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Tableaux de peintres russes (for Piano)

Tableaux de peintres russes (The Pictures of Russian Painters) is one of the most popular compositions for piano of prominent 20th century Ukrainian composer Igor Shamo. The pieces burst with rich imagery, poetry, lyricism and humor, drama and energy. They highlight the characteristic features of Shamo’s musical style: beautiful melodic lines, enriched by suave harmonies, create subtle polyphony with countermelodies over playful ever-changing accompaniment.

Tableaux de peintres russes (pour piano), by Igor Shamo, Gerard Billaudot Editeur, www.billaudot.com.

Arturia PolyBrute

Flagship Synthesizer

arturia polybrute

The Arturia PolyBrute is six pure analog voices driven by two Brute oscillators with digital Matrix precision, an innovative three-dimensional Morphée performance touchpad, and pristine stereo effects. Features include distortion, wavefolding, and FM control, shaped by dual enhanced filters for massive timbral variety.



Musical Swiss Army Knife

The Akai Professional MPK Mini III 25-key Keyboard Controller offers everything the modern producer demands: universal compatibility, compact size, and an arsenal of pads and assignable controls. Features include a new Gen 2 enhanced dynamic keybed, a four-way joystick for pitch and modulation control, a built-in arpeggiator, and a sustain pedal input jack.


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Piano Tales

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In this publication, author and pianist Martin Doepke presents 13 compositions that transport us into a fantasy world. Each piece tells its own story, one romantically playful, the other mystically melancholic or with a pulsing rhythm. All players can expect a variety of musical genres (film music, musicals, etc.).

Piano Tales, by Martin Doepke, Universal Edition, www.universaledition.com.

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CDP-S350 Digital Piano

Realistic Piano Sound

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Casio’s new CDP-S350 digital piano offers a realistic piano sound and feel in a modern and ultra-portable design that can be powered by six AA batteries. The CDP-S350 features 700 sounds, 200 accompaniment rhythms, a pitch bend wheel, a six-track MIDI recorder with USB storage, and convenient Registration buttons for quickly saving and recalling sounds and settings. The slim chassis features a scaled, weighted hammer action keyboard with 88 full-size keys with simulated ebony and ivory textures. The included sustain pedal can be replaced by the SP-34 portable three-pedal unit for added piano authenticity.


Kurzweil SP1 Keyboard

Kurzweil SP1’s intuitive controls and affordable price make it the perfect keyboard for musicians and students. It features a fully weighted, 88-note keybed; 16 instrument sounds; 256-note polyphony; plus versatile FX and MIDI capabilities. While it feels like a high-quality acoustic for stage, its out jacks and ability to function as a MIDI controller make it attractive for recording and multi-keyboard set-ups. SP-1 offers many sound customization options via FX and EQ, as well split, layer, and dual functions. Five favorites buttons let users customize their sounds.


Creative Chords: Keyboard Improvisation Method

In this two-book series, designed for pianists from beginners to pros, composer Bradley Sowash coaches them to play “off page” in new and exciting ways. He provides the tools to “do their own thing” by learning to read and play well-known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and “stock” accompaniment styles, and create their own full-sounding arrangements. An online Interactive Practice Studio provides backing tracks, additional information, and demonstration videos.

Creative Chords: Keyboard Improvisation Method, by Bradley Sowash,
Neil A. Kjos Music Company, www.kjos.com.

Kurzweil SP6

Portable Kurzweil SP6

Kurzweil SP6Combining FlashPlay technology, 128-voice polyphony, powerful DSP, and an intuitive user interface, the portable Kurzweil SP6 is ideal for stage and studio. Its 88 fully-weighted keys provide the feel of an acoustic grand. Aside from high-definition piano sounds, KB3 ToneReal organs emulate Hammond, Vox, and Farfisa models. The SP6 features 256 factory programs in 10 instrument categories, with space for 1,024 user programs. Users can easily create split and layered configurations with up to four zones in Multi Mode. It comes with USB and MIDI connections, a headphone output, and stereo audio outputs with 32-bit DACs. SP6 packs high-end features into an affordable price ($1,295 MAP).


BAE Passive Injection Box

BAE Passive Injection Box

BAE Passive Injection Box BAE Audio’s PDI passive injection box utilizes a new transformer designed to lend any signal passed through it a pleasing warm analog richness and mix-ready sound for guitar, bass, keyboards, or just about any instrument. Priced economically at around $120, it features Neutrick connectors, including quarter-inch input and low-impedance XLR output on one side, with duo audio through outputs on the reverse side. A ground lift switch helps tame any ground loop issues. Hand-assembled in California with timeless circuit design, gold-plated PCB, 100% through-hole components, and rugged steel chassis, it holds up well to daily use in studio or on stage.


The GP-400BK Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid

The GP-400BK Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid

Casio-Digital-PianoThe GP-400BK Casio Celviano Grand Hybrid delivers new advances in tone and feel. For realistic playing comfort, its keys are made of wood, using the same materials and process as C. Bechstein grand pianos. Tones were also jointly developed with maker C. Bechstein. GP-400BK features three grand piano sounds that faithfully represent a grand piano from above and below the soundboard. Other design innovations include a curved rear panel and thicker side panels and legs, plus the height from the keyboard to the music stand matches that of a conventional grand piano. It’s black woodgrain finish provides an elegant look.