NAMM 2006 Winter Show Update: Korg is expanding its offerings with the new BeatLab (BTL-1) Digital Metronome. Designed for use by all instrumentalists, BeatLab also contains tools that make it easy for drummers and percussionists to practice a variety of rhythms and styles, including the ability to use preprogrammed rudiments or user-programmable rhythms.
- Training function with 39 standard patterns such as roll, paradiddle and flam for practicing snare drum rudiments or for marching band practice.
- Sound and LED cue indicators that help users perfect the timing of right and left-hand strokes (patterns can begin on either the right or the left hand).
- Selectable rhythms from 1/4 notes through 1/16 notes (plus triplets) at up to nine strikes per beat.
- Program mode for building simple or complex user-defined practice patterns with provision for a wide range of rhythmic complexity.
- Twenty-four programmable presets for tempo, beat and each rhythm sound’s volume.
- Chain mode that can memorize eight chains (with up to 16 programmed patterns each).
- Support for tempos from 30 to 300 BPM, as well as a Tap Tempo function.
- Built-in speaker (with adjustable volume) plus a headphone jack for silent practice.
- Intuitive user interface consisting of convenient sliders, numeric keys and parameter select keys, as well as a backlit display.
- Portable operation using four AAA alkaline batteries or AC adapter.
The Korg BeatLab is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of $150.
More information is available at the Korg site.