I was considering a 49 note controller to take on the short USA gig weekends to play sounds from my Mac laptop but good ones were almost the price of the Roland Lucina which has sounds onboard as backup and can be a keytar. I had used the Roland AX-Synth keytar for a couple of live shows and it was great but often stage size is small and the ‘neck’ gets bumped. So this 49 key Lucina that can sit nicely as a second keyboard or be a keytar at the funk gigs became my choice. Roland programmers have done [...] Read more
Posted on August 8, 2011 by John Ebata
Posted on August 4, 2011 by Fred Nicholson
We just received the new and very cool Roland Jupiter 80 76 key performance synth!
I am VERY impressed with the sounds and the way Roland is using what they call ’Supernatural’ technology. This technology allows the Jupiter sounds to ‘BEHAVE’ like the original sound it is reproducing. So what this means is the instrument sound not only sounds like the original but acts like it in terms of articulations so for example if you play a violin staccato, it sounds staccato, play smoothly it sounds legato all in real time and there is no switching like a lot of software [...] Read more
Posted on August 3, 2011 by John Ebata
Coming off a weekend of jazz festival live shows after a week in the studio and having owned an original Jupiter 8 with the DCB/OCB MIDI interface, I was curious to check out the newly arrived Jupiter 80 performance synth. One of the huge differences between the top line pro versions of synths across all brands and their ‘packed-with-features’ lower cost models is the feel of the key bed. The Jupiter 80 gives you that solid pro feel and 76 notes rather than the 61 offered by the original JP8. This is an amazing synth meant to be played, great [...] Read more
Posted on August 2, 2011 by Fred Nicholson
Hi its Fred here - giving you an update that we have received 1 Korg Kronos 61!! We have it on display for you to check it out and see if it fits into your musical journey! This piece definitely fits into mine very well! You may be hesitant if you own a DAW for Mac or Windows but let me tell you…this adds killer sounds, ease of use and truly a great musical experience that has to be used and heard to be appreciated! If you are a songwriter, composer, sound designer or whatever, the breakthrough Korg Kronos may [...] Read more
Event took place on July 28, 2011 by Cosmo Music
Be among the first to experience one of the most anticipated professional synthesizer keyboards in years! Join Adrian Marsi, Roland Synthesizer Specialist, at select Toronto dealers for the unveiling of the Jupiter-80 Performance Synthesizer.
Thursday July 28, 2011 @ 11:00am
Cosmo Music – Richmond Hill
10 Via Renzo Dr.
Come by and discover the Jupiter-80’s “SuperNATURAL” sound engine that uses “Physical Behaviour Modeling” to perform vintage synth and acoustic instrument sounds with uncanny realism. Also, try for yourself and understand why the Roland Jupiter-80 is the ultimate live performance keyboard for the pro player.
Posted on July 13, 2011 by Rob Cooper
The sound of the Hammond tonewheel organ is highly sought after in many styles of music; gospel, jazz, blues, rock and country all have numerous examples of the classic Hammond sound. What some folks don't realize is that one of the most important factors in achieving that sound is the Leslie cabinet that these are played through.
The Leslie cabinet takes the raw sound of the Hammond organ (or, in fact, any instrument… see "Other Instruments" below) and brings it to life. The classic Leslie cabinets use rotating horns and drums to create a "doppler" effect that animates the organ sound [...] Read more
Posted on July 12, 2011 by Fred Nicholson
Hello, I just wanted to mention in this latest blog that just in case you don’t know about this website, you HAVE to check out www.macprovideo.com They are a great Canadian based company that offers great tutorials to not only audio based applications like all the DAWS we sell (Pro Tools/Cubase /Logic etc) but they also offer training on productivity apps like the entire CS suite, web, Ilife, Iwork etc!!
Martin and his team do an AMAZING job of continually updating their titles and I can trust them to always stay on top of the latest developments in our [...] Read more
Posted on July 12, 2011 by Fred Nicholson
We just received - and sold very quickly because it is that good - the new Nord Electro 3 -73 key HP (HP stands for Hammer Action portable keybed). This awesome keyboard is a fully weighted 73 keys that weighs only 24 Lbs and is only 42x13.5x5 so it fits in a lot of 61 key gigbags!
I am always amazed how Nord can pack such an awesome sound, look and great build quality while STILL maintaining such a great weight!! Amazing job! If I was gigging, and now I’m not :>, this would be a must have for live performance [...] Read more
Posted on June 22, 2011 by James Peck
We just got these units in at Cosmo last week and we are very excited about them! There has not been a product like it yet, that combines top of the line specs with an ergonomic yet visually appealing body. Olympus, known for its high-end digital recorder products, also has a reputation for cameras and camcorders. Here is a quick run-down on this handheld HD video and stereo audio recorder:
-High quality stereo microphones
-High quality preamps
-Linear PCM 96khz/24-bit recording
-SD card slot (2 GB SD card included)
-Dual LCD display
-Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The video mode is very intuitive with all of the features [...] Read more
Posted on May 24, 2011 by James Peck
James here with a few tips on getting set up to make hip-hop beats. This will go over the basic components that you would be looking at getting.
The better it is, the more you can do! Mac is highly recommended for music production but some software only works on PC (Fl Studio)
This will be the main hub for all incoming and outgoing audio for your computer.
3. Studio Monitors
Proper speakers will provide you with an accurate picture of your music. These speakers are full-range and typically self-powered.
4. Keyboard/MIDI Controllers
MIDI Controllers come in all different shapes [...] Read more