Summer NAMM: Roland System-1 Update

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, we talked with Roland rep Peter Brown, who gave us an overview of the latest System-1 update, and also a summary of the various versions of the System-1.

The line now includes: Continue reading

New Casio Privia PX-560 Digital Piano A Synth In Disguise

At the 2015 Summer NAMM Show, Casio introduced a new flagship Privia digital piano line, PX-560, which not only is a capable digital piano, but also features interesting synthesis capabilities.

We talked with Casio’s Richard Formidoni and, in the video above, he gives an overview of the new PX-560 and demos its touchscreen synth patch editing. Continue reading

Yamaha Reface YC A Mobile Combo Organ

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2015 Summer NAMM Show: Yamaha today officially introduced its new Reface Mobile Mini Keyboards line, with sound engines based on four of the company’s classic keyboard lines.

The Reface keyboard form factor was inspired by the Yamaha CS-01, a mini synth that featured a built-in speaker. The new keyboards use a updated form factor, but have sound engines designed to recall Yamaha’s YC, CP, CS and DX keyboards.

Key features of all the keyboards in the Reface line include:

  • built-in speakers
  • 37 keys with HQ-Mini action, derived from Yamaha’s flagship Motif XF
  • battery-powered portability
  • USB & MIDI connectivity
  • Yamaha Reface Capture – an iOS patch librarian app
  • SoundMondo – a web MIDI patch librarian and social patch sharing site

The Reface YC synth engine recalls Yamaha’s classic combo organs: Continue reading