Magazine article International Musician

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Magazine article International Musician

Cool Tools

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GRAND FEEL AND SOUND

Casio's Celviano Grand Hybrid GP-500BP and GP-300 digital pianos combine the latest electronic music technology with the traditional sound and feel of acoustic grand pianos. AiR Grand Sound Source recreates all the multi-faceted sounds of an acoustic piano, including sympathetic string resonance, damper resonance, key-off response, and mechanical sound. Plus the Grand Hybrids recreate three legendary grand pianos: the Berlin Grand, the Hamburg Grand, and the Vienna Grand. Several preset configurations of these pianos are included, along with other essential instruments. A multi-channel amplification system creates the immersive sound field of a nine-foot concert grand, while headphone mode produces an ideal stereo image while practicing quietly.

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PIANO IN A BOX

The Electro-Harmonix KEY9 Piano Machine emulates classic Wurlitzer and Rhodes sounds, as well as organ, vibraphone, marimba, steel drums, a Dytronics-style rackmount chorus, and more, via a nine-position switch. The Keys knob adjusts the volume of the preset while Dry controls the volume of the untreated instrument level at the Keys Output jack. You can mix the sound of your original instrument with the electric piano to create lush layers or mute it entirely. CTRL1 and CTRL2 provide adjustment of key parameters that help define each instrument's signature sound. Its many presets include adjustable modulation such as tremolo, phaser, and chorus. KEY9 comes standard with 9.6-volt/DC200mA AC adaptor.

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PRAGMATIC PLUGS

Godlyke's Pivot-All plugs and cables are set to revolutionize your ability to connect, even in the tightest places. This line of plugs and cables feature a quarter-inch shaft that can rotate over a 180-degree are for effortless connectivity on crowded pedalboards, complicated rack systems, and awkward instrument and amplifier jacks. …

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