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by • May 3, 2016 • No Comments

The MPiano of Austria’s Alpha Pianos is an elegant, futuristic concept study that is definitely in fact heading for production. The 88-key digital controller was created in partnership with the Porsche Design Studio and showcases adaptable keyboard action so that musicians can select exactly how the device feels to play, of the solid, weighty keys of a concert grand to a light and springy tabletop synth.

  • The electronics at a lower place every key allow the playing character of the MPiano to be modified
  • The MPiano is not a digital piano, but a keyboard controller that effects music creation software ...
  • The MPiano recently picked up a Red Dot Award for product create
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The “M” in the product name is for mechatronic, that refers to a process of adaptable electronic actuators at a lower place every of the keys that allow the playing character of the keyboard to be altered. By setting key resistance, the feel of instruments like a grand piano, a church organ or a modern synth can be reproduced.

The keys are in addition touch-sensitive to allow for MIDI expression or control, meaning that musicians don’t require to take a playing hand away of the keyboard to activate or tweak modulation and parameter settings, such things can be achieved by sliding a finger up or down the key.

Despite its name, the MPiano is not a digital piano, but a keyboard controller that effects music creation software running on connected hardware. The dedicated iPad stand on the instrument reinforces this thought, and all controls and parameters for the controller are modified via an iOS mobile app interface over Wi-Fi. Polyphonic aftertouch, pedal commands, keyboard splits, pitch adjustment, MIDI channels and additional can be set via the app.

Recently receiving a Red Dot Award for product create, Alpha Pianos demonstrated the initially prototype at Frankfurt’s Musikmesse in March and told us that series production is due to begin in late summer (Northern Hemisphere). But no pricing information has been announced, we’re betting this is not going to be a wallet-friendly instrument.

Source: Alpha Piano

  • The 88-key digital controller was created in partnership with the Porsche Design Studio
  • The MPiano prototype on display at Frankfurt's Musikmesse in March
  • All controls and parameters for the controller are modified via an iOS mobile app interface
  • Rendering of the MPiano showing integrated iPad stand and matching stool

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