MATRIXSYNTH: NAMM 2020 Viscount Legend '70s Stage Piano w/ Swappable Front Panels

Thursday, January 16, 2020

NAMM 2020 Viscount Legend '70s Stage Piano w/ Swappable Front Panels

Published on Jan 16, 2020 Kraft Music

Don't miss the demo of the modular front panel.  This is interesting.  New modules may come in time. I really love the idea of this - a customizable hardware synth not restricted by panel layout. Sleeper hit from NAMM? Imagine if Roland did this for all of their vintage synth models. Imagine a Jupiter-X or Xm with swappable hardware controls. No more having to mentally map synth engines to front panel controls - you just swap out the real panels and arrange them however you like. It would allow you to explore vintage synth engines as they were originally designed for a more authentic experience. Size would be a factor of course... Regardless, this is an interesting design worth some consideration.

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In the new Legend '70s line, Viscount offers a unique range of digital pianos with a vintage aesthetic. Designed to let the musician customize their instrument, these digital pianos feature tops composed of single modules (17x8 cm) that can be assembled and dismantled, allowing pianists to create the instrument that best suits their needs and tastes. The Legend '70s line offers two sizes: the 73-key Legend '70s Compact (starting at $2,290), weighing 35 pounds, and the 88-key Legend '70s Artist (starting at $2,560), weighing 42 pounds. There is also an 88-key edition with a wooden keyboard, the Legend '70s Artist W (starting at $3,060), at the same weight. All models come with a free editor that makes it easy to modify parameters and settings."

Update: pics and additional details via Viscount:

"The new LEGEND '70s offers an unprecedented ability to customize your instrument with several Sound Modules equipped with state-of-the-art Sound Generators, including physical modeling. The Modules can be easily positioned and swapped on the front panel, according to your personal musical needs.

Currently the following modules are available to enhance the piano, while others will be available in the future in “Always Growing” family."

There is a Sound Collection module not pictured separately with the others below. You can see it with the numerical display on the right in the group shot. It has High Definition Sampling (HDS) with Pad, Strings, Choir, Brass, Keyboard, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Bells, Marimba and Other sounds, and 128 note polyphony.

There is also an E.Piano in the group pic instead of the CLAVI below. It features 5 Rhodes models, 2 Wurlis, and an Electric Grand.


Technology High Definition Sampling (HDS)

Polyphony 128

Sound List 8 Acoustic Pianos

Controls On/Off, Volume, 8 Piano selector, Dynamic, Brilliance

Dimensions (WxHxD) 17 x 7,5 x 1,5 cm / 6,69' x 2.95' x 0.59'

Weight 0.25 Kg / 0,55 Lbs


Technology Physical Modeling (PM)

Polyphony Full

Sound List 2 Clavinets

Controls On/Off, Volume, Clavi 1, Clavi 2, Mute, Brilliant, Treble, Medium, Soft, C D, A B

Dimensions (WxHxD) 17 x 7,5 x 1,5 cm / 6,69' x 2.95' x 0.59'

Weight 0.25 Kg / 0,55 Lbs


Controls On/Off, Volume, Ctrl 1, Ctrl 2, Ctrl 3, Value, 1, 2, Bank MSB, Bank LSB, Channel, Port, Program, Ctrl 1 CC, Ctrl 2 CC, Ctrl 3 CC

Dimensions (WxHxD) 17 x 7,5 x 1,5 cm / 6,69' x 2.95' x 0.59'

Weight 0.25 Kg / 0,55 Lbs

Physical modeling.

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