KORG Expands the microKEY Family

Korg expands its microKEY USB Powered Keyboard and MIDI Controller family. The microKEY-37 is now joined by the highly portable microKEY-25 and the five-octave microKEY-61 for the studio musician. As an added bonus, the microKEY-61 comes with the exclusive Legacy Collection Suite – the acclaimed collection of software versions of some of Korg’s most  coveted synthesizers,  including the iconic M1 Workstation, plus effects  plug-ins – to add to  musicians’ sonic arsenals.

For budget-minded computer musicians seeking portability and power   without sacrificing keyboard feel and function, the microKEY is an ideal   way to create a compact and customized MIDI command center. Free   editing software and a selection of included software bundle licenses  and discount coupons make the microKEY even more cost  effective. 

For added flexibility and control, the microKEY 37- and 61-key models   both serve double-duty as a USB hub. Two USB ports (Type A) allow users   to expand their control center by adding on a Korg nanoPAD2,   nanoKONTROL2 or any other USB device. The Mac and PC-compatible  microKEYs also run on USB power, making them well-suited for on-the-go   laptop musicians. For iPad musicians, the microKEY-25 can be used to   control apps such as the Korg iMS-20 via MIDI (see korg.com for details). 

All microKEY models feature velocity-sensing mini keys, using the same   Natural Touch keybed found on the Korg microKORG XL and microSTATION.   This keybed has been designed with careful attention to the touch and   feel: the proportions of the black keys and white “waterfall” keys have  been adjusted for optimal playability, with a key  touch that makes it  easy to play chords, glissandos and rapid-fire  phrases. The microKEY  also accurately conveys the dynamics of the user’s  performance to any  software package.

Octave Shift buttons, when used in conjunction with the Key Transpose   function, enable the full range of notes in the MIDI specification to be   covered. For added expression during a performance, the 37- and 61-key   models feature a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel. The 25-key  model features a built-in arpeggiator, a sustain/tap  button, and an  assignable joystick for pitch bend, modulation, or any  other control  change

Free “Korg KONTROL Editor” software enables users to customize microKEY   for their production or performance system. Eight velocity curves plus   fixed velocity (nine total types) are provided, as well as options for   specifying the control change number of the modulation wheel or  joystick and the maximum and minimum values.

In addition to the Korg Legacy Collection software included with the   microKEY-61, all microKEY models ship with the following software   licenses and discount coupons so users can start making music right   away:

1.   A license to download “M1 Le,” a limited edition of Korg’s M1 software   synthesizer that brings the sounds of the M1 Music Workstation to  computer  musicians. Users may also upgrade to the full “M1 software  synthesizer,”  “Wavestation v1.6 software synthesizer,” or “MDE-X v1.2  multi-effect  plug-in” bundles (included with 25- and 37-key models only).

2. A license to download Toontrack’s software drum sound module   “EZdrummer® Lite,” giving users access to numerous high-quality drum   sounds. Visit www.toontrack.com for details.

3. A discount coupon for Ableton’s “Live,” “Live Suite,” or “Live LE”   DAW software, widely popular for its sophisticated functionality. For   details on this software, please refer to www.ableton.com or www.h-resolution.com.

4. A license for “Lounge Lizard Session,” the physical modeling sound   module from Applied Acoustics Systems, famed for its richly expressive   electric piano sounds. For details on this software, please visit www.minet.jp/aas/lounge-lizard-session.

5. A license for “Ultra Analog Session,” the analog modeling  synthesizer  from Applied Acoustics Systems, acclaimed for its fat,  powerful sounds.  For details on this software, please refer to www.minet.jp/aas/ultra-analog-session.

For more information, please visit www.korg.com.

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