<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:40:24 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Akai Advance Keyboards - Take control of all your virtual instruments]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:38:59 +0000 John takes a look at the Akai Advance keyboards, which offer a new way to direct control of all your virtual instruments.

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<![CDATA[The Arturia KeyStep - Redefining the portable keyboard experience]]> Fri, 18 Mar 2016 16:25:30 +0000

Denis from Arturia in Paris visited the store and gave us a run through of the new Arturia KeyStep, a portable keyboard with many great features.

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<![CDATA[The Yamaha Reface Keyboards - Classic sounds in a sleek, compact package]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:01:08 +0000

John takes a close look at the complete Yamaha Reface keyboard package. The YC, DX, CP, and CS keyboards that reproduce classic sounds in a sleek, compact package.

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<![CDATA[The new Korg Minilogue synthesizer]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:43:42 +0000 John takes a close look at the new Korg Minilogue synthesizer. This compact synth packs some serious style and substance. See and hear it below:

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<![CDATA[NAMM 2016 - Roland]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:24:27 +0000

Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers and audio processing devices.

The talented Heidi Joubert talks about the Roland El Cajon EC-10:

Unique and versatile -  an authentic acoustic cajon that sounds great on its own.

The El Cajon EC-10 allows players to easily enhance their music with layered electronic sounds, letting you blend a range of complementary sounds with the cajon voice from traditional percussion to acoustic snare, electronic drums, sound effects, and more.

The Roland JUNO-DS is an evolution of the great keyboard. Ed Diaz shows us below:

Known to create great sound, ease of use, and exceptional value. The JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 take the iconic series to a new level of performance.

JUNO-DS61 Synthesizer

Roland adds many powerful enhancements while still keeping operation streamlined and simple. The JUNO-DS61 is versatile, intuitive, highly mobile and puts you in creative command - making it easy to produce exceptional music everywhere you play.

JUNO-DS88 Synthesizer

Simply creative - equipped with 88 weighted-action keys for a premium feel and just as versatile, intuitive, and mobile as the JUNO-DS61.

Roland has some new Cube amps. Alex Hutchins talks about them below:

Blues Cube Hot

Blues Cube Artist  - 60W | 80W

Blues Cube Artist212

Blues Cube Cabinet410

Blues Cube Stage - 60W | 80W

Blues Cube Tour


See more Blues Cube amps now.

With over 40 years of innovation that continues to shape the sound of modern music, Roland sets the standards in music technology for the world to follow.

Shop our in stock ROLAND inventory now.

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<![CDATA[Behind the Hit: Hotline Bling! The sample behind the groove.]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:23:15 +0000

DRAKE’s new video broke the internet with those dance moves just asking to be MEME-D. But the tune is catchy and the groove is unique. And it's all because of a guy named Timmy Thomas. Listen to his 1972 soul single "Why Can't We Live Together" below, and see if you hear something familiar.

Drake's producers took a slice of this tune, pitched it up 2 semitones, and sped it up roughly 30%. That's the core of the organ and underlying drum machine that forms the groove. From there, an 808 kick, clap snare, and triangle are added, with some bass added for the bridge.

Just add in some silly dance moves, and a hit is born.

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<![CDATA[An intimate look at the PHYSIS Piano with John Ebata and Tahirih Vejdani]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 17:52:13 +0000 PHYSIS Pianos are truly revolutionary instruments for the modern age. Our own John Ebata teamed up with singer Tahirih Vejdani to demonstrate the capabilities of these pianos, and give some inspired performances.

If you want to come to a PHYSIS clinic, we are hosting Thursday, August 27th at 7 PM with Earth, Wind & Fire's Myron McKinley in our Cosmopolitan Music Hall!

Watch an overview of the clinic

Watch John and Tahirih perform Jill Scott's "Golden"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Sting's "Fragile"

Watch John and Tahirih perform Joe Sealy's "Deep Down Inside"

<![CDATA[Physis Piano Clinic with Myron McKinley of Earth Wind and Fire!]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:08:04 +0000 Gifted pianist, producer, songwriter, and music director for Earth, Wind and Fire, MYRON MCKINLEY is an incredibly prolific musician and he'll be coming  to Cosmo Music to show us all about the exciting line of Physis Pianos!

UPDATE: Morris O'Connor, Serg Dimitrijevic, and John Paris from Earth, Wind & Fire guys joined Myron McKinley for an impromptu jam! See it below:

Watch Myron McKinley show off some of the awesome features of the Physis Piano:

Upon graduating from USC, McKinley quickly began performing with award winning artists such as Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans, CeCe Winans, Harry Connick Jr., Jodeci, Yolanda Adams, Chicago, Puff Daddy, Dr. Dre, Brandy, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Karen Clark-Shears, Chante Moore, Tupac Shakur, Doc Powell, Vesta, Backstreet Boys, Regina Bell, Tyrese, Hanson, James Ingram, Brian McKnight, Patti LaBelle, Monica, Dru Hill, Keith Sweat, Morris Day, Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat, Gerald Levert, Ashford & Simpson, Deborah Cox, Tamia, Emotions, Gloria Gaynor, Christina Aguiliara, En Vogue and Earth Wind & Fire to just name a few.

McKinley has toured with Grammy award winner Whitney Houston (World Tour), Kenny Lattimore (For You, World Tour), Stanley Clarke, En Vogue (World Tour), and has toured as the Musical Director for Philip Bailey (Japan Tour), Cherokee (Polo Tour), Doc Powell (Smooth Jazz Tour), Shai (World Tour) and currently for the last eight years serves as the Musical Director for Grammy award winners and pop music giants Earth, Wind and Fire.

That's one impressive resume.

And he'll be showing off one of the most impressive pieces of equipment to hit the keyboard world: The Physis Piano, a feature rich and innovative keyboard that represents the evolution of a hybrid piano/keyboard.

Physis Piano Clinic with MYRON MCKINLEY of EARTH, WIND AND FIRE! 

Date: Thurs Aug 27, 2015
Time: 7 PM
Where: Cosmopolitan Music Hall (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Admission is FREE. RSVP to john@cosmomusic.ca

Join the Facebook Event Page here!

<![CDATA[Hands On with Hammond Featuring SCOTT MAY - Cosmo Music, July 18th at 2 PM]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:02:56 +0000 Come down to Cosmo Music for a FREE event on Saturday, July 18th to get "Hands On" with Hammond Organs - the sound, the soul, the ONE!

Grammy-nominated Musician/Producer (Organist of Chicago's Ides of March since 1990) and Hammond International Clinician, SCOTT MAY will be on hand to discuss the legacy of Hammond and its modern innovations while demonstrating the power that these instruments have to pierce the soul!

Word on the street is that attendees will be treated to duelling Hammonds!

Hammond Event

Date: Sat July 18th, 2015
Time: 2 PM
Where: Cosmo Music
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca or phone 1-800-463-3000 x330.


<![CDATA[Learn FL Studio from a Pro! This Sat March 28 at 1PM (FREE Event)]]> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:34:38 +0000 Avicii, Boi-1da, DeadMau5, Afrojack, and countless other hit artists use FL Studio to make number one hit tracks. Join clinician Dan D as he takes you through the world's favourite DAW - FL Studio.

He'll show you how to build a simple pattern, how to arrange it in song mode, how to mix it with the mixer and effect and how to export your final creation as an MP3. This clinic will also include demonstrations of some of Image Line impressive list of Virtual Instruments like Harmor, Sytrus, Toxic Biohazard, Sawer and others. If you are an FL Studio user you should not miss this event. If you are new to music creation, this is the perfect event to get you started!

FL Studio Clinic

Click here to RSVP! Admission is FREE!

Date: Sat March 28, 2015
Time: 1 PM
Where: Keyboards & Recording Dept. (inside Cosmo Music)
10 Via Renzo Drive
Richmond Hill, ON

Questions? Email john@cosmomusic.ca.