PianoDisc’s live, 24/7, free streaming radio network, available with all iQ-based PianoDisc systems, announced the addition of more stations with a greater variety of music programming. The streaming live station is free to all iQ customers as well. This service is of special interest to hotels, restaurants, and other business establishments that use PianoDisc to provide their customers with non-stop royalty-free entertainment. In addition, each PianoDisc system includes a free package of music and video software valued at $1,400, and a five-album CD set of the customer’s choice from the PianoDisc catalog.
PianoDisc Remote is a utility app with many custom features, supports the iQ system, and is available for purchase for $49.99 through the Apple App Store. Although piano and audio balance can be adjusted with the iQ Audio Balance Control, PianoDisc Remote lets the user further customize the volume levels and balance of the piano and audio accompaniment, and to fine-tune their synchronization.
iQ Flash, an entry-level system, is the latest addition to the PianoDisc line. Basic operation is accomplished by playing PianoDisc MP3 files from USB, SD, or MMC flash memory. All functions can be accessed either from the included remote control or via a few multi-function buttons on the face of the iQ Flash control box. As well, audio and piano balance control are easily adjusted with the wheel next to the SD slot. An easy-to-read, high-contrast, backlit LCD display allows the user to view and make song selections, or to engage the repeat and shuffle features. Incorporating the Studio Performance package into iQ Flash allows players to capture performances as MP3 files on their preferred media-storage devices. With an additional mixer and a powered microphone, vocals can be added to the recording.
Music Store, introduced in 2013, has replaced MusiConnect with a simpler, more user-friendly way to buy and download music from the new PianoDisc website. The new process includes a “Downloadable” format that delivers compressed (zipped) MP3 files directly to a computer. Other formats available for purchase include CD, Floppy Disk, and SD Card. The new, streamlined process also includes pre-synced performances for the PianoDisc original-album genre “PianoSync.”
Always Play allows the user to import any MIDI file, even if the recording contains no piano part, and guarantees that it will play back on the piano. Always Play recognizes the lead instrument (guitar, organ, flute, etc.) and substitutes the piano for it.
PianoSync is a MIDI-controlled piano performance that synchronizes with a commercially available audio CD of a major recording artist. PianoSyncs are purchased from PianoDisc’s website as downloads or CDs and stored using MusiConnect. The consumer also purchases the original artist’s CD and loads it into iTunes, where the two are merged.
PianoVideo HD, the first high-definition video format created specifically for modern player-piano systems, combines MIDI, audio, and video. The PianoVideo HD technology gives PianoDisc owners the ultimate entertainment experience: as they watch a high-definition video, their piano will play along with it live, in sync with the pianist on screen.
QuietTime MagicStar can mute an acoustic piano and let the user hear his or her performance through headphones via sampled sound. MagicStar has a control unit with 128 sampled instruments — a full General MIDI (GM) sound set — as well as 11 popular instrument presets, such as piano with strings. It also includes a built-in, adjustable metronome. A MIDI key sensor strip is installed under the keys, and a padded mute rail prevents the hammers from hitting the strings while retaining the motion and feel of the piano action. The mute rail is activated by moving a small lever under the keyboard, which also turns on the sampled sound. MagicStar comes with a control unit, power supply, MIDI cable, MIDI strip, pedal switches, headphones, and mute rail.
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Pianoforce is a new entrant into the player-piano market under its own name, but the company that makes it — Ncode Ltd. of Bratislava, Slovakia — has been developing and manufacturing front-end controllers for the player-piano systems of other companies, such as Baldwin and QRS, since 1995. In 2005, Pianoforce was first offered as a complete system in the pianos of selected piano makers. In 2006, it was introduced as a retrofit kit installable in any piano, new or old. Designed and built by Ncode in Europe, the kit is ordered through a piano dealer and is typically installed in a new piano either at a distribution point or at the dealer location.