New from Korg at MusikMesse this year is the new Microstation! Drawing on the new EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – integrated) engine found in Korg’s M3/M50 synthesizers, the Microstation comes complete with 480 Programs, 25 Drum kits, and 256 Combinations (each of which can combine up to 16 programs as layers, splits, or Velocity-switched elements) along with a full 16 channel MIDI sequencer!
Also on board are dual arpeggiators, an assignable joystick (perhaps for Wavestation style vector synthesis), four knobs for instant recall of your favorite parameters and an audition button to quickly riff a preset for easy selection.
Interestingly, Korg went with a full 61 mini key keyboard that is said to be large enough to encourage natural playing. Korg also incorporated a grid based step sequencer (on the right of the display) for quick drum programming! The Microstation also comes complete with a stand alone and VSTi editor.
The Microstation has an expected MSRP of 850$ and shipping date of July 2010.
-Lightweight, compact, and equipped with 61 mini-keys, the microSTATION travels easily and fits effortlessly into any home, stage, or studio workspace.
-EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated) sound engine delivers high-quality sound in the tradition of KORG’s flagship synthesizers.
-Enjoy 480 outstanding, ready-to-use sounds – including keyboard sounds, synth sounds, drums, leads, basses, etc. Tweak, edit, create and save up to 512 sound Programs.
-256 dynamic Combinations place different sounds on different areas of the keyboard, or layer multiple sounds together for exciting performances – right out of the box!
-Find the right sound fast with eight quickly accessible categories; hundreds of Audition Riffs allow you to preview each sound.
-A full General MIDI level 2 compatible soundset allows commercial and pre-made MIDI files to be played perfectly and instantly.
-Designed for comfort and accuracy, our 61-key Natural Touch Mini Keyboard is highly expressive and supports serious playing.
-Whether performing or composing, the on-board sequencer can be anything from an extra set of hands or a powerful drum machine up to a full-blown MIDI production suite.
-Loop Recording, Grid Sequencing, Dual Arpeggiators, Template songs, and Auto Song Setup features make it easy for anyone to achieve professional results.
-SD/SDHC card slot for convenient storage or your custom sounds and songs.
-USB Type-B connector offers a direct MIDI connection to your computer.
-Includes both stand-alone and plug-in microSTATION software for detailed sound editing on your computer; plug-in software is VST, AU, and RTAS compatible.