Panasonic is coming out with the PianoDesk digital piano, a full 88-key instrument that offers built-in technology for digital networking and saves space by doubling as a desk. The keyboard slides in and out like a drawer, allowing the machine to be used as a computer desk or music composition workstation. It has a built-in USB terminal for connection to a PC. With the included driver software, musicians can record both MIDI and WAV audio files and then store them in electronic albums or share via e-mail. Using the included NP10 On Stage software, musicians can compose, edit, store and e-mail performances.
The $3,499 PianoDesk includes four piano sounds, harpsichord, vibes, strings and pipe organ. The piano also features a standard, three-pedal design and an 80-watt, two-speaker system.