Yamaha Intros Reface Keytar Adapter

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Yamaha introduced a keytar attachment for the company’s line of Reface mobile mini keyboards.

The combination of the keytar attachment and the Reface’s support for battery power means that users have the same freedom to move around as guitarist and bassists.

Yamaha’s Nate Tschetter gave us a quick overview of the new Reface Keytar Attachment, and was clearly having some fun with it: Continue reading

Moog Liberation Synthesizer Video Demos

In this series of videos, Marc Doty – Archive and Education Specialist with the Bob Moog Foundation – takes a look at the classic Moog Liberation keytar synthesizer.

The Moog Liberation is being raffled off as a fundraiser for the Foundation. Details are available at the Foundation siteContinue reading

Flashback Friday: The Great Synthesizer Showdown Of 1985

The 27th Annual Grammy Awards, held thirty years ago, on Feb 26, 1985, featured an all-synth performance by the epic lineup of Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, and relative newcomer Howard Jones.

The performance has been described as “The most ’80s thing that ever happened. Ever.” Continue reading

George Mattson On The Past & Future Of Analog Synthesizers

George Mattson has been working with and building synths for about 40 years. He invented the first keytar synthesizer, created the Mattson Mini-Modular synthesizer and is now working with Synthrotek on a new line of Eurorack modules. Continue reading

Game Of Thrones Theme On 8-Bit NES Keytar! Plus – Friggin’ MIDI-Controlled Lasers!

This video, via Greig (Theremin Hero), captures an 8-bit NES Keytar performance of the Game Of Thrones theme – with MIDI-controlled lasers.

Greig’s NESKeytar is a cross between an original Nintendo console, a Guitar Hero controller and a miniature toy keyboard. The hybrid instrument fully utilities the NES sound chip to produce lo-fi arpeggios, heard in this tribute to the theme of Game of Thrones. Continue reading