Inside, outside and all around an acoustic piano
Delivering unmatched emulations of the company’s classic tones
Umpteen sounds and almost as many add-ons
Sam Sessa reviews the new Rhodes pianos
January/February 2010 Gearhead
Sam Sessa reviews the latest digital piano from Roland
January/February 2009 Gearhead
Two of Roland’s newest synthesizers share an undeniable synergy. By themselves, the GW-8 workstation and the JUNO-Stage synth are formidable instruments. But together, they complement each other’s strengths to create an impressive array of tones and backing...
January/February 2008 Gearhead
My first mistake: judging the Korg Pa800 Arranger by its looks. With built-in speakers on top, it could easily be taken for a child’s first keyboard—like a cheap Casio. The Pa800 is far from it. With the Pa800, Korg delivers a powerful, versatile keyboard...
December 2007 Gearhead
From its candy apple red exterior to its authentic tones, the Nord C1 combo organ makes a bold statement—both sonically and aesthetically. Few, if any, organs on the market are as portable and powerful as the C1. With its twin 61-key upper and lower manuals...
October 2007 Gearhead
With an arsenal of warm, thick tones and an accessible interface, Moog’s new Little Phatty (LP) Stage Edition is an expensive but user-friendly throwback synthesizer. The Stage Edition is a slightly cheaper, sleeker version of the Moog Tribute Edition Little...
January/February 2007 Gearhead
It’s easy to be skeptical about computer programs that advertise thousands of vintage synthesizer presets in one convenient package. Some digital reproductions of analog keyboards sound thin and watery when compared to the original synthesizers. But Analog...
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Sam Sessa joined the JazzTimes community on Jun 18, 2008