need a full-range keyboard, the Impact LX88 is designed with performance in mind. Functions such as split, layer and MIDI out are included giving the performer the ability to set split point, program MIDI channels, Octave and transpose settings, send our program changes for each zone on the fly. A fully featured USB controller keyboard, the Impact LX88 delivers 9 faders, 9 control buttons, 8 pots, 6 transport buttons, 8 velocity sensitive pads, foot switch socket, MIDI out and control wheels. 5 user presets are designed for GM setups, “MIDI learn” capable DAWs and other music software.

The Impact LX88 in addition is fully supported by Nektar DAW Integration, giving it the same pre-mapped control power as the Impact LX25, LX49 and LX61 keyboards. Nektar Impact DAW Integration currently supports Bitwig Studio, Cubase, Digital Performer, FL Studio, GarageBand, Logic Pro, Nuendo, Reaper, Reason, Studio One and Sonar with additional template setups for Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools.

Nektar DAW Integration offers custom integration with a common workflow. As such, working with supported DAWs, Impact LX88 goes way beyond the typical basic Mixer mapping. Users of supported DAWs will be able to navigate tracks, switch between controlling mixer or instruments, trigger and set loop points, switch metronome on/off, Undo and more.

Nektar Impact LX88 is available immediately in some territories and will be available in stores worldwide at the end of February with an MSRP of $329.99 USD/289.99 EUR/£219.99 GBP.

Nektar has also announced that the Panorama integrated keyboard controller products P1, P4 and P6, now features integrated support for Apple MainStage 3.

Nektor Panorama MainStage 3 support

Apple MainStage 3 is already the standard for using computer software as a rig for live performances. Adding Panorama to the system takes MainStage to another level, providing complete transparency for the musician operating MainStage without having to keep a computer monitor within view.

The custom integration for MainStage is entirely focused on live performance. All the important information is immediately visible on Panorama’s high-resolution TFT display including Smart Control mappings, parameter values and the current Patch name in large font.

Panorama’s menu system allows for navigating Sets and Patches with a secondary navigation system offering direct selection via the 8 LED buttons.

Panorama supports all MainStage template concerts mapping controls automatically:

  • Comprehensive and transparent navigation of Sets and Patches
  • Smart Controls by default mapped to the 16 encoders
  • Tonewheel Organ drawbars mapped to the 9 faders
  • Master Volume is always available on the 100mm Alps motorized fader (P4 & P6 only)
  • Play, cycle, stop and marker controls mapped to Panorama’s transport panel controls
  • Mixer Mutes and Solos mapped to the 9 Fader buttons

Panorama’s controls can also be customized through MainStage’s layout view offering full flexibility to meet any need for even the most unique concert peformances.

MainStage integration is free to existing Panorama users becoming available early February 2015.

More information: Nektar

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