News: Pianist


Hans Zimmer Percussion

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

HANS ZIMMER PERCUSSION is a perfect fit for Spitfire Audio’s established ethos of producing the finest virtual instruments from the finest musical samples in the world. Why? Well, with Hans Zimmer  one of the most successful, influential, and prolific film composers of his generation  generously...

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Audified Synergy R1

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Host application and audio effects developer Audified is proud to announce (upcoming) availability of SYNERGY R1 — representing its first foray into hardware with a ‘remote-controlled’ software/hardware hybrid digital (REVERB)/analogue (SATURATOR) processing module for the 500 series modular...

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Top piano tips

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

Chinese piano sensation and emerging talent, Sunny Li, is beginning to make a name for herself in classical circles with the fluid and professional playing style which she has honed over a number of records including Sunny Li Piano and the recently released, A Night With Mendelssohn: Live Concert,...

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Instant Delay plugin

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Plugin Alliance, a new ‘Über-standard’ supporting all major plugin formats and uniting some of the best-known international audio companies under one virtual roof, is proud to announce availability of Instant Delay  an echo effects plugin powerhouse packing built-in filtering, saturation, and...

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Would you like to appear on air

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

The BBC Academy is holding a free media familiarisation day for women with particular expertise who are interested in appearing on television, radio and online as contributors or presenters. The aim is to offer an introduction to the media, including practical experiences in front of a camera and...

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Rick Wakeman Debussy’s Clair de Lune!

Sunday, December 11th, 2016

Revered keyboardist, songwriter and broadcaster Rick Wakeman will release Piano Portraits, the record-breaking 160th studio album of his career, on January 13th 2017. Recorded at The Old Granary in South Norfolk, the album sees Wakeman embarking on a voyage through a varied selection of music including...

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Jamie Cullum launches the Yamaha Enspire in London

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Yamaha Enspire has been launched in London by the award-winning pianist, songwriter and Yamaha Artist Jamie Cullum. He put the new instrument through its paces in an explosive performance with his band at London’s iconic Shard building. Yamaha Enspire is the 7th generation of Disklavier pianos....

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Leon Russell dies

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Leon Russell, who emerged as a rock ‘n’ roll star in the 1970s after working behind the scenes as a session pianist for other musicians, died Sunday in Nashville, his wife Janet Bridges said. He was 74. Russell died in his sleep, his wife said in a statement posted on his website. Honey...

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It takes a tough keyboardist to satisfy

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Levin grew up on the upper west side of Manhattan, with a musical curiosity that started early. “My mom was an amazing classical pianist, so she started me on piano around the age of five,” Levin explains. “I had an aptitude for it, so I continued studying classical musical all the way through...

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Fancy a new TransAcoustic grand or upright piano

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Has your piano seen better days and reached its sell-by date? Perhaps it’s just not keeping up with your musical ambitions? For a limited time, Yamaha are now offering an amazing new Piano Upgrade promotion  a fantastic opportunity to affordably upgrade to a new Yamaha piano and get a great price...

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Permission to Tweak Freely

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Sometimes the simplest upgrades are the most satisfying. Vintage Synths author Mark Vail replaced the knobs on his Teenage Engineering OP-1 synth with four vintage chicken head knobs We had to file down the “beaks” for clearance, but the knobs are now easier to turn and easier to read (see Figure...

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Prince Was An Incredible performer and constant innovator

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

If you’re feeling the way that we are, you’re still in shock that legendary performer Prince has died. It was just one week ago today that Prince played a pair of concerts at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta as part of his solo Piano & A Microphone Tour and apparently he had more shows in the works.

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From Samplephonics New! Fractal Foley Plus Free Samples

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Interwined natural sound sources and cutting edge electronic manipulation techniques join forces in this lush organic sound library that is designed to augment your drum tracks and bring an organic edge to your productions.

This is much more than just a foley percussion sample pack. Exquisitely...

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From Samplephonics New! Neo-Minimalism Plus Free Samples

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Explore the space between minimalism and beat driven electronic music with this masterfully curated collection of intimately beautiful sounds. Delicate processing, skilful playing and expert composition coalesce to create an intricate palette of sonic lushness with which to colour your productions.

Tucked...

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The pros of taking part in a masterclass

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The word ‘masterclass’ can, for some, conjure up a terrifying scenario: the ‘private lesson in public’, with a formidable ‘master’ teacher and a student quaking at the keyboard, their every error and slip heard and duly noted by teacher and audience. There was a music masterclasses on...

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