Korg Proview March2012
Prepare to be Amazed: Kronos .................................................................... 4-5
Kronos: Live, Production and Sound Design ............................................... 6-7
SV-1 Black & SV-1 Reverse Key: New Body. Old Soul ................................. 8-9
Wavedrum: Dynamic Percussion Synthesizer & Wavedrum Mini ............. 10-11
M50: Play to Win..................................................................................... 12-13
M3: The Power Station ............................................................................ 14-15
Great players need great sounds
and they don’t get much better than
the SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano.
Currently on tour and in the studio
with many of the worlds top artists
and session players.
Get your hands on one and set
your sound on fire.
MP10: Portrait of a Player.............................................................................16
Pa3X: Professional Arranger Workstation .....................................................17
Pa Series: The Work-less Stations .......................................................... 18-19
PS60: Hands-On Performance Fun ......................................................... 20-21
MMA130: Mobile Monitor Amplifier ...............................................................20
microSTATION: Do it All, Keeep it Small ........................................................22
microARRANGER: Band On Demand .............................................................22
iPad Instruments / Legacy Collection Software ............................................23
SP-170S, SP-250BK: Piano Performers................................................... 24-25
LP350 Pianos: Lifestyle Pianos .....................................................................26
microPIANO: Sleek and Small .......................................................................27
Kaossilator PRO / kaossilator 2: Creating KAOSS ................................... 28-29
miniKP2 / KP3: The KAOSS Effect ........................................................... 30-31
Kaoss Pad Quad: Creating Order out of KAOSS ....................................... 32-33
microSAMPLER: Swiss Army Sampling .........................................................34
microKORG / microKORG XL .........................................................................35
nanoSERIES2: Slim-line Studio USB-MIDI Controllers ..................................36
microKEY: USB Keyboard / padKONTROL: MIDI Studio Controller ..................37
monotron DUO, monotron DELAY: Pure Analog Fun ................................. 38-39
Electribes: Moving Music Forward ................................................................40
monotribe: Analogue Ribbon Station ............................................................40
SOS: Unlimited Track Recorder .....................................................................41
MR-2, MR-2000S/BK: Capture & Archive .....................................................41
Pandora mini: Pocket Powerhouse ................................................................42
Pitchclip/AW-2+/AW-2G/AW-2U: Korg Tuners. Number One. By Design.........43
Pitchblack & Pitchjack Tuners: Experience the Darkside ..............................44
CA-1/CA-40/GA-1/GA-40/HA-40/BA-40: The World’s Favorite Tuners ...........45
It may be an old soul,
but it’s a totally new stage.
Wi-Tune Tuners/OT-120/CM-100L: Free Yourself ...........................................46
Korg Metronomes: Keep that Beat! ...............................................................47
X50: X is for Xhilaration ...............................................................................48
R3: Sonic Frontiers .......................................................................................49
For more information visit
The National – photo by Mauricio Carey.
Adam Wakeman – photo www.ianblissettphotography.com
Jordan Rudess Interview...............................................................................50
Aaron Dessner of The National Interview ......................................................51
To Be
Kronos is more than a new instrument. It is a
milestone in synthesis and workstation evolution;
one that embodies fresh ideas and breakthrough
technologies. Kronos brings together nine
unique sound engines working in harmony.
New interactive performance features reflect
the way musicians play and create music; the
live performer, the production maven, and the
serious sound designer. Most importantly, Kronos
provides a seemingly inexhaustible supply of
breathtaking, spectacular sounds.
Our ever expanding universe of sound includes
a growing library of sounds for your Kronos. Two
types of Libraries are available from Korg. The
EXs Expansion Sample Series take advantage of
Kronos’ built-in SSD, providing PCM Samples,
Program, and Drumkit data. The KRS Professional
Sound Series were created by pro musicians and
programmers who are intimately familiar with
each of the Kronos sound engines. These libraries
contain skillfully crafted programs, combinations,
and drum patterns with infectious grooves, all
designed to maximize the power of Kronos. These
Kronos Sound Libraries can be purchased and
downloaded at Korg.com
Kronos unites nine individual synthesis engines
in a single instrument, each providing the finest
sound creation techniques available. Under the
hood, all nine engines share the same hardware,
with no separate cards to manage or polyphony
barriers between them – providing an integrated
experience no PC can match. Get ready for classic
sounds from timeless instruments; unique sounds
that once startled the world; and new sounds that
have only now become possible.
SGX-1 Premium Piano
Piano sound engine
Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) allows Kronos
to play long, natural, un-looped samples, recorded
at eight velocity levels for each and every key –
directly from the Solid State Disk (SSD) for a piano
performance unheard of in a hardware instrument.
EP-1 MDS Electric Piano
CX-3 Tonewheel Organ
Tonewheel organ sound engine
Kronos precisely models the classic tonewheel
organ, perfectly reproducing the vacuum tube amp,
Vibrato/Chorus effects and the “must-have” rotary
speaker. The signature fold-back, leakage, and
tonewheel noise have been analyzed and recreated.
HD-1 High Definition Synthesizer
Flagship PCM, Sampling and Wave
Sequencing sound engine
Using Virtual Memory Technology (VMT) to
access multiple samples directly from the Solid
State Disk (SSD) allows the HD-1 to provide all
of the essential sounds in exquisite detail, from
orchestral to classic rock to hip-hop. The HD-1
includes Wave Sequencing and access to Korg’s
Ambient Drums.
AL-1 Analog Synthesizer
Electric piano sound engine
High-fidelity analog modeling sound
MDS (Multi-Dimensional Synthesis) technology
eliminates the transitions between velocityswitched samples and the unnatural behavior of
looped samples; includes the amps, cabinets, and
vintage effects that gave the original instruments
their sound.
The premium analog modeling engine first
featured on the Korg OASYS recreates the power
of true analog synthesis, without the artifacts
that can plague lesser instruments. Highlights
include morphing waveforms, ring mod, and the
flexible MultiFilter.
MS-20EX Legacy Analog
Analog modeling sound engine
Using Korg’s CMT (Component Modeling
Technology) the MS-20EX faithfully reproduces
the MS-20 while dramatically expanding its
patch panel functionality. Delivering the MS-20’s
aggressive sound and filter tone, it’s a
tweaker’s dream.
PolysixEX Legacy Analog
Analog modeling sound engine
With its self-oscillating four-pole filter, smooth
analog oscillator and sub-oscillator, plus a lush
Chorus/Ensemble effect, the PolysixEX extends
the abilities of the original in many creative ways.
The classic arpeggiator built into the original
Polysix is also provided.
MOD-7 Waveshaping VPM
VPM/Waveshaping/PCM processing
sound engine
MOD-7 combines Variable Phase Modulation
(VPM), wave-shaping, ring modulation, samples,
and subtractive synthesis, plus a modular patchpanel system. MOD-7 offers everything from
classic FM keyboards to bells and basses and
sparkling, epic pads.
STR-1 Plucked String
Physical modeling sound engine
In addition to unique, experimental timbres, the
STR-1 is great for traditional instruments such as
guitars, basses, harps, and other sounds whose
tone responds in ways that are difficult for a PCM
sound engine to replicate.
The single instrument meeting the challenges of
Live, Production, and Sound Design
For the performing
keyboard player
Satisfying the producer,
music director, and musician
Programming joy for the
enthusiast and sound designer
Kronos provides the absolute finest in keyboard
sounds; accurate and responsive to the player’s
technique. The expansive control surface offers
joysticks, sliders, knobs, switches, a ribbon
controller, assignable pedal inputs, and our
improved resolution color TouchView™ display.
Our new Smooth Sound Transition technology is
designed to maintain any currently held, played,
or sustaining notes (with their effects), helping
to prevent drop-outs as you switch sounds or
change from Program to Combi mode. Also new
is the Set List screen, allowing the instant recall
of song or set specific Programs, Combinations,
or song data with a single touch. You can even
leave notes for yourself using the Set List page.
For many, the studio is where the work gets done;
from laying down tracks, to building up grooves
for an on-stage extravaganza, to delivering the
soundtrack for today’s media-rich world. For
these creative leaders, Korg has equipped the
Kronos with 16-track MIDI tracks plus 16 audio
tracks, our Open Sampling System, dazzling
hi-fidelity effects, as well as flawless plug-in
integration with many popular DAW platforms.
Add to that the ability to use KARMA, the Drum
Track, and the sequencer’s RPPR to greatly speed
up and enrich the music creation process.
Kronos has it in its blood to satisfy the
programmer, sound designer, and synthesizer
enthusiast; the musician who dreams of
turning visions of the cosmos into sound, of
tweaking parameters to conjure sounds from
the ether. Kronos rekindles Korg’s founding
dream that is at the core of synthesis: the
exhilaration and enjoyment of creating new
sounds, sounds never before heard! A variety
of exclusive Korg technologies drive the synth
engines to provide astounding results – VMT
(Virtual Memory Technology); CMT (Component
Modeling Technology); Physical Modeling, Digital
Synthesis, Wave Sequencing, MDS (MultiDimensional Synthesis); KARMA® and more!
16-track MIDI recorder / 16-track audio recorder
The Kronos sequencer offers 16 MIDI tracks plus
16 audio tracks (record up to four audio tracks
at once), automated mixing, plus track and song
editing. Add in effects, KARMA phrases, Drum
Tracks, or RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording)
patterns and resample the Kronos itself. It’s a
great resource for putting together a dazzling
performance or a brilliant production.
The ultimate effects suite
Kronos provides 16 internal effects to add impact
to your sonic creations; 12 Insert, 2 Master, and
2 Total. Each effect offers 185 distinct effect
types, covering every possible sound-shaping
need. A separate three-band EQ is provided for
every timbre, sequencer or audio track. Numerous
realtime modulation possibilities deliver
outstanding versatility.
This revolutionary algorithmic music technology
instantly produces sophisticated phrases, drum
grooves and full-blown backing tracks based on
the notes and chords you play, and the intuitive
operations you perform with the knobs, sliders,
and switches. Greatly enhanced, this second
generation KARMA offers KARMA WaveSequencing, Note Mapping, 8 scenes per layer
and other innovations. *KARMA® (Kay
Algorithmic Real-time Music Architecture) and
the KARMA Logo are registered trademarks
representing patented technology licensed from
Stephen Kay, Karma Lab LLC, www.karma-lab.com.
Drum Tracks
Improved from the M3 and M50 Music
Workstations, Drum Tracks can create everything
from a simple reference beat to an outline rhythm
track up to a full-blown drum track for your
music productions. Kronos now includes drum
performances from professional artists, able to
generate grooves reproducing the distinctive feel
of a pro drummer.
Open Sampling System
Varies by Engine
12 Insert, 2 Master, 2 Total; 185 Effect Types
1, 2 (1/4'' unbalanced); S/P DIF optical; USB
9 Engines
Open Sampling System; 512 MB max
1510 Programs; 448 Combinations (16-timbre);
77 Drumkits; 256 GM2 Programs; 9 GM2 Drumkits
Drum Tracks:
697 preset, 100 user per song
L/Mono, Right, 1,2,3,4 (1/4'' unbalanced);
S/P DIF optical, USB
16 MIDI tracks; 16 Audio tracks; 200 Songs; 18 Preset/16
User Template; In-Track Sampling; One Touch Record
MIDI: In, Out, Thru; 2 USB Type A; 1 USB Type B (MIDI)
User Locations: 1664 Programs; 1792 Combinations (16-timbre);
152 Drumkits
Solid Production
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
also be exported in AIFF or WAVE format. Samples
can be loaded in AIFF, WAVE, SoundFont 2.0, and
AKAI S1000/3000 formats via USB memory.
Computer Connectivity
Kronos can send MIDI signals to and from your
computer via USB. Using the Kronos Editor
software (free download), sounds and settings
can be edited directly from your computer. The
Kronos Plug-in Editor (free download) lets you use
Kronos from within many popular DAW systems,
as if it were a plug-in instrument.
Kronos can also be used as an audio I/O for your
computer, sending and receiving two channels of
audio via USB.
Help from our Friends
To make the most of Kronos’ nine sound engines,
Korg called on numerous world-class players
who contributed their time, energy, and critical
listening to help us zero in on making these
sounds respond to the way they play. Our artist
signature sounds were tested, judged, and
tweaked by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Jordan
Rudess, Russ Ferrante, Lyle Mays, George Duke,
Tom Coster, Frank McComb, John Novello, and
several other artists known for their serious love
of sound and for their critical, demanding ears.
KRONOS Sound Libraries
Announcing new custom Sound Libraries for the Korg Kronos, designed to take each of the
nine sound engines to unheard-of heights. The Kronos Sound Libraries are volumes of additional
sounds created specifically for the next-generation Kronos Music Workstation; the single instrument
that brings together nine sound engines ranging from the past to the future.
Korg is offering two types of Kronos Sound Libraries. The EXs Expansion Sample Series take advantage
of Kronos’ built-in SSD, providing large amounts of PCM data. The KRS Professional Sound Series were
created by pro musicians and programmers who are intimately familiar with each of the Kronos sound
engines. These libraries contain skillfully crafted programs, combinations, and drum patterns with
infectious grooves, all designed to maximize the nine sound engines that power the Kronos.
KRONOS Sound Library Lineup
EXs Expansion Sample Series
KRS Professional Sound Series
EXs10 Ricky Lawson’s “West Coast” Drums
Content: Approximately 650 MB of PCM
samples,16 Programs, 4 Drumkits.
KRS-01 “Pro Grooves”
by David “Fingers” Haynes
Contents: 202 Patterns for 9 Songs.
EXs11 Legendary Strings
Content: Approximately 2.5 GB of PCM samples,
128 Programs.
KRS-02 STR-1/MOD-7 Phase II
Contents: 128 Programs.
EXs12 SGX-1 Austrian Piano
Content: Approximately 6.08 GB of PCM samples,
32 Programs, and 16 SGX-1 Piano Types.
EXs13 Jazz Drums Expansion Kit
Content: Approximately 1 GB of PCM samples, 48
Programs, 12 Drumkits.
KRS-03 Nu Electro
Contents: 128 Programs, 120 Patterns for
3 Songs.
KRS-04 Pro Splits and Layers
Contents: 128 Combinations.
KRS-05 Ensemble Combinations
Contents: 128 Combinations.
Kronos is able to sample from any mode –
Program, Combination, or Sequencer – and you
can even sample the performance of the Kronos
itself. Sample tools include truncate, normalize,
time stretch, or time slice. Edited samples can
NEW SV-1-88 Black
NEW SV-1-73 Black
NEW SV-1-73 Reverse Key
New Body.
Old Soul.
SV-1 Black / SV-1 Reverse Key
RH3 Graded Hammer Action (88 or 73)
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis); RX (Real eXperience)
36 total; 6 Banks x 6 Variations
Equalizer; Pre-FX (x6); Amp Models (x6); Modulation FX (x6); Reverb/Delay (x6)
Valve Reactor:
12AX7 Vacuum Tube (Amp Modeling)
Audio 1/4" (L/Mono, Right); Damper; Footswitch; Footpedal
1/4" (L/Mono, Right); XLR Balanced (Left, Right); Headphone: Stereo 1/4"
Back In Black
The SV-1 Black is outfitted in an elegant black matte
finish that creates a distinguished on-stage presence.
For the retro enthusiast, the SV-1 Reverse Key Limited
Edition features a bold red body and vintage reversecolor keys that call to mind the classic combo organs of
the 1960s and ‘70s. A matching black stand is available
as the perfect option for either model.
The SV-1 contains the most in-demand and soulsatisfying keyboard sounds ever collected in a single
instrument. Rediscover decades of hit-making vintage
electric pianos, funky clavs, classic and cult-fave organs,
string machines and, of course, pianos. The SV-1
delivers breathtaking grands, a real-deal upright, plus
hall-of-fame electronic contenders. And the SV-1 doesn’t
just serve plain vanilla; you’ll find multiple signature
variations of the essential classics that venture beyond
what other products offer, as well as some rare and
unique instruments to inspire your performance.
Crafted using Korg’s RX (Real eXperience) technology,
each sound is a detailed and authentic re-creation,
accurately capturing the full range of expression and
dynamics of the original. The snap of the tine, the
release of the hammer, the click of the contacts—every
element has been preserved. By isolating these sonic
components, the RX engine allows you to create a sonic
signature from showroom-shiny to road-ravaged; adding
just the right amount to suit your individual taste.
But for Korg, even that is not enough. The SV-1 also
recreates the effect pedals and studio processing that
gave these sounds their original luster. The proven,
tube-driven (12AX7) Valve Reactor circuit adds warmth
and realism to period-accurate amplifier models.
Together, the three-band EQ, Pre-FX, Modulation FX and
Reverb/Delay add yet another dimension of authenticity
to your playing.
Designed with performance in mind, the SV-1 is a
pleasure to play. The RH3 Real Weighted Hammer
Action is the finest keybed Korg offers, with a solid,
responsive feel that inspires confidence. Forget
menus. Never mind banks and programs. Stop staring
at displays. With the SV-1, the entire front panel is
always live, using clearly labeled knobs to dial up the
sound you are looking for. Saving your eight Favorite
settings for quick recall is as easy as saving a station
on your car radio. Reliable and portable, the Korg SV-1
re-creates the look, the feel, and visceral pleasure of
performing on a vintage instrument.
SV-1 Users:
Soundpack 1 and Soundpack 2 are now available as
free downloads from korg.com. Enjoy new sounds,
layered sounds (SP1) and even split programs (SP2)!
Free SV-1 editor / librarian software
Dynamic Percussion Synthesizers
Legendary Wavedrum technology – now in compact form!
Choose Your Wavedrum
Bursting with power and expression, the Wavedrum
line now includes Wavedrum, plus the limited edition
Wavedrum Oriental, which offers all of the sounds from
the original Wavedrum, plus a full range of algorithms
and PCM samples dedicated to Arabic percussion, as
well as exciting new Arabic loops.
Combining advanced DSP technology and hundreds
of high-quality samples, Wavedrum picks up where
trigger-based systems leave off. An acoustic transducer
under the head and two on the rim excite the DSP engine
with every strike, providing Wavedrum with a natural,
musical feel. Combined with hundreds of PCM samples,
this technology allows Wavedrum to create unheard
of sounds, or accurately represent unique percussion
sounds from around the globe. Wavedrum responds
instantly to any and all playing styles. From subtlynuanced tapping and stroking to aggressive, rhythmic
assaults; its extreme dynamic range challenges the
response of an acoustic instrument. The real drumhead
and textured-rim playing surfaces provide a responsive,
articulate and natural performance experience, whether
using sticks, mallets, brushes, or playing using traditional
hand percussion techniques.
Compat 30
Wavedrum begins with a foundation of traditional pop/
rock drum sounds such as snares, kick drums, tom-toms,
and more. Wavedrum also opens new vistas of sound,
delivering a wealth of percussion sounds from many
eras and cultures around the world and throughout
time. These include popular instruments such as cajons,
congas and tablas; metallic instruments such as cowbells
and triangles; along with rare ethnic percussion sounds.
For every sound, Wavedrum adds its own new modes
of expression, in addition to faithfully re-creating
the original sounds. There are a range of parameters
available for editing and tweaking to create new sounds
to suit your own music or style of playing. In addition
to making changes to pitch, decay time, loudness,
and curve (intensity) of the pressure sensor, you can
completely alter the sound by, for example, changing the
head material parameter from skin to metal, or adding
effects such as Reverb and Delay. The Wavedrum also
has a Live Mode, which can store up to 12 favorite
programs (from the preset or user programs) for instant
selection during a performance.
Announcing the energetic and on-the-go Wavedrum
Mini; with built-in speaker, battery-powered portability,
and a revolutionary sensor clip that transforms nearly
any object into an instrument.
In addition to its dynamic pad surface, the Wavedrum
Mini also includes a newly-developed sensor clip which
can be attached to any object, allowing it to be played
as a percussion instrument. Using the sensor clip
and the pad allows two sounds to be played at once,
doubling the Wavedrum Mini’s performance potential.
The Wavedrum Mini is also superbly portable – you
can enjoy playing it in any place, at any time. An
AC adapter is included but the Wavedrum Mini can
also run on batteries, making it ideal for outdoor use
or street performances. The built-in speaker also
gives you the casual freedom to play on the spur of
the moment, and to share your sound – alone, or
in an impromptu jam session. The Wavedrum Mini
will appeal to musicians who value a truly original
performance, or to any beginner simply looking to
enjoy playing a musical instrument.
Choose from 100 great sounds; add in one of the 10
exciting effects; play along to one of the 100 internal
rhythm patterns, or record with unlimited overdubs
using the built-in Looper. The possibilities are endless.
Sure, you can enjoy Wavedrum just by playing
the sounds alone, but the dynamic and interactive
Wavedrum adds some special features that provide jamalong abilities for fun or practice. Using the AUX input,
you can mix in the signal from any audio source –
CD, MP3 player, or even an additional Wavedrum.
The options are endless.
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Wavedrum Oriental
Wavedrum Mini
DSP Synthesis (36 Algorithms)
PCM (100 Rim Samples + 100 Head Samples)
DSP Synthesis (45 Algorithms)
PCM (150 Rim Samples + 150 Head Samples)
(W x D x H): 216 x 216 x 67mm/ 8.50 x 8.50 x 2.63 inches
200 Total (100 User + 100 Preset); 12 Favorites (Live Mode)
300 Total (150 User + 150 Preset); 12 Favorites (Live Mode)
1.0kg/2.20 lbs. (batteries included)
Reverb; Delay
Reverb; Delay
AC Adapter, Sensor clip, Strap
Loop Phrases:
100 Total; Various Genres & Tempos
140 Total; Various Genres & Tempos
*Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
1/8" Stereo
1/8" Stereo
1/4" (L/Mono, Right); Headphone 1/8" Stereo
1/4" (L/Mono, Right); Headphone 1/8" Stereo
With its small footprint, 61 velocity-sensing keys, and excellent controllers,
the microSTATION is an ideal welcome addition to any studio. The EDS-i sound
engine (M50 derived) provides plenty of premium quality sounds, seven effects
processors, advanced workstation features, and offers instant USB computer
connectivity. The free Plug-in Editor software lets you edit sounds and settings
from within your favorite host DAW program. The microSTATION is also a great
controller for all your Korg Legacy software and other titles!
Meat & Potatoes are just the Appetizer
Stunning sounds, inspirational effects and intuitive
ease-of-use are among the wealth of benefits offered
by the M50 Music Workstation. Designed as both
a performing instrument and studio solution, the
M50 workstation is the M3 XPanded’s inner child,
unleashed as a seriously portable and affordable
instrument. The streamlined, modern design is
highlighted by an angled control panel that provides
easy viewing in any environment, along with
comfortable access to our TouchView™ interface,
available for the first time in a mid-priced instrument.
The M50 shares the same EDS (Enhanced Definition
Synthesis) sound engine and effects as the flagship M3
XPanded, delivering a wealth of outstanding sounds
and effects. In creating the M50, much attention was
paid to the “must-have” meat and potato sounds that
most keyboardists demand. First up is a three-stage
velocity-switched stereo concert grand piano, featuring
damper resonance samples to create an extraordinarily
natural sound. A compelling assortment of responsive
and authentic vintage electric pianos and clavs are
featured as well. Also included are 1960’s-era flute and
string tape-o-tron instruments, as well as the classic
Korg SG-1 Sampling Grand.
But that’s just the beginning. All in all, there are over
600 programs and 384 sixteen-part Combinations
created by Korg’s renowned international voicing staff,
covering all the acoustic, synthetic and imaginative
sounds needed to satisfy the modern musician – with
room for plenty more. Simultaneously providing five
Insert Effects, two Master Effects and one Total Effect,
the M50 offers unprecedented control. An independent
three-band EQ is available for each Program, the
Drum Track, and each of the 16 Combi-timbres and/or
sequencer tracks.
Groove Options
The Drum Track provides hundreds of natural-sounding
grooves. Dual arpeggiators offer nearly 1000 patterns
that can generate everything from simple phrases to
complex rhythmic gestures. Two patterns can be used
at once (Combination/Sequencer modes) to create
complete ensemble backing – especially when used
with the Drum Track.
software is included. In addition to stand-alone
operation, the software can also run as a plug-in under
any RTAS, VST or Audio Units DAW environment. An
SD card slot provides easy and affordable storage
of programs, combination and sequences, as well as
sounds, songs and other data.
Sound and Vision
The intuitive TouchView interface ensures excellent
visibility, making it easy to select sounds and adjust
parameters. Other performance controls include an
assignable joystick, multiple switches and chord
triggers. The M50-61 and M50-73 use a new semiweighted Natural Touch keyboard, while the M50-88
features Korg’s top-of-the-line RH3 Real Weighted
Hammer Action to accurately simulate the graded
feel of an acoustic grand piano. For players on the
go, the M50-88 is by far the lightest weight 88-key
hammer action keyboard Korg has ever made. Price,
performance and portability – that’s a winning
combination for any musician!
80 Voice Maximum
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
608 Programs; 384 Combinations; 32 Drumkits;
256 GM2 Programs; 9 GM2 Drumkits
User Locations:
640 Programs; 512 Combinations, 48 Drumkits
5 Insert, 2 Master, 1 Total; 170 Effect Types
Drum Tracks:
1000 user; 671 preset
16 Track; 128 Songs; 20 Cue Lists;
16 Template Songs; One Touch Record
L/Mono, Right, (1/4" unbalanced)
MIDI: In, Out; USB Type B (MIDI)
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
The intuitive 16 track MIDI recorder provides all the
tools needed to easily shape raw ideas into polished
productions; this high resolution sequencer can store
upwards of one hundred songs. For the computer
musician, Korg’s proprietary M50 Editor/Librarian
The powerful RADIAS is also available as a user
installable option board, adding 24 voices of MMT
modeling synthesis.
Drum Tracks can jumpstart your creative process. M3
XPanded is also an excellent sampler, supporting WAV,
AIFF, AKAI® and SoundFont 2.0 formats. Korg’s Open
Sampling System allows sampling in any mode.
Go ahead. Turn it on. Grab a seat. Now hold on tight.
The M3 XPanded Music Workstation/Sampler is one
of the most highly integrated and fully implemented
music production and performance instruments around.
Most importantly, the M3 XPanded is your collaborator,
providing the on-demand musical tools you need to
intuitively navigate the short path from inspiration
to realization.
Spectacular Sound
Power Station
M3 XPanded
Powered by Korg’s EDS (Enhanced Definition
Synthesis), the M3 XPanded delivers unparalleled
fidelity for superior sound quality. Speaking of sounds,
there are thousands of them available on-call, each
one meticulously hand-crafted by our renowned
international sound design team. Four expansion
soundsets including additional PCM samples are
included for free to load into RAM memory to increase
your sonic palette. Individual Programs can be stacked,
split and layered 16 deep to create a Combi. The
EDS engine also provides eight studio quality effect
processors – five Insert, two Master and one Final – all
available simultaneously. Preset and programmable
All Together Now
Superior sequencing starts with must-have innovations
to get you started. Song templates, rhythm patterns,
One-Touch Record, Cue List, and Tone Adjust editing
are Korg innovations designed to enhance your
composing skills. Using the M3 XPanded’s Piano Roll
and Track View screens makes sequence editing easy;
many touch-drag operations are included as well.
Grow with the Flow
Mission Control
A great-feeling keyboard with 61 keys, multiple velocity
curves, and aftertouch is just the beginning. The
M3 XPanded also provides an intelligently-arranged
multi-function control surface. It includes a four-way
joystick, assignable switches and pedal jacks, a ribbon
controller, eight dynamic trigger pads, and even a color
TouchView™ interface that serves double duty as a
KAOSS-derived X-Y controller. With all this versatility,
it’s easy to think of all the performances you can coax
out of your M3 XPanded.
M3 XPanded
120 Voice Maximum
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
1216 Programs; 416 Combinations; 32 Drumkits;
256 GM2 Programs; 9 GM2 Drumkits
The M3 XPanded KARMA functions have been
expanded to allowing over 1,000 User locations for
KARMA Generated Effects (GEs) created when using
Karma-Lab’s KARMA M3 software. Speaking of
software, the bundled Editor Librarian software runs
stand-alone, or appears as a plug-in virtual instrument
under any VST, AU, or RTAS host software. Ready to
go further? Installing the FireWire option allows the
M3 to share multi-channel audio information with
your computer using a single cable. This Virtualized
Hardware approach provides seamless integration,
without overtaxing your host processor.
User Locations: 1664 Programs; 1792 Combinations; 144 Drumkits
5 Insert, 2 Master, 1 Total; 170 Effect Types
Open Sampling System;
64 MB/11.5 min. mono; expandable
Drum Tracks:
1000 user; 671 preset
16 Track; 128 Songs; 20 Cue Lists; 16 Template Songs;
In-Track Sampling; One Touch Record
1,2,3,4 (1/4" unbalanced); S/P DIF optical
L/Mono, Right, 1,2,3,4 (1/4" unbalanced); S/P DIF optical
MIDI: In, Out, Thru; 2 USB Type A; 1 USB Type B (MIDI)
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
Portrait of a Player
The MP10 Pro is the perfect musical companion for
mobile entertainers, solo keyboardists, singers and
amateur musicians. This revolutionary all-in-one
product brings together MP3 playback, MIDI song
play, vocal processing and more in one easy-to-use
entertainment center. Perform as the consummate
DJ, host a karaoke night, or even program your own
musical interludes as your band takes a break. The
integral handle folds under during performance, giving
the MP10 Pro just the right angle for live use. A padded
bag is included to help you protect your MP10 Pro as
you travel from gig to gig.
Sophisticated Song Playback
At the heart of the MP10 Pro are the dual song
players. Sharing a common database, each can
quickly call up and play any of the thousands of MP3
audio files or Standard MIDI Files from the massive
120 GB internal hard drive. The MP10 Pro can change
the pitch of any MP3 song to match any singer’s vocal
range, without affecting the tempo. Likewise, the time
stretch feature can alter the tempo without affecting
the pitch. Best of all, our advanced vocal remover can
strip the lead vocal out of nearly any song as it plays –
no preparation required!
Playlist and Requests
The MP10 Pro’s powerful database can easily manage
thousands of music files. Numerous Playlists can be
created using the MP3 songs and MIDI Files stored on
the internal hard drive, and each playlist can be easily
edited. Have different playlists on call for weddings, for
frat parties, for social gigs and casuals. Playlists can
even be imported from an iPod. The MP10 Pro can also
take requests! The entire database is searchable using
multiple parameters – name, artist, era, tempo, genre
etc. – making it simple to find any song on demand.
Korg Quality Sounds and Effects
The MP10 Pro’s EDS engine provides a premium sound
source for playing a Standard MIDI file (SMF) and can
also be played from an external MIDI keyboard – ideal
for the keyboard entertainer. The MP10 Pro is also
loaded with eleven studio-grade effects processors.
For the emcee and entertainer, the MP10 Pro includes
TC HELICON vocal processing, delivering world class
dynamic processing, delay effects, and a multifunction
EQ. The MP10 Pro provides reverb to the microphone
inputs, and the Choir effect can add vocal harmonies
to any MIDI file. Two balanced XLR microphone inputs
offer compatibility with professional microphones.
Made to be Played
The color TouchView™ display brings all of the controls
up to fingertip level. Surrounding the display are many
additional well laid out controls. Most are illuminated
and dedicated to single functions, making it simple to
perform under any type of lighting. Four performance
pads can be assigned to play a percussion instrument,
sound effect, etc. Calling up the Mixer section provides
control of the Voice Processor, the four performance
Pads, the Master FX, the EQ of each track, data from
a MIDI keyboard, and of course, the mixer itself.
The built-in video interface allows this on-screen
information to be shown an external video monitor
or projector. This video output is especially useful for
displaying chord changes, or even full musical scores
from any MIDI File. Lyrics can also be displayed from
karaoke files and properly prepared SMF songs.
Listen and Believe.
For years, Korg’s Pa Series has been the most
respected, envied, and successful line of interactive
arranger workstations on the planet. Once again, Korg
has raised the standard of excellence by offering new,
richer, and more realistic sounds; creating amazing new
features, and offering a fresh – yet elegant – design.
The Pa3X is the most realistic, powerful, and easyto-use arranger workstation ever produced. See the
entire Korg Pa family and learn more about arranger
keyboards on the following pages.
Korg’s RX (Real eXperience) technology allows realistic
articulation of acoustic instruments by including
samples of neck squeaks, horn falls, string flourishes
and other elements. Defined Nuance Control (DNC)
allows the three assignable switches, four-way
joystick, playing style, assignable pedals, key dynamics,
and our unique ribbon strip to deliver total control
for the many available levels of sound articulation,
providing flawless realism and articulation. These
DNC elements avoid the “static” character of so many
sample-based keyboards. Our improved Guitar Mode
2 translates your keyboard playing into breathtakingly
realistic guitar parts.
The Pa3X is also an effects powerhouse, beginning
with eight stereo effect processors, including effects
taken intact from the popular SV-1 Stage Vintage Piano.
Next up, the Pa3X includes professional final mastering
tools from “Waves Audio” plug-ins “MaxxAudio” suite.
The TC Helicon Vocal Processor (VoiceLive2 derived)
adds professional vocal effects. Another radical
innovation is the new Audio Chord Detection function;
capable of automatically extracting chord content from
an MP3 file to send to the Vocal Processor!
Even the Style engine – the heart of any arranger
keyboard – has been upgraded to include four
variations, four Fill Ins, Break, three Intros, three
Endings, plus 15 User Banks for unlimited storage of
your favorite customized or user-created Styles and
settings. The new Chord Sequencer function records
any chord progression on-the-fly.
Under the hood, the PA3X houses a number of hi-tech
innovations. The self-refreshing PCM Data memory
backup – supported by our own Intelligent Re-Charge
system – ensures fast startup. The dual MP3 / MIDI
file player and recorder has been enhanced with a new
Advanced Vocal Remover, and MP3 files with graphics
(lyrics) are supported. Adaptive mic settings analyze
your voice to provide the best EQ/Compressor/Gate
settings. An optional high-fidelity speaker/amplification
bar has been specifically designed to connect directly
to the Pa3X. This PaAS uses Korg’s “Easy Connect”
system: no additional support, no cables, no power
supply needed to deliver crisp, clean full range sound.
61 Key; 76 semi-weighted; Velocity & Aftertouch
Over 1100 total
400+ Styles
Synth Engine:
Color TouchView (motorized tilt on 76 key)
MP3 Recorder:
Voice Effects:
TC Helicon FX; 4-Part Harmonies
Pa800/Pa800 Elite
61 synth action; Velocity sensing
61 synth action; Velocity sensing
61 synth action; Velocity sensing
Over 950 total
Over 880 total
Over 660 total
400+ Styles
320+ Styles
256+ Styles
Synth Engine:
Color TouchView
B & W TouchView
Custom LCD
MP3 Recorder:
Voice Effects:
TC Helicon FX; 3-Part Harmonies
Korg’s Pa Series have long defined the interactive
workstation category and set the standard for
excellence. Tens of thousands of musicians worldwide
have chosen to make one of Korg’s Pa keyboards their
musical partner. The current Pa lineup is powered by
the same EDS technology that drives the M3 XPanded
and M50 Performance Workstations. Alone or in a
combo setting, the Pa Series offer unprecedented
expression and sonic excellence. The combination of
breath-taking sound quality, professional features and
musical versatility – teamed with our powerful Style
engine – provides the perfect instrument to satisfy all
of your musical ambitions. Korg’s TouchView display is
the centerpiece of our intuitive, easy-to-use interface;
the display provides contextual help screens in a robust
assortment of languages.
At the heart of all Korg Pa instruments is our powerful
Style engine. A Style is basically a collection of
drum grooves, bass lines, and other instrumental
parts that can be mixed together, transposed, and
used as the building blocks for performing a song.
Each of the customizable Styles is a self-contained
song environment that includes variations, fill-ins, an
introduction and an ending - all themed to a particular
musical style and genre. In addition to 16-track
workstation-style sequencing, Step Edit/Entry and
Backing modes are available. Backing mode captures
each Style instrument on a separate track and MIDI
channel for easy editing. Korg’s XDS dual sequence
player allows non-stop musical performances.
Completely self –contained, the Pa800 is equipped
with pair of internal speakers in a portable, 61-key
package. MP3 and hard drive options allow the Pa800
to be customized for more demanding use; the Pa800
Elite contains these options (80 GB Hard Drive, Dual
MP3 Recorder/Player) pre-installed.
The Pa800 benefits from Korg’s RX (Real eXperience)
technology and Defined Nuance Control voice
architecture for superior sound and expression.
Pa500 / Pa500 Oriental
Rounding out the Pa line is the cost-effective Pa500. By
casting off luxuries such as sampling, a color screen,
vocal processing and other extras, the Pa500 is able
to retain much of the sound quality, Style engine
and sequencing features of the Pa800 at a much
more modest price. We’ve also introduced the Pa500
Oriental, featuring new sounds and styles designed
specifically for playing Middle Eastern music.
The Pa50 has been a Korg top-seller for years.
Based on the proven TRITON engine, the Pa50 provides
quality performance for the seriously budget-minded,
forgoing the TouchView display in place of a large
custom display. The latest version – the Pa50SD –
trades in the outmoded floppy drive for more efficient
SD card data storage.
Pa800 / Pa800 Elite
The Pa800 is defined by a number of features that
provide a professional edge, starting with a color
TouchView display for immediate control and TC
Helicon vocal harmonies and effects. The enhanced
Score Displays show chord names and symbols, lyrics,
as well as standard music notation right on the screen.
A video output option (VIF4) allows this information to
be displayed on an external video monitor – excellent
for jamming, karaoke, or worship use.
PS60 Performance Synthesizer
Hands-on Performance Fun
120 Voice Maximum
EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated)
440 Programs; 15 Performances (Splits, layers, etc.)
User Locations: 512 Programs; 20 Performances
The Korg PS60 is a different kind of instrument. Simple
to use, it is ideal for the guitarist, bassist, vocalist,
or any musician who wants to add to their stable of
sounds. Not thousands of sounds. The right sounds.
Popular, in-demand Korg-quality sounds, all organized
by category and easy to find, right from the front panel.
Just pick a sound and play, without ever looking at a
screen or accessing a menu.
– piano, electric piano, organ, strings, brass and
synth – each with dedicated controls, making it easy
to find just the right sound. Still not sure? The Audition
feature plays a quick riff appropriate to the selected
sound, allowing you to hear the sound in context and to
help you zero in on the one you want. Turn on multiple
categories and create on-the-fly layered sounds, or hit
the Split button for side-by-side sounds!
Offering dedicated controls and remarkable ease of use,
the PS60 is a refreshing change. The intuitive, realtime
controls – even the sounds themselves – were created
with the performer in mind, and have been optimized
for the unique challenges and immediacy of playing
live. Focused on the elemental sounds that make up
the body of great keyboard playing, the PS60 delivers
440 spectacular, spot-on sounds – with room for plenty
more! The sounds are organized into six categories
Two master effects can be applied to the overall sound:
a modulation-style effect offering four effect types;
and a reverb/delay effect also with four effect types.
A dedicated three-band EQ adds the final touch to your
sound. The Master effects and EQ feature dedicated
controls on the front panel for easy access and
adjustment. Additional dynamics-type effects and amp
modeling effects can be assigned to individual sounds,
using one of the five insert effects.
The 61 semi-weighted, natural-touch keys provide an
uncompromising playing feel. Accomplished and wouldbe keyboardists alike will find the keyboard ready for
anything from a piano performance to delivering sizzling
synthesizer sounds. Produce subtle or drastic pitch and
timbral changes by moving the joystick. Two footpedal
jacks are provided for use with a damper pedal,
footswitch or footpedal, offering hands-free control.
When playing organ sounds, an additional dedicated
button can switch between fast/slow speeds of the
rotary speaker simulator.
5 Insert, 2 Master, EQ; 71 Total Effect Types
L/Mono, Right, (1/4" unbalanced); Headphone: 1/8" Stereo
MIDI: In, Out; USB: Type B (MIDI)
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
Designed for the gigging – or soon to be gigging –
musician, the affordable Korg PS60 delivers premium
sounds and professional effects in an easy-to-use
package. Lightweight, stylish and portable, the
PS60 travels comfortably from home, to rehearsal,
to center stage.
MMA130 Mobile Monitor Amplifier
Power-packed, professional amplifier performance; any time, any place!
The MMA130 powered monitor amp will bring out your
best performances in any situation, indoor or outdoor.
With a truly professional array of inputs and outputs,
as well as a four-channel mixer, it’s incredibly versatile.
The MMA130 can operate on batteries, and can also
provide power to your musical instrument via a 9V DC
output jack. In spite of the MMA130’s portable size,
it boasts an astounding power amp that projects an
impressive amount of volume. The MMA130’s versatility
allows it to excel in any situation. It’s a great choice for
street live performances by a keyboardist or mobile DJ,
and can also be used as a stage monitor.
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Compatible Korg Products
(as of April 2012):
PS60, microSTATION, microKORG XL,
microSAMPLER, microPIANO, Kaossiliator Pro,
Wavedrum, Wavedrum ORT and monotribe.
Dimensions (W x D x H): 320 x 285 x 485 mm /
12.60 x 11.22 x 19.09 inches (Vertical placement)
Weight: 12.6 kg / 27.77 lbs.
See www.korg.com for full spec.
* Specifications and appearance are subject to change
without notice for improvement.
Do it All, Keep it Small
Instruments, from Korg!
Apple’s iPad is the fastest selling electronic device ever created; and with cool instrument apps from Korg, it’s easy to see why.
Our engineers have used this remarkable platform to bring to life new iPad App versions of some of Korg’s most popular products.
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User Locations:
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5 Insert, 2 Master, 1 Total; 134 Effect Types
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The built-in, high-performance 16-track MIDI sequencer can provide
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L/Mono, Right, (1/4" unbalanced); Headphone: 1/8" Stereo
MIDI: In, Out; USB Type B (MIDI)
SD Card Slot (2 GB Max)
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
Band On Demand.
Portable and affordable, the Korg microARRANGER is
your personal band, ready to play whenever you are.
Teach it the chords, tap out the tempo, grab your axe,
and listen as your song comes to life. Whether you’re
kicking-back on a folk ballad or taking your rock anthem
over the top, the microARRANGER serves up your song
with anything from a simple drum groove and bass line to
a full-tilt rhythm section. The result is your song, played
your way, like you’ve never heard it before. Instantly.
iKaossilator for iPhone
For over a decade, Korg Electribes have been go-to
gear for creative musicians from around the world.
Recreating the look and feel of the original, the
iElectribe app offers a four-part percussion synthesizer
and a four-part PCM synthesizer. The percussion
synthesizer features analog synth-style versatility,
including exciting cross modulation! The sample-based
PCM parts deliver realistic drum hits, cymbals, and
more. Using the Accent function adds emphasis where
you need it - vital for creating compelling grooves. The
eight Master Effect types can spice up your beats in
a variety of indispensable ways. Motion Sequencing
records all of your sound enhancing knob-twisting
and tweaking so it can be memorized and replayed as
part of a pattern. The 64 preset patterns cover a wide
variety of dance and electronic music styles including
techno, house, electro, trance, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep,
hip-hop, and R&B – with plenty of room to create
patterns that are all your own.
Since 1978; The MS-20 has enjoyed unbroken
popularity for its thick and solid sound, aggressive
analog filters, and inexhaustible potential for creative
patching. Using Korg’s proprietary CMT (Component
Modeling Technology) the iMS-20 completely replicates
every aspect of the legendary original MS-20. The
iMS-20 is a complete music production suite, consisting
of a faithful recreation of the legendary Korg MS-20
analog synthesizer with patching capabilities, a 16-step
analog sequencer based on Korg’s SQ-10, a six-part
drum machine with dedicated pads, a seven-channel
mixer with 14 types of effects, plus Korg’s Kaoss Pad
technology. Songs you create can be shared online
via the SoundCloud network. Plus, now Apple’s iPad
Camera Connection Kit delivers MIDI control over the
iMS-20 Version 1.1’s on-screen keys and knobs!
iKaossilator uses the unique X-Y interface made
famous by Korg’s entire Kaoss Line, including the
original hand-held KAOSSILATOR. Create melodies
and phrases simply by stroking, tapping, or sliding your
finger across the touch screen; no musical knowledge
is required. Move your finger horizontally to control the
pitch, and move vertically to control elements of the
synthesizer sound. Over 150 built-in sounds encompass
a broad range of dance music styles including hip-hop,
house, techno, dubstep, new disco, and electro. Select
a key, choose from 35 different scales, and even
phrases that would be difficult to play on a keyboard
can be played with a single finger. The built-in loop
sequencer layers up to five musical parts. Fifty loops
created by professional musicians are built-in to help
you get started quickly. The Mix Play feature makes it
easy to enjoy live remixing of loops and parts!
The iMS-20, iKaossliator, and iElectribe can be purchased at Apple’s App
Store inside the iTunes Store. Apple, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and iTunes are
registered trademarks of Apple Inc.
iKaossilator for iPhone “Version 2”
“iKaossilator Version 2” is available for download from the App Store (inside
the iTunes Store). http://itunes.apple.com/app/korg-ikaossilator/id452559831
Freedom of Choice
Monster Analog Power
Poly-Programmable Super Synth
Software Effects Suite
61- Key Natural Touch
HI Synthesis
662 Programs; 32 Drumkits (GM Level 2)
256 + 48 User
4 Stereo multi-effects; 89 types
The Workstation That Started it All
Semi-Patchable Mono Master
The Huge Leap Forward!
Dual XDS; Song; Backing (Step, Realtime)
L/Mono, Right, (1/4" unbalanced)
1/8" Stereo
1/8" Stereo
10 cm (x2); 5 Watt amp (x2)
In, Out
SD/SDHC Card Slot
Mix ‘n’ Match Your Favorite
Korg Software Synthesizers
Korg introduced the first software recreations of
their most popular synthesizers back in 2004. Now
Korg is making each of the Korg Legacy Collection
titles available as a separate download – and at a
considerable saving! With access to the original circuit
diagrams and all of the original sound programming,
Korg has recreated these coveted classics in a way
no other manufacturer can match. Each is designed to
run as a stand-alone program; or as a VST, AU or RTAS
Plug-in, making it compatible with nearly any DAW
software studio package.
88 NK; Natural Weighted Hammer Action
88 RH3; Real Weighted Hammer Action
10 Total
30 Total
Reverb, Chorus
Reverb, Chorus
Matching wooden; optional
10 cm x 5 cm oval (x 2); Bass reflex chamber
10 cm Dual Cone (x 2); Bass reflex chamber
9 Watts per channel; Stereo
11 Watts per channel; Stereo
Collapsible tubular; included
New KorgDigital
For some, there is nothing like sitting down at the
piano, with its eighty-eight keys just waiting for you
to begin your musical journey, whether it be exploring
new directions or revisiting comfortable classics. Korg
shares this passion. Our SP Series pianos feature
responsive keyboards and well-crafted piano sounds
for a rewarding performance experience. With two
headphone outputs, you can share your music with a
friend. Student and teacher can share lessons without
disturbing – or being disturbed by – other family
members. Mounted into a bass-reflex chamber is a
complete stereo amplifier and speakers. Your new
piano can also be connected to a recorder or stage
amplification. Choose the new intimate SP-170S or
the brawny SP-250BK; either one is sure to satisfy
your piano hunger.
SP-170S Simple & Stylish
The simple SP-170 piano achieved popularity thanks
to its focus on the pianistic essentials of sound and
playing touch. Now, the SP-170S moves the rearmounted power switch and volume knob to the front
panel, ensuring easy operation by those who may
SP-250BK The Piano Pleaser
be using a digital piano for the first time. Two new
buttons – Sound and Piano Play – have been added.
Pressing the Sound button lets you access and select
one of the ten keyboard sounds; the Piano Play button
quickly selects the Piano 1 sound, so great piano sound
is always just one button press away!
The SP-170S features a duo of concert grand piano
sounds, each lavishly recorded with meticulous
care. Numerous velocity layers are used to capture
nuances of playing dynamics, allowing the instrument
to respond expressively to every delicate touch. In
addition, sounds such as electric piano, harpsichord,
and organ are also provided, delivering a total of ten
premium sounds at your fingertips. Our new Natural
Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard is accurately
weighted like a traditional piano, with a heavier touch
in the lower ranges and becoming progressively lighter
in the higher registers. Three levels of Key Touch
Control allow the keyboard response to be matched to
nearly any playing style, preserving all of the subtle
expression of the original performance.
Equipped with Korg’s finest RH3 piano action, the
SP-250BK mimics a grand piano’s feel with a
progressively weighted hammer feel as you move up the
keyboard. Multi-level stereo sampling ensures accurate
and faithful sound reproduction over the piano’s entire
dynamic range. But piano is just the beginning. Thirty
sounds are provided, conveniently organized in three
banks of ten. Layer two sounds for even more sonic
variety. A spacious reverb effect and a colorful chorus
can add pizzazz, depth, and motion to the sound. The
effect settings have been optimized for each individual
sound, and the depth can be specified or changed to suit
the music, the performance, or even the room.
For practice and reference, a convenient metronome
can be set to different tempos and time signatures.
Transpose into different keys at the touch of a button.
Historical temperaments add authentic voicing to
Baroque and Classical performances. Use MIDI cables to
connect your new SP-250BK to your computer or other
MIDI devices. A robust sound system is integrated into
the SP-250BK, consisting of a complete stereo amplifier
and speakers, mounted in a bass-reflex chamber.
Sleek and Small
Korg’s microPIANO digital piano is charming, conveniently
sized, and designed like a grand piano – complete with an
opening lid! Small in size, the microPIANO features our
expressive 61-key Natural Touch mini-keyboard, carefully
designed to provide true playability.
The rich, smooth grand piano sound uses the same stereo
samples as Korg’s flagship digital pianos, generating fullbodied tones with depth and character. The compact and
lightweight body, together with built-in speakers and the
option of battery power, means that your microPIANO can
be enjoyed any time, any place; just turn it on and play!
Use the headphone jack to practice in private.
Available in chic black or vivid red.
Lifestyle Piano
The LP-350 was created to complement your lifestyle,
not clutter it. The slim-line cabinet design fits easily
into any environment, and two contemporary finishes
are available to complement your home décor.
When open, the key cover transforms into a stand
for holding your sheet music. When not in use, the
attractive LP-350 is still a welcome addition to your
home, featuring a completely smooth top with no
exposed hinges.
Our RH3 graded hammer action is progressively lighter
as you move up the keyboard, just as on a fine concert
grand. All three pedals are included; the damper and
soft pedal feature life-like half-pedaling. Even the key
cover is a true slow-closing fallboard, the same type
found on a concert grand.
The piano sounds are rich and luxurious, reproducing
the entire dynamic range with clarity. Reverb and
Chorus effects can be added to any sound, providing
warmth, ambience, and motion Electric pianos, clavs and
harpsichords, church and jazz organs, mallet percussion,
guitar, strings, choirs and lush pads round out the sound
offerings. Two sounds can even be layered together.
The LP-350 provides a built-in metronome to keep
your timing on the mark. Tuning is adjustable to match
another instrument, and you can transpose the LP-350
into any key. Two historical temperaments add authentic
voicing to Baroque and Classical performances.
61 Natural Touch mini-keys
61 total, including 25 short phrase sounds
Damper (optional)
10cm x 5cm (Oval) x2
1 Watt per channel; Stereo
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Integrated into the stand is a robust sound system able
to deliver a rich, refined sound. For private use, dual
headphone outputs allow parent and child, student
and teacher, or friends to share the LP-350 together.
And of course the LP-350 is equipped with MIDI jacks,
providing a convenient access point for connecting to
your home computer or other MIDI devices. The LP-350
– the digital piano designed for your modern lifestyle.
88 RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action
Reverb, Chorus
Soft; Sustenuto; Damper
10 cm Full range (x 2); Bass reflex chamber.
11 Watts per channel; Stereo
Over ten years ago, Korg captivated the world
with their award-winning KAOSS pad, instantly
elevating the thrill of spontaneous music-making.
This revolutionary processor offered a simple but
satisfying interface for controlling multiple parameters
in realtime, allowing effects and samples to be
“played” as part of a performance. The heart of all
KAOSS products is the X-Y touchpad. With intuitive
fingertip control, each axis controls different musical
parameters, responding instantly to the performer’s
musical will. The KAOSS family quickly grew to include
not only effect processors, but DJ mixers, video and
audio samplers, and musical instruments as well. This
year, we are pleased to introduce one of the newest
additions to the line, the kaossilator 2, offering on-thego KAOSS for the creative musician.
experience over the top, offering a solid array of
innovative and requested features. It provides 200
Programs, with sounds suitable for nearly every
musical genre - and some that haven’t been created
yet! The modeling synthesis has been augmented
with PCM samples for improved drum and percussion
grooves. Eight Favorite programs are instantly
accessible during performance. Musical phrases
performed on the KAOSSILATOR PRO can be recorded
as a loop. Phrases may also be stacked for unlimited
possibilities. Four Loop Recorder Banks (each up to
four measures long) allow expressive realtime looping,
layering, and DJ-Style remixing. External audio signals
can also be recorded as part of any loop, and vocoding
has been added, opening entire new avenues of audio
processing. Musical enhancements allow the X-Y
touchpad to cover the full note range or a single octave
for nuanced control. Choose from any of 31 musical
scales, and play in any key. The Electribe-inspired and
ribbon-controlled Gate Arpeggiator delivers inspired
and truly musical results.
Best of all, the KAOSSILATOR PRO plays well with
others. Loop data can be stored on convenient SD
storage cards and transferred via USB to your computer
for further use in your favorite DAW. The KAOSSILATOR
PRO also offers full MIDI implementation for extensive
control. The illuminated X-Y touchpad provides an
exciting visual element, as well as important feedback
during performance. The editor/librarian program can be
downloaded free of charge from korg.com.
kaossilator 2 - Pocket KAOSS!
kaossilator 2 is the palm-size phrase synthesizer that
can be played by anyone, at any place, and at any
time. Ergonomically designed with an OEL display and
microSD storage, kaossilator 2 combines PCM drums,
modeling synthesis and two crossfade-able Loop
Recorder banks for spectacular pocket power! The
150 ready-to-play sounds are divided into categories
for easy-access, including Synth Leads, Basses,
Acoustic Instruments, Chorded Sounds, SE, Drum Kits
and Rhythm Patterns.
While the KAOSS pad is ideal for “theremin-esque”
free-form sounds, simply choosing a key, selecting
one of the 35 scales, and limiting the note range can
provide a truly professional musical performance.
Add to that the 50 Gate Arpeggiator patterns, and the
kaossilator 2 provides a solid rhythmic basis for your
musical explorations.
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The kaossilator 2’s Dual Loop Recording Banks
can overdub your touchpad performances as many
times as you like. By adding layer upon layer to
a simple phrase, it’s easy for anyone to create
amazingly intricate tracks. Using the Touchpad, the
internal mic, or an external source, different sounds
and phrases can be recorded onto each of the two
Loop Recording banks for dramatic results. These
loops can then be cross-faded or muted, or the loop
length can be changed in realtime to create dynamic
live performances.
kaossilator 2
Sound Engine:
Modeling + PCM
Modeling + PCM
200 total
150 total
RCA stereo pair
Stereo mini jack (headphone)
Mic (unbalanced ¼"); RCA stereo pair
Stereo mini jack (mic)
USB; In, Out
Bend the rules. Color outside the lines. Touch your
music. The Korg KAOSS family provides free-form,
outside-the-box musical expression like no other
musical product can. Tap, rub, or slide your finger
across the X-Y touchpad and seize control of powerful,
on-the-fly effect processing that is uniquely KAOSS. A
single touch can twist and tweak multiple parameters,
and sometimes multiple effects! Break the chains of
knob-at-a-time oppression, and enjoy unfettered effect
freedom with the Korg KAOSS line.
mini kaoss pad 2
Groove on the Move
The mini kaoss pad 2 is both a pocket-size effect
processor and a portable MP3 player, sharing the same
ergonomic design and OEL display as the kaossilator 2.
From classic to cutting edge, 100 diverse, ready-to-play
effect programs are packed into the mini kaoss pad 2,
including three new effects that first appeared on the
KAOSS PAD QUAD: the powerful Looper, Vinyl Break,
and Ducking Compressor. Three Program Memories
store your favorite programs for instant recall. BPM and
tempo-based effects can be set by hand, or by using
tap-tempo or auto BPM detection.
The mini kaoss pad 2 provides an MP3 player* that
can play audio data from a microSD card. You can
save your favorite songs on a card, and apply real time
effects to the song as it plays. With both a built-in mic
and an external input, the self-contained mini kaoss
pad 2 allows you to perform without requiring any
additional equipment or external audio sources. Hold
and FX Release features deliver a more complete,
musical performance.
Try a Sample
The KP3 combines powerful effect processing and
performance sampling with X-Y touchpad technology
to deliver one of the most amazing sound creation and
processing instruments ever. The advanced Pad Lighting
system shows last position held, playback of finger
movement, and can even display custom messages.
Designed for performance, the KP3 is packed with
a consortium of sound production tools. Create long
reverb tails and generate transformer effects with
the Mute switch. FX Release softens abrupt program
changes for smooth transitions. Pad Hold and Pad
Motion allow hands-free KAOSS operation. Tap-tempo
and auto-BPM keep everything tight. Both loop and
one-shot sampling are available – ideal for live
performance. Re-sampling helps you create massive
grooves and phrases. Samples are saved to SD card or
to computer via USB. Free editing software is available
from korg.com/kp3.
128 total
100 Total
RCA stereo pair
Mic (unbalanced ¼"); RCA stereo pair
Stereo mini jack
USB; In, Out
Stereo mini jack (headphone)
* This product incorporates MP3 decoder “ISC-MP3
BF523 d Korg” developed by Institute of Super
Compression Technologies, Inc. (ISCT), Japan.
Creating Order Out Of
It’s like having your own Kaoss construction kit! Take four
effect processors, some cool vinyl tricks, and the amazing
Kaoss touchpad, and you’ve got the Kaoss Pad Quad. With
new levels of intuitive, realtime performance control,
the Kaoss Pad Quad leaves other effect units in the dust,
inviting you to play it almost like an instrument.
Unimaginable Expression
The Kaoss Pad Quad lets you tap, slide, or move your
finger across the brilliantly illuminated X-Y touchpad
to control up to four effects simultaneously. Each of
the four effect modules – Looper, Modulation, Filter
and Delay/Reverb – contains five options (plus a null,
or off position), for a total of 1,295 combinations!
Best of all, effects can be quickly chosen right from
the front panel. By rhythmically adding successive
effects, or switching effects on and off as your song
progresses, you can use the Kaoss Pad Quad to add
variation and development to the structure of your
song. Any audio source can be processed: an MP3
player, a mixing board, an instrument, even vocals via
the microphone input.
Finger-Free Freeze
The four Freeze buttons allows each effect module to
independently memorize the position of your finger on
the touchpad, even after you lift your finger from the
pad. This unique arrangement allows you to freeze
different effects in different positions, while using the
touchpad to control others. Touch the pad again while
Freeze is enabled, and only the non-frozen effects
will be controlled. Using the four Freeze buttons in
conjunction with the effect select buttons can provide
even higher levels of performance freedom.
Unexpected Effects
Sure, you’ll find the popular Delay, Phaser, Flanger,
and Reverb, but the Kaoss Pad Quad also offers some
startling new effects. The multi-mode Looper includes
reverse and slice options for charged-up, riff-mangling
power. Vinyl Break effects allow the introduction of
DJ-Style turntable scratch and stop sounds as you
perform. Open up new dynamic territory with the
Ducking Compressor. Together, these new capabilities
can add new dimensions to your productions, or send
the dance floor into a frenzy.
Stay in Sync!
Korg’s proprietary Auto BPM circuit automatically
detects the tempo/BPM (Beats Per Minute) from nearly
any audio source, allowing BPM effects to remain in
sync with the song. Tap Tempo is also provided; press
the TAP button several times at the desired tempo to
set the BPM on the fly. You can also use the BPM knob
to make fine adjustments.
Kaoss Pad Quad
4 Modules; 1,295 Combinations
RCA stereo pair
Mic (unbalanced ¼"); RCA stereo pair
For years, the microKORG has been among the world’s topselling synthesizers. Based on the same winning combination
of a small footprint, mini-keys, battery-powered portability
and huge Korg sound, the microKORG XL is ready to expand
your musical vocabulary. The fun factor is huge, too. A
gooseneck microphone is included with both models for
instant vocoding excitement, right out of the box!
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16 Voices
21.33 minutes @ 48 kHz, mono maximum
36 Samples per Bank; 8 User Banks, 1 Preset
21 Types, KAOSS derived
16 Patterns/16,000 notes per Bank; 8 Banks
1/4" L/Mono, Right (rear); XLR Balanced (top)
Headphone 1/8"; 1/4" L/Mono, Right (rear)
Free microSAMPLER editor / librarian software
The microKORG XL carries a proud pedigree. The
MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound engine is
descended from the RADIAS/R3 synthesizers, while the
dual effects processors come down from the famous
KAOSS line. The microKORG XL offers remarkable
playability. The black key/white key proportions have
been adjusted for easier chording; the key response
has been improved for rapid-fire soloing, and they look
wicked cool. With six-pattern arpeggiation, microKORG
XL packs a powerful sonic punch.
microSAMPLER Bonus Sample Pack!
Korg’s world-class sound team has created banks and banks of inspiring sounds, all ready
to load and play in your microSAMPLER today! Enjoy a massive infusion of sound with
classic Korg keyboards, vintage synths, and coveted drum machines. Enjoy up-to-theminute grooves and classic beats spanning a world of styles from hip-hop, electronic, rock,
and way more. Best of all, they’re free – just visit korg.com/microsampler
meet the
Neo-Vintage Synth Power
KAOSS-derived effects offer extended sound sculpting.
Pattern sequencing provides the tools for serious beatbuilding and groove creation. The box-front Natural
Touch keyboard is comfortable and velocity-responsive.
With its recessed controls, bright LEDs and informative
display, the microSAMPLER is fun to use and easy to
operate – for beginners or seasoned pros.
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microKORG XL
The microSAMPLER is all about sampling, in every
creative form. This full-fledged mini-key instrument
offers sixteen-voice polyphony, reverse playback,
editing operations such as Normalize and Truncate,
and a Time Stretch feature that lets you change the
tempo without affecting the pitch. Choose a sample
rate that exceeds CD clarity or take it was down to add
that Lo-Fi vibe. Five distinct sampling methods allow
you to work the way you want, to get the results you
need. The microSAMPLER offers traditional One-Shot
and Loop sampling, plus a number of creative sampling
modes – Loop, Key Gate and Auto-Next. Battery power
allows go-anywhere sampling safaris. Grab samples
using the gooseneck microphone (included), or use the
aux inputs to sample from any external source. Caddies
molded into the front panel provide a cool place to park
your MP3 player.
The Uncompromising Original
From its “science fair” knobs down to the rosewood
end panels, the microKORG lures you in with its
vintage charm. But don’t be fooled. The microKORG
delivers seriously big sound, combining analog
modeling, advanced vocoding, multiple effects and
step arpeggiation with an easy-to-use performance
interface. Modulation effects, Delay and EQ put the
final polish on your sound.
With the selectable-step arpeggiator, individual steps
can be turned on or off for diverse rhythmic patterns.
The vocoder provides exciting talking music effects;
vocal formants can be captured and played across the
keyboard. In performance, the five edit knobs default
to cutoff, resonance, etc. for on the fly tweaking.
In Edit mode, they provide direct access to every
microKORG parameter.
The microKORG XL’s sound-bending vocoder adds vocal
characteristics to any sound, from talking instruments to
vintage Sci-Fi robots. Our unique Formant Hold allows
you to freeze the vocal input for continuous vocoder
effects. Three performance edit knobs offer fast,
effective editing. Download the free editing software
and manage sounds on your computer via USB!
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microKORG XL
4 Voice Maximum
8 Voice Maximum
37 synth action; with velocity
37 Natural Touch keys; with velocity
Analog Modeling
MMT (Multi Modeling Technology)
128 Programs; Layering
128 Programs; Split and Layering
Delay (3 Types); Modulation (3 Types)
2 Master Effects (17 Types)
8 Band w/variable level & pan;
Formant Shift; Formant Freeze
16 Bands w/variable level & pan;
Formant Shift; Formant Freeze
Includes free sound editing software
Enhanced, refined, and redesigned, the nanoSERIES2
USB-powered slim-line controllers are designed to
make the most of your valuable studio space, and are
small enough to take with you on any musical journey.
Place them in front of your laptop, rest them on your
workstation, park them on a recording console – or
anywhere else you need versatile control over your
DAW, virtual instrument, or effect and DJ software.
Small in size, all three members of the nanoSERIES2
go HUGE when it comes to functionality, yet their
intuitive layouts provide extremely easy operation for
any user. Select the one – or two, or three – that are
right for you. Download the free KORG KONTROL editor
software and tons of software templates at
Complete Legacy Collection included with microKEY 61
Slim-line Studio USB-MIDI Controllers
The all-new microKEY series is the perfect choice for controlling all of your computer
music software; in production or in performance. Slim, lightweight, and USB powered, the
microKEY is now available in 25-key, 37-key and 61-key models offering versatility not often
found in such a compact package. The Octave Shift buttons extend the range of the Natural
Touch mini-keyboard by four octaves in either direction (three octaves on the microKEY
61). Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels on the microKEY 37 and microKEY 61 add tasty
expression to your performance while the microKEY 25 features an arpeggiator button, a
sustain/tap button, and a joystick to which you can assign pitch bend, modulation, or any
other control change.
Two USB ports on the microKEY 37 and microKEY 61 allow you to add a Korg nanoPAD2 or
nanoKONTROL2 – or any other USB device – to create your own compact and customized
command center. Download the free “KORG KONTROL Editor” and customize the microKEY
for your production or performance system. Software bundle included.
Accurate, responsive, and great-feeling
The nanoKEY2 features an advanced and up-to-date
design, delivering superior keyboard response for its
class and size. The touch and velocity response have
been carefully tuned. The nanoKEY2 provides ample
key width and plenty of space between the keys,
ensuring that your expressive performance will be
conveyed accurately to your software. The Octave Shift
buttons – borrowed from Korg’s MIDI controllers –
allow the overall pitch to be shifted four levels, either
UP or DOWN, in octave increments. For enhanced
performances, the nanoKEY2 also provides Pitch
Bend buttons, a Modulation button, and a Sustain
button; one that’s indispensable for piano or electric
piano performance.
USB Powered Keyboard
The microKEY 61 also comes with the complete suite of KORG’s Legacy software plug-ins.
An awesome set of virtual instruments where KORG has recreated some of their most
beloved and classic synthesizers including the MS-20, Polysix, Monopoly, Wavestation and
M1 synthesizers.
25, 37 or 61 Natural Touch mini-keys
microKEY 25 Controllers:
microKEY 37/61 Controllers:
Joystick, arpeggiator button, Sustain / TAP button
Pitch Bend & Modulation Wheels
Octave Shift:
± 4 Octaves (microKEY 25/37), ± 3Octaves (microKEY 61)
microKEY 25 USB:
microKEY 37/61 USB:
Type B (x1)
Type A (x 2); Type B (x1)
A truly musical pad controller
The nanoPAD2’s sixteen velocity-sensitive pads
provide excellent response to your fingertips, and
also realistically convey the playing feel to your
sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that your
drum parts will be full of life. The Kaoss-inspired
X-Y pad can be used to control multiple synthesizer
parameters. In addition, the new Touch Scale and
Gate Arp functions let you intuitively play tempo-based
phrases from the X-Y touchpad. Choose from sixteen
different scales, then specify the root key and note
range to ensure that your performance stays matched
to your song. Four scenes offer instant access to dozens
different pad assignments.
padKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller
Complete control for your DAW or software synthesizer
The nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the
controllers you need to manage your music software. A
knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each
of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan,
volume, and solo/mute/record – a real convenience
when recording automation for multiple channels.
The dedicated transport controls also allow you to
assign marks at important points in your song for
more efficient recording and song production. Best
of all, nanoKONTROL2 also features built-in setups
for instant, integrated control of GarageBand/Logic,
Ableton Live, ProTools, and SONAR.
16 illuminated pads with velocity
X-Y Touchpad; 2 Knobs; Footswitch Input
16 internal scenes; load scene sets via software
USB bus power, optional AC adapter
Includes software package for assigning controllers and saving scenes.
Adding another dimension beyond traditional keyboard control, the
padKONTROL is the most expressive and versatile pad controller ever! In
addition to accessing drum sounds and samples, the padKONTROL can also
control soft synths and effects, trigger loops and video clips, and even act as
transport controls for DAW software programs. Combining an X-Y touchpad,
sixteen illuminated trigger pads, assignable knobs and a footswitch input,
the padKONTROL provides unsurpassed evocative control. The X-Y pad adds
real-time control of both flam and roll timing and dynamics. With an optional
footswitch, you can use a pedal to play the kick drum parts.
But the real fun of the padKONTROL is in the playing. The pads feel great,
and large non-skid feet keep inspire you to play with confidence. Dazzling
illumination modes allow the padKONTROL to look good as you play – and
even when you don’t! USB bus power allows the padKONTROL to travel with
you, wherever your music takes you. Download the free editor and tons of
software control templates at www.korg.com/padkontrol
Pure Analogue
monotron š
monotron DUO š
Analog synths were once massive, temperamental monsters; but no more! Small enough
to hold in one hand, the amazing monotron Analog Ribbon Synthesizers deliver ginormous
sounds. Each monotron offers five simple knobs, a ribbon keyboard, built in-speaker, and
go-anywhere battery power. Oozing with 100% pure analog synthesizer goodness, these
monotrons deliver a fun factor that is off the charts!
monotron DELAY
monotron: The Real Deal
monotron DELAY: Outer Space
The monotron’s circuit is radically simple: one voltagecontrolled oscillator (VCO), one voltage-controlled filter
(VCF), and one low frequency oscillator (LFO). As a
result, the process of sound creation is intuitive, and
instantly understandable. And it’s tons of fun.
The LFO can affect either the oscillator pitch or the
filter cutoff. Both the speed and the intensity are
individually adjustable, so you can create anything from
a gentle vibrato to swooping tone changes of galactic
proportions. As you turn the LFO Rate knob – featuring
an embedded LED – the speed of the modulation
effect and the speed of the blinking LED will change
in tandem. The monotron provides the joy of sonic
creativity that’s at the heart of analog synthesis.
In addition to its analog oscillator, filter, and LFO, The
monotron DELAY also provides a Space Delay that’s
indispensable for swooping, cosmic sounds. This fat
and warm delay mimics the pitch changes that occur
when you vary the delay time on an analog tape echo.
As with the filter, the delay effect can be added to
any external sound via the Aux In jack. The LFO offers
a choice of waveshapes: Square and Triangle. In
addition, a trimpot on the back panel can continuously
adjust the waveshape to deliver even more versatility.
The monotron DELAY’s ribbon controller keyboard
features a wide, four-octave range. The reversed white
keys and body adornments glows under black light
illumination, making the monotron DELAY ideal for
nearly any club environment!
monotron DUO: X-treme Sound
Offering two oscillators, the monotron DUO adds an
extra dimension, delivering an even more extreme
sound. Tune the oscillators in unison for a rich, thick,
analog tone. Tune them in intervals for classic soloing
sounds and generating new effects. The X-MOD
(cross modulation) circuit taken from Korg’s classic
Mono/Poly can introduce a mild or razor-sharp edge
to the overall sound; everything from a rich vibrato
to extreme metallic sounds reminiscent of an FM
synth. The monotron DUO’s ribbon controller keyboard
features a Scale function to select one of four scales:
Chromatic, Major, Minor, or Off. Choose the Chromatic
scale to play precise pitches as on a piano, or choose
Major or Minor to generate musically coherent phrases
on the keyboard.
The ultimate in compactness, the monotrons includes
a built-in miniature speaker. Along with the battery
operation, this feature allows you to enjoy your
monotron everywhere. There’s also a headphone
output that you can use when creating sounds at
home, for recording, or for connecting to an amplifier
or PA system.
Circuit Bender Dream Synth
The analog circuitry, straight forward signal path,
down and dirty price point, and totally dope sound
make the monotron a circuit bender’s dream. In fact,
you can even download the complete schematics at
our website (http://korg.com/monotronSchematics)
to get your project started.
The Famous Filter
More than just instruments, these processing
powerhouses allow any sound to benefit from analog
filtering! The monotrons start with the same highly
acclaimed VCF circuit as Korg’s classic MS-10 and
original MS-20 semi modular synthesizers, and add
extra oomph to the resonance. This provides a great
way to connect a Kaossilator, a keyboard, a guitar, a
digital audio player or even an un-mixed track to your
monotron and enjoy tone-bending filter effects. The
VCF Cutoff knob sets the frequency or tone of the filter;
the monotron and monotron DUO’s VCF Peak
(resonance) knob adds emphasis.
monotron family
Listen anywhere – alone or with
monotron DUO
monotron DELAY
Sound Engine:
Analog synthesis
Sawtooth; Pitch
Square Wave; Pitch 1, Pitch 2,
Cutoff, Peak
Cutoff, Peak
Cutoff, Peak
1/8'' Stereo (headphone) with level
LFO; Rate, Intensity
X-Mod; Intensity
LFO; Rate, Intensity
1/8'' Stereo
LFO to Pitch , Filter
VCO 1, VCO 1 + 2
LFO Shape: 6,
AAA (x4)
Scale Select Button
Space Delay; Time, Feedback
LFO Waveshape Trimpot
Electribe EMX-1 / ESX-1
The Korg ELECTRIBES achieved instant popularity by combining
interactive, pattern-based programming with unique sound
generation. Illuminated step keys, flexible pattern recording
options and a wealth of dedicated knobs team up in an intuitive
and easy-to-use interface. Our unique Motion Sequencing
captures and replays your inspired knob tweaks, adding an
extra performance dimension, and a full complement of editable
effects really bring the sound to life. Tap-tempo and MIDI/Beat
sync keep everything moving in-step for non-stop music. Build
pattern sets for live performances, or program entire songs,
drum grooves and dynamic backing tracks. Our adjustable Valve
Force circuit features a pair of 12AX7 vacuum tubes to add grind,
snarl, warmth and edge to your sound. Oh, and wait until you try
the powerful ribbon-driven arpeggiator – we’re talkin’ dazzling
production dexterity!
Extremely powerful, the EMX-1 is based on the MMT
(Multi Modeling Technology) engine that drives our
popular RADIAS, R3 and microKORG XL. Mixing in
a boatload of PCM samples, the EMX-1 delivers an
armada of sound-shaping potential.
Sample based rather than synth based, the
samples, plus you can create or import your own.
Samples can be defined as Drum Parts (one shot);
Keyboard Parts (tuned) and Stretch Parts for capturing
and manipulating grooves. Sample Slicing lets you
chop a sample and mute segments of it in time with
the music, further adding to the sonic possibilities.
MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) + PCM
207 Drum; 76 Synth (Preset)
100 Mono, 128 Stereo; 285 Seconds Max.
5 Synth + Accent; 9 Drum + Accent
2 Keyboard; 9 Drum + Accent;
2 Stretch; 1 Slice; 1 Audio In
3 Processors; 16 Types; Chainable
3 Processors; 16 Types; Chainable
256 Patterns; 24 Motion Sequences
256 Patterns; 24 Motion Sequences
64 Songs
64 Songs
Audio Outs:
L/Mono, Right; Individual 3, 4
L/Mono, Right; Individual 3, 4
Audio Ins:
Analogue Ribbon Station
The monotribe Analog Ribbon Station –
bringing responsive realtime control to
analog groove making.
In a world seemingly ruled by digital, Korg created
an analog sensation with the palm-sized monotron.
That same analog banner now flies over the amazing
monotribe Analog Ribbon Station. Combining the
analog synthesizer voice of the monotron with a
three-part analog drum machine and Korg’s easy-to-use
Electribe-style programming, the Monotribe is both
a fun musical accessory and a serious tone-tweaking
instrument. Complete with a built-in speaker
and battery power, Monotribe is self-contained,
highly portable, and able to deliver your ideas with
style and personality.
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programming makes it easy to create looped beats
using the Snare, Kick, and Hi-Hat analog drums. Use
the Active Step mode to alter the groove in real time.
Flux Mode allows non-stepped sequencing of the
synthesizer voice. Sync jacks work with multiple units,
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SOS Capture & Archive
SOUND on SOUND Unlimited Track Recorder
If you incorporate analog processing or consoles in your
productions the MRs are the perfect tool for capturing
your final mix in all its sonic glory “out of the box”.
Archiving your recordings in this superior format is
the digital equivalent of an analog safety master; new
masters can be created natively in whatever format
you desire, providing a true future-proof archive. Of
course, the MR-Series recorders are also fully capable
of recording whatever single-bit (WSD, DSDIFF, DSF) or
multi-bit (16-bit/24-bit; 44.1 kHz up to 192 kHz) format
you desire – including BWF (Broadcast WAV) formats.
Korg has captured the world’s attention with their
MR Series of DSD recorders. By combining the
highest quality recording standards, the finest digital
components, generous internal hard drives, and a
brilliant interface, the handheld MR-2 High Resolution
Mobile Recorder and the rackmount MR-2000S/BK
Studio Recorder deliver outstanding audio results with
effortless ease. The MR-2000S offers a bright metal
panel; the MR-2000S-BK (not available in Europe) has a
sedate black front and a double-size (160 GB) hard drive.
Every MR Series recorder includes the latest version
of AudioGate; Korg’s exclusive file format conversion
software; newly refined conversion algorithms deliver
exceptional results. In addition, AudioGate provides
useful tools for treating and working with files, plus
support for importing new file formats - AAC, Apple
Lossless, FLAC, WMA and even MP3. AudioGate can
also burn audio CD’s or the new DSD disc format. The
USB 2.0 connection offers a direct connection to your
computer – and the AudioGate software..
MR-2 High Resolution Mobile
Recorder In today’s “point and shoot” world, the
MR-2 delivers impeccable fidelity in a handheld unit
that is completely self-contained. Offering battery (AA
nickel Hydride x2) or USB power, the MR-2 records
directly to SD and SDHC cards, making it the ideal
on-the-go capture recorder. The built-in stereo mic,
high-performance analog limiter, low-cut filter, and
bass EQ ensure care-free recording.
MR-2000S/BK Professional
Studio Recorder The single rackspace
MR-2000S/BK offers professional metering. The analog
inputs feature a selectable -12dB, -14dB -16 dB, -18dB
or -20 dB reference level, insuring the proper match
with nearly any audio source. You can even sync
multiple MR-2000S/BK Studio Recorders, creating a
fantastic multi-track live sound recording rig!
Korg MR-Series recorders follow the respected and
established SACD (Super Audio Compact Disc) format
featuring 1-bit/2.8224 MHz DSD recording. That’s
Megahertz – millions of samples per second!
Our MR-2000S/BK doubles that sampling rate to a
staggering 5.6448 MHz. At such accelerated sampling
rates, the entire sound stage is faithfully captured,
even during the softest passages. DSD recording of this
caliber reproduces startling transients, and delivers
a spectacularly clean, natural, and breath-taking
audio experience.
200 Songs; Unlimited Tracks;
100 minutes per GB (approx.)
100 (Guitar/Bass: 36; Mic: 25; Master: 30; Touch: 9)
Analog Ins:
1/8" Stereo Mic; 1/8" Stereo Line
Balanced XLR; unbalanced RCA
Analog Outs:
1/8" Stereo Headphone
Balanced XLR; unbalanced RCA
S/P DIF Co-axial (Multi-bit operation only)
Digital I/O:
Sound Engine:
Analog synthesis
50; 30 – 240 BPM
High-Speed 2.0 for data sharing
High-Speed 2.0 for data sharing
Chromatic; Guitar; Bass
Backlit LCD Display
Dual 24-stage level/peak LED Meters
1/4'' Stereo line, 1/8'' Stereo headphone, 1/8'' Stereo sync out
Instrument: Balanced 1/4"; Aux Stereo 1/8";
Mic 1/8" (Low/Med/High level)
1/8'' Stereo audio in, 1/8'' Stereo sync in,
Headphone 1/8"
AAA (x4)
Free Korg Audio Utility CD creation and format conversion software.
Includes AudioGate File Format Conversion software. MR-2000S-BK is not available in Europe.
Back in 1995, the first Pandora dramatically changed
the concept of the multi-effect unit, placing great
sound and unheard of versatility into a compact body.
Constantly evolving, the Pandora Series became a
long-selling favorite for guitarists and bassists around
the world.
Now say hello to Pandora mini. Korg’s REMS
technology pours an armada of world-class amp
models and fantastic effects into a pocket processor no
larger than your MP3 player. It’s like having hundreds of
dream rigs to choose from, all tweaked to perfection,
and all available instantly. Pop in your ear buds and
you’re ready to rock, wherever, whenever. Plug Pandora
mini into your amp and share your sound with the
world. Take Pandora mini into the studio and make
each track a masterpiece.
Expertly Modeled Effects
Korg’s proprietary Resonant structure and Electronic
circuit Modeling System (REMS) delivers 158
sophisticated effects. The amp models and effects are
realistic and varied. The analog character of vacuum
tube amplification and the airy feeling of a speaker
cabinet are all perfectly replicated. In addition to
tried and true standard effects, the Pandora mini also
provides unusual effects such as an intelligent pitch
shifter for produces musical harmonies, an acoustic
simulator, and a guitar synth. Up to seven different
effects can be used simultaneously.
Program Paradise
200 ready-to-play Preset programs offer serious sound
covering a broad range of genres and playing styles, so
you’re sure to find plenty of favorites. 160 are designed
for guitar and 40 are designed for bass.
Pandora mini
Edit any of the sounds, and store up to 200 of them
as User programs. You can also assign your favorite
programs to the four independent program memory
buttons for instant recall. Choose one of the 115 Song
presets and instantly summon the signature tone used
by legendary guitarists in creating their hits.
Korg Tuners
Number One.
By Design.
Play Along
Your new Pandora mini contains 100 rhythm and
metronome patterns of diverse types, making it the
ideal partner for session practice, song-writing, or
rhythm training. Use The AUX input to connect an MP3
player, CD player or other external audio source making
it easy to jam along with your favorite band. You can
vary the pitch of the audio input by ±1 octave, to easily
match the key of the song to the tuning of your guitar.
Plenty of Extras
Operating on a single AA battery, the Pandora mini is a
great partner for many situations; practicing in private,
rehearsing and recording without an amp, warming-up
before a concert, or for practicing on tour. Connect your
Pandora mini to your computer with a single USB cable
and use the dedicated sound editor software (available
as a free download from the Korg website) to edit
sounds and manage programs. The built-in auto tuner
comes complete with a mute feature. Pandora mini
delivers a total, portable, and pocket-size package for
enjoying your guitar or bass.
Wide-range chromatic tuning plus a new transpose
feature makes the AW-2+ the superior clip-on orchestral
tuner. Now, orchestral players can tune transposing
instruments in their original keys (Bb, Eb, F, or C) without
transposing to the concert key. Two clips – one large,
one small – ensure a solid fit on any band or orchestral
instrument. Pure Major & Minor third indicators are
ideal for ensemble players. Using the AW-2+, band and
orchestral players can monitor their pitch as they play –
an excellent training aid.
Korg Clip-On Tuners
Korg’s WT-10 – the world’s first handheld electronic
tuner – helped define the electronic tuner category over
35 years ago. Decades on and tens of millions of tuners
later, Korg remains the number one tuner brand on the
planet. Our innovative designs and proven reliability
inspire confidence, offer convenience, and deliver a
remarkable value to musicians at any level and of every
style. Take our Clip-On Series. Designed for on-the-spot
tuning, clip-on tuners need to be fast, accurate, and easy
to read. The Korg Pitchclip, AW-2+ Orchestral Tuner, AW2G Guitar Tuner, and AW-2U Ukulele Tuner excel on all
three counts, instantly providing accurate results.
Korg clip-on tuners offer a unique reversible display.
This allows the tuner to be discreetly placed almost
anywhere – including behind the headstock – while
maintaining the proper orientation for the performer.
With clip-on tuners, the internal piezo sensor picks up
vibrations directly from the instrument, allowing you to
tune even when there are other sounds around you.
Korg clip-on tuners respond almost instantly with
precision accuracy, making it easy to tune before the
note dies away. On the AW Series, you can switch to
tuning via the built-in mic; you can even attach the tuner
to a mic or music stand. The AW Series tuners feature
LCD meters equipped with three power-saving backlight
modes: Off, Soft, and Auto. The Auto mode switches
down to the soft mode to conserve battery life if there
has been no audio activity or buttons pressed for about
10 seconds. The articulate double ball-joint mount
allows for instant placement at any angle. The Pitchclip
features a bright, LED meter that can be tilted up to 120°
for optimal viewing.
The compact, affordable, and easy-to-use pitchclip
provides a bright LED meter that is both articulate
and clearly visible. Simple and user-friendly, the
pitchclip offers highly accurate tuning plus fast and
ultra-responsive results. The stealthy design and
reversible display allow the Pitchclip to be used both
in front of and behind the headstock. Simply clip it
on, flick on the power, and you’re ready to tune. As
you play a string, the built-in piezo sensor will quickly
sense the instrument’s vibrations and indicate the
pitch in the meter. This makes the Pitchclip ideal in
noisy environments. The tuner and display portion
of the Pitchclip is extremely compact; the battery
compartment has been integrated into the clip
itself. The meter display uses a sleek design with no
protrusions. Convenient and lightweight, the pitchclip
can be slipped into your pocket or guitar case without
adding bulk or taking up valuable space, so you can
take it anywhere. Pitchclip is the choice for every
guitar or bass player who desires fast, accurate, and
carefree tuning. Korg’s most popular clip-on guitar and
bass tuner is now available in black, plus a rainbow
of limited edition colors: violet, indigo, blue, green,
yellow, orange, red, and pink.
For the guitarist/bassist – and especially the acoustic
player – Korg has created the AW-2G Guitar Clip-On Tuner.
The AW-2G is fast, accurate and discreet. The double-ball
joint mount and reversible display allow the meter to be
placed over the top of the headstock or behind it, while
remaining easy to read in nearly any environment.
In addition to black and white, the AW-2G is now
available in black, plus a rainbow of limited edition
colors: violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red,
and pink.
First choose your ukulele size, either Standard or
Baritone. Now select the number of strings – 4 string or
6-8 string. With these two settings, The AW-2U
Clip-On Ukulele Tuner is ready to accurately tune all four
sizes of ukulele (soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone)
with any type of stringing, whether it’s the standard
four-string instrument, or a six- or eight-stringed
ukulele. The clip is designed especially
for the ukulele headstock
The World’s Favorite
Experience the
When it comes to high-visibility, easy-to-read metering,
no other pedal tuner even comes close. These rugged
and reliable chromatic tuners feature diecast aluminum
bodies, and the illuminated surface design provides
optimal viewing in any environment, from shredding
on a darkened stage to strumming in the sun. Each
is equipped with multiple metering modes so you
can choose the one that suits you best. These tuners
sound as good as they look; a true bypass keeps your
tone intact when the tuner is disengaged. Power can
be provided by a single 9 Volt battery. When used
with the optional AC adapter, the Pitchblack
and Pitchblack+ become a welcome
addition to any pedalboard,
offering cascade power (9V,
200 mA) to run your other
pitchblack poly
State-of-the-art polyphonic
tuning comes to the Pitchblack
Series. Fast and convenient, the
Pitchblack Poly checks the tuning status of
all six strings at once; the String Seeker feature
automatically detects which string is being tuned.
In addition to saving time and effort, polyphonic tuning
is ideal for players using a floating tremolo system.
Tune down five semi-tones or capo up seven; or even
use Drop D tunings. Pitchblack Poly offers Regular,
Full-Strobe, Half-Strobe, and Split metering.
Advanced features, reliability, and accuracy have made Korg tuners
the worldwide favorite – and our popular pocket tuners are no
exception. Their large LCD display features an easy-to-read analogstyle needle, with additional Sharp and Flat LED indicators. In addition
to the built-in microphone, which is ideal for acoustic tuning, a ¼''
instrument input is also provided. The Sound Out mode provides an
audio reference tone for tuning by ear. All Korg pocket tuners are
equipped with a battery-saving auto-off feature. Their convenient size
allows these pocket tuners to fit into nearly any instrument case – or
your pocket!
Choose from Meter, Full Strobe, Half Strobe and
Mirror display modes to match your tuning
style. The compact design is compatible
with many pedalboards.
Highly versatile, the Pitchblack+
supports six-string basses,
seven-string guitars, open tunings
(E/A/D/G), DADGAD, and flat tunings up to
seven semitones down. Best of all, you can even save
up to five custom tuning settings. The dual input
allows two instruments to be connected at once, and
each one can retain its own calibration, flat settings,
tuner mode, etc. In addition to the Meter, Full Strobe,
Half Strobe and Mirror display modes, Pitchblack+
adds two additional dual-meter Focus modes for
increased accuracy.
pitchjack On-The-Go Tuning
Pitchjack Folding Pocket /
Keychain Tuner
Don’t be caught flat! The folding Pitchjack fits in a
pocket, hangs on a keychain, or even attaches to your
gig bag’s zipper pull, so you’re never without a reliable
tuner. Just unfold the Pitchjack and plug it directly
into your 6 or 7-string guitar or 4, 5, or 6-string bass.
Pitchblack also doubles as an LED flashlight; great
for onstage adjustments. Available in black [GB1BK],
white [GB1WH] and red [GB1RD].
The CA-1 is a full featured chromatic tuner in a
ultra-compact body. Ideal for Orchestral and
Brass Band instruments, the CA-1 features indicators
wellll as
as a
for musically pure Major and Minor thirds, as we
wide (C1 – C8) detection range.
CCA-40 Chromatic Tuner
ons as
The CA-40 offers the same features and functions
it on
the CA-1 plus a slightly larger display, and the addition
of an output jack for inline tuning. The fold-out stand
pprovides easy viewing.
GGA-1 Chromatic Tuner
modern seven-string guitars, six-string
and Quinta Flat (five step) lowered tunings,
the ultra-affordable GA-1 packs basic features and
convenient tuning functions into a compact body.
GGA-40 Guitar & Bass Tuner
ns as
The GA-40 offers the same features and functions
the GA-1 plus a slightly larger display, and the addition
of an output jack for inline tuning. The fold-out stand
provides easy viewing.
HA-40 Hawaiian Instrument
h only choice for the Hawaiian musician, the HA-40
offers two modes (G, C) for Ukulele and five (Am7, C6,
7 B11, C13) for Steel Guitar. A folding stand is built
g in. The HA-40 can be used in-line betweenn the
and amplifier.
BBA-40 Bluegrass Tuner
Bluegrass players! Enjoy the ease of a tuner designed
for your instrument: Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle,
andd is
Resophonic Guitar, Guitar or Bass. A folding stand
built right in. The BA-40 can be used in-line between
the instrument and amplifier. Sharp/flat tuning allows
accurate tuning without removing the capo.
Advanced Wireless Chromatic
Tuners Long the leader in tuner technology,
Korg is once again on the forefront with the Wi-Tune,
the wireless tuner solution. Say goodbye to fumbling
around and switching cables live. The Korg Wireless
Tuning System™ changes everything, providing an
always-on tuning system that won’t get in the way
of your playing. Simply attach the clip-on transmitter
module to your instrument and turn it on. The Wi-Tune
will pick up the signal and show your current tuning in
the large, backlit display. The Wi-Tune can also be used
as a traditional tuner using the built-in microphone. In
addition to tuning visually, the Wi-Tune can generate
reference tones for tuning by ear. The Wi-Tune features
a folding stand for easy-to-read visibility. Accurate to
within ± 1 cent, it offers a wide detection range from
A0 – C8. Be the first to experience the freedom of
wireless tuning!
This Wi-Tune system includes the Tuner/Display
module, plus two clip-on transmitters that
accommodate a wide variety of instruments, from
guitar to tuba; from trumpet to viola.
Designed especially for the saxophone and clarinet,
this Wi-Tune system includes the Tuner/Display
module, plus a special strap-mounted transmitter.
Orchestral Tuning at its Finest:
The OT-120
Perfect for any orchestral player, the OT-120 features
a huge 8-octave range. Using the OT-120, band &
orchestral instruments can be tuned in their original
key. The display combines an accurate analog needle,
LED indicators, plus a backlit LCD for extreme ease-
CM-100L Contact Microphone
Unlike a traditional microphone, the CM-100L clips
directly to your instrument, eliminating interference
from other audio sources, allowing accurate tuning in
nearly any audio situation. Using the CM-100L allows
the tuner to be placed freely for the best visibility.
The right angle plug saves space and improves tuner
stability. The CM-100L is compatible with any Korg
tuner featuring a ¼" input.
Musicians of every genre turn to Korg’s impressive line of metronomes for faultless accuracy, ease of use and superb features.
Adjustable tempo and calibration settings, multiple basic rhythm patterns, LED indicators and manual tap tempo functions are
just a few of the dynamic features that place our metronomes far ahead of the pack. For rudiments and rhythm training or simply
keeping a beat, Korg is the number one metronome choice.
Keep That Beat!
Free Yourself
of-use. A built in microphone and Korg’s sound out
mode are ideal for tuning acoustically. Line inputs and
line outputs also allow the OT-120 to be used in-line,
between the instrument and the amplifier. The unique
Sound Back™ mode plays the note closest to the
input pitch – great for tuning and intonation training.
Historical tunings and temperaments are available for
period players. A soft, protective case is included. The
OT-120 is also compatible with Korg CM100L contact
Korg Metronomes
Metronome with Humidity/
Temperature Detector
Available in black or white, this compact metronome can
be stored inside any acoustic instrument’s case – brass,
woodwinds, reed, stringed, guitars, etc. – where it monitors
the temperature and humidity so adverse conditions can
be avoided. As a personal metronome, the Humidi-Beat
provides loud, soft and mute volume settings plus a new
beat-counting display and an LED indicator. Tempos can be
set from 30-252 BPM in Pendulum or Full Steps, or using the
Tap Tempo key. Select a beat from 0-9 and choose one of the
five rhythm patterns for enhanced rhythm training.
Audible/Visual Band & Orchestra
The KDM2 is an excellent metronome, providing both audible
and visual tempo cues. The tempo can be set manually
or with the Tap Tempo function. An audio tone (C4 – B4)
is provided as a tuning reference. The large custom LCD
provides excellent visibility. In addition to a straight count, 19
beat patterns are conveniently provided. Three PCM sounds
– Cowbell, Clave, Agogo bell – let you define an easy-to-hear
sound based on the musical setting. The cylindrical resonator
(a Korg exclusive) can provide a powerful, well defined tone
– or listen privately through a headphone. The top-mounted
Start/Stop switch houses dual-color LEDs to provide beat
and downbeat indicators. Four AAA alkaline batteries
provide 120 hours of continuous use at 120 BPM.
Pocket Metronome
The MA-1 is a compact metronome that solidly covers all
the basics with a broad tempo range and a rich variety of
beats and rhythm patterns. The MA-1 also shows the beat
in an innovative way that makes practicing easier. The MA-1
is available in your choice of two-tone color schemes: black
and red, or blue and black. With stylish design and reliable
functionality, this is an indispensible rhythm training aide for
any musician.
Clip-on Personal Metronome
Measuring less than two inches along each side, the
Micrometro is the ultimate go-anywhere metronome. Simply
clip on the Micrometro and improve
your timing as you play or when
you practice. Choose from a total
of 39 traditional “pendulum” tempo
settings ranging from 40 – 208 BPM
(Beats Per Minute). The Micrometro
offers seven time signatures with
duplet, triplet and quadruplet patters
for serious rhythm training. Micrometro is
available in red (MCM1RD) and blue (MCM1BL).
Tuner Combo
A great lesson and practice tool, the TM-40 offers both tuner
and metronome functions; simultaneously or independently.
Its large LCD analog-style needle display delivers excellent
visibility and accuracy. Additional LED indicators show pitch
deviation or blink to indicate the tempo, making the TM-40
a highly visual aid. In addition to the display, the built-in
speaker provides a solid sound; an earphone jack is provided
for privacy. On the metronome side, select from thirteen
rhythmic patterns including triplets
and quadruplets – both with and
without inner beats. The tempo
can be set manually from 40 to
208 BPM, or simply tapped in
on the front panel. On the
chromatic tuner side, a
traditional guitar input is
available, as well as an
internal microphone.
Available in Silver.
Korg has placed their world-famous TRITON sound engine into a sleek, stealthy
body to create the portable and affordable X50 Music Synthesizer. From the
tightest studio to the smallest stage, the lean and mean X50 provides enormous
audio firepower. Packed with hundreds of editable sounds, you can seize the right
one instantly using Korg’s time-saving Category Search and Audition Riffs. In
addition to spectacular single Programs and astounding eight-part Combis, we’ve
added 16-part Multis, transforming the X50 into a multitimbral sound module for
your computer-based sequencing. Programmable poly-arpeggiators keep the sound
jumping; Pitch Bend and Mod wheels offer extended performance control. Back
home, the X50 provides a convenient USB connection to your computer.
61 synth action; with velocity
TRITON (HI Hyper Integrated)
Programs; 384 Combis; 128 Multis
4 (1 Insert; 2 Master; 1 Total)
MMT Synthesis
Our Multi Modeling Technology (MMT) synth engine
exceeds common analog expectations and rapidly
takes off for uncharted territories. The oscillator
algorithms cover everything from familiar analog
synthesizer waves to unique digital waveforms and
even live audio input. The dual multi-mode resonant
filters can be configured in series, parallel or individual,
allowing each oscillator to have its own dedicated
filter. The classic ADSR envelope design has been
enhanced with five different attack and release curves;
three envelopes are offered per voice. With Korg’s
Waveshaping circuit, Punch and Drive controls lends
an aggressive edge to your sound. Two LFOs with
six waveform choices can be used to apply cyclic
modulation to synth parameters.
FX, EQ, and Vocoding
R3 Programs consist of two timbres. For each timbre
you can apply a two-band EQ and two Insert effects.
There’s also a Master effect that lets you apply reverb
or delay to the entire program. Delay times can be
synchronized with the arpeggiator or a MIDI clock.
The Modulation Sequencer can apply a time-varying
change to a specific parameter. The R3 provides one
Mod Sequencer per timbre. Advanced vocoding –
microphone included – is an important part of the R3
sound. Format Motion, Formant Shift, and Formant Hold
extend new vocoding possibilities.
Featuring 37 full size keys, pitch bend and modulation
wheels, a gooseneck mic, plus banks and banks of
gutsy, crisp, and air-tearing analog sounds, the R3 is a
great go-to synth for both professionals and beginners.
Scribble-strip LCD screens display the current
parameters assigned to the performance knobs for
flawless editing and easy sound creation.
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
8 Voice Maximum
37 synth action; with velocity
MMT (Multi Modeling Technology)
128 Programs
2 per Timbre (x2); 1 Master per Program
16 Bands w/variable level & pan
Includes stand-alone / plug-in software editing package
Dream Machine
Jordan Rudess
We spoke with Jordan as he was getting ready to
head back out for a European run in support
of Dream Theater’s latest opus, A Dramatic Turn
of Events.
but perhaps to the audience it could have been cool
because they got to really see me play the whole night.
That coupled with the pre-show earthquake made a
real evening to remember!
KORG: It’s great to talk with you, as always. Dream
Theater has been touring in support of A Dramatic Turn
of Events and people are loving it. Did you guys go into
writing it with any specific goals or state of mind?
Jordan Rudess: We knew we wanted to make a
fantastic Dream Theater album. We also knew that all
eyes were going to be on us with the departure of our
drummer Mike Portnoy. Although it was a very tough
situation to be thrown into, we took our energy and
turned it to a positive and worked hard to make sure
we delivered the goods. It was a great opportunity to
think about who we are as people and musicians and
how we wanted our Dream Theater album to sound. It’s
been one hell of a year!
KORG: Wow…sounds like a rocky night but you pulled
it off. Any new projects from your solo work or other
happenings we should keep an eye/ear out for?
JR: My own solo work at the moment is very much
focused on some app development that I’m doing with
my company Wizdom Music. We are deep into some
very cool stuff for iOS and Android. Korg is doing
some great things with iOS development and making
some really killer apps. I’m having a lot of fun
with those as well!
KORG: Mike Mangini joined the band in place of
Portnoy. How was the experience of having a new
member for that recording, after years with Mike
JR: Mike Mangini is a consummate professional. He
is not only a fantastic out-of-the-box drummer, but he
is also a man filled with sparkling energy and humor.
Right from the start, we all liked him personally and
were blown away by his musicianship. He has fit right
in to our group dynamic in every way!
KORG: You’ve used Korg workstations throughout
the years and nowadays, the Kronos is your main
instrument on stage. Do you have any favorite
features? What do you feel separates it from other
workstations out there?
JR: It is the total musical solution for me! I love that
keyboard so much. I can get every sound I need out
of it through the many different types of synthesis
capabilities the instrument has. Everything from
Sampling to Modeling is part of the system…and that
coupled with the very strong effects allow me to have
every sound I play speak in a way that is exactly what
I imagine. The other thing worth mentioning is that the
Kronos allows my performance to be absolutely smooth
when I switch between all my big (and small) layered
and split sounds! I’m a happy keyboardist these days!
KORG: Are there any recent experiences from the road
that stick out in your mind?
JR: Yeah…The final night of this last tour we were in
Mexico City, Mexico. Big night - 10,000 people, sold
out show. About twenty minutes in, I use my hydraulic
keyboard stand and hold it down on a big angle so
the entire audience can enjoy watching me play. And
then it happened…the stand got stuck! I played the
rest of the show (one hour and forty minutes) on this
very unusual angle and praying that as each section
went by, I would be able to manage my performance
and keep it together. Embarrassing on one hand,
In addition I wrote this classical piece entitled
“Explorations for Keyboard and Orchestra” recently
and we are focusing in on finding a great orchestra to
perform it with me.
KORG: Have any of your works started with an
inspiration from a particular Kronos sound?
JR: Of course! Great factory sounds is one of the best
features of any Korg keyboard. The sounds that the
instruments ship with are always inspiring and can
directly lead to some very cool compositions.
KORG: You’ve also been having some fun with the
microPIANO and the nanoSERIES2. What can you say
about those little guys?
JR: There’s not enough time in my day because you
guys keep coming out with these little gems! I have the
microPIANO sitting right next to me turned on for any
moment of inspiration. What a cool little keyboard…
very unique and with quite an impressive piano sound!
The nanoKEY2 stays in my main travel suitcase and
comes with me everywhere I go. I’m not kidding. I
had a great jam with John Petrucci and Andy McKee
in one of the hotel rooms on the last tour and it was
awesome. The guys were quite impressed with my
killer tiny system! The nano and an iPad was my rig!
KORG: Anything else you’d like to mention?
JR: For those of you who are unaware, my latest three
creations for iOS are MorphWiz, SampleWiz and Geo
Dream Theater will spend about five weeks in Europe,
starting the third week of January. I hope to see many
of you on the road!
I’ve been involved with Korg for over twenty years;
first, purely as an admirer, second as a product
specialist (I worked for Korg as an employee), and
finally as a professional musician. It is a relationship
that I am so proud of. There are incredible people there
that are so talented and musical and they have upheld
incredibly high standards through all the years in all the
instruments they build!
The Kronos workstation is a powerful instrument that
has a great combination of technology and musicality
within it. The problem with so many music systems is
that they lack one or the other of those two extremely
important features. I can depend on my Kronos to give
me exactly what I need for my music. I’m a very proud
Korg Kronos user and I hope I can help to spread the
word around the world about this magical instrument.
Many thanks, Jordan. Enjoy the tour.
Photo Credit: Gyrithe Lemche
Photo credit: Darko Boehringer
There are guitar heroes, there are keyboard heroes. Jordan Rudess is the latter and more. When not
blazing synth trails with renowned prog-rock band Dream Theater, he could be working on his solo
projects, composing for piano, or developing musical apps…Jordan’s always busy digging into something,
sonically. His virtuosic writing and performance abilities along with his knack for cutting-edge technology
enable him to continuously expand on his already iconic role in the modern keyboard landscape. As a longtime member of the Korg family, Jordan has provided important product feedback throughout the years and
he has helped create some of the sounds heard in Korg products, like the Kronos Music Workstation.
Band of Brothers
Aaron Dessner of The National
The National is a unique band on many fronts. Formed in 1999 from Ohio roots and based in Brooklyn, the
band features two sets of brothers; Aaron and Bryce Dessner, plus Scott and Byran Devendorf. Fronting the
band is singer Matt Berninger, with his haunting baritone voice. After a few early releases, the band signed
to the Beggar’s Banquet label in 2004. The National’s 2005 release, Alligator, contained the underground
anthem “Mr. November” and the melancholy gem “All the Wine.” It was the release of Boxer in 2007 that
firmly established the band as rock mainstays and helped them grow beyond their their underground mantle.
Their fifth studio effort, High Violet, was released on
the 4AD label and it debuted at No.3 on the Billboard
200 with much critical acclaim. Recorded at the band’s
Brooklyn studio, the album was mixed with Peter Katis
at his Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT – where Katis
is still revered as one of the founding members of The
Zambonis. Katis had previously worked with the band
on both Alligator and Boxer.
We were able to intercept Aaron Dessner as the band
continues to tour in support of High Violet, and talk
about life, music, the band, and their growing battery
of Korg gear.
KORG: When did the whole music thing really start
for you?
Aaron Dessner: I started playing the drums when I
was seven years old. My dad had been a jazz drummer
and I found his drum kit in the furnace room one day
and set it up. Several years later my brother and I
pawned all our baseball cards for a guitar and bass and
started a band with a neighbor. We’ve been playing
ever since in one form or another.
KORG: High Violet is out and being received with lots
of praise. Did you go into recording with any particular
plan in mind for the record?
AD: We wanted to make a record that was different
from Boxer. We didn’t want to repeat ourselves, and
in general there was a sense of wanting to have more
fun, sonically. The record is more about texture than
anything we have done in the past. There are many
layers to it; it’s a weird blurry mixture of ugly and
beautiful sounds. I guess that was the idea in the end.
KORG: This album was recorded in your own studio;
how was that different than your previous studio
outings, such as Boxer?
AD: The difference was that most of the album was
self-recorded at home in a studio we built in my garage
and then mixed by Peter [Katis] at his studio. So there
is a homemade quality to the record; the sound of
working at home and capturing a lot of first takes and
experimentation. Our engineering skills are maybe a
little below professional standards, but I think in the
case of High Violet, that served us well. The record has
a sense of humility in the production, even though the
songs are quite epic at times.
KORG: Any recent performances or recordings you’ve
done that stick out in your mind?
AD: My brother and I performed in Cincinnati,
Ohio with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver recently. The
performance was part of the Music Now festival [that]
my brother created. It was one of the most magical
nights I have experienced as a musician. It was very
casual and we only had an hour or two of rehearsal
time, but there was an amazing alchemy that occurred
between everyone, led by Justin.
KORG: The band is accumulating quite a bit of Korg
gear. Let’s begin talking gear with the CX-3 (Modeling
Drawbar Organ).
AD: The Korg CX-3 is something that Thomas Bartlett
(aka Doveman) played a lot on Boxer and it has become
a staple of our live show. It’s amazing for creating
thick organic-sounding organ sounds, and it sounds
especially great through pedals. Thomas often tapes
down various notes in the key of a song and just plays
with the draw bars creating different swelling textures
throughout a song. You hear this sort of behavior at the
beginning of “Fake Empire,” I think. The CX-3 is all over
High Violet, too.
KORG: I understand the microKORG has been getting
quite a workout as well?
AD: The microKORG is incredible for sub-bass. That’s
the way we use it most of the time. You hear that
most clearly on “Conversation 16” in the B part. You
also hear it at the very beginning of “Little Faith,” that
introductory tone. We play the microKORG using bass
pedals live on many songs.
KORG: And you’ve recently added the SV-1 Stage
Vintage as well, right?
AD: We really like it from an aesthetic point of view.
The curved shape of the body is more attractive than
a lot of electric keyboard/piano solutions, and its
compact size makes it easy to travel with.
KORG: And sound-wise?
AD: The SV-1 is a great solution for us as far as live
piano. We use it in a live setting on “Fake Empire” –
which closes most of our sets, “Ada,” and many other
piano-driven songs. The sounds are high-quality and
the action is excellent. We also use the SV-1 for organ
and synth sounds live.
KORG: Aaron, thanks so much for your time. Anything
else you’d like to add?
AD: Korg keyboards have enabled us to experiment
creatively, and find new sounds and textures on both
Boxer and High Violet. They have been absolutely vital
in a recording environment for us, and very durable and
effective on tour, too.
Thanks again. Best wishes for the rest of the tour.
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