K-Sounds Releases Epic Grand for Korg Kronos and Kronos X

epic-grandSound developer K-Sounds has released Epic Grand for the Korg Kronos and Kronos X, featuring detailed stereo samples of a Japanese grand piano.

Epic Grand offers eight sampled dynamic layers plus damper resonance, release resonance, hammer noise samples, and multi-dynamic damper noise samples. All samples are unlooped, lasting up to twenty seconds. Continue reading

The Waldorf Zarenbourg Stage Piano

This video, via AudioCentralMagazine, captures a quick demo of the Waldorf Zarenbourg – a digital stage piano with a retro feel:

Waldorf Zarenbourg is a pretty, chunky, digital piano. It has a certain amount of internal sounds (physically modeled, sampled and fm synthesized). On this video, a quick run on the internal preset. Audio out goes straight into digital recorder.

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Nord Intros New Hammer-action Portable Nord Piano 2 HP


Musikmesse 2013: Swedish synthmaker Nord today introduced its new ultra lightweight Hammer Action Portable Nord Piano 2 HP, in advance of this week’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Nord Piano 2 HP lets you play, split and layer sounds from both the Nord Piano Library and the Nord Sample Library and features a versatile effects section – all in a lightweight package (11 kg / 24.25 lbs) with 73 keys.

All other features are identical to the Nord Piano 2 HA88. Here are the details: Continue reading

Roland Intros FP-50, PF-80 Digital Pianos


Musikmesse 2013: Roland today announced the FP-80 and FP-50, the next-generation models in their FP series of portable digital pianos.

The updated instruments feature SuperNATURAL Piano sounds, 88-note Ivory Feel keyboards, a large selection of onboard rhythm accompaniments with advanced full-keyboard chord recognition and more.

The FP-80’s Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with Escapement features the same progressive hammer action and escapement found in Roland’s top-line pianos, plus keys that replicate the unique appearance, texture, and moisture absorbing properties of real ivory. The more affordable FP-50 is outfitted with the Ivory Feel-G Keyboard with Escapement, an excellent keyboard that also features a progressive hammer action and an authentic ivory feel. Continue reading

Casio Privia PX5S First Look

Here’s a quick look at the new Casio Privia PX5S from the 2013 NAMM Show.

On first look, the new keyboard could be mistaken for one of Casio’s standard electric pianos. But, as this video demonstrates, it much deeper, offering synthesis features, insert effects, four-zone MIDI controller capabilities, a hammer action keyboard, four arpeggiators, 256 voice polyphony and more.

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