The 2015 NAMM Show: McCarthy Music has introduced the Illuminating Piano, a MIDI controller with integrated LEDs that are designed to work with software and a “cloud-friendly piano learning system,” to accelerate the development of piano skills.
The Illuminating Piano is a 61-key MIDI controller that can connect to a computer or iPad via USB or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
When used with the company’s software, the keyboard lights which keys the player needs to play next.
While it’s a MIDI controller, the company does not address using it with any third-party software at its site.
- Each of the 61 keys on the Illuminating Piano light up evenly and brilliantly through a total of 130 on-board RGB LED’s.
- A touchscreen control panel integrates directly with the McCarthy Music software for controlling the various aspects of the software directly from the hardware.
- The Illuminating Piano connects directly to a computing device via USB, MIDI or Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for a completely wireless experience.
- The anodized aluminum housing gives the piano a sturdy and robust frame.
- This is the only piano to feature fully illuminated keys, using a patent-pending rear illumination of a light guide, which then forces light up and through the keys in an even and consistent fashion.
- The McCarthy Music software is available for Windows and iOS iPad devices.
- A state of the art score rendering system features the ability to zoom in and out of the sheet music so players can view the sheet music at a comfortable level.
- Automated scoring keeps tracks of performance and usage stats.
- Achievements are unlocked as the user improves and meets goals.
- Each piano can support many different users so an entire household can learn to play piano.
- Each user account has their own sheet music, progress for each song, achievements, and a variety of other usage statistics stored on their device, as well as in the cloud.
- A growing selection of more than 1,000 pieces of digital sheet music is available for purchase and immediate download.
The Illuminating Piano is currently priced at $499.99, with an expected ship date of 3/15/2015. More information is available at the company’s site.