Korg has announced Krome, the new member of their workstations family. The press release says that Korg Krome redefines the expectations for an instruments in its class. Korg Krome “is the new standard for sonic excellence in a gigging musician’s keyboard, providing a limitless palette of sound to bring vivid inspiration your music”. Korg Krome comes in 61, 73 and 88-key models.
Roland has launched INTEGRA-7 SuperNATURAL Sound Module, a rack unit loaded with over 6000 sounds, SuperNATURAL sounds, PCM sounds, and all 12 SRX expansion boards. Roland INTEGRA-7 rack module also comprises a “greatest hits” collection of sounds from Roland’s flagship keyboards and modules, and is loaded with SuperNATURAL drum kit sounds derived from V-Drums. In addition, the Roland INTEGRA-7 introduces a new technology called Motional Surround, a 17-part ambience engine (16 internal parts plus one external part) that lets users graphically control the distance and position of each part within a 360-degree sound field.
Housed in a stylish and rugged metal chassis, the Roland INTEGRA-7 is beautifully designed and built to withstand decades of use, whether in a studio or a touring road rack. The internal components are premium grade, including high-quality, low-noise D/A converters. Roland INTEGRA-7 comes with multiple dedicated effects engines, so users don’t have to worry about CPU load. Each of the 16 parts can have their own multi-effects and EQ, rather than sharing the same effects for all parts.
Roland has announced Jupiter-50 Synthesizer, the second release in its contemporary generation of Jupiter family keyboards. Four separate sound engines can be stacked together to create classic fat synth tones and massive voices. The lightweight, streamlined design also makes it an essential keyboard for players everywhere.
Inside, Roland Jupiter-50 comes with a sound engine that is the sonic equal of its big brother, containing all of the SuperNatural synthesizer and acoustic tones found in the Jupiter-80. Users can even import Jupiter-80 sound data into the Jupiter-50 or utilize powerful onboard multi-effects and reverb for studio-quality sound processing.
Nektar announces Panorama P4, the dedicated Controller Keyboard for Propellerhead Reason through a contest
Nektar, the California based new brand for Advanced Control Enhanced Workflow Controllers annouce Panorama P4, the first dedicated Controller Keyboard for Propellerhead Reason. This couples with a great prize competition. Musicians can win the very first Panorama P4 rolling off the production line, by submitting their competition entry at www.nektartech.com.
Nektar Panorama P4 is Nektar’s vision of how a great controller keyboard should work. As there are many controllers on the market already, it is still a challenge to find one that offers the feel and flow of operating the software, as if it’s hardware. Nektar Panorama P4 uses a communication protocol that has been custom designed for Reason 6, putting control – every control – at the musician’s fingertips. Panorama, in addition, of course also features traditional MIDI controller capabilities, including a MIDI output, so its possible to switch between the virtual and a hardware instrument rack in real-time. Panorama P4 really provides access to all areas.
Karma-Lab introduces Catalyst Volume 1 – Creativity Xplosion!, a new set of 32 exciting and inspiring Karma-fied combis for the Korg Kronos. Priced at only US$32, the sound set includes grooves, backing tracks and sonic textures in a wide variety of styles, ranging from a mixture of Hip-Hop, Dance, Electronica, Trance & Techno categories to Ambient, Jazz, New-Age, Film Score, and World/Ethnic categories. As it is usual for Karma-Lab combis, Catalyst Volume 1 – Creativity Xplosion! pushes the Karma function to the absolute limit. Each combi is composed of 4 complete Karma Modules and 8 fully-voiced scenes for maximum variability, featuring extensive control via the Karma Realtime Controls (8 sliders, 8 switches) and the other controllers (joystick, ribbon, vector joystick, 8 RT sliders/knobs, and 2 switches over joystick). In addition, the Kronos’s Drum Track has been programmed to add an additional complimentary percussion or drum element in every combi.
Music Computing, the production and design team for all-in-one music keyboard production stations – StudioBlade Line – announced today the immediate availability of Gen2, the upgraded and updated reality of their computer based music production studio monster. Music Computing StudioBLADE (Gen2) are complete stations with piano keys, drum trigger pads, knobs, sliders, thousands of sound presets and software for live and studio use. They allow you to compose, record, mix, and master songs that are ready for radio or direct … World Wide Web.
The famous SuperNatural® sound and expression of the RD Roland family is available from today in a lighter weight and affordable price appearance … Roland RD-300NX. It features SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine, as we said before, new Electric Piano sounds based on the same SuperNATURAL technology, Innovative Sound Focus (this feature ensures that every note will be heard in the mix without compressing or coloring the sound), new ivory feel – G keyboard with escapement, intuitive U/I: new One Touch Piano feature and graphic LCD, hundreds of high quality built-in sounds and also optional RPU-3 triple-pedal unit …
The Roland RD-300NX – Digital Stage Piano is shipping with a suggested retail price of $1,999.00.
We have two new releases from Hammond, lightweight, full featured organs … model SK 1 and model SK 2.
Hammond SK1, the ultra-portable new organ, gather all the tradition and all the soul of the Vintage B-3 into a trim 15 pound pack. It comes with a wide series of other voices like Acoustic and Electric Pianos, Clav, Vintage Combo Organs, Vintage String Synthesiser, Accordions, Pipe Organs and many other.
The SK Series aren’t clones of other Hammond Organs even if all the classic features that make a Hammond are included: Real Mechanical Drawbars, “Waterfall” Keyboard, Touch Response Percussion, Chorus Vibrato. In two words you can say that your eyes see portable but your ears hear and your touch says B-3.
Yamaha launches two brand new music production synthesisers MOX 6 and MOX 8 … “heavyweight professional performance with lightweight price tag” as they said. Both comes with over 1200 voices and also over 350 MB waveforms from Motif XS, all the sound material having the possibility of editing with Yamaha’s Expanded Articulation technology.