<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:24:32 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Yamaha Instant Savings Event: On NOW until Dec 31, 2013]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:13:00 +0000 Yamaha is offering Instant Savings this season up to $700 on their instruments! This fantastic offer is available until December 31, 2013.

It’s so easy! 

  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Guitar and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Steinberg software and instantly save up to $75!*
  • Purchase qualifying Yamaha Synthesizer or Live Sound equipment and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Digital Piano and instantly save up to $200!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Drum Kit and instantly save up to $300!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Wind Instrument and instantly save up to $500!*
  • Purchase a qualifying Yamaha Clavinova and instantly save up to $700!*

For more details, please visit www.yamahapromos.ca.

*Valid on eligible new instruments at authorized Yamaha dealers in Canada for purchases made between October 15 and December 31, 2013. Conditions and exceptions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Yamaha Canada reserves the right to cancel these offers at any time.

<![CDATA[REVIEWED: "Roland RD-64"]]> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:41:13 +0000 Roland is a well known company for its innovative contribution to the electronic musical instrument industry. They do it again with the introduction of the RD-64 digital piano, a compact 64 weighted keys keyboard that can be the answer to many musicians.

As much as we like to have an authentic feel and quality piano sound when gigging or on the go, carrying large and heavy 88-key keyboards becomes tiring not to mention it’s hard if not impossible to fit one on the back seat of a regular car.

Powered by the famous Roland Super Natural Piano sound engine, RD-64 provides a great acoustic piano sound paired with an authentic weighted-action and ivory feel piano keyboard. But there is more to the RD-64 than meets the eye. There are “bread and butter” sounds included such as electric pianos, clavinets and organs with rotary emulation, and the RD-64 makes a great MIDI controller with a pitch bend/modulation lever and D-beam, when paired with the Roland Integra 7 sound module or in a computer-based home studio.

With a small footprint, compact and portable, RD-64 is the perfect digital piano for music educators in music labs, group piano lessons, live playing or studio work and musicians on the go.

Vince Dumitrescu
Specialist, Keyboard & Recording
905.770.5222 x330

Want to learn even more about the Roland RD-64? Check out the video below. 


<![CDATA[FREE Workshop: "Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano"]]> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:26:39 +0000 FREE Pedagogy Workshop with Forrest Kinney

Introducing: Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano

Date: Monday, July 29, 2013

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music

Tickets: FREE! RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Alfred 2013 Piano Workshop]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:15:54 +0000 Effective & Efficient Practice with Tom Gerou

Date: Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music
Tickets: FREE!
RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Featured Instruments from Korg and Roland]]> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:02:22 +0000  





Korg SV1 pro stage piano

This piano has a distinctive quality look and presence onstage and plays to that high standard. The feel of the top of the line RH3 weighted key bed is solid, heavier than spring weighted but easy to articulate fast repeated notes. The simplicity in having a real knob, to grab and adjust any setting makes the in studio or on stage changes easy and fast with great results. All the core keyboard vintage sounds are included, acoustic and electric pianos, clav’s and organs. You can also add in the real preamp tube to warm up your tone. Available in both 88 and 73 key versions. The 73 key is a favorite in providing a great sounding vintage keyboard that fits into the back seat of a compact car.

Korg M3 61 note synth and Korg M3M module

 Korg M3 61 note synth

Korg M3M module

Why do so many pro keyboardists, including myself keep their Korg M3 synth’s while owning newer pro workstations? The keyboard feels great, synth weight with aftertouch but firm, with trigger pads of the finest feel and touch. The screen is a large touch screen that can turn into a KaosPad-like assignable touch filter, vector assignment etc.

One unique benefit is the module of sounds is removable so you can fly with all your pro synth and PCM sounds always. Onstage look is amazing, white with wood trim, lots of red led lights, cool white pitch/mod joystick. It also can be used as a superb feeling master controller, split or layer internal or external sounds up to 16 ways per combination and 100’s of user Combinations storable within the M3 or M3 module.

The Korg M3-61 synth or the M3M module. Get them still new before they are gone.

Roland FR2 digital accordion

Being an accordionist originally before moving on to piano and keyboards, gives a huge hiring benefit on many gigs. Accordion is very fashionable be it Springsteen or Sudanese jazz. The issue for live work is typically they are outdoor festivals or in less pleasant bars where I would prefer not to take my handmade $ 10,000 Italian accordion. The Roland V-accordion series provides an accordion, rather in the case of the FR2, 10 different accordions with no issue of reeds going out of tune and less than half the weight on your shoulders. The bellows work the same for expression. One can choose if you want a French Musette or a German or an Italian accordion and then which of 10 treble and 5 bass registers of the sound you prefer. At 10% of the cost of a collection of these accordions and all the added functionality, the FR2 is great value. In my multi-keyboard rig, I have placed the FR2 on its side on an amp stand (Ultimate Support Amp-150 ) and the FR2 has served as an additional velocity sensitive MIDI controller for a VSTi loaded Macbook Pro or any other MIDI device to use on every song in the set.

John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager
905.770.5222 x 261

<![CDATA[FREE Workshop for Piano Teachers]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:22:45 +0000 Cosmo Music, The Student Music Organizer and Red Leaf Pianoworks invite you to a FREE pedagogy workshop for piano teachers.

Join Darlene Irwin, teacher and author of The Student Music Organizer, as she explains how to organize and simplify your teaching for success.

Also, explore a broad range of Canadian contemporary piano works from the Red Leaf Composers Collective in a presentation by composers Martha Hill Duncan and Susan Griesdale.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro to register: 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

<![CDATA[Top Picks from NAMM: Pianos, Keyboards & Recording]]> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 22:10:17 +0000 NAMM Show Top 3 Hot Items: Pianos

Premium Products: Yamaha CVP609
Yamaha cvp609
The new Clavinova series from Yamaha comes with much improved sounds and greater expression on the individual instruments so the easy play orchestration is realistic. Actual wave recordings, of say a Brazilian percussion section playing together, are used in the easy play accompaniments for astonishing realism.

Mid-Level Cost: Weber W121 Upright Piano
weber vw121 upright piano
Piano designer technician guru Del Fandrich was on hand at the Hyundai Development Corp booth explaining the re-design of the Weber and Young Chang uprights providing wider tonal range and expression, employing the finest in woods and premium performance but able to maintain the entry level pricing.

Something for Everyone: Yamaha YDP142 Digital Home Piano
Yamaha ydp142 digital home piano
Continuing in the Yamaha piano tradition, the new YDP142 comes with bench and stand with new and improved tone for a added expression perfect for the young beginner on a budget.


NAMM Show Top 3 Hot Items: Keyboards
Analog is back with all the tone, user requested updates and sound.

Premium Products: New Korg King Analog Modelling Synth
korg king analog modelling synth
Huge sounds emulating the various analog synths. 61 note velocity sensitive and programmable.

Mid-Level Cost: Arturia Mini Brute Synth
arturia mini brute synth
Lots of knobs, sliders and buttons to tweak. Big filter sweeps, 24db with resonance, 25 keys with easy octave switching and aftertouch, traditional analog style CV inputs and solid construction for the rigors of the road.

Something for Everyone: Arturia MiniLab
arturia minilab
25 mini-key solid construction controller and a great analog pack of the renowned Arturia plug-ins all for about $100.


NAMM Show Top 3 Hot Items: Recording Hardware & Software

Premium Products: Avid Pro Tools HD with Thunderbolt
avid pro tools hd thunderbolt
The standard of the recording world adds the Thunderbolt speed into the HD rig providing the highest of sound recording and playback, higher track counts and endless plug-ins.

Mid-Level Cost: Pianodisc Magic Time Silent Piano System
quiettime silentstar
Turn your old or new upright piano into a silent practice piano with headphones. An easy quick install silences the acoustic side of your piano while maintaining the piano touch but still allows for the expression while listening on headphones. Other applications include playing any keyboard sound from orchestral to synthesizers on your piano or recording and printing out the music notation of your piano playing.

Something for Everyone: DoreMIR Score Cleaner
DoreMIR Score Cleaner software
A music notation software with intelligence. Play your song into your computer from any MIDI keyboard or controller and it will interpret your playing and set the tempo, make the bar lines, add the key signature and then you can print it and give to the band members.


John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager
905.770.5222 x 261

<![CDATA[NAMM 2013: Day 1 Round-up]]> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 17:49:16 +0000 And it has begun! Here are a few things we've spotted so far today: Elton John among a group performing live (and you can watch it), Fender basses and a whatchamacallit, Jackson Guitars, Peavey's next generation, Sennheiser & Shure launches more wireless, Pigtronix pedal, Digitech JamMan SoloXT, Korg MS-20 Mini + more goodies, M-Audio, Akai, Numark, Levy’s straps, Eventide H9 Stomp re-thunk, Kala Banjo Uke, Presonus, DW Drums, from the floor and pre-NAMM Suhr party pics (and breathe).


Yamaha’s 125th anniversary
To commemorate Yamaha’s 125th anniversary, a concert featuring Elton John will be held at the Hyperion Theater is Disneyland California will be streamed live for the world to watch on January 25th at 8 pm PST. Joining Elton onstage will be Amy Grant, Chaka Khan, Dave Grusin, Earth, Wind & Fire, James Newton Howard, Leogun, Lucy Schwartz, Michael McDonald, Sarah McLachlan, Sinbad and Toto. Legendary bass player Nathan East will serve as music director. Watch it live here.
Yamaha’s 125th anniversary, a concert featuring Elton John


Fender American Vintage Series Basses
Historic Benchmarks, American Originals. The resurrection of vintage 50’s tooling allowed for the recreation of these masterpieces. Take a look for yourself!

Fender Mando-Strat… Whatchamacallit?
The classic Fender electric mandolin returns as the new Mando-Strat. This highly distinctive and charmingly diminutive instrument evokes the Fender electric four-string mandolins of the 1950s and ’60s, with an updated and improved design for modern players.
Fender Mando-Strat… Whatchamacallit


New Jackson Guitars for 2013
A plethora of new guitars for Jackson in 2013, 20 new models in fact!

New Artist Signature models include a Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist™ 6 and 7, Corey Beaulieu USA Signature KV6 and KV7 and Dave Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird Bass.
Jackson Chris Broderick Pro Series Soloist™ 6 and 7Jackson Corey Beaulieu USA Signature KV6 and KV7Jackson Dave Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird Bass

New Pro Series models include a Pro DKA Dinky™ 7/8 and Pro DK2HT, Pro DK2MHT, Pro DK2QHT, and Pro DK2MQHT.
Jackson New Pro Series models Jackson New Pro Series models

New USA Select series models include USA Select B7MG, USA Select B7MG Deluxe, USA Select B8MG, and USA Select B8MG Deluxe
Jackson new USA Select series models

New JS Series includes a JS22-7 DKA Dinky, JS32-7Q Dinky, JS32-8Q Dinky, JS3QM Concert™ Bass, and JS3VQM Concert Bass
Jackson new JS Series


Peavey introduces the next generation ValveKing® Series
The original award-winning ValveKing line was designed to feature all of the tonal qualities and attention-to-detail circuitry of a boutique amplifier, but with a price point real working guitarists could afford. With the next generation of ValveKing, Peavey has taken this idea even further and delivered one of its most tonally sophisticated lines of amps yet, tailored for the versatile needs of today's working guitarists.
Peavey Introduces the Next Generation ValveKing® Series

Peavey debuts new Vypyr® VIP Series Variable Instrument Performance™ Amplifiers
The world’s first Variable Instrument Performance™ amplifiers. After the award-winning original Peavey Vypyr series set the new standard for modeling guitar amplifiers, the Vypyr VIP series introduces an entirely new level of technological sophistication and tonal versatility. With the Vypyr VIP series, Peavey introduces the world’s first amp that contains Bass guitar, Acoustic guitar and Electric guitar amplifier models. With Peavey’s Variable Instrument Input™, a single amp can provide amplification for a variety of instrument types.
Peavey Debuts New Vypyr® VIP Series Variable Instrument Performance™ Amplifiers


Sennheiser launches digital 9000 series wireless
Digital 9000 wireless, with uncompressed digital audio with up to 40 channels within a 24 megahertz range – bodypack and mic transmitter options available.
Sennheiser Launches digital 9000 Series Wireless


Shure unveils new BLX and GLX digital wireless series
Adding to Shure’s already impressive lineup, the BLX series grants great performance at an affordable price, while the GLX series adds its Digital Audio Clarity technology with rechargeable batteries from upper end units.


Pigtronix introduces Quantum Time modulator pedal
Pigtronix introduces Quantum Time Modulator pedal for Winter NAMM 2013. It produces a parallel universe of analog time stretching effects with only three knobs and a single switch. Reflecting the fundamental principals of modern atomic physics in pedal form, the Pigtronix Quantum can be in any number of places at once and will change in response to both input and observation.
Pigtronix Introduces Quantum Time Modulator Pedal


Digitech introduces JamMan SoloXT
DigiTech’s JamMan Solo XT brings you the definitive stereo looping experience. Build up the energy in your performance and find new inspiration with virtually limitless loops. Seamless transitions between looped phrases make the JamMan Solo XT an invaluable tool for composing and performing.
Digitech Introduces JamMan SoloXT


Korg MS-20 Mini – Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, the classic MS-20 recreated in mini size!
An analog synthesizer featuring the original circuitry from 1978. Korg’s MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first introduced in 1978, is still a coveted instrument to this day, thanks to its thick, robust sound, its powerful, iconic analog filter, and its versatile patching options. Over 300,000 people have enjoyed the distinct MS-20 sounds from the original, from Korg’s MS-20 plug-in synth, or the iMS-20 iPad app.
Korg MS-20 Mini – Monophonic Analog Synthesizer, The classic MS-20 –recreated in mini size!

Korg exhibits the latest addition to their acclaimed Kaoss family: the Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder. The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.

Korg’s new KP3+ KAOSS PAD
Yet another addition to the series: the KP3+ Dynamic Effect/Sampler. The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface. It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.
Korg’s new KP3+ KAOSS PAD

Korg announces Pitchblack Portable
Korg announces the newest addition to the Pitchblack family of tuners, the Pitchblack Portable Handheld Polyphonic Tuner for Guitar and Bass. This new, compact tuner offers convenient tuning by enabling all strings to be tuned simultaneously.
Korg Announces Pitchblack Portable

The all new Korg SP-280 Digital Piano
The newest model in its series of Digital Pianos, the SP-280. It faithfully recreates the experience of playing a genuine Concert Grand in a beautifully designed digital piano that's ideal for use at home or on stage. With 30 sounds in total, plus customizable ambience effects, the SP-280 is versatile enough for a wide variety of applications.
The All New Korg SP-280 Digital Piano

Korg announces King Korg Analog Modeling Synth
Korg USA announces the King Korg analog modeling synth. Focused on live performance, it features Korg's new XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) engine, with many types of oscillators and filters that can accurately model sought-after vintage analog synths. With its controls laid out in easily identifiable sections, King Korg delivers the unique characteristics of a dedicated synthesizer, while remaining approachable to players who are new to synthesizers. It not only shines on stage with high quality sound, but also with a champagne gold finish befitting its royal name.
Korg announces King Korg Analog Modeling Synth


M-Audio launches assortment of new products for 2013
New products from M-Audio include the new Axiom AIR 25, 49 & 61 keyboard controllers as well as the AIR Mini 32. The new M-Track, M-Track Plus and MTrack Quad 2-4 channel USB Audio/Midi interfaces as well the new M3-8 three-way active studio monitors are great new additions to the M-Audio lineup.
m-audio 2013


New Akai Professional products for the masses!
New products from Akai include the MPX8 SD sample pad controller, the compact MAX25 and MAX49 USB/MIDI/CV controllers and a slew of new MPC – Music Production Controller products including the Renaissance, Studio, Fly, Software and iMPC App for iPad.
akai 2013


Numark’s new gear for 2013
Numark releases all sorts of new performance DJ controllers including the Mixtrack II, Mixtrack Pro II and Mixdeck Quad, as well as the iDJ Pro and Live II. The 4-Channel NS7 II and the wireless handheld Midi DJ Controller – Orbit.
Numark 2013


Levy’s introduces new LOXX series straps
Using premium garment leathers and using LOXX strap locks, these new straps are the definition of functional beauty!
Levy’s introduces new LOXX series straps


Eventide H9 Stomp – Stompbox Re-Thunk!
The H9 delivers Eventide's acclaimed sound and can run all of Eventide's stompbox effects. It features a simple, one-knob user interface and also connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to iPods, iPhones and iPads for creating and managing presets, live control and in-app algorithm purchases.
Eventide H9 Stomp – Stompbox Re-Thunk!


Kala Ukuleles presents the Banjo Uke!
Kala's banjo ukes will be available in soprano and concert sizes and are distinctively appointed with a luxuriant black satin finish, Remo Weatherking Banjo Head, deluxe geared tuners with black buttons, rosewood fingerboard, maple bridge with ebony cap, and a closed back design.
Kala Ukuleles presents the Banjo Uke


Presonus shows up with new Capture 2.0 Live Recording Software
The new software adds additional major features that come along with a new look! Version 2 further streamlines workflow—one of Capture’s strengths—and adds significant new safety features to an already remarkably stable recording platform.
Presonus shows up with new Capture 2.0 Live Recording Software


dw adds Concrete snare to their popular Collector’s Series Specialty Snares
Concrete drums are perfectly suited for both live and studio applications and provide a decidedly different tonal quality than either wood or metal. The thin, cast 5.5mm shell includes a standard 45 degree cut bearing edge and snare beds.
dw adds Concrete snare to their popular Collector’s Series Specialty Snares


Pre-NAMM Suhr factory party
We always make sure to visit our friends at Suhr when we attend NAMM - last night's Pre-NAMM Factory party didn't disappoint as Doug Aldrich, Andy Wood & Pete Thorn rocked it. Check out our pics on Facebook.
Pre-NAMM Suhr Factory Party [Jan 2013] - Facebook


Pics from the floor of the Anaheim Convention Center
Check out our pics on Facebook.
NAMM 2013 pics from the floor


NAMM is a very exciting trip for all of us and we want to share it with all of you. So our pledge to you is to give you as much of our experience through pictures, video and write ups so that you too have something to look forward to this time every year!

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Cosmo Music at The NAMM Show 2013

<![CDATA[Yamaha NU1 Digital Piano Review]]> Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:44:14 +0000 A look at the Yamaha NU1 Digital Piano and comparing it to the real action of a Yamaha Upright Piano.


John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager
905.770.5222 x 261

<![CDATA[Yamaha Avant Grand Review]]> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:24:09 +0000 A look at the Yamaha Avant Grande, including an exclusive look at what goes inside the piano!



John Ebata
Piano Division, Keyboard & Recording Manager
905.770.5222 x 261

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