Studiologic Numa Piano Now Shipping

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2011 NAMM Show: Studiologic announced that the Numa Piano is shipping and widely available.

An integrated stage piano and master keyboard controller, the Numa Piano features the Fatar TP/100 Premium Weighted Hammer Action. The Numa Piano offers Grand Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet, Pad, Organ, and Upright Bass sounds.

Above, Joey DeFrancesco and Alberto Marsico jam on the Numa Piano and Studiologic’s Numa Organ. Continue reading

Kurzweil PC3 Gets OS Update

Kurzweil PC3 OS 2.0Kurzweil Music Systems announced the release OS V2.0 for the PC3 line at the 2011 NAMM Show.

Here’s what’s new:

  • New presets include acoustic pianos, synths, pads, FM electric pianos, over 100 new drum kits and a comprehensive collection of pipe organ stop settings.
  • Both the KB3 tone-wheel organ simulator and rotary effects have been improved.
  • A new Intuitive Info feature, which enables the PC3 to provide visual feedback in the display whenever a controller (slider, button, wheel, etc.) is used, letting the player know which parameter is being affected and by how much in real-time.
  • The PC3′s synthesis engine has undergone a few notable enhancements. Several new V.A.S.T. DSP oscillators have been added along with the ability to edit both keymaps and samples in ROM, opening up even more sonic possibilities.

If y0u’ve updated your PC3, leave a comment with your thoughts on OS 2.0.

Kurzweil Intros SP4-8 Stage Piano

Kurzweil stage piano

Kurzweil Music Systems announced of the SP4-8 stage piano at the 2011 NAMM Show, featuring 88-note hammer-weighted action, nuanced sound design and advanced performance features.

Equipped with many of the same sounds and effects as Kurzweil’s PC3 family, the SP4-8 offers a variety of acoustic pianos, vintage electric pianos, string sections, lush pads, KB3 organs, mallets, drums, basses, guitars and more. With four programmable zones, the SP4-8 allows you to create splits and layers at the touch of a button.

With additional sounds online available for download, you can create a personalized sound set. Don’t need drums or guitars? Download extra electric pianos and KB3 organs. Also, the SP4-8 can load programs created on Kurzweil’s PC3 and PC3LE keyboards.

Pricing and availability for the Kurzweil SP4-8 stage piano are to be announced.

Mackie MRmk2 Reference Monitors Introduced At The Winter NAMM show

Mackie MR5mk2 MonitorsAt the 2011 NAMM Show, Mackie introduced a redesign of its line of powered studio monitors – the MRmk2 Mackie Reference Monitors.

Mackie MRmk2 studio monitors feature new transducers, designed to match their respective amplification. Both models employ a 1? neodymium magnet-driven soft dome tweeter ,featuring ferro-fluid cooling to help protect against power compression during wide dynamic playback.

The 5.25? (MR5mk2) and 8? (MR8mk2) hyperbolic-curved cone woofers are designed to reduce severe cone resonances and minimize distortion.

The Class A/B amplifier section features XLR, TRS and RCA connectivity, along with user-adjustable acoustic controls for basic room correction. The cabinet is rear-ported, reducing distortion, and features a Waveguide and molded baffle, offering balance to the HF / LF content while increasing both the stereo imaging and depth of field.

The Mackie MRmk2 Series Powered Studio Monitors will be available worldwide February, 2011.

The MR5mk2 will have a U.S. MSRP of $199.99 and MR8mk2 will have a U.S. MSRP of $329.99. V

Kurzweil Shipping SP4-7 Stage Piano

Kurzweil SP4-7 Stage Piano

At the 2011 NAMM ShowKurzweil announced that it’s shipping the SP4-7 stage piano.

Here’s what they have to say about the SP4-7 stage piano:

With 128 programs taken directly from our highly acclaimed PC3 keyboard, the SP4-7 is simply unmatched in (and well above) its price range for sound quality. Included in the SP4-7 are some of our best pianos, string sections, vintage keys, KB3 organ emulations, orchestral sounds, guitars, drums, winds and Take 6 vocals. All the sound generating and effects processing power of our latest custom hardware is under the hood, paired with a simple, elegant interface that will invite and inspire musicians from the moment they turn it on.

Weighing in at a mere 24 lbs, the SP4-7 is sleek, easy to carry and leaves a very small footprint on stage or in the studio. Its 76 semi-weighted keys are fast and responsive, using new cutting edge touch-response software to ensure that the SP4-7 feels like a musical instrument, not just a piece of technology.

Tthe SP4-7 includes dedicated buttons for one-touch splitting and layering, and Setup Mode provides 4 discreet zones, each with its own MIDI control. The SP4-7′s USB port can be used for MIDI, storing/saving sounds and setups and for OS updates.

The Kurzweil SP4-7 is available now for around $1,100.

Kurzweil PC3K8 Performance Workstation

Kurzweil PC3k8 synthesizer

2011 NAMM ShowKurzweil Music Systems is now shipping the PC3K8 keyboard workstation, expanding the PC3 line to include key new features along with backwards compatibility with the K-Series product line.

The PC3K features 128 MB of non-volatile user sample memory. The PC3K allows user samples to remain intact after a power-cycle, with zero load time upon powering back on.

The PC3K can load .WAV files, but more importantly, it can load legacy Kurzweil .K files from the K2000, K2500 and K2600 keyboards. This opens up a whole new world of sonic possibilities; users can now combine the PC3K’s Dynamic V.A.S.T. synthesis engine with the library of K Series samples generated by users and developers alike for over 15 years. Continue reading

Fostex Intros PM0.4n Near-field Studio Monitors In Rainbow-Brite Colors

2011 Winter NAMM Show: Fostex is shipping its new PM0.4n studio monitors, which feature a new exterior design, high efficiency bi-amp design, and rainbow-brite colors.

Features:

  • Aromatic polyamide LF driver and UFLC (ply Urethane Film Laminated Cloth) HF driver for maximum sound performance
  • High efficiency bi-amplifier drive with 18W each for LF and HF drivers.
  • Glossy front baffle with gently tapered top

PM0.4n is wall-mount ready with four implanted nuts on the bottom of the enclosure cabinet. The pitch between the nuts (47mm x 62mm) is suitable for popular wall mount brackets, great for surround sound implementations.