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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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S Multi-note polyphony: The bigger the number, the more notes you can play at once. Try to get at least 32-note polyphony. Sure, you don’t have 32 fingers, but if you use MIDI (which I tell you about later in this chapter), 32-note polyphony comes in handy. Some current models even have 128-note polyphony. Now that’s excellent.
S Multi-timbral: This means you can play more than one sound at the same time. For example, you can play sounds like a piano, a violin, a banjo, and a bagpipe together on “Danny Boy.” Wow, please send me a tape of that!
•K MIDI capable: You can read more about MIDI later in this chapter.
J’ Pitch bend and modulation: Fun little effects to make your sounds say “wah wah” and “woob woob.”
S SCSI compatible: See the previous section for an explanation of SCSI, or just trust me — you want it.
S Sound editing: Do you want to change the sounds — make the piano sound brighter, the horns sound brassier, the goose calls goosier? If so, make sure you have this feature.
S Weighted keys: Makes it feel more like a piano feels when you play.
S Hammer-action keys: Yeah, right! What are the keys hammering? The circuitry inside? Just don’t pay extra for this load of salesmanship.
S Internal sequencing: Want to record what you play without using a tape deck or computer? You need a sequencer, which you can read more about later in this chapter.
S Internal effects: Allows you to add cool little sound effects without buying extra effects devices.
S Other mumbo-jumbo: Flash ROM, DSP Plug-Ins, BIAS Peak, suboscillators, vocoders, modeling filters, arpeggiators. All of this is very cool, but what does it have to do with you playing music? Not much. It’s simply saying that your model is on the cutting edge of current keyboard features.
_________________________Chapter 16: Finding the Perfect Keyboard
Looking at some specific brands
Here’s my list of recommended brands and models for electric pianos and organs. If you’re having trouble finding any of these brands in your city, contact the company directly. They’ll be more than happy to help sell you a piano or organ:
- Kawai America Corporation: 2055 East University Drive, Compton, CA, 90220. Phone: (310) 631-1771; fax (310) 604-6913. Web site: www Recommended models: MP9000 and ConcertArtist.
J' Roland Corporation US: 7200 Dominion Circle, Los Angeles, CA, 90040-3696. Phone: (213) 685-5141; fax (213) 721-4875. Web site: Recommended model: The EP Series.
J' Yamaha Corporation of America: 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA, 90620. Phone: (714) 522-9011; fax (800) 926-2429. Web site: www .yamaha . com. Recommended models: Clavinova and YPP series.
The following list points you toward some quality manufacturers of synthesizers and samplers. (For more information on samplers and other models, read the sidebar “Sample this!” in this chapter.) For most companies I list, I give recommended models. This is not an exhaustive list of models by any means. Each company makes lots of different-priced, various-featured models. Notice I didn’t say “inexpensive,” though:
J' Akai Musical Instrument Corporation: 1316 East Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, TX, 76102. Phone (817) 336-5114; fax (817) 870-1271.
E-mail:; Web site: www .akai .com. Recommended model: S series sampler.
.k; Alesis Studio Electronics: 1633 26th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90404. Phone: (310) 558-4530; fax (310) 836-9192. E-mail:
a 1 ecopr@al esi s 1. us a . com; Web site: www. al esi s . com. Recommended model: QS series synth.
J’ Casio Incorporated: 570 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Dover, NJ, 07801. Phone: (973) 361-5400; fax (973) 361-3819.
J' E-Mu Systems Incorporated: 1600 Green Hills Road, Suite 101, Scotts Valley, CA, 95067. Phone: (408) 438-1921; fax (408) 438-7584. E-mail: ma i l@emu . com; Web site: www. emu . com. Recommended models: E-Synth, ESI series sampler Proformance piano module.
J' Ensoniq Corporation: 155 Great Valley Parkway, Malvern, PA, 19355. Phone: (610) 647-3930; fax (610) 647-8908. E-mail: musi c-support@ ensoni q . com; Web site: www. ensoni q . com. Recommended model: ZR-76 workstation.
J1 Generalmusic Corporation: 1164 Tower Lane, Bensenville, IL, 60106. Phone: (630) 766-8230; fax (630) 766-8281. E-mail:
gmai l@general musi cus . com; Web site: www Recommended models: Pro series, SK series, RealPiano module.
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J' Kawai America Corporation: 2055 East University Drive, Compton, CA, 90220. Phone: (310) 631-1771; fax (310) 604-6913. E-mail:
jdel es ki@kawa i us . com; Web site: www. kawa i us . com. Recommended model: K5000 workstation.
J1 Korg USA Incorporated: 316 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747. Phone: (516) 333-9100; fax (516) 333-9108. Web site: www. korg .com. Recommended models: N series, Trinity series synths.
* Kurzweil Music Systems: 13336 Alondra Boulevard, Cerritos, CA, 90703. Phone: (562) 926-3200; fax (562) 404-0748. E-mail: kurzwei l@aol . com; Web site: www.youngchang . com/kurzwei 1. Recommended models: K2500 synths and samplers, PC88 controller.
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