The video is about 12 minutes long, and there’s some cheesy commentary along the way, but it offers a good introduction to the new Casio synth’s capabilities.
Musikmesse 2012: Innovative Instruments was showing the Ribbon Tube Synth, a custom synth created from a Doepfer Ribbon Controller, what looks to be a Mutable Instruments Shruthi-1, a speaker and a giant tube. And some beer.
It’s currently priced at 799 Euro. See the Innovative Instruments site for details.
Musikmesse 2012: Roland introduced the PK-9 Pedal Keyboard, a MIDI pedalboard for organists.
The PK-9 features 20 velocity-sensitive pedal keys and an integrated expression pedal. It’s designed to work with instruments such as Roland?s Atelier, Combo, and Classic series organs, but will also work with other MIDI devices.
- 20 pedal keys respond to playing dynamics.
- Three different touch settings allow the user to tailor the key response to their individual playing style.
- An onboard expression pedal provides volume control. Footswitches on either side of the pedal?s toe allow the player to control organ functions such as rotary speed without taking their foot off the pedal or hands off the keys.
- Three additional footswitches are also provided?one as a dedicated piano-style sustain pedal, and two others that can be freely assigned to control numerous functions on Roland organs or other MIDI devices.
- A seven-segment display lets users program functions directly on the PK-9.
- MIDI IN, OUT, and THRU jacks are provided on the rear panel, as well as a jack for an assignable external pedal dedicated to additional controls like pitch bender up or down, cutoff, half damper, etc.
- A PK OUT connector allows for a single-cable connection to Roland organs such as the ATELIER Combo AT-350C and VK-88; when connected in this fashion, power is provided to the PK-9 from the organ.
The PK-9 Pedal Keyboard will be available in late spring. Pricing is TBA.
In addition to the official introductions at Musikmesse 2012, there were, as always, sneak previews of products that aren’t shipping and even some prototypes of things that may or may not ever ship.
This video, via Sonic State, captures a very early preview of a ‘skunkworks’ prototype of a U-He Diva hardware controller. Don’t miss the aluminum foil & Saran wrap action!
Musikmesse 2012: For the 13th time, representatives from more than 100 magazines, from all over the world, have gathered at Musikmesse to select their picks for the best musical instruments and audio equipment of the last year.
The Musikmesse International Press Award (MIPA) were awarded at a ceremony held Thursday, March 22nd, 2012.
Here are the awards given in the Keyboards & Software categories:
- Synthesizer Hardware - Roland Jupiter-80
- Stage Piano - Clavia Nord Piano 2
- Keyboard Workstation - Korg Kronos
- Controller Keyboard - Akai MAX49
- Software Instruments - Native Instruments Komplete 8
- Organ/Portable Keyboard - Hammond SK-Series
- Live Perfomance Tool - Native Instruments Maschine
A complete list of winners is available at the MIPA Awards site.
What do you think of the experts’ ‘Best of’ list? And what did you think were the most interesting new introductions?
The Sledge is a new polyphonic keyboard, based on Waldorf’s sound engine.
Here’s a quick demo, from the Musikmesse show floor, that highlights the Sledge’s user interface, synthesis capabilities and offers an intro to the new synth’s sound.
Details are available at the StudioLogic site.