PIANOdisc - a really excellent retrofit for your piano....
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Want to keep your beloved piano, but fancy turning it into a 'Silent' piano, or even one that plays itself ?
At Marksons we have the technology .... as the saying goes ! As the musical world moves forwards and embraces digital technology we have become proficient at 'retrofitting' a system (known as PianoDisc) to instruments with various modules which can transform your existing piano.
PianoDisc are an American Company who have for many years been suppliers of 'retrofit' systems for pianos which harmonises a traditional instruement with state of the art technology. There are primarily two systems which we supply and install ; PianoCD and QuietTime.
PianoCD is an easy-to-use, entry-level system for those who wish to have a player piano but don't need many of the advanced features of our other systems. Its ultra-thin control unit plays via PianoDisc's specially-formatted PianoCDs, which feature music in every category. With PianoCD, each piano key has the capability of 127 levels of expression. PianoCD brings you the thrill of live piano music simply and at an affordable price.
Some of PianoCD's attributes
- Retrofittable to Virtually Any Piano, Grand or Upright
- Plays Disks by the World's Greatest Pianists with Full Dynamic Expression
- Has a Library of Over 4,000 Selections in Every Musical Style, from Rock to Classical
- MIDI Compatible -- Record Your Own Performances
- Plays Whisper Quiet, for Romatic Evenings
- Orchestration, Accompaniment, and Live Vocal Solos by Name Artists
- The Ultimate Home Entertainment System
SilentDrive is an important, built-in feature of all PianoDisc systems. SilentDrive ensures that PianoDisc systems play with life-like expression, and sound remarkable even at the whisper-soft volume levels. It allows precise control of the piano's keys and pedals for greater fidelity, expression and low-volume control. SilentDrive consists of four boards: one CPU (central processing unit) and three custom ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chip-driven boards. The boards communicate using a type of serial information link that runs faster than MIDI. This electronic link allows for the almost instantaneous changes to the solenoid's speed when a new command is given. With SilentDrive, the PianoDisc system plays at much quieter levels, with whisper quiet movement of the solenoids and incredible dynamic expression.