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C. Bechstein Digital Grand from Modartt

The C. Bechstein D-282 is one of a handful of great concert grand pianos. Now French software house Modartt has released a physically modelled version based on Bechstein’s legendary Teldex recordings. Bechstein released a sample-based emulation of the D-282 back in 2017. Modartt’s modelling of the instrument represents a new approach, and it is interesting to compare the difference.

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Steinway Launches SPIRIO | r

In 2015, Steinway unveiled SPIRIO, a player-piano system that allows Steinway owners to replay pre-recorded performances on their own piano. The Steinway archive holds countless recordings of the world’s greatest pianists, and once encoded, these can be re-created on any SPIRIO-equipped piano. Now Steinway has released SPIRIO | r, a feature that enables the user to record and edit his or her own performances.


Steinway SPIRIO - r



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Steinway Mid-Century Modern Grand Revisited

In 1953, American architect Walter Dorwin Teague designed a special grand piano for Steinway & Sons to commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary. It was known as the Teague Sketch 1111, and around 200 were built.

The Steinway Teague Sketch 1111

The Steinway Teague Sketch 1111 (Limited Edition, 2018), Model M Studio Grand Piano

Now, 65 years later, Steinway has announced a new Limited Edition version of the same mid-century modern design. The piano is based on the Model M, and is available in Satin Ebony or Dark Walnut finishes.

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Ant. Petrof Concert Grand Digital Model by Modartt

The Ant. Petrof 275 is one of the world’s great concert-grand pianos. Recognizing this fact, the French company Modartt has developed a new digital model of this highly regarded instrument.

Analyzing the Ant. Petrof 275 in the Anechoic Chamber

Analyzing the ANT. PETRO 275 in the Anechoic Chamber

This new digital instrument pack is now available. It can be used as a plug-in with most digital audio workstations (DAWs), or as a standalone product with Modartt’s own Pianoteq music software.

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Roland LX700 Digital Piano Series

The LX700 is a new series of digital pianos from Roland that uses the company’s PureAcoustic Piano Modeling technology. Most digital pianos use samples of acoustic instruments as the fundamental sound source. Modeling, on the other hand, derives the sound from mathematical analysis of sound-producing elements.

Roland LX705-LA

Roland LX705-LA (light oak finish)

Three new models have been announced: the entry-level LX705, the LX706, and the top-of-the-line LX708.

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Fazioli’s Kengo Kuma Grand Piano

Canadian property developer Westbank Corporation has commissioned another stunning grand piano from Italian pianomaker Fazioli.

The Fazioli Kengo Kuma Grand Piano

The Fazioli Kengo Kuma Grand Piano

The instrument will take pride of place in the lobby of a new 43-story tower in Vancouver, BC. Both the building and the piano are designed by, and bear the name of, the world-renowned Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma Associates.

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Kawai Introduces K300 AURES Hybrid

Kawai has again collaborated with its Japanese neighbor Onkyo on a new hybrid instrument, the K300 AURES. The two companies previously worked together on the very successful NOVUS NV10.

The Kawai K300 AURES Hybrid PianoThe Kawai K300 AURES Hybrid Piano

The term AURES comes from AUdio and RESonance, and this instrument marries the acoustic action of the K300 upright with the SK-EX sound engine employed in Kawai’s CA-98 digital piano.

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Roland Unveils New Digital Piano Incorporating Alexa Functionality

The new GO:PIANO88 is the latest digital piano to be added to Roland’s GO-Series of portable instruments and devices.

Roland GO:PIANO88 with TabletRoland GO:PIANO88 with Tablet

The piano was on show at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) alongside a modified 61-note GO:PIANO with built-in Alexa technology. The inclusion of Amazon’s digital virtual assistant facilitates many new opportunities, including hands-free control.

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Yamaha Launches Six New Pianos at 2019 NAMM Show

Yamaha added six new models to its hybrid and digital piano lines at this January’s National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in Anaheim, California.

Yamaha AvantGrand N1X Hybrid PianoYamaha AvantGrand N1X Hybrid Piano

The AvantGrand N1X is a second-generation version of the popular N1 hybrid. The CP73 and CP88 are powerful new additions to the CP series of stage pianos. And there are three new models in the Arius line of digital pianos for the home.

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Yamaha Showcases Three Concept Pianos For the Home

Yamaha has recently unveiled three unique digital pianos. Entitled A-Round, Be-Side, and Re-Mind, these are concept instruments designed to show how the piano can better integrate into the modern home.

Yamaha's A-Round digital piano from above with two stools

A-Round digital piano, with specially designed one- and two-person stools

Yamaha, in conjunction with Chinese furniture maker Mexarts, briefed its designers to produce digital pianos that "enrich everyday life," and these inspirational instruments are the result.

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