PianoArc FAQ

Q:  How many keys are on a PianoArc?

A: The Brock360 (full circle) features 288 keys (24 octaves) built by combining 4 72-note (6 octave) sections.

The Dual Wing features dual 72 note keyboards (thus 144 keys).

As of 2021, We also offer an option for a Quarter Circle, Single Section, 72 Note Keyboard.

We have also producd 1/3rd of a circle 96 key sections (8 octaves) – an option for single (or multiple) keyboards.

The original PianoArc in 2012, we combined three 88 note keyboards, and a small control section.

Q:  How much does the PianoArc cost? 

A:  Let’s just say less than the price of a high-quality acoustic grand piano, but considerably more than mass-manufactured keyboard products.  A custom full circle with stand, cases, choice of key colors comes in at $58,600 USD.    If you are looking for a single (quarter circle) section and don’t care about the stand – considerably less.  For more info please complete our Info Request Form

Q:  How do I find Middle C?

A:  There can be multiple Middle Cs.  Depends upon the hardware setup choice you select.  In the default layout – there are 4 72-note sections – and thus 4 middle Cs.    Human hearing is limited to a 10 octave range (approximately 120 keys/notes).  Since MIDI ( the Musical Instrument Digital Interface Standard) maxes out at 127 notes, a keyboard with 288 keys requires at least 3 splits.  We also have a 120-note section if you want to experiment with the range of hearing (you better have good speakers!).

If you want to get nerdy, our splits allow up to 16 Middle Cs (MIDI note value 60). The beauty of the PianoArc is that you can easily access multiple sounds in their playable range on one level and easily within arm’s reach.

Q: I need 4/5 keyboards for my live performances at the moment
And in every keyboard I use 4 or 5 sounds…. Could I create a similar set up with your instrument?

A: Yes, the option is to use either MainStage (requires a high-specification Mac for this setup), or a combination of MIDI racks/hardware.  This is the perfect scenario for PianoArc.

Q:  Is a PianoArc suitable for home use?  

A:  The stunning design of PianoArc, and our ability to offer custom finishing on every part (including key color) means that we can fulfill some pretty interesting design requests.  We take design seriously and truly aspire to help venues and individuals make best use of PianoArc’s varied possibilities in design and finish.  The best first step is to complete:  Info Request Form

Q:  Is it hard to play? 

A:  It actually might be easier.  The key dimensions where the white/black keys intersect are the same as a traditional piano and translate easily to most keyboard techniques.  The curvature actually places the natural key intervals closer together – enabling 10th intervals for many of those with a normal octave reach.  Also, based on anecdotal feedback, the curvature also seems to inspire solo line improvisation.  That being said – some repertoire – stride, Chopin Ballades, etc., will require some adaptation to say the least.

Q:  How does it make sound?

A:  Through MIDI/USB output.  Any MIDI sound module (or keyboard) or software sound solution is recommended.  Apple’s Mainstage is the high performance stalwart for live performance management – but we are equally compatible with all USB/MIDI capable devices.

The Lady Gaga tour made use of Mainstage and allows customization to configure the PianoArc’s sections and both independently and together.

Q:  Can you rent it? 

A:  Yes, but it will depend upon availability – generally PianoArc units are made to order.  If we have a unit available – we will consider rental.  Best please to start is our RENTAL INQUIRY form.

Q:  Will you make something custom?

A:  It could be said that’s our specialty.  Let us know what you’re thinking via our contact form.

Q: Do you have any other cool ideas?

A: Yep. Having built the first circle and now that it’s completed two world tours, we now are adding other ideas to the roster. Use our contact form, tell us what you’re thinking and let’s start a dialogue.