MIA makes Dettol come clean

TV ad triggers keyboard fears.

Piano manufacturers and dealers were thrown into a state of alarm last week when a television advert for Dettol appeared to suggest owners should spray their keyboards with the antiseptic spray – potentially causing a rush of failures and expensive complaints, it was feared.

The advertisement depicted two children seated at a piano. When one of them sneezed, a concerned mother reached for her can of Dettol and sprayed the keys.

One of the first to hear alarm bells was Yamaha, which immediately contacted the MIA, says the Association’s Paul McManus.

“Obviously, nothing should be sprayed on a piano’s keyboard and the worry was that people seeing this could reach for a can to spray on their electric keyboards too – and that is an even more worrying prospect!”.
The MIA’s first port of call was the Advertising Standards Authority which, McManus says, reacted with impressive speed, as apparently did Dettoll’s owners, Reckitt Benckiser, when contacted directly.

The company explained that the idea its product might do harm simply hadn’t occurred to it and agreed not to screen the offending commercial again, pending tests to find out whether, in fact, Dettol did actually represent a hazard to piano owners.

“Obviously, the concern was that retailers and manufacturers might suddenly find themselves faced with a stream of costly failures – or worse – so it is good news that Reckitt Benckiser reacted so positively and so swiftly,” McManus said.

MI Pro understands that Yamaha is currently conducting product tests with one of its keyboard specialists to determine how safe, or otherwise, the product might be, if used in this way.

[originally from www.mi-pro.co.uk]

Christmas Gifts: Keyboards, 5 of the Best

Christmas Gifts: Keyboard Round Up- 5 of the Best

This christmas if your looking for a home keyboard to ignite the musician in your household look no futher than Dolphin Music!

We have many to choose and this guide should define what these ideal gifts can do.

yamaha-psr-e213

The Yamaha PSRE213 is the perfect beginner keyboard, with Portable Grand stereo piano and the Yamaha Education Suite. It also features “Listen & Learn” function for learning songs, and is General MIDI (GM), and XGlite compatible.

The Yamaha PSR-E213 – it’s an unbelievable bargain as a full-size MIDI controller.

*  Portable Grand:The industry’s best piano
* Interactive Yamaha Education Suite features “Listen & Learn”
* 375 voices also include “Cool” sounds and grooves
* General MIDI plus Yamaha XGlite compatible

casio-lk-110

The Casio LK 110 Key Light Keyboard lets you know the keys you should play by lighting the way , making this type of keyboard instrument perfect for beginners. Make music practice more enjoyable and productive! truley an excellent keyboard for learning via its 100 songbank tunes

Features:

  • 61 Full-Size Keys
  • 100 Tones
  • 50 Rhythms
  • Auto Accompaniments
  • 100 Songbank Tunes
  • 3 Step Lesson Function
  • Voice Fingering Guide
  • Microphone Jack
  • Timing Guide on Display
  • Microphone Jack
  • LCD Musical Information System
  • 12 Note Polyphony
  • MIDI (GM Simulation, 5 Channel)
  • 2 Loudspeakers
  • Includes Songbook
  • Weight: 4.6 kg
  • Size (WxDxH): 944 x 373 x 130mm
  • Batteries: AA-size x 6
  • Optional AC adaptor: AD-5EL

yamaha-psre413

Latest generation PSR portable keyboard with great educational features and USB.

The Yamaha PSRE413 is a 61-key portable keyboard with innovative features for learning to play, like the Yamaha Portable Grand and Yamaha Education Suite. A step up from the Yamaha PSR-E403, it too has fun, creative features including sound control knobs for real time control over effects, filters, EQ, tempo and 100 different Arpeggiator patterns. The PSR-E413 includes USB connectivity, allowing for the transfer of songs, styles and MIDI data between the instrument and a computer.

This can be used for educational purposes or for musicians to play along with pieces that are downloaded into the unit. For aspiring music artists, recording original pieces is quick and simple with the six-track/five-song capacity onboard sequencer. And, with Yamaha’s Performance Assistant technology, anyone can play a song – even novices. When the PSR-E413 keys are struck in time with the music, the notes are corrected to match chords of the song being played. No matter what keys are hit on the keyboard, the correct notes will play.

Features:

  • Latest generation PSR portable keyboard with great educational features and USB
  • 61-key unit with Touch Response
  • 504 great sounds
  • Extremely portable, and lightweight for easy transport
  • Keyboard education tools
  • The Yamaha Portable Grand – specially selected Yamaha grand piano sample, recorded in stereo for exceptional realism

yamaha-dgx630

The Yamaha DGX-630 is a 88-key weighted graded hammer action portable keyboard. Improvements on the earlier DGX-530 include 64-note polyphony, a beautiful matching bench and an Optional three-pedal unit, along with additional DSP Digital Signal Processing effects that enable realistic sounding Distortion Guitar and Rotary Organ.

The Yamaha DGX-630 keyboard also offers USB MIDI and USB to Device for removable storage, along with a high Resolution Live! Grand Stereo sample, song recorder, score and lyric display. The Yamaha DGX-630 keyboard offers an affordable, feature-packed portable keyboard with authentic grand piano-like touch: heavy in the low end, feathery light in the highs, and amazingly responsive throughout.

Features:

  • 160 preset accompaniment styles
  • 30 preset songs built-in (+ 70 on supplied CD-ROM)
  • 64-note polyphony
  • 6-track sequencer (upto 5 user songs)
  • 6w stereo speakers
  • 88 Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keys

casio-sa-75-keyboard-for-children

The Casio SA-75 Mini Keyboard with high-quality tones plus functions that make music more fun. With the hands free microphone and portable design you can make music just about anywhere. 37 Minikeys, 100 Tones, 30 Patterns, 10 Songs, Includes a song book and hands-free microphone

Features:

  • Keys 37 (min)
  • Polyphony (maximum) 4
  • Tones 100
  • Rhythms/Patterns 30
  • Tunes 10
  • Lesson Function Yes

NEW FORUM TO PROMOTE YOUR MUSIC!

Dolphin Music’s new magazine, Music Planet, also exists in online format.

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And the best thing is – Dolphin created a new and extensive forum where you can post gig announcements, plug your band, share ideas and discuss gear…

It’s still not quite so full of content because it IS brand new, but don’t be shy and start using it!

Who knows – your band might grab the attention of Music Planet and we might end up featuring you on the mag! And besides, unlike most web forums, the Music Planet forum is linked to a magazine which has a potential reach of over 40 thousand readers!!!

Not promising anything, mind…but start promoting YOUR MUSIC today!!!

VISIT THE MUSIC PLANET FORUM

CME VX Series – The World’s First MIDI Controller Keyboard with Motorized Faders!

CME has just release their brand new intelligent keyboard controller – VX series. It’s the first keyboard with motor fader controller as well as multi-function expansion slot in the world. As the first keyboard with ‘PadStyle’ intelligent MIDI songs and styles in the world, it is available to update via USB. It’s also the first keyboard with unique Game mode, Multi-scale and U-CTRL function in the world.Not only a MIDI keyboard controller, VX also supplies many unique functions to meet the need of 21 century’s new musicians. Firstly, VX supplies both USB MIDI and USB audio functions. Users do not need extra audio interface when they using VX with music software. VX also builds in many MIDI songs and accompaniment in different styles, including loop variation and chord change, which are elaborate made by professional musicians and can be sprung by VX’s unique ‘PadStyle’.

All MIDI songs and styles can be downloaded from Internet and transferred into VX via USB. VX supplies a brand new Game mode, users could use this function and music books with VX to test their skill of performance, and students could learn many tips in this mode. VX is the first keyboard that has build in muiti-ethical scales in the world, and it will surprise you, no matter you want to play Arabian music of Asian music. U-CTRL is a brand new concept by CME, it provides the easiest way to communicate between controller and music software.

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You do not need to load template or presets, just press U-CTRL button and all the controllers for software you may use will be ready. VX’s multi-function expansion slot gives you many option for expanding your VX, including sound module with sample function, analog synthesizer module, firewire audio interface module, digital mixing console module and etc, with these expansion cards, VX will bring you a all-in-one music production platform.

Same as UF series controller, VX uses CME’s famous and long-tested professional graded hammer action weighted keyboard (VX8) and semi-weighted keyboard (VX5/6/7) with initial and after touch, velocity sensitive. These keyboards were broadly used by many famous professional synthesizers and digital pianos in the past few years. VX supplies up to 64 controllers in different types, including motor faders, encoder for data entry, knobs, trigger pads, ribbon controller, buttons, pitch bend, modulation wheel, SEQ transport buttons, pedals, breath controller and all these controllers are programmable.

Although VX supplies many incredible functions, it will still keep CME’s competitive price. VX will be the new standard of keyboard controller.

Main Features:

– Built-in 32bit CPU
– Intelligent keyboard built-in USB Audio and MIDI, multi-function expansion
– Graded hammer action weighted keyboard (VX8) and semi-weighted keyboard (VX5/6/7), initial and after touch, velocity sensitive
– ‘PadStyle’ MIDI songs and styles help you to play live music easily
– Interactant mode to improve skill of your performance
– Multi-scale of the key to fit more kinds of ethnic music
– U-CTRL function makes you work with music software perfectly
– 12 x programmable trigger pads, velocity sensitive
– 8 x knob controllers (potentiometer)
– 9 x knob controllers (endless encoder)
– 9 x 60mm motor fader controllers
– 1 x ribbon controller
– 1 x pitch bend and modulation wheel
– 27 x function and number buttons
– 6 x SEQ transport buttons
– All controllers are programmable
– 1 x endless encoder for data entry
– Music software control templates with user bank memories
– 2 x 16 characters LCD display
– Firmware upgradeable via USB
– Multi-function expansion slot
– 4 x MIDI OUT, 1 x MIDI IN to supply real master keyboard function
– 2 x universal pedal connectors, full compatible with switch and expression pedal
– 1 x breath controller connector, full compatible with YAMAHA BC3
– 2 x Mic/Line input with gain knob, 1/4” phone jack
– 2 x Line output, 1/4” phone jack
– 2 x headphone outputs with volume knob, 1/4” phone jack
– USB Audio and MIDI, class-compliant with Windows XP and Mac OS X
– USB Hub, USB bus-powered

Novation Remote MIDI Keyboards

Novation ReMOTE SL61
Novation ReMOTE SL61

Finally, recording in the dark is a thing of the past. The SL shines a light on the murky world of MIDI control by providing two giant, brightly lit LCD screens alongside an intelligent Automap mode*, which detects what instruments you have in your project and intelligently and logically maps the controls to the SL’s front panel.
 £389.00 inc VAT
 6 In Stock

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Novation Remote 49 LE
Novation Remote 49 LE

4-Octave Light Edition USB Midi Controller
 £129.00 inc VAT
 7 In Stock

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Novation Remote SL25
Novation Remote SL25

The 2-octave USB controller keyboard contains many of the popular features from the ReMOTE series, with the addition of two giant, brightly lit 144-character LCD screens which can display 16 parameter names and values simultaneously.
 £295.00 inc VAT
 5 In Stock

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Novation Remote 25 LE
Novation Remote 25 LE

2-Octave Light Edition controller
 £109.00 inc VAT
 5 In Stock

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Novation ReMOTE SL37
Novation ReMOTE SL37

Finally, recording in the dark is a thing of the past. The SL shines a light on the murky world of MIDI control by providing two giant, brightly lit LCD screens alongside an intelligent Automap mode*, which detects what instruments you have in your project and intelligently and logically maps the controls to the SL’s front panel.
 £349.00 inc VAT
 5 In Stock

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Novation X Station 25
Novation X Station 25

2-Octave MIDI Controller with Semi-Weighted and Aftertouch responsive Keyboard, 2-Channel Audio and 2x Digital Multi-FX
 £299.00 inc VAT
 2 In Stock

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Novation Remote 61 LE
Novation Remote 61 LE

5-Octave Light Edition controller
 £159.00 inc VAT
 2 In Stock

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Novation X Station 49
Novation X Station 49

49 Key synth / audio workstation from Novation
 £349.00 inc VAT
 Expected 28-Aug-06

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