Synths, Samplers, Controllers (Hardware & Software)

Akai makes it easier to take your music on the road with two bus-powered USB/MIDI controllers. The LPD8 ($69) features eight backlit, velocity-sensitive pads and eight 270-degree knobs.
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Akai LPD8 and LPK25
Akai makes it easier to take your music on the road with two bus-powered USB/MIDI controllers. The LPD8 ($69) features eight backlit, velocity-sensitive pads and eight 270-degree knobs. You can program each control to send MIDI Note, CC or program-change messages. The LPK25 ($69) offers a two-octave, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard; sustain, octave and tap-tempo buttons; and a built-in arpeggiator. Both units have four programmable memory banks and come with software editors for the Mac and PC, and each is designed to fit comfortably in a gig bag or laptop case.
NAMM Booth: #6400
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Cycling '74 Max for Live
Max integration into Ableton Live, developed by Ableton and Cycling '74. With Max for Live, you can build unique synths and effects, create algorithmic composition tools, or fuse Live and controller hardware into new music machines.
NAMM Booth: #6314
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Eigenlabs Eigenharp
The Eigenharp is a revolutionary new musical instrument that facilitates live electronic performance. With the Eigenharp, the musician can play and improvise using a limitless range of sounds with virtuoso skill. The Eigenharp can play and record loops, change key, transpose, alter tempo, program beats, switch and layer sounds, all while the musician is performing live onstage.
NAMM Booth: #3100
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IK Multimedia StealthBoard
StealthBoard is the first USB/MIDI floor controller for guitar and bass players that gives full control over your entire rig. You may now control your software and/or hardware-based tone and effects units, plus channel switching, all from just one unit on the floor. Control AmpliTube or any Powered by AmpliTube software with no additional setup. The StealthBoard operates also as a stand-alone MIDI controller for all your existing MIDI gear. StealthBoard features USB/MIDI floor controller; 10 assignable switches and a built-in expression pedal; four optional external controllers (pedal/switches); a large four-digit display; MIDI I/O; dual-channel switching outputs; three-way power supply (DC, USB, battery); program/backup via computer. StealthBoard will be available in early second quarter of 2010, and will have an MSRP price of $399.
NAMM Booth: #6520
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John Bowen Synth Design Solaris
Four oscillators, each with several types available: MultiMode, WaveTable, CEM, WAV (sample playback), VS (single-cycle waves) and Mini. Four filters, each with selectable inputs. Filter types: Ladder Lowpass, 24/12/6 dB; Highpass 24/12/6 dB; bandpass 24 dB; Comb (two types); State Variable 12 dB LP. Two vector mixers, two rotors (special 4-step waveshape sequences), two AM sections (includes Ring Mod), six DADSRs, two 8-stage loopable envelopes, four free LFOs, one vibrato LFO. Each LFO features delayed start, fade-in and fade-out times, key sync and phase contro.l Phaser, chorus, flanger, delay, overdrive, 3-band EQ effects.
NAMM Booth: #5912
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M-Audio Oxygen
M-Audio''s redesigned Oxygen series of bus-powered USB/MIDI keyboards automatically maps its sliders, knobs and transport controls to many popular DAWs using the new DirectLink protocol. The keyboards come in 25, 49 and 61-key models. In addition to full-sized velocity-sensitive keys with four velocity curves, you get mod and pitch wheels, eight assignable knobs, nine assignable sliders (one on the Oxygen 25), and dedicated transport, program-select, and track increment/decrement buttons. Weights range from 3.8 pounds to 7.5 pounds and widths from 16.2 inches to 35.7 inches. All units are 3.7 inches high and 9.4 inches deep. The rear panel provides a USB 2 port, a 1/4-inch sustain-pedal input and an on/off switch.
NAMM Booth: #6600
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Moog Music Taurus 3 Bass Pedals
Players, producers and DJs everywhere have been anxiously awaiting the return of the ultimate bass machine. Bass connoisseurs worldwide made this instrument possible by pre-ordering it sight-unseen. Now the wait is over. The new Moog Taurus 3 Bass Pedals faithfully re-create the sound of the legendary Taurus I. We started with an in-depth analysis of the original circuitry, and then added modern amenities like MIDI and USB. We didn't stop until we had created a work of art that can knock down a small building. If you're serious about bass, take the next step up to the ultimate bass synthesizer: Limited run: Less than 1,000 will be built.
NAMM Booth: #6100
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Nord Electro 3
With the introduction of the Nord Electro 3, the legacy of the original Electro and the know-how that shaped some of the other Nord models have been combined. The Electro 3 features new high-speed, 24-bit DAC, yielding a discernably better-sounding organ section, piano section, new effects and a new exciting feature that allows the Electro 3 to use any samples from the Nord Wave library. Two models available: 61- and 73-key version with semi-weighted waterfall keys.
NAMM Booth: #6474
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Roland V-Piano Evolution
This new V-Piano system upgrade adds two new Vintage and two new Vanguard piano models to the revolutionary V-Piano. Owners of existing V-Pianos can download this upgrade at
NAMM Booth: #7400
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Spectrasonics Trilian
Spectrasonics has released Trilian (Mac/Win), the long-awaited successor to its sampled-bass virtual instrument Trilogy. Trilian sports an all-new 34GB library of sampled electric, acoustic and synth bases, along with remastered versions of all the basses in the classic Trilogy and Bass Legends sample libraries. It uses the same Steam Engine technology that powers Omnisphere, letting you use Trilian''s library in Omnisphere 1.1 for extended sound design. Beyond that, you''ll find the full complement of effects from both Omnisphere and Stylus RMX, and an advanced arpeggiator incorporating Groove Lock technology for locking to an RMX groove or a MIDI file. Trilian is eight-part multitimbral, and it lets you key-switch seamlessly between articulations.
NAMM Booth: #6720
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Steinberg C12 Advanced Integration USB Studio
High-quality audio hardware offering both recording and controller features combines with the included Cubase AI5 and Advanced Integration technology to offer a complete production solution engineered specifically for newcomers and mobile production environments. The USB audio interface features two mic preamps with XLR/TRS combo connectors and 48V phantom power, as well as a hi-Z input. Designed in cooperation with and built by Yamaha, CI2 also offers the AI Knob controller, which assumes control of any parameter by simply hovering over it with the mouse. The “Cubase Ready LED” indicates that Cubase is connected and the system is ready to use. CI2 supports both Windows and Mac OS X. MSRP in North America: $249. Hall A, Booth #6528
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Vienna Symphonic Library Vienna Choir
Vienna Choir covers the full range of the human voice, including soprano, alto, tenor and bass ensembles. The voices of this impressive Vienna Instruments Collection were cast and assembled exclusively for the recording sessions at Vienna's Silent Stage, with each singer hand-selected from Austria's leading choirs.
NAMM Booth: #6728

xils Labs XILS 3
The XILS 3 is a virtual instrument based on the architecture of a classic matrix-based modular synthesizer. More than 450 connections (audio signal, controls signal, trig signals) are available on the XILS 3, much more than any other type of modular synthesizer! Easy to connect, easy to modify, easy to see, the matrix is far and away the easiest way to connect modules to each other.
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Yamaha DTX-Multi 12
The DTX-Multi 12 electronic percussion pad is a new split-level multipad that adapts sound technology from the Motif XS synthesizer and the DTXTREME III drum trigger module, and lets drummers and percussionists enjoy three modes of play: with sticks, hands or fingers. The 12 touch-sensitive pads and sound module are configured in a compact 13.5x12.5-inch unit that fits atop a stand. The DTX-Multi 12 responds to the dynamics of a drummer''s performance and the staggered layout makes it easy to hit the right pad. Users can load digital samples, and up to four sounds can be velocity switched or layered onto each pad. Featuring 1,249 drum, percussion and effects sounds, including 100 MB of WAV ROM with drum sounds from Yamaha''s DTXTREME III, the DTX-Multi 12 has 64 MB of Flash-ROM to store data and lets users add new sounds and samples whenever they want. Computer connectivity includes USB MIDI and USB memory device ports. MSRP: $899.99; expected to ship in January 2010. Hall A, Booth #6528
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Yamaha DTX900 Series
In addition to a new module, the DTX950K and DTX900K kits feature the DTX-PAD with Textured Cellular Silicone (T.C.S.) technology, which offers musicians an expressive playing experience. The T.C.S. head uses a proprietary manufacturing process that introduces small air bubbles into foamed silicone to provide playability and feel. Every nuance and detail of the kit has been fine-tuned. With a different stick response and rebound for the T.C.S heads of the snare and toms, a hi-hat that responds naturally to both hands and feet, along with three-zone choke-able cymbals, the Yamaha DTX900 series lets drummers express their passion for rhythm just as they can on an acoustic kit. The DTX900 Drum Trigger Module creates professional sounds that bring drumming to life. The module adopts sound technology from the Motif XS synthesizer workstation and takes its DSP effects from Yamaha''s high-end digital mixers. Drummers can choose from 1,115 onboard drum, percussion and effect voices or use the sampling function for endless sound expansion (requires optional DIMM; 512MB maximum). The DTX900 module is capable of importing and layering samples, so as the library of third-party DTX sounds and compatible VST instruments continues to grow, there are unlimited opportunities to explore new sonic possibilities. Hall A, Booth #6528
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Yamaha CP Series Stage Pianos
Beneath the hood of the flagship CP1, which features new NW-STAGE weighted wooden keys, Spectral Component Modeling tone-generation technology faithfully re-creates the sounds and nuances of 17 Yamaha acoustic and vintage electronic pianos, including the CFIIIS, S6B, the CP80, Rd1, Rd II, Wr and the DX7. This new Spectrum Component Modeling system replicates the instrument''s physical components for ultra-realistic tone generation, including the hardness of the hammers, resonance of the sound board and the striking position of the hammers. It also relies on granular parametric data that translates every nuance of the player''s touch into an expressive tone. The new CP models also use Virtual Circuit Modeling to replicate the effect units, amplifiers, compressors, EQ and other equipment. The CP1 includes VCM emulations of several historical pedals, including phasers, flangers, wah wahs and choruses. The CP5 and CP50 feature high-quality Yamaha reverbs, along with many of the effect algorithms from the Motif XS line of workstations for added sound flexibility. All of the CP models feature rugged construction, 88 keys, 128-note polyphony and USB-to-host and USB-to-device connectivity. MSRPs: CP1, $5,999; CP5, $3,299; and CP50, $2,199. Hall A, Booth #6528
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Yamaha Tenori-on O, Tenori-on W
Yamaha will introduce a lower-priced version called Tenori-on O (MSRP $999; estimated street price $699.99), along with an OS update for the original, the Tenori-on W (MSRP $1,499; estimated street price $999.99). Both versions will now be available through musical instrument retail channels after initial test marketing in 2009 via e-commerce channels. Functionally, the new O model is exactly the same as the original W model, except it cannot be operated with batteries, its 256 orange LEDs are only visible on one side of the unit and it is encased in sturdy plastic. Hall A, Booth #6528
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