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Digital Music Fridays: April 24

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Kurzweil Keyboard

I have been a huge fan of Kurzweil keyboards ever since their first release in 1983 of the K250. Kurzweil recently released the PC361 Controller. This keyboard has 61-note lightly-weighted synth action with velocity and aftertouch sensitive keys with 128 voice polyphony and over 850 preset sounds. This keyboard is like having a synthesizer, controller keyboard and sequencer in one unit. The PC361 is a MIDI sythesizer which uses the newer MIDI through USB connection which allows for the fastest data rate possible for the MIDI signal. You can find the full specifications HERE. Plenty of onboard controls that can also be accessed from the computer connected via the USB.

These are the built in controls:

Pitch wheel, modulation wheel, 9 front panel sliders/drawbar controllers, 2 front panel switches (momentary or toggle, software selectable), 3 switch pedal input, 2 continuous control pedal inputs, mono pressure, Super Ribbon input, breath controller input. Controller values can be “captured” and stored as part of a program.

Kurzweil PC361 Controller Keyboard - Image: Kurzweil

Kurzweil PC361 Controller Keyboard - Image: Kurzweil

Basically the PC361 is a full production and stage unit all in one. The added beauty of the PC361 is it follows the Kurzweil tradition and includes a large selection of sampled sounds. Kurzweil has been known for creating the most realistic sounding sampled instruments and orchestral sounds. If you have never seen or heard a Kurzweil before, you owe it to yourself to try one at your local synthesizer dealer. If money is no object, the suggested list price of $2395.00 USD is a good value for a professional all around keyboard. You can go to Kurzweil for more details.


MIDI Wind Instrument

When I think of MIDI, I usually think about a keyboard or a full drum kit. Nowadays the skies the limit as far as what can be converted to support a MIDI connection. The Akai EWI4000s looks like a real funky electronic version of a clarinet which I used to play many moons ago. The unit also supports a wireless MIDI pack allowing the musician to move freely around the stage. 


Akai EWI4000s MIDI Wind Instrument

Akai EWI4000s MIDI Wind Instrument

The left end of the unit is where the mouth piece of the instrument is located. In actuality, this is a MIDI controller therefore  the unit can mimic any instrument and not just wind instruments. The unit has electronic valve instrument fingering plus touch sensitve keys. Supports chorus, delay and reverb therefore this MIDI wind instrument has loads of potentials. The retail price is $629.99 USD. You can go to Akia for more details on this unique MIDI instrument.

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