When choosing a digital piano, as a basic rule I always lean toward companies that have a reputation for manufacturing great-sounding acoustic pianos. If you want big piano tone and feel in a lightweight keyboard, you're asking for a lot, but you may be in luck. The new Yamaha NP-V80 and the Yamaha NP-V60 Piaggero keyboards weigh less than 16 pounds, yet offer 76 keys and rich piano tones.
Question: How do you put Alicia Keys' ultra rare Yamaha C3 Neo grand piano into a bottle and sell it? Answer: Meticulously sample the instrument in Alicia's personal studio, have Alicia play the piano when you're sampling it, and put all of the samples in a software instrument called Alicia's Keys. Bingo! This is exactly what Danish engineer Thomas Skarbye, Native Instruments, and Alicia Keys just did.
The biggest and craziest trade show of the year in pro audio just took place in Anaheim California. NAMM is the place where new products get announced, buzz gets generated, and audio nerds like myself get to map out how we're going to squander our hard earned dollars over the course of the next 12 months. Even though the announcements of the 2010 NAMM haven't been the most drool-inducing of all time, there were still plenty of things to be excited about this year. Here are the highlights:
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