Korg has expanded its D Series recording products with the compact, affordable D4 Digital Recorder. Designed with an intuitive user interface, the D4 allows musicians to quickly record, mix and edit complete songs from start to finish, as well as easily capture musical ideas on the fly. The D4 features four tracks of high-quality, MPEG-1 (audio layer -2) format recording onto Compact Flash cards, plus eight virtual tracks per channel, for a total of 32 tracks. Further enhancing the unit’s capabilities are easy to use “turn/push” editing knobs, a large backlit LCD, front panel XLR, and 1/4″ inputs that accept a microphone or guitar.
Three recording modes (High-Quality, Standard, Economy) provide extended recording time options (up to 99 songs per card, and up to 72 hours of recording time in Economy mode with a 2 GB card) for greater flexibility. The D4 also has a full suite of non-destructive editing tools including Punch-In/Out, Bounce, Copy/Paste, Delete and Time Compression/Expansion.
Designed for absolute sonic integrity, the D4 is equipped with 93 different types of studio-quality modeling effects featuring Korg’s proprietary REMS™ technology, which realistically capture the audio characteristics of guitar, bass, drums, amp and mic simulations. Additionally, a 4-band EQ enables finite tuning plus chorus, phaser and flanger type modulation effects. 100 factory programs are included, with room for 100 user programs as well. The D4 also provides 87 high-quality PCM rhythm patterns (32 metronome and 55 rhythm patterns) covering all modern styles including 8 beat, 16 beat, Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, R&B, Jazz, 3/4, 6/8, 5/4, 7/4 and more.
Additional onboard features include a built-in mic; tuner; metronome with 32 patterns for practice; three selectable audio inputs (guitar, mic, line); two audio outputs; a stereo mini headphone jack; and USB serial port for transferring songs to a PC or for MP3 encoding.
The D4 comes with a 64 MB Compact Flash card (with support for cards up to 2 GB) and an AC adapter.
The Korg D4 is available in August at a U.S. MSRP of $399.