It was a rather eventful weekend here with a film project and then a bit of unexpected excitement around a show at Berkeley Arts last night featuring Pitta of the Mind. In the end, everything went well, though Luna would have preferred less excitement. Here she is coming out of hiding after my friends from the film project left and reclaiming her territory.
She is quite fond of this toy piano. I have even heard her press the keys, though I haven’t been able to capture it yet.
Submitted by John F. Elberstein via Twitter. The keyboard being danced upon is obviously a Nord Lead, but we are leaving identification of the lower keyboard as an exercise to the reader 🙂
From Taki76 on YouTube:
I need to find this cat toy keyboard! It would be great for circuit bending and future performances.
Submitted by Bill Dudeiros via our Facebook page.
Submitted by Damien Olsen via our Facebook page.
“Even WonJai has inspiration issues once in a while.”
Submitted by Erwin Kant via our Facebook page.
From the Facebook group Black Cats Are Good Luck. Not a synth per se, but keyboards and pianos are fair game here.
“The amazing Mojo =^.^=”
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Submitted by Aais Plex via our Facebook page.
“Mimine ‘the drummer’ taking a short nap on her favourite spot: the Axiom 25 keyboard. Favourite instrument: the TR-909 drumkit”
Submitted by Christy Purrrlington via Twitter.
“how can I play properly when mom leaves her rubbish all over the keys?”
I tend to oscillate between the very large and the very small when it comes to instruments. On the small scale, I stumbled upon these tiny controllers from Nektar Technology.
These tiny controllers seemed like perfect companions for the iPhone and iPad – and they are quite cute. (Use the stuffed cat for a sense of scale.) The keyboard and continuous controllers both have a small modular footprint, slightly wider than an iPad. I might have gotten either or both, if they were available. Nektar hopes to have these out later this year.
While it is great to be able to show up at a gig with just an iPad, a controller like those from Nektar, and a couple of cables, sometimes one needs a real keyboard. And those aren’t getting any smaller. The Nord Stage 2 is the latest incarnation of my heavy but reliable workhorse keyboard:
The electric pianos (and the primary reason I got the Stage) were the same as ever and felt great. But what is different from the previous version is the synth section, which is now more akin to the Nord Wave. I could definitely use that feature. There are also improvements to the acoustic piano modeling, but that is more incremental. I don’t think I would replace my Stage EX at great expense for these features, though. There are some new acoustic pianos available for the older model, which I will try out at home.