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Christmas: Old ideas: New Instruments……

 

Old Ideas : New Instruments

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With Christmas fast approaching, many parents look at options for presents for their little darlings, and many of them will consider a musical instrument as parents have done over the ages.

Most everyone knows the benefits of learning an instrument, self discipline, a sense of worth, etc. apart from the very joy of creating music itself, but it may be that the traditional instruments of the past are unlikely to interest your budding DJ/Producer, so check these out….

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ELECTRIBE EMX2 – KORG

 

The electribe has been reborn including KORG’s latest technology distilled from popular products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The 200 preset patterns cover House and Techno as well as cutting-edge dance music genres such as Trap and EDM. Another major evolution of the new electribe is support for polyphonic playback, which is indispensable for musical styles that involve complex chord progressions such as House music,
There’s also a “motion sequence” function that lets you record knob and button operations and use them in the pattern that you create. Either drums or synths can now be assigned to each of the 16 parts (i.e., the 16 pads). For example you could create complex rhythms by assigning drums to all of the 16 parts

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Electribe Sampler ESX2 – KORG

The electribe sampler featuring KORG’s latest technology has been reborn with cutting-edge technology inherited from popular KORG products such as the KingKORG, kaossilator, kaoss pad, and taktile. The internal memory lets you save 250 patterns, including preset patterns which are perfect for today’s dance music scene. There’s also support for the polyphonic playback that’s indispensable for styles that include complex chord progressions, such as House music.
An evolved step sequencer
Using the 16 pads placed on the front of the unit, you can create patterns intuitively while actually hearing and seeing the sounds. You can use the pads as a keyboard to realtime-record phrases, and also perform step recording by entering the pitch and rhythmic value one note at a time.

1c2e2895172f6fc5cbc644cd8cdd1122_pcBoth of these are new instruments, as used by Dance producers and DJ’s to produce todays Hits and Dance anthems.
ballsSo where in the past it might have been a Guitar or a Piano or a Saxaphone, nowadays its very likely to be a KORG Electribe unit….. and old idea for Christmas, just new instruments for todays music makers…

Korg Volca – Analogue Beats, Bass & Keys

The Korg Volca analogue synths are a progression from thier Monotron and Monotribe synths, but this time they’ve listened to the public and added Midi support, whilst retaining the pure analogue control. There’s still no definate ETA on them, but they are priced at only £120 each! With the midi sync option, this really makes a fantastic way to integrate the unique sound of analogue synthesis into your productions. Personally, I find programming small patterns into the built-in sequencers and sync’ing them to midi clock gives a fantastic result, stick your sequencer audio on record and go crazy on the knobs, then go back and cut up the best bits.

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SYNC jack and MIDI IN connector allow synchronized performance with multiple units or with your DAW
By using the sync jack you can enjoy synchronized playback with multiple volcas or with a monotribe. You can also use the “SyncKontrol” iPhone app to wirelessly control tap tempo, swing settings, and synchronized playback with iOS music apps via WIST. The MIDI IN connector lets you synchronize with other devices, as well as play the volca from any MIDI keyboard. You can also send note messages from your DAW and use the volca as an analog sound module.

Volca Keys – Analogue Loop Synth 

The ideal introductory synthesizer, with a simple – yet powerful – polyphonic analog sound engine and loop sequencer
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  • Three note true analogue synthesis
  • Voicing function lets anyone create sounds easily
  • Delay effect for even more sonic possibilities
  • Simple loop sequencer
  • Loop sequencer lets you record phases just as you play them
  • Motion Sequencer records knob edits in real time
  • Active Step function and Flux function to add dynamic change to your sequences
  • Convenient functions for tremendous ease of use
  • Self-tuning function for constant, stable pitch
  • Sync In and Out allows clock sync of multiple instruments from the volca Series as well as Korg’s Monotribe
  • Compact size, battery-powered operation, and built-in speaker for enjoyment anywhere

Volca Bass – Analogue Bass Machine

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  • Powerful analog bass sound
  • Three analogue oscillators for thick, huge bass line
  • Newly designed analog filter for crisp, bright response
  • Simple structure with single VCF, VCA, LFO, and EG
  • Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series
  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Slide function that’s indispensable for acid and other types of electronic music
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps

Volca Beats – Analogue Rhythm Machine

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  • Real analog sounds created with reference to classic rhythm machines
  • Six editable analogue parts with one knob per function for easy editing
  • Maximum effect from minimal parameters – a unique advantage of analog
  • PCM sound engine expands possibilities when used with analog sounds

Loop sequencer distilled from the Electribe series

  • Electribe-style 16-step sequencer with eight memory patches
  • Stutter function generates repeated triggers that dramatically change the sequence
  • Active Step function generates new bass lines by removing or inserting steps.
  • Step Jump function instantly plays only the step you’re pressing

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Korg Microkey – Jolly Good Value!

A couple of brief thoughts about the Korg MicroKey System.

At first glance, these little keyboards would seem to be a last resort to most Keyboard players. Of course they’re invaluable for use on the move, in a portable situation. They have a remarkable ‘playability’, a legacy of their bigger and older brethren, and things like the  Pitch bend and Modulation wheels are as good as you’d expect for a keyboard with this sort of lineage, but somehow, they don’t seem to represent a ‘real’ keyboard in the sense that we’re all familiar with.

However, a couple of things struck me the other day, First how much actual playing do you do when you’re in studio mode. I mean ok, if you’re a virtuoso keyboards player or a jazz pianist, the point doesn’t stand, but for those of us who can ‘play’ but don’t record actual perfomances (In my case, I programme all my string parts in one at a time, my horn section riffs are done piece by piece, and holding down Pads, or Organ tones is easily achievable on these smaller key) they really are worth a look in terms of space saving and ease of operation.

Secondly, these particular MicroKeys from Korg are coming bundled with some pretty serious software. The microKEY37 includes a download code for FREE Korg M1Le software, giving you all of the preset sounds and all of the PCM waveforms of the original M1, which was a killer keyboard in its day, and still sounds fine up to present.
Also included are licenses for Applied Acoustics Systems’ Strum Acoustic Session, Lounge Lizard Session (probably the best of the Electric Piano modellers) and Ultra Analog Session as well as a license for Toontrack’s software drum sound module EzDrummer Lite, and a discount coupon for Ableton’s “Live,” “Live Suite,” and “Live LE” DAW software, one of the most creative and talked about programs happening at the moment. These are some pretty compelling reasons to get yourself one of the baby keyboards, microKEY 25 or 37.

microKEY 61 comes with   “Korg Legacy Collection Special Bundle,” providing software versions of five of Korg’s best known and best loved synthesizers: the MS-20 analog monophonic synthesizer, the Polysix polyphonic synthesizer, the Mono/Poly analog synthesizer, the M1, and the Wavestation digital synthesizer, as a suite of 19 of Korg’s sought after effects plugins.

If you’re thinking of re-vamping your studio, or even just adding functionality to your laptop set-up, these little beauties are well worth a look.

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Korg MS20 Mini

Another interesting announcement from Korg as they take their classic MS20 synth, shrink it almost 20% and re-issue it again after 30 years! A VSTi version of this synth cropped up a few years back with a mini controller also in this vain but this synth is a standalone monster just waiting for you to get to grips with all it’s loverly controls once more.

Today, the sounds of the MS-20 have been reborn as the MS-20 Mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly reproduced its circuitry and fit into a body that’s been shrunk to 86% of the original size, yet retains the distinctive look of the original.

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Korg MS20 Mini Developers Comments

Fifty years have passed since Korg was founded, and we have once again put our hand to an analog synthesizer. We took particular care to deliver smooth parameter adjustments, which are a distinctive feature of analog synthesizers. We also took special care to completely reproduce the original specifications of the MS-20. The analog circuits we designed 35 years ago still deliver the same unbeatable, powerful sound, from the ultra-low to the ultra-high range.

Highlights:

    • Overseen by the engineers of the original MS-20, a complete replication of the original analog circuitry
      • 2VCO / 2VCA / 2VCF / 2EG / 1LFO structure
      • Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
      • External signal processor (ESP)
      • Extremely flexible patching system
    • Miniature MS-20 that’s 86% of the original size
    • MIDI IN and USB connector
  • Replicates every detail of the original, down to the package binding and the included manual

The MS-20 mini painstakingly replicates the original MS-20. A development team led by the original engineers themselves worked to recreate the original circuitry, and when it was necessary to substitute a part, these engineers made the decisions based on careful listening, in order to reproduce the original sound faithfully. In fact, the sound of the MS-20 mini has a somewhat bright and extreme quality to it because its sound is that of an original MS-20 in mint condition at the time it went on sale, before any of the components aged.

2VCO / 2VCF / 2VCA / 2EG / 1LFO structure
The MS-20 mini reproduces the distinctive synthesis of the MS-20; two oscillators with ring modulation, and envelope generators with hold and delay. The VCA maintains the basic design of the original, but it’s been modified to produce less noise than the original.

Self-oscillating high-pass/low-pass filters with distinctive distortion
One of the greatest characteristics of the MS-20 was its powerful filters, which provided resonance on both the high-pass and the low-pass. Maximizing the resonance would cause the filter to self-oscillate like an oscillator, producing a distinctive and dramatic tonal change that was acclaimed as inimitable, and was later used on the monotron and monotribe. The filter circuit was changed mid-way through the production lifecycle of the MS-20; the MS-20 mini uses the earlier filter, which was felt to be superior due to its more radical sound.

External signal processor (ESP) for processing an external signal
The ESP carries on the experimental spirit of MS-20; it allows you to use the pitch or volume of an external audio source to control the synthesizer. For example you can input an electric guitar and use the MS-20 mini as a guitar synthesizer, or input a mic and use it as a vocal synthesizer.

Extremely flexible patching system
The patching system provided to the right of the panel lets you create complex sounds by plugging-in cables to change the connections between the various units. The possibilities are limited only by the user’s imagination; different combinations of the modulation input/output and trigger, sample and hold, and noise generator can produce an incredible variety of sounds. By patching according to the MS-20 flow chart that’s printed on the panel, even the beginner can start taking advantage of these possibilities right away.

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All hail the King(Korg)

Korg have unleashed a new VA synth of epic proportions in the shape of the KingKorg. A full sized 61 key,  3 OSC  synth,  with Korgs own newly developed XMT modeling sound engine. XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) is proprietary Korg technology that was created in order to produce a broad range of sonic variations while keeping operation simple. In a conventional synthesizer, the sound-creating process requires you to adjust the oscillator settings one by one, making it difficult to see the overall picture. In contrast, KingKORG provides pre-set algorithms that contain combinations of various types and numbers of oscillators, letting you easily and quickly sculpt stage-ready sounds. The wide range of oscillator algorithms includes the choices you’d expect from an analog synthesizer–sawtooth wave, square wave, and noise–in addition to numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms, giving you plenty of scope choices for creating highly personal sounds.

Other key features are 3 effects sections on the master allowing you to apply effects from a choice of 6 different effects, filters modeled upon classic Korg filter sections and a vacum tube section to add overtones and some extra drive and all this is constructed around a virtual patch system ensuring that you should have plenty of ways to help you sculpt your sound.

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KingKorg Features

  • A full-fledged, 61-key analog modeling synthesizer designed for live performance
  • Powerful oscillators that are understandable to the beginner, yet satisfying for the expert
  • Modeling filters that reproduce the sound of classic instruments
  • Three master effect sections (each with six effect types) add the finishing touch to your sound
  • Vacuum tube driver circuit adds rich overtones and powerful distortion
  • New panel layout designed for intuitive operation
  • CV/GATE OUT jack lets you control a Korg monotribe or MS-20
  • Support for librarian software that lets you manage programs

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Features In Depth

Powerful oscillators that are both understandable to the beginner and satisfying for the expert
KingKORG features a 3-oscillator x 2-timbre design allows you to generate thick and rich sounds, plus a newly developed XMT modeling sound engine. XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) is proprietary Korg technology that was created in order to produce a broad range of sonic variations while keeping operation simple. In a conventional synthesizer, the sound-creating process requires you to adjust the oscillator settings one by one, making it difficult to see the overall picture. In contrast, KingKORG provides pre-set algorithms that contain combinations of various types and numbers of oscillators, letting you easily and quickly sculpt stage-ready sounds. The wide range of oscillator algorithms includes the choices you’d expect from an analog synthesizer–sawtooth wave, square wave, and noise–in addition to numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms, giving you plenty of scope choices for creating highly personal sounds.

Modeling filters that reproduce the sound of classic instruments
While designing KingKORG, extreme attention was paid to the filter section, which is crucial to a synthesizer’s character. A diverse variety of filters is a unique advantage of analog modeling, and KingKORG’s filters add unparalleled flexibility. In addition to a variety of essential analog modeling filter types, you get faithful models of filters that reproduce the analog monophonic synths used for lead and bass in the ’70s, the polyphonic synths used in new wave music of the ’80s, and the filters of Korg’s classic MS-20 analog synth. These filters can also be made to self-oscillate by raising the resonance setting– a unique capability of analog synthesizers.

Three master effects, each with six effect types, add the finishing touch to your sound
KingKORG provides three master effect sections, each giving you a choice of six effect types: PRE FX, with types such as distortion and amp simulator; MOD FX, with classic effects like phaser, chorus, and tremolo; and REV/DELAY, with ambience effects such as hall reverb and modulation delay. Each effect processor has a dedicated front panel dial that selects the effect type. To choose the ideal effect type, simply turn the dial to hear the result, and use the FX control knobs located below these dials to adjust the effect as desired.

Vacuum tube driver circuit adds rich overtones and powerful distortion
KingKORG provides a full-analog vacuum tube driver circuit as a mastering effect. You can use it to add warm fullness, a powerful overdrive, or anything in between.

Vocoder function
The built-in vocoder uses audio from the onboard mic input to modify the sound, creating an effect as though the synthesizer were talking. The vocoder features Formant Shift to dramatically modify the tonal character, as well as Formant Hold, which allows you to “freeze” a vowel sound and play it back using the keys. Thanks to the KingKORG’s dual-timbre architecture, you can even combine the vocoder with another timbre, either as a complementing sound or a modulation source.

Virtual patch function
On many classic synthesizers (such as the MS-20), the signal flow could be reconfigured using patch cables to physically connect one element to another. KingKORG reproduces this function with an intuitive Virtual Patch system. With six Virtual Patch assignments per timbre, control signals such as EG, LFO, or joystick movement can be virtually connected to sound parameters such as pitch or cutoff, allowing you to modulate a parameter for even greater sound-shaping possibilities.

Step arpeggiator function
The step arpeggiator automatically generates an arpeggiated phrase (broken chord) according to the chord you hold on the keyboard. You can choose from six arpeggio types, and specify the duration, interval, and on/off status of each step to enjoy a wide variety of performance possibilities.

Specifications

System

    XMT (eXpanded Modeling Technology)

Program

Number of programs:

    300 (Preset: 200)

Number of categories:

    8 categories

Number of timbers:

    Up to 2 Timbres (Layered or Split)

Maximum voice polyphony:

    Up 24 voices

Oscillator

Structure:

    3 Oscillators (Analog, Noise, DWGS, PCM, MIC IN)

Number of Types:

    127 types (Analog & Noise: 32 + DWGS: 64 + PCM: 30 + MIC IN)

 

Filter

Structure:

    1 filter per timbre (LPF, HPF, BPF)

Number of Filter Types:

    18 types (LPF: 7 + HPF: 5 + BPF: 6), including modeling filters

Modulation:

    EG: 2 units, LPF: 2 units, AMP

Virtual Patch:

    6 Virtual Patches per timbre

 

Effect

Sections:

    Program effects x 3 (PRE FX, MOD FX, REV/DELAY) + EQ (2 Band) + TUBE (Stereo)

Types:

      PRE FX: 6 types (DISTORTION, DECIMATOR, RING MOD, GT AMP, EP AMP, TONE)

 

      MOD FX: 6 types (FLANGER, CHORUS, U-VIBE, TREMOLO, PHASER, ROTARY)

 

    REV/DELAY: 6 types (HALL, ROOM, PLATE, TAPE ECHO, MOD DELAY, BPM DELAY)

 

Vocoder

    16-Band Vocoder with Formant Shift and Formant Hold

 

Arpeggiator

      Up to 8 steps (The number of steps can be changed)
    6 types (UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM, TRIGGER)

Audio

Input:

      Mic In
        Connection: XLR-3-31 Type (Balanced)
        Input Impedance: 6.8 kO
        Maximum level: -12 dBu

Output:

      Audio Output
        Connections: 6.3 mm, TS phone jack (Unbalanced) “L/MONO, R”
        Load Impedance: More than 10 kO
        Maximum level: -12 dBu
      Headphone

 

        Connection: 3.5 mm, Stereo min phone jack
        Maximum level: 60 mW + 60 mW @33O

 

Display

Main Display:

    16 characters x 2 lines / OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)

Sub Displays for Oscillator and Filter Sections:

    128 x 64 dots / OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)

Keyboard

      61 notes (Semi-Weighted Keyboard)
      *Velocity-sensitive
      *Adjustable Key Response (NORMAL, SHALLOW, DEEP)

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Korg Pandora Mini – For Practice, its Perfect!

Korg Pandora Mini.

For Practice it’s Perfect…….

The Korg Pandora has been around since 1995, I remember it well. Indeed I even contributed five of the original voices to it! (Back then I worked for Korg UK, and got involved as part of the International voicing team for the guitar products), and for many years it’s been pretty much understood.

You see, it’s not a modelling amp, or an effects pedal.

IT’S A PRACTISE TOOL!

It was always meant to be a practise tool, and the latest Pandora Mini does it better than ever.

One of the big problems for Electric guitarists, is that practising with the kind of big sound that inspires you , involves lifting out a big, heavy amp, connecting it up, ignoring everyone else in the house when they bawl at you to “Turn it Down!!” etc. and even then once you’re set up, you’re usually alone, and so it gets kinda boring after 20 minutes of playing to yourself, no matter how good the sound.

With Pandora Mini, you get 200 presets in all different styles, (160 for guitar, 40 for bass). With another  200 user locations for storing your own sounds.

If you want to play along with something, there’s not only an metronome onboard, but also 100 rhythm patterns with complete control over tempo, volume and reverb.

You can also play along to your songs on CD’s,  or mp3 player,  by plugging into the Mini’s aux input – (theres also a variable pitch function  which lets you match the key of the song to the tuning of your guitar.)

So now, even just playing through some of the presets can be inspiring, and once you’ve found one you like, you can start to play over some pretty cool rhythms, which is way more fun than playing to nothing, or indeed, plug in your phone or mp3 player, and start to jam along to favourite songs or invest in some backing tracks.

Either way, all this takes place under cover of earphones, so you can sit and jam away in the living room, while everyone else watches TV, and all the time…. You’re getting better………….

 

 

Korg Pandora Mini @ Scan

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Home Piano's: A return to cool……

The Home Piano: A return to cool……

Over the years, all the leading manufacturers, Korg, Yamaha and Roland have enjoyed healthy sales in the area of ‘Home Piano’.

These instruments have evolved over time, from garish looking, Japanese style influenced, plastic wood finished monstrosities that sounded like high end musical boxes, to extremely sleek pieces of furniture with on-board sounds indistinguishable from the real things they emulate, whether that was a Grand piano, an electric piano, or a clavinet/harpsichord.

However, they were always fraught with the idea, that a family would buy one, and then be faced with the extra costs of tuition, books and the possibility that the kids would get bored learning ‘Chopsticks’ and give up on the thing.

So why, are Home Piano sales very much on the rise, and why is piano playing cool again?  

Look no further than You Tube.

Nowadays, your teenage daughter or indeed Dad himself, can find pretty much any song or style they want to learn, and you can almost guarantee someone out there has put up a video showing you how to play it. Just stick your iPad or laptop on the top of the piano, and you’re away…..

With all the ease of the  online video, (slow it down, pull it back, repeat sections), kids are learning to play music they know and like, in a fraction of the time it used to take via traditional methods, and its making piano playing cool again!

Check it out for yourself, go to You Tube and enter ‘Katy Perry Firework’ for example, followed by ‘piano tuition’, and then, when you’ve seen how easy it can be, check back at the Scan site to see our range of very reasonably priced home pianos.

Go on, gather round the Piano this Christmas………….

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Korg KRONOS for Christmas?

KRONOS for CHRISTMAS?

So, its nearly that time of year. That time of year when professional musicians face the age old conundrum….new gear for Christmas?

You see, most gigging musicians know that at this time of the year, there are usually more and better paid gigs, which means a touch more money in the coffers, but also, it’s a time when you think long and hard about your gear. Would I sound a LOT better if I had the latest ‘so & so’ from ‘such a company’….. If I sounded a lot better, would I get more gigs, If I got more gigs, the new gear would have paid for itself in no time, and actually, by not getting the latest kit, I’m harming my core business etc.

And so, it is, that eventually the Pro musician will convince himself he has to have the latest piece of kit, and as far as we’re concerned, for Pro Keyboards players, it’s the new KORG KRONOS X.

So what are you getting in real terms?

Let’s have a look at what they say, and what it means to you……

 

 

KRONOS X Highlights

They say:

“Peerless synthesizer containing nine sound engines, such as realistic piano, richly expressive electric piano, tonewheel organ, digital synthesis, and powerful analog/physical modeling.”

We say:

Actually, this is the crux of the matter. Whilst soft synth and samplers like Kontakt, undoubtedly have the edge in terms of string and brass sounds, just because of the sheer huge size of the libraries and the amount of processing power available to your average audio PC or MAC, in terms of Pianos, Electric Pianos and Organs, there is very little if any difference between the top end Software versions and the onboard sounds within KRONOS. They are just uniformly excellent. To accurately capture the rich character of a concert piano, Korg abandoned working within the limitations of existing sampling methods and took advantage Virtual Memory Technology (VMT), able to play large samples directly from the internal high-capacity Solid State Disk (SSD).

Whether you’re playing  Rock, Pop, Jazz or Restaurant music, these are some of the best  keyboard samples available. Korg have such a long history of wrestling and squeezing samples to get the very best out of them, that now they have the luxury of Gigabytes of sample RAM, (Approximately 2GB of available PCM RAM and a doubled SSD capacity of 62 GB ) they are just superb at  tailoring the sounds, and I would defy anyone to not find a usable Piano, E.Piano or Organ from the vast palette available in KRONOS.

 

They say:

“16-part Combis allow all engines to function together in perfect harmony;”

We say:

Again. This is one of the key strengths to the KRONOS and its compatriots.

Yes, it’s perfectly possible to combine different soft synths within a DAW, and to play them all on MIDI channel 1, but hardly anyone ever does, and yet, the bods at Korg have been doing this for decades. At first it was an attempt to bolster some fairly weedy Programs sounds into a fatter, more usable whole, but as memory size has increased, and the Programs themselves have become  hugely powerful sounding in their own right, the Combi’s have allowed the programmers to take some very cool (and in some cases, weird) flights of fancy.

On a more practical level, for the gigging musician, the ability to split a keyboard into say, Bass in the Left hand and Piano in the right, is a necessity, and the nice thing about the Kronos, is auditioning/changing the various voices is a doddle.

 

They Say:

“On-board sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks + 16 audio tracks (24-bit, 48kHz recording quality)”

We Say:

For those of us blessed enough to run fully fledged DAWS on powerful computers with large, multiple monitors. The idea of the old ‘workstation’ type sequencer seems antiquated and laughable, but hold on, and take a closer look. As with everything else, the sequencer has actually borrowed from the best of what’s gone before, and is now a very usable and powerful tool. The 16-track audio recorder simultaneously captures up to four tracks of 16-bit/24-bit uncompressed data at a sampling rate of 48 kHz, it has mixer automation and editing functions such as copy, paste, and normalize, and a USB CD-burner so you could assemble your album right from the TouchView display.

 

They say:

“Open Sampling System – Instant sampling and resampling from any mode:”

We say:

It’s true, and very, very powerful, once you’ve got your head around it.

You can use KRONOS to sample an external audio source, or to resample the performance of the KRONOS itself. User samples can be edited using operations such as truncate, normalize, time stretch, or time slice. Edited samples can also be exported in AIFF or WAVE format. You can also load external samples in AIFF, WAVE, SoundFont 2.0, and AKAI S1000/3000 formats via USB memory. By loading samples that you’ve previously created on other instruments or on a PC, you can set up your music production system on the KRONOS.

Essentially, you just need to put the time in to get to know your instrument. Once you’ve seen the Korg ‘power-users’ getting the kind of results you’d expect from a fully fledged DAW, you’ll be very surprised at the amount of creativity this offers you.

 

They say:

Sophisticated KARMA® technology generates infinitely variable performance-driven phrases, musical effects, and backing tracks to catalyze your creativity

We say:

Monkey Nuts.

Seriously.                                       

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They say:

“Set List mode: Organize the Programs, Combis, and Songs you need to perform your set in a single, easy-to-select screen – including performance notes!”

We say:

Phenomenal idea. For any gigging musician, especially if playing solo, this is an absolute Godsend.

Again, you need to learn how to drive it, but this is so good.

Essentially, you can load up your various Combi’s ,Presets, Programs etc. IN THE ORDER YOU’RE GONNA NEED THEM!!!!

So, for example if your first song relies on a Huge Electronic Pad with a cutting edge high synth lead line, and your second needs to feature a lush Grand Piano with backing strings, you can just programme whatever you need into your setlist, hit the track name, and Voila, the sounds you need are there right away. None of the struggling changing patches and jabbing frantically at buttons of old, just a seamless transition between songs, and because of the Smooth Sound Transition feature, the notes will flow from one to the other without a hitch or glitch.

Also, if someone, changes the set-list on the fly, it’s as easy as just picking the correct song name.

Very cool.

They say:

  • Direct support for playing drums and chords from Korg pad-equipped USB controllers, including the nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, padKONTROL; general support for all class-compliant USB controllers, including the Korg nano series and microKEY series
  • Support for the KRONOS Editor and Plug-in Editor software
  • USB Ethernet adapter compatibility enables high-speed data communication between the KRONOS X and your computer.

We say:

Does what it says on the tin. Complete communication between control devices, your computer and their own editing software. Can’t ask for any more.

They say:

“Comprehensive interface, based around a large 8” TFT TouchView™ display”

We say:

Hallelujah! The biggest and best touch screen of the whole range. Very easy to see everything you need, and very intuitive to use.

 

So, will you do it?

Will you allow yourself to indulge this Christmas?

Well here’s one final Cherry on the Christmas Pud.

It’s just come down in price.  LN46685

Happy Christmas to you.

You deserve it.

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KORG KROME: Set to clean up the workstation market?


Once again, it looks like the mighty Korg are set to clean up the workstation market with the announcement of the new Korg KROME workstation available now.

So what’s exciting about the Korg KROME?

Lets have a little look:

First off, this is a KORG workstation, which means that you are benefitting from years of  experience as the world leaders in this area.
Next, its born from the Korg KRONOS, undoubtedly the best workstation available in the world today.  It has the Korg KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage, and these electric pianos have eight levels of velocity switching for total expressive control.
640 programs and 288 combis mean it will cover pretty much every sound type you’re going to need.

It has the big 7 inch colour TouchView screen from Korg KRONOS so you can clearly see what you’re doing, and remember with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ you will be doing a lot of tweaking and experimenting.
It offers the Drum Track feature, which is a superb tool for playing along to, making practice a lot more enjoyable, and adding realistic backing if you’re playing live.
The incredibly high quality drum samples are all able to be mixed seperately and it’s able to talk to your computer via USB and the Korg KROME Editor software.
It also includes an SD card slot for extra data storage.

But, all of this isn’t the exciting bit……

No, the exciting bit is that you can buy this state of the art, fantastically specced workstation, that will work superbly both Live and in the studio for the unbelievable price of…..

£799.00

Now that is exciting……..

You can read more about the Korg KROME here

Korg Products @ Scan

Korg Microkorg XL+ – A Classic Is Revamped

The Microkorg keyboard range have achieved almost near classic status over the last decade. As a cheap, yet powerful and extremely easy to program introduction to VA synthesis the various revisions of the Microkorg keyboard range have been a staple first synth for many a band member and we’ve seen them crop up on many a stage in that time frame.

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Microkorg range we have the new Microkorg, Microkorg XL+ and Microkeys revisions coming this November with a whole new colour scheme where each will be available in a choice of all-black, or red and black keys. Apart from the limited edition colour schemes less cosmetically we have a completely re-worked sound banks programmed with a more modern twist.

 

Microkorg XL+ Synths

See more on the Microkorg XL+ In this Video:

The Korg Microkorg XL+ Homepage

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