KEYBOARDS & GEAR
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STANDS AND ACCESSORIES
- Axman 2-tier keyboard stand, lightweight aluminum, $39
- Boss FV-50L, low impedance stereo volume pedal, sells for $79.99 in the stores but grab this mint one for just $55
- EI Padded Gigbag,
for 76-note keyboard, quality Canadian made, heavy canvas with very thick padding and leopard print furry interior, excellent protection for your valuable keyboard for just $45
- Kaces Keyboard Case - 76 Note, new, fits most 6-octave keyboards, $74 List - $45 Sale.
- Protec 88-key case, styro reinforced sides, $85
- Rok Sak 4-space rack, nicely padded,never roaded and perfect condition, $39 or $10 off for each piece of rackmount gear. Buy 3 pieces of gear and it's free.
- Yamaha YKA5600, X-style Keyboard stand, new in box, $25
KEYBOARDS, SOUND MODULE, AMPS
NOTE:Free Rack - buy any 2 or 3 full-size keyboard rack units below and I'll throw in a quality 2 or 3-space rack free of charge, value of $49 to $79.
- Alesis NanoPiano,
fantastic little box that packs a lot of power into - rack,
256 instantly accessible patches organized into 16 categories, each with
16 different programs per category. Categories include: Acoustic Piano,
Piano/Strings, Piano Layer (w/ clavs, organs, vibes, etc.), Piano FX,
Electric Pianos, EP Layer, Chromatic (vibes, marimbas, etc.), Organs,
Bass, Strings, Synth Pads, Lead Synths, Piano Splits, Effects, Piano/Pads,
and Piano/Vox. These sold for $299 new but this one's in perfect shape and only $179
- Alesis NanoPiano,
super powerful little box, 1/3 rack size, 256 high quality sounds,
very easy to get around on - just select a bank such as "Acoustic Piano"
and select one of the 16 patches within the bank, if you can live
without having the original box and packing, don't pay $300 for a new one
when you can have this barely used one for just $199
- Behringer Keyboard/PA Amp System KX1200,
designed as a portable PA or a Keyboard amp. Enough power for practice PA or
restaurant gigs, with 120 watts, via a trio of speakers - 15" woofer,
5" mid-range speaker and HF driver. At home, in the rehearsal room,
on smaller stages or in a conference room or trade show booth, you need an
amplification solution that's compact and light enough to be easily transported
and fit in a tight space, yet powerful enough to cut through, precise enough to
reproduce your sounds accurately and flexible enough to handle a wide variety of
signals. Players will also appreciate the KX1200 as a dedicated monitoring
system on larger stages as you'll be able to hear yourself above the rest of the
band. Features dual recessed handles for easy transport - or 2-person
carry. For full description check out Behringer's
Spec sheet here. I do an occasional solo gig, guitar and vocals, and
this thing sounds great for my purposes and I have no problem recommending them
to anyone looking for a good portable pa system - or keyboard amp. These
things are portable but not light so shipping might be a tad high, but at $175,
I think it's an excellent value.
- Casio PG-380 Synth Guitar,
(Midi switches/serial plate),
Museum condition - the cleanest one I've seen!
An incredible piece of technology, entirely self-contained Midi guitar, and an excellent quality guitar
made by Fuji Gen Gakki (Japan), who also built the Roland and Ibanez Midi guitars. Unlike the Roland unit of its day, the PG-380 is fully
self-contained, meaning it has the D/A converter, synth, and power supply onboard. Nothing to hook up but a standard guitar cable. To get
an idea of the possibilities,
click here and
for YouTube demo's and
using just the straight synth sound. I have created a page for this guitar - click here for the Casio PG-380.
Whether you're a collector of all things cool - or just a player looking for a ready-to-go synth unit, it's
hard to beat, in collector's condition, for $850.
- E-mu Proteus1 Rackmount Synth
(click lower right of pic to expand). (Now includes manual
and docs) Slightly less powerful than the M3R
but beautifully simple to use and the variety of cool patches is no less
impressive, 191 different sounds in all with 2 Megs of ROM to work with.
Also features 32 note polyphony, 16 parts multi-timberal, 6 audio outputs, and
quality 16 bit samples taken directly from the E-mu III factory disks. The
tones on this thing are phenomenal, at least to a hack keyboard player such as
myself. You already have keys and you just want some cool tones - here you go - just $150
- Kawai Keyboard Case,
semi-rigid with trolley wheels. Made for the 88-note ES-1 but will fit
others. Looks pretty clean but outside pocket is taped from inside and end
of zipper is misalighned, thus don't zip it up on the last corner.
Still a serviceable case for $39.
- Korg Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synth.
Unbelievable tones in this little thing. A lot of old-school fat analog synth tones with grit added to taste, cool built-in drum
machine, bass-keys-drum pattern and tone changes simultaneously while moving
your finger across the pad, realizing "talk box" effect...these are a
few of the things that struck me as soon as I plugged this unit into my amp, and
I was getting around very well without reading a single line about
operation. Don't let the look fool you - this is a synth. No keys,
no midi, but a synth nonetheless. There are a load of features associated
with this unit and rather than try to list them here,
click here for all the info from Korg.
Click here to see a demo on many of the sounds and looping features,
and here for a demo from "The Yellow Album", a collection on iTunes of
14 songs, all recorded entirely on the Kaossilator, straight to the line
outs, with no other effects or editing. List price is $250, this one
is mint in the box for $139. Runs for a long time on four AA batteries or
add Korg power supply (pic) for $14.99
- Korg K61 USB Midi Keyboard Controller,
A lot of features for the money and while it's tailor made for USB
recording, it works great as a simple performance keyboard just plugged
straight into an amp. It features solid, full-size keys, and a
selection of four velocity curves (including a fixed level - great for
mimicking organs and early mono synths) that tailor the keyboard response to
match any performer. Includes Korg's M1 Le software (screen shot)
that contains all of the preset sounds and all of the PCM waveforms of the
original famed M1 keyboard virtually turning the K61 into an M1.List
price on these was $450 and they're an excellent buy for the home recordist
- or an extra performance board for just $225.
- Korg M3R Rackmount Synth (click lower right of pic to expand). (Now includes manual,
quick cards, etc.) The M3R was, roughly, the rack version of the
M-1, albeit with a few less frills - but it still has that unmistakable TONE of
with Korg's famed AI synthesis. Bright and airy patches not found in a lot
of digital units. M3R has 3 megs of Multisound waveform data which is 1
meg less than the original M1 but a lot of power nonetheless. Plus there
are tons of Korg and 3rd party sounds available via sound cards that plug in the
front of the unit. Personally, I use these for the presets
and I can guarantee that you won't need any help pressing the up and down button
to scroll through all the patches. Like the M-1, it has 4 outputs, great
for multi-track recording or sub-mixes. Very nice condition and a cool and
powerful addition to any keyboard setup for $150(HOLD-Tim S 9/22).
- Roland JV-1010 Synth Module w/expansion,
A lot of power in a half-rackspace. Includes 8MB Expansion Card (Orchestral II). If you want some classic Roland sounds, plus a lot more, check this out
The JV-1010 has the full sound set of the professional JV-1080 and 2080 modules. With 640 preset and 128 user patches, that's a lot of phat sounds in a skinny package.
Plus, all 255 sounds from the Session wave expansion board are included. Pristine stereo grand pianos, acoustic guitars, Juno, Jupiter, TB-303, 18 rhythm sets and tons more.
Also has an expansion slot for any JV80 Series board (Asian, Orchestral, Hip Hop, Techno, Bass & Drums, Vocal, Country, World, etc.).
In total, with the 8 meg expansion card you get over 1,200 patches, all in a 64-voice polyphonic, 16-part multitimbral unit with dedicated Reverb, Chorus and Multi-effects.
Sounds are easy to find, grouped into categories (Piano, Key/Organ, Guitar/Bass, etc.) and banks can be selected with a simple Category/Bank Select knob.
The innovative Phrase Preview function plays back the selected tone in a short musical phrase.
Sound editing software for Mac and PC, used in conjunction with the JV-1010's rear-panel computer serial-interface plus it's General MIDI compatibility make this an excellent sound module for use with your computer.
A lot of power and just tons of easy to access tones - for just $250. Includes original manual and power supply.
- Roland CM-32P, like a U-220, uses standard U-series sound cards, with power supply, $150
- Roland D-110 keyboard module, great for synth guitar setup, If you already have a keyboard, here's a nice unit to midi up and expand your tonal options for just $135
- Roland D-110
rackmount synth (rackmount version of the D-10 keyboard), original list was $800, rack version of the D-10 with improvements such as 6 individual audio outputs, clean shape
with original manual. If you already have a keyboard, here's a nice unit to midi up and expand your tonal options for just $150
- Roland MT-32 multi-timbral sound module w/drums, w/manual and power supply.
If you already have a keyboard, here's a nice unit to midi up and expand your tonal options for just $75.
- Roland U-110, rackmount sound module, original list was $1100, contains internal sounds plus has four sound card slots for external patches, $99
- Roland U-220 Sound Module, $160
- Yamaha DJX-IIB - Groove Box
and Yamaha DJX-IIB Keyboard - I have both the keyboard models and the "mixer only"
type models in stock. Yamaha's DJXIIB music and effects
box--affectionately known as "The DJ Box That Rocks"--gives you
digital power and versatility alongside an enormously phat 'n' funky analog
sound. The MIDI (musical instrument digital interface)-capable box produces
a total of 70 preset rhythm patterns, five user-adjustable patterns, and 10
variations against which you can mix your favorite music, or not, as the
situation demands. An ultracool scratch pad with auto function is in the
house to help you get your grooves smokin'. You get true, 32-note polyphony
and dynamic control over the timbre or tone of each MIDI-accessible voice,
just as you would with an acoustic instrument. There are 203 voices total,
180 musical sounds plus 23 drum kits. There's even an audio beats-per-minute
counter--the DJXIIB accepts an audio input of whatever song you're playing
and automatically locks to the rhythm by auto-adjusting its bpm. Enhance
your productions with sophisticated digital effects using the box's onboard
DSP (digital signal processing) using Yamaha's Advanced Wave Memory
technology. The DSP lets you warp, distort, and slice your music for
creative effect. A pair of built-in 3-inch, 6-watt speakers lets you
audition your music; each speaker is ported for accentuated bass response.
Connections include MIDI in/out, a stereo analog (left/right) RCA line out,
a .25-inch headphone jack for private listening, and a BMP input (RCA).
Keyboards are $150-$199; DJX mixer units are $85 to $125.