Top 10 PianoDisc Highlights from NAMM 2013!

At the 2013 Winter NAMM Show this year, PianoDisc, the cutting-edge manufacturer of digital player piano technology, celebrated its 25th Year Anniversary.  Here’s the Top 10 highlights from the world of PianoDisc — useful information for both current PianoDisc owners and prospective owners!

1.  The new website www.pianodisc.com was launched a couple weeks ago and is a major improvement, especially concerning the process of acquiring PianoDisc music.  All PianoDisc music has now been converted to the MP3 format which eliminates the need for their MusiConnect software (a utility program that used to be needed to convert their proprietary format into one that iTunes can read).  You can now simply purchase the album and download the MP3 files to a folder on your computer instantly without waiting.  Now you can open that folder in iTunes and easily sync up your device!

Note: MusiConnect is still available for those who wish to still import MIDI Files (0 & 1) from the web and add these files to iTunes and your library.  Please remember MusiConnect still contains the important patented technology of “Always Play” which will assign the lead instrument (i.e. Guitar, Flute, Organ, etc.) as an Acoustic Piano to play the keys part on your instrument.  Essentially, you have an unlimited amount of music available to you on the web as a result.

2. Due to changing PianoDisc’s music files to the MP3 format they were able to reduce the price of their music significantly; Vintage selections being only $19.95 rather than $33.95 for example.

3.  New “PianoTube LIVE!” is launched!  This groundbreaking exclusive YouTube channel plays the PianoDisc enabled piano live at the viewer’s location when they watch one of the channel’s YouTube videos or live streaming events. Any PianoDisc customer having their acoustic piano equipped with the iQ “Intelligent Player System” is able to literally see and hear the artist perform on their piano, at the their location — all from simply playing a YouTube video.  http://www.youtube.com/user/PianoTubeLive  Another first from PianoDisc!

4.  The iQ iPad Mini Air has been introduced for sale through PianoDisc and PianoDisc dealers, which is a less expensive alternative to the very popular iQ iPad Air system.  It will come with preloaded music, making it a much better deal for PianoDisc customers than simply purchasing it from Apple or an Apple reseller.

5.  Due to the incredible success of the Apple iDevices and how they can be married with their innovative iQ techology (which features the patented “One-Touch Volume Control” where they can use the native controls on any device) they are able to tap into hundreds of different Apps.  One incredible App showcased at NAMM was the new CMP Piano App which has a great Grand Piano sampling, permitting the user to perform QuietTime or Record themselves if the user has the Mobile Performance Package and Piano MuteRail installed on their piano.

6.  Apple introduced the latest OS6 Update which now provides PianoDisc users with built-in Audio Balance Control.  Manual control using a Balance Control Box is longer required if you are using your iTouch, iPhone or iPad to play your piano.  Simple go into “Settings” on your iDevice and adjust the balance between the Piano and Audio under “Accessability” in the “General” settings category.  It is that easy!

7.  PianoDisc’s “Classical & More” Streaming Radio Station will be expanded in the upcoming year.  They received such a positive response when they recently offered the free “Christmas Station” during the holiday season that PianoDisc is going to offer a greater variety for customers that like to use this feature.  The new stations will be divided into “Classical, Ragtime & Stride, Spa, Vintage, Chinese and Christmas (seasonally)” for the free stations and later including a subscription service for more contemporary music stations like “Popular and Jazz.”  The free “TuneIn Radio” App can currently play their streaming radio station if you add PianoDisc’s address to the “Custom URL” setting under “Favorites.”  Simply type in http://pianodisc.streamguys.tv/listen.pls and start enjoying endless playback.

8.  The latest update of the PianoDisc Remote App (pictured below) has been released making it even easier to use.  Offering more than audio balance control and direct streaming of their PianoDisc Radio Station, it also permits the customer “Scheduling” start and stop times, three times a day, seven days a week and also create Playlists on the fly and store them in a “Music Chest.”  It is a great tool for every PianoDisc owner.

9.  New Software Releases for 2013 will include performances by their newest artist, Jarrod Radnich, as well as several new PianoSync Creator albums such as: Amy Grant: Legacy … Hymns & Faith, Celine Dion: All The Way – A Decade of Song, Andrea Bocelli: Amore, Andrea Bocelli: Toscana, Santana: Ultimate Santana, Travis Tritt: T-r-o-u-b-l-e, Sheryl Crow: The Very Best Of, Eva Cassidy: Songbird, Il Divo: Siempre, LeAnn Rimes: This Woman, Norah Jones: Feels Like Home, Frank Sinatra: The Capitol Years, Lady Gaga: Fame, Michael Jackson: Thriller, Whitney Houston: The Ultimate Collection, Justin Bieber: My World, and many more.

All of us here at chicagopianos.com and Cordogan’s congratulate the PianoDisc family as they celebrate 25 years at the forefront of digital player piano technology!  For more information on PianoDisc or PianoDisc products, please call us at 630-584-5000 or email us @ info@chicagopianos.com!

Cordogan’s Pianoland / Chicago Pianos . com featured in Suburban Life Weekly!

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PianoDisc introduces SilentDrive HD!

PianoDisc introduces Silent Drive HD
Small chip brings Hi-Res to player systems

July 02, 2010

THE ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE SILENT DRIVE HD


Increased internal memory retains all settings and improves reliability and compatibility on all control units
-124 levels of expression
-Faster processor
-Streamlined architecture
-Boosted velocity and timing accuracy

PianoDisc has set a mid-July 2010 release for its new Hi-Resolution player technology.  Called SilentDrive HD, it is designed to improve the playback capabilities of its player systems, all of whichcan be added to virtually any make or model of piano, new or previously owned, heirloom instruments, grands or verticals.

The Technology

SilentDrive HD features a faster processor and streamlined architecture that boost both velocity and timing accuracy.  Improved timing means that trills, for example, play back with much more accuracy than was possible before. SilentDrive HD also offers better low-volume performance.  SilentDrive HD’s increased internal memory capacity retains all settings and improves reliability and compatibility regardless of what control unit is used.  The new design features 1024 levels of individual note expression, so SilentDrive HD gives PianoDisc systems the ultimate in playback authenticity.  SilentDrive HD works equally well no matter which type of control unit plays the piano.

In addition to being standard on all new PianoDisc systems, it will be also be available as an upgrade to existing systems.  Customers who upgrade to SilentDrive HD will be eligible for PianoDisc’s Legacy Music Exchange program and additional free music.


An Important Endorsement

Award-winning composer for films and television, Danny Elfman (“Batman”, “Spider Man”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Desperate Housewives”, “The Simpsons”), recently beta tested SilentDrive HD and gave it his endorsement:

“When I purchased a wonderful Bösendorfer grand piano for my new studio, I knew that I wanted to outfit it with the best MIDI playback system I could find, so the piano could be used for both arrangements and recording. The SilentDrive HD system quickly became the top choice and I’ve been very pleased with its performance.”

“The difference SilentDrive HD makes in playback performance must be experienced in person to be appreciated, but it can certainly be compared to the difference between Standard and High Definition television”, says PianoDisc’s executive vice president, Tom Lagomarsino.  “An SD television image looks fine, but HD is a whole new world.”

For more information about SilentDrive HD you can call us at (630) 584-5000 or email info@chicagopianos.com.

Urgent Piano Recall!

Piano News from Japan

“Yamaha and Kawai have recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the
pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would,
resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals.

The sticky pedal also makes it harder for pianists to come to a full stop
at the end of a piece, making it extremely risky for  audiences.

Although there have been a tremendous number of accidentals, fortunately it
has so far caused no deafs.

Analysts  are wondering if it will put a damper on their bass market and
if they will be able to sustain sales.

Congress is also considering calling in the presidents of Yamaha and Kawai
for questioning as to when the companies first learned about the treble.”

The “Grand Piano Mute Rail” from chicagopianos.com!

Up until recently, there was no solution for owners of player grand pianos who found their pianos to be too loud. We have the solution! The Grand Piano Mute Rail from chicagopianos.com quiets the piano considerably for both pianists and player piano systems where the music is simply too loud. This device is easily retrofitted in the home and allows a pianist to enjoy the authentic action of their grand piano instead of considering a digital piano option. This device also solves the common problem of “note drop out” on player piano systems which occurs when the volume level is turned down to its lowest possible level in an attempt to achieve quiet playing levels.

So enjoy your grand piano without disturbing the family…the neighbors…the dead. 🙂

Please call 630.584.5000 for more information and watch the video!

Cordogan’s downloadable player piano song library tops 4500 selections!

…And we couldn’t be any more proud! To this day, 9 years after we began our downloadable song library for customers, we are still the the only piano retailer to offer a service of this kind. If you are in the market for a http://www.chicagopianos.com/yamaha_disklavier.html or any sort of player piano…or even a CVP Series Yamaha Clavinova, you will instantly inherit a 4500 song library — worth thousands of dollars — for absolutely free, just for doing business with Cordogan’s!

And that’s not all. It keeps growing. Your membership is free and permanent too, so our online library is a great backup system for your CD’s, disks and USB thumb drives. If you ever lose them or they become damaged, all you have to do is log back in and re-download.

We also have “Listen & Learn” files, where you can download classical selections AND print out the listening guide so that you can learn the history of the piece you’re enjoying. It’s like stepping back into Music Appreciation 101, but this time, it’s not just for the credits! It can also be a great educational experience for the whole family. NO player piano manufacturer’s software library even offers this — only chicagopianos.com.

Our player piano customers are from all over the country, much of which is due to our free exclusive software library AND our competitive pricing. Get a taste of it here!