Musikmesse is the big annual European music convention that went from March 24-27 this year in Frankfurt Germany. Definitely not as big and as flashy as NAMM this year, but there were some cool products that caught my eye. Here are my top 5 picks.nebulophone kit we made in the Austin Handmade Workshop a few months ago, although that synth is not analog. The Monotron also allows you to patch any instrument into it's filter. I understand that Korg's aim was to make a purely analog synth, but the absense of MIDI on this little beast annoys me. This synth intrigues me and might be a fun addition to a live setup, but I probably wouldn't want to pay more than $100 for it. Available in May 2010.
2. Korg MP10
The Korg MP10 is a media player for musicians. Basically its intended for musicians who play with backing tracks. It stores and plays MP3s & MIDI files. It also boasts a TC Helion voice processor, a bunch of onboard effects and allows for DJ style crossfading and mixing along with s-video outputs. The MP10 is intriguing to me but I definitely want to see a demo, because the description begs so many questions.. such as:
- Can I play a midi file & and an mp3 at the same time?
- If they are the same tempo will they be synched?
- Is there any plans to include a vst player at any point? It would be awesome to be able to host vsts on this as well.
- Can you play video while you are playing back mp3s or midi? Wouldn't it be great to have your visuals and audio for your show all in one box?
Available May 2010
You have probably already seen this on the internet as its receiving alot of hype. The Lucina is the little sibling of the Roland Axxe. Roland is currently marketing it to kids, but I think they are going to find that us big musicians think its pretty cool too. A low-priced MIDI controller that can be used strapped around your shoulder or on a keyboard stand, the Lucina also features an onboard sound set and the ability to play mp3 files from a USB device if you want to play along with your favorite songs. The estimated street price for the Lucina is $699.00. I'm going to be keeping my eye on this instrument as this may be my live controller of choice in the future.
I'm not an accordian player and this isn't Roland's first electronic accordian apparently, but I was impressed that there is such a thing. It is battery powered and comes with a built in speaker that is loud enough to play at small venues without additional amplification. This new model also allows you to use the accordian as a MIDI controller. The FR-3X will be available April 2010.