Electronic Keyboard Stores Bloomington IL

Local resource for electronic keyboard stores in Bloomington. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to electronic keyboard stores, electronic keyboards, digital pianos, synthesizers, keyboard amps, pro electric keyboards, portable electric keyboards, sound modules and drum machines, as well as advice on all the latest electronic keyboards, equipment and accessories.

Pro Sound Center
(309) 888-4500
1540 E College Ave
Normal, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Piano Trends Music Co
(815) 477-4266
35 Berkshire Drive
Crystal Lake, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music
Store Information
Instrument Rental: Yes
Website Sales: Yes
Lesson Information
Lessons: Yes
Clinics: Yes
Instrument Repair Information
Piano Trends Music Company is the only Chicago area Music store that offers complete repair in Pianos, Guitars and Band instruments. Our Piano Tuning service extends throughout The Chicagoland area and southern Wisconsin. We provide loaner instruments at a reasonable cost if your instrument is out for repair.
Hours
Monday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Thursday 10:00AM-7:30PM
Friday 10:00AM-6:00PM
Saturday 09:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-5:00PM

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2Nd Street Music Co
(618) 664-0202
422 W Spring St
Greenville, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Ortigaras Musicville
(708) 423-7910
10830 Central Ave
Chicago Ridge, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Print Music

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Mayberry Music & Sound
(618) 833-3171
Po Box 867
Jonesboro, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments

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Samuel Music
(309) 820-9880
1717 Rt Dunn Drive
Bloomington, IL
 
Randees Music Center
(815) 399-1500
4116 Morsay Dr
Rockford, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs, Sound Reinforcement, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music

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Flores Music
(309) 346-5416
523 Caroline
Pekin, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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Sound Check
(217) 422-4455
Po Box 56
Decatur, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Band & Orchestral, Drums & Percussion, Sound Reinforcement, Recording Equipment, Guitars & Fretted Instruments, Print Music, DJ Equipment

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American Music World
(847) 966-1360
7727 N Milwaukee Ave
Niles, IL
Types of Instruments Sold
Acoustic Piano, Digital Piano, Electronic Keyboard, Organs

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Arturia Origin Keyboard

DSC_0216_nrThe Arturia Origin is a grand technical achievement, a true virtual modular synth cast in hardware. Its sound quality and deep programmability bowled us over when we reviewed the desktop module in June 2009. With its flip-up control panel, the Origin Keyboard aims to be a more integrated and inspiring instrument.

Overview

This review focuses on new features of the OS (version 1.3.23 as of this writing) and on things only the keyboard version can do. If you’re new to the Origin, read our original review first at keyboardmag.com/article/96559 .

Drawing on the modeling developed in Arturia’s soft synths, the Origin emulates the distinct characters of the oscillators, filters, and other components of four famous analog synths: the ARP 2600, Minimoog, Roland Jupiter-8, and Yamaha CS-80. There are also generic oscillators (and other modules) that sound great but use less DSP, and wavetable oscillators to provide digital waveforms.

You can freely arrange and connect these elements in an onscreen rack, creating frankensynths that would otherwise require a lot of time, money, and soldering. You can tweak the results (and the factory sounds) with a geek’s garden of knobs during your performance. Rounding it all out is a three-track, 32-step sequencer.

Zones_nrYou can also set ranges for splits and layers by pressing keys right on the keyboard.

 

Axel Hartmann, who’s pretty much the Ferdinand Porsche of the synth world, penned the physical design. Beyond being aesthetically striking, the substantial flip-up panel of the Origin Keyboard puts all the controls right in your face. You don’t have to look down at them or bend your neck, even slightly. This makes prolonged work much less fatiguing. I do wish Arturia had included a panel latch for transport. If you carry the unit with the bottom against your hip and the key lips pointing up, the panel tends to flip open unless you press a forearm against it, which is somewhat awkward. Also, you can’t put this sexy beast on the bottom of a two-tier stand, but who would want to?

Keyboard and Aftertouch

The action is quiet and fast, with textured black keys and a good amount of weight for a synth action. Octave shift buttons, which the desktop version lacks, are a welcome addition here.

Almost nothing these days has true polyphonic aftertouch (the Infinite Response Vax-77 is a notable exception), but Arturia has added significant expressiveness with “duophonic” aftertouch, a feature exclusive to the Origin Keyboard. At the global level, you can decide whether only the highest, lowest, or last note played is affected when you apply pressure to any key. I found last-note priority to be the most musically useful, as I could build chords a note at a time, adding aftertouch (or not) to each note as I went along.

A perennial complaint about aftertouch is that as you press down, the effect on the sound goes from nothing to full blast too quickly. The Origin Keyboard solves this with adjustable re...

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