New Korg mini-key synthesizer and sequencer introduced

Consolidate your songwriting tools into one micro format with the new Korg MicroStation, which features an onboard sequencer, a 61-key Natural Touch mini keyboard, effects, dual arpeggiators, and 16 tracks of MIDI recording power.

Ideal for newbies and experienced music-makers alike, the MicroStation has an intuitive sequencer with updated options, such as Loop Recording and Visual Grid Sequencing. The 61-key mini keyboard, designed to allow rapid phrases and glissandos to be performed easily, is said to be comfortable to play.

One of the MicroStation’s key features is its new EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – integrated) engine, borrowed from the EDS system found on the company’s M3 XPanded and M50 instruments. The effect section adds up to five Insert effects, two Master effects, and one Total effect.

Morever, the MicroStation includes 480 Programs, 25 Drum kits, and 256 Combinations — each of which combines up to 16 programs as layers, splits, or Velocity-switched elements. Every sound can be edited, re-written, and saved directly onto an SD / SDHC card. For compatibility with other MIDI instruments, the unit also comes with a full GM2 compatible sound set.

Frequently used parameters can be assigned to the four real-time control knobs for quick sound editing or for performing with the arpeggiator. With the External switch on, these four knobs can be used to control an external MIDI device. A joystick is provided as well.

For even more detailed editing of Programs, Combinations, Drum kits, and Arpeggio patterns, the MicroStation comes bundled with MicroStation Editor software (a standalone program) and MicroStation Plug-In Editor software, which allows the MicroStation to be used as a VST, AU or RTAS plugin instrument inside a DAW or other host application.

Korg will begin shipping the MicroStation in July, 2010 for $850 MSRP. For more information, please visit




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