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  • GEAR TEST - The Nord Stage 3 Versus Nord Stage 2
    Posted by Andy Burton on at

    I’ve been a Nord artist since 2012, when I got my first Nord Stage 2 HA88 for a world tour with Rufus Wainwright. My second Stage 2, an HA76, came into my life the following year when I was asked to join John Mayer’s band. I used them both as part of my rig for John’s Born and Raised and Paradise ... […]

  • VIDEO - Larry Goldings on Adding Color and Emotion to the I, IV, V Chord Progression
    Posted by Keyboard Magazine on at

    Acclaimed keyboardist and composer Larry Goldings (John Mayer, James Taylor, Madeleine Peyroux, Maceo Parker) investigates ways to add color and emotion to a standard I, IV, V chord progression. […]

  • BandLab's Link Analog Wins 'Best In Show' at  Summer NAMM
    Posted by Keyboard Magazine on at

    July 12, 2018 -BandLab Technologies Link Analog has just won Best In Show at Summer NAMM under the 'Gotta Stock It' category. The BandLab Link Analog is a hardware device that connects any electronic music instrument or microphone straight into your phone. So whether you're on the road, in a ... […]

  • Yamaha Releases New Vocal Synthesis Software VOCALOID™5
    Posted by Keyboard Magazine on at

    Hamamatsu, Japan July. 12, 2018 –Yamaha Corporation today released VOCALOID 5, a comprehensive solution for virtual vocal production. This new software can be downloaded, beginning today, from the official VOCALOID Shop ( The VOCALOID singing synthesizer makes it ... […]

  • UVI Releases String Machines 2
    Posted by Keyboard Magazine on at

    Over 60 string synthesizers spanning 50+ years of design innovation from around the globe have been carefully collected, restored and recorded to create one remarkable instrument: String Machines 2.  A multi-year effort, String Machines 2 greatly expands on the original, including many rare ... […]

  • Tone2 Releases Electric Universe Soundset for Electra2
    Posted by Keyboard Magazine on at

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tone2 releases the Electric Universe soundset for Electra2This set contains 155 high quality presets for Electra and is suitable for contemporary electronic and ambient music genres.Highlights Includes 155 PresetsAll patches are volume-normalized. They won't clip and have ... […]

  • GameSoundCon returns to Los Angeles for the 10th year this October
    Posted by Music Marcom on at

    Seattle, WA – GameSoundCon, the premier conference for video game music and sound design, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and once again welcomes video game composers and game sound designers to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA, on October 9 and 10, 2018. “It’s hard to ... […]

  • Book Review: "Timeless Relevance" by David Burge
    Posted by Gino Robair on at

    As the Editor-in-Chief of, it’s painful to admit that in 2018 very little of Contemporary Keyboard (or the early years of Keyboard) is available in reprints or online, though not for a lack of desire to make it happen. Just getting those issues onto the web, in an attractive and ... […]

  • VIDEO - Chopin Nocturne Played by Theodor Leschetizky
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    Watch and listen as a piano roll of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2 made by famed pianist Theodor Leschetizky is played by a reproducing piano. A noted Polish performer and educator, Leschetizky knew Chopin's playing style first hand and would have approached this work accordingly. Note that many ... […]

  • 5 Ways to Play Like Herbie Hancock
    Posted by George Colligan on at

    When you think of modern jazz piano, Herbie Hancock might bethe first name that comes to mind. While many know Hancock from crossover hits like “Chameleon” and “Rockit,” his influence crosses all stylistic boundaries. He began his piano career performing Mozart with the Chicago Symphony at age 11. ... […]