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PNOscan™ MIDI Record Strip

Optic sensors record with meticulous precision

Now, with PNOscan™, you can record music directly on your piano using state-of-the-art optical sensors that record every key motion with unparalleled accuracy and precision.

Sustain, Soft and Sustenuto pedals are equipped with optical sensors to record precise levels of incremental movement to faithfully reproduce every pedaling action as well. Importantly, PNOscan™ captures the full profile of movement of the key and pedal action over the course of a musical piece, providing a truly authentic recording of the expressive timing and dynamics of the individual pianist.

No interference to keyboard touch or response

PNOscan™ uses optic sensors, eliminating the concern among discriminating musicians that the mechanical interference of traditional recording strips can change the touch or response of the keyboard. With PNOscan™ there is no physical contact; optic sensors monitor the movement of each key, precisely recreating every detail of the original performance including the force, speed and duration of each note played.

A valuable tool for students and professionals
PNOscan™ is designed to be a valuable high-performance solution for discerning musicians and composers yet is reasonably priced enough and practical for everyday use by students, music teachers or anyone who wants to save performances or recitals. Recordings can be output as standard MIDI files or on the QRS Pianomation® system for more dynamic playback.

Designed for easy installation
The PNOscan™ unit itself is extremely sleek and low profile, and easy to install. Traditional recording strips can require precise height positioning and occasional keyboard modifications. These steps are unnecessary with PNOscan's optical technology. PNOscan™ can be retrofitted on a piano you already own or factory installed on any new Story & Clark piano.

Call (800) 979-4042 or email us for availability and installation options.

QRS was founded in 1900 by Melville Clark (of Story & Clark piano fame) who developed the player piano as we know it today. QRS supplied music rolls to the player piano market, with production peaking in 1927. That year QRS Music Company sold 10 million rolls. To view a video on how QRS piano rolls are made, click here.

The player piano's heyday lasted from 1900 until the Great Depression in the 1930's. The Great Depression, along with the development of affordable radios, effectively ended player piano production. However, the demand for rolls continued and was reinvigorated in the 1950's when people began restoring old player pianos.

In 1986, QRS began focusing on new technologies, and in 1989 released its first digital retrofit player piano kit under the Pianomation™ name. Today QRS is an industry leader in introducing fun innovations for home musical entertainment.

Courtney Lannom, Inc. has been closely associated with QRS since the earliest days of Pianomation. During that time, we have installed thousands of Pianomation systems and taught proper installation techniques to new and seasoned installers.