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If you’ve been around for as long as I have, then the name “Nord” may make you go a little Bleary eyed with Nostalgia. Nord have been making synthesizers for 30 years now and, although they’re not the biggest name in the industry, they are certainly one of the most respected.

Now these veterans of synthesis  have released a wave of new models which promise to combine these 30 years of experience with innovative new designs.

 

The first of these new models in the Nord Drum 2, an analogue modelling percussion synthesizer. Nord Drum 2 allows you to create and play completely unique drum sounds. Nord Drum 2 offers 6 channels, resonance modelling, 6 generic trigger inputs and a host of other professional features. You can compare Nord Drum 2 prices here at Instrumania.com

 

Nord Drum 2 can be used with the all-new Nord Pad which is a 6 channel, compact and responsive drum trigger for the Nord Drum 2 that connects simply via Ethernet. Seamlessly integrate a digital workflow into your exiting acoustic setup or compliment your digital kit with the Nord Pad as the centrepiece, offering simple operation and seamless integration. Compare Nord Pad prices at Instrumania.com.

 

Nord have also released the Piano 2 HP, a lightweight stage piano with 73 hammer action keys. Weighing in at an impressive 11kg, and sporting 3 weighted keys the Nord Piano 2 HP now allows you to split and layer sounds from the Nord Piano and Sample libraries. It features an impressive 500MB of memory for the Nord Piano library and 128MB for the Nord sample library. Compare Nord Piano 2 HP prices at Instrumania.com.

According to Akai Professional, MAX49 places revolutionary MIDI and CV control at your fingertips. With an intuitive layout and included Pro Tools Express, Ableton Live Lite, AkaiConnect, and Ignite software, MAX49 offers instant, powerful creative capabilities. From its 49 semi-weighted keys and 8 real MPC pads, to its groundbreaking LED touch faders and built-in 32-note step sequencer, MAX25 combines cutting-edge Akai Pro technology with classic capability to give you an unprecedented music-making experience.

 

 

 

CUTTING-EDGE LED TOUCH FADERS

MAX25 is one of the most unique controllers ever engineered. Right away you'll notice one of its most distinguishing features: four banks of eight backlit LED touch faders, allowing you to assign up to 32 control parameters. You can use MAX49's LED touch faders just like analog faders by simply dragging your finger up and down along their touch strips, or you can perform instant leaps in any MIDI value from zero to maxed out and everything in between—an unprecedented, unmatched controller capability.

 

BUILT-IN STEP SEQUENCER

Akai Professional’s MAX25 and MAX49 are the only keyboard controllers available that include a built-in step sequencer. MAX49’s touch faders combine with the built-in step sequencer to offer even more innovative performance capabilities. Control four banks of eight steps each, crating patterns up to 32 steps. The step sequencer can be assigned to MIDI parameters or the CV/Gate outputs, and the touch faders give you real-time editing control over modulation, filters, key changes, and effects. Create instant arpeggios by swiping your finger horizontally across the faders, and easily activate and deactivate steps using the button beneath each fader.

 

"…an incredible build quality, unbelievably natural feel, and a built-in suite of features designed with analog enthusiasts in mind, the MAX49 is a solid buy…" - Crossfadr.com

 

CLASSIC CAPABILITY

When you're ready to get down to business, MAX49 delivers essential controller features with excellence. 49 semi-weighted keys with aftertouch are laid out before you, providing professional feel, perfect response and full musical expression. Large, centrally positioned transport controls give you straightforward track navigation, and rubberized pitch and modulation wheels provide for instant creative flourishes. MAX49's expanded arpeggiator includes a Latch button as well as eight different time divisions to create sweeping and endlessly varied melodic cascades.

 

CV & GATE OUTPUTS

MAX49 comes ready to command any controller hardware or software from any era: USB MIDI, traditional 5-pin DIN MIDI and even Control Voltage and Gate outputs are onboard, allowing you to control everything from today's most advanced music software, to analog modular synths from as far back as the 1960s. Mackie Control and HUI protocols are also built in to give you instant compatibility with many industry standard DAWs.

 

 

 

 

ICONIC MPC PADS

MAX49 is also equipped with four banks of 12 backlit MPC pads, giving you a total of 48 assignable pads, allowing you to integrate legendary Akai Pro production capability into live performances and recording sessions alike. These backlit, velocity-sensitive pads come with classic MPC Swing, Note Repeat, Full Level and navigation controls to give you all the tools you need to create music at your highest level.

 

Avid® Pro Tools® Express Included

Compose, record, edit, and mix using the tools the professionals use. Pro Tools Express starts with 16 simultaneous stereo or mono audio tracks. Add in the popular Boom, Xpand!2, and Structure Free player virtual instruments from AIR Music Technology—all included. Finish off with dozens of high-powered effect plug-ins, including the in-demand AIR effects. Plus, Pro Tools Express offers session file compatibility with the entire Pro Tools family, so you can take your tracks to the finest studios around the world.

 

IGNITE INCLUDED

Ignite music creation software from AIR works seamlessly with MAX49, giving you the fastest way to capture ideas and make music. It’s a refreshingly different approach, a simple and seamless creat­ive partner that empowers your ideas and brings them to life. Say goodbye to the rigid and complicated methods of the past. Say hello to a fresh new way to create.

 

Ignite includes over 275 instruments, many of which are taken from our renowned instrument collections - including Strike, Structure, and Velvet. All sounds have been optimized to load quickly, and the editing controls are automatically mapped to your connected MAX49 keyboard. These extraordinary sounds include keyboards, drums, percussion, basses, guitars, synths, strings, brass, and woodwinds.

 

"The shiny red styling isn’t just flashy for no reason; it’s a preview of just how awesome the insides are." - Crossfadr.com

 

ABLETON INSIDE

MAX49 also comes with Ableton Live Lite Akai Pro Edition software, one of the most popular and powerful performance and production programs worldwide. Ableton Live Lite enables musicians to spontaneously compose, record, remix, improvise and edit musical ideas in a seamless audio/MIDI environment.

 

CONTROL TO THE MAX

MAX49 also comes with AkaiConnect automatic-mapping software, so you'll be up and running in your favorite DAW and VSTs in seconds. AkaiConnect has been designed to eliminate the guesswork and give you more time creating and less time setting up controls. Instantly assign MAX49's MPC pads, touch faders and buttons to your favorite music software plug-ins by simply clicking on the software element you want to control, then touching the knob, pad, fader or button on MAX49.

 

Cutting-edge, classic and complete control: MAX49. Get ready to experience one of the most dynamic and unique performance controllers ever created.

 

 

 


In an ideal world where money were no object, professional and beginner keyboard players alike would sit proudly in front of this elegant, beautifully crafted piece of art, tapping melodically away at its 88 keys. It is a pleasure to be able to review an instrument that not only produces an incredible sound but also looks every inch the part. 


For serious musicians the Korg SV-1 Black is an absolute joy to play. In our experience it is not very often an instrument actually lives up to the hype; in this case all hype is surpassed. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid, responsive feel that leaves you in complete control. Unlike much of the competition, there is no need to stare at complex displays with numerous banks and programs. The SV-1’s entire front panel is permanently live, allowing you to fine tune your sound as you play. The entire system has been designed for user simplicity; saving your eight favourite settings for quick recall could not be easier.


The styling of the SV-1 Black is a major selling point with the retro curves reflecting the look and feel of the original instruments. If it’s an elegant, even sophisticated on stage presence you’re after, if you can’t create it with the SV-1 Black, you really have no chance at all. Even the controls are designed with a retro-style in mind! To see this vintage keyboard is to play it, and once you start you will not be able to stop. 


The sounds produced by the SV-1 Black originate from organs, strings, synths, electric pianos and acoustic pianos, offering some truly distinct sounds which defined eras. It is impossible to generate some of these sounds on any other keyboard. Each of the instruments has been accurately sampled at a wide range of velocities, including tine, key-off, damper and hammer noises. The attention to detail is so great that even piano cabinet resonances have been sampled, which further improves the accuracy of the instruments.


To surmise, the Korg SV-1 Black offers a cost-effective, reliable and economical method of collecting a wide variety of vintage instruments, without having to store them securely and ensure they all receive equal playing time. If you’re looking to recreate the sounds of German and Japanese grand pianos, mono pianos for smaller gigs or a 70s and 80s Japanese electro-acoustic, you will not regret opting for the Korg SV-1.   

 

The Yamaha PSR E333 is one of the top beginner keyboards on the market. Of course this is in some part due to this being one of the most affordable instruments to feature a velocity sensitive keyboard available in Yamaha ‘s PSR range.

 

Alongside the velocity sensitive keyboard, the PSR E333 is jam packed with features and sounds with 113 voices, 361 Xglite voices, 13 drum voices and a special effects kit to sink your teeth into. Partner this alongside over 100 different accompaniment styles and you have yourself a keyboard that can cope with just about any style of music you could imagine.

 

In addition to the huge range of voices, there are load of effects to experiment with too such as 9 reverb settings, 4 chorus types, sustain and a dual/layer function two voices to be overlapped, perfect for quick compositions and harmonies.

 

A two-track recorder is also built in helping beginners to create, record and playback your performances and brief compositions. The PSR-E333 can also be connected to a computer via the USB socket on its back panel for use with composition software.

 

The E333 is perfect for use in a wide number of environments, be it a quick practice session at home, a music lesson at school or recording at the studio due to its battery power option, offering portability to a traditionally static instrument.

 

The E333 is great for those wishing to educate themselves with the keyboard. The Yamaha Education Suite teaches users a range of skills such as rhythm and timing, chord identification, strike accuracy and even offers a method of progress monitoring to easily track your improvement as the week go by. Conveniently the PSR-E333 can be set to the Portable Grand function at the touch of a button, producing a rich, stereo sampled concert grand piano sound, ideal for some pre-exam practice.

 

The Yamaha PSR E333 combines a touch-sensitive keyboard with the E233’s impeccable technology offering beginners a lower cost alternative without sacrificing on sound quality. Priced up at around £165*, there really is no competition when it come to value for money. Search Instrumania now for the best price on the Yamaha PSR E333, a true candidate for the best beginner keyboard on the market today.

 

*At the time of writing


For a long time, if you wanted to get the sound of an authentic tone-wheel organ, the Korg CX-3, introduced in 2000, was the way to go. The CX-3 single manual combo, re-created so well the classic sound that many had demanded, that many were calling for a dual-manual. Enter the BX-3. The dual-manual BX-3 is the bigger brother of Korg's CX-3 digitally modelled combo organ and has become a firm favourite for many musicians.


 
Don’t let it’s old and 'vintage' styling confuse you, everything about the KORG BX3 is digital, with a handy set of computer programs that emulates a tonewheel sound generator, and other programs to recreate the numerous effects that are vital to the original Hammond sound.



This organ successfully emulates many different Hammond setups sounding and playing in a superior fashion to ALL of the competition, including the current crop of Hammond-Suzuki and Diversi models. There is a long list of extensive and expensive arsenal of synthesisers and digital pianos, but the BX-3 stands out as it’s is all you really need in an organ. It doesn't require anything beyond a pair of 1/4" cables, a few pedals for volume and the Leslie effects.



The dependability of a KORG is known the world over and many musicians gig with a BX-3 without a back-up due to their complete confidence in the reliability of KORG manufactured instruments. In the event that you would ever need to contact the manufacturer, KORG has a sterling reputation for offering their customers great assistance with any issues.



Very focused instrument that has been implemented thoroughly with no frills and no clutter, yet provides everything you need in an organ. Okay so maybe if you are not organist, then you may look for something a bit more universal as an instrument. But if you are, the BX-3 is perfectly versatile.



Quite simply, if you want a quality B3 presence, sound and style when gigging, and want to spend less than a small car, then the Korg's BX-3 is definitely the way to go.

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