The PianoBar was announced at this year's Summer NAMM session in steamy Nashville, where it garnered more than a little interest. If you missed the original item from the show, just to recap:
Designed by Don Buchla, the legendary synth designer responsible for one of the most sought after modulars (aside from the Moogs of course), the Moog PianoBar transforms virtually any 88-key acoustic piano into a MIDI controller in 5 minutes or less - without special tools or know how. What makes the PianoBar work is the revolutionary, patented Scanner Bar, which sits ever so slightly above the piano's keys leaving the touch and feel unaffected. The Scanner Bar is less than 1/2" thick and rests against the fall board out of the way of flying fingers. Infrared sensors detect the motion of each key. The Pedal Sensor rests underneath the piano's pedals to register their motion. The Scanner Bar and Pedal Sensor work together to capture the full range of your expressive touch - from resounding chords to delicate passages.
The 3-piece PianoBar attaches to any acoustic piano in minutes; its portability and effortless setup afford easy movement from rehearsal room to worship space.
What makes the PianoBar unique is the patent pending infrared sensor technology utilized in the Scanner Bar. The Scanner Bar sits ever so slightly above the piano's keys; nothing touches the keys, leaving the touch and feel wonderfully unaffected. The Scanner Bar is less than 1/2" thick and rests against the fall board, out of the way of flying fingers. The Pedal Sensor rests underneath the piano's pedals to register their motion. The Scanner Bar and Pedal Sensor work together to capture the full range of your expressive touch -- from resounding chords to delicate passages.
The Control Module, a small box placed at a convenient spot on the piano, ties the Scanner Bar and Pedal Sensor to a MIDI output/input. The Control Module's internal sound generator houses a large array of high quality sounds that can be played by the piano keys. These sounds, layered with the sound of the acoustic piano, can add an exciting new dimension to your playing.
As George Petersen of MIX Magazine said:
"PianoBar is a clever solution that attaches to any acoustic piano in minutes (without modification), providing a MIDI output for layering with (or replacing) the original sound, or for easily interfacing studio pianos with scoring, sequencing and notation programs. Every studio needs one -- or several!"
The Moog PianoBar sells for $1495 and is available now from Moog Music, via there website or through authorized piano stores.