Dataline vs Cuckoo Elektron Balkan Beats Jam

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live Elektron jam session, featuring Dataline on the Analog Rytm and Cuckoo on Analog Keys.

The performance was improvised at Musikmesse 2014.

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Korg MS-20 Kit Review & Filter Mod

This video captures Nick Batt’s take on the new Korg MS-20 Kit.

The MS-20 Kit is a true-analog, 1:1 scale reissue of the MS-20, with both filters built in (the more aggressive early production filter and more mellow late production one). Every details has been replicated, right down to the packaging, which includes a letter from the original MS-20 engineers and the President of Korg, Inc.

Batt notes that the new MS-20 has the same electronics as the MS-20 mini, but offers “much higher build quality”. It also offers two filter options, to match two generations of filters in vintage MS-20s. See Batt’s post at Sonic State for more of his thoughts on the new MS-20 Kit.

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Korg USA Launches ‘Micro Masterpiece’ Contest

Korg Microkorg XL+No fooling: Korg USA has announced a micro-themed giveaway. They’re asking for musicians to showcase their talents to win their pick of a Korg MS-20 Mini, a Korg RK-100S or one of the three members of the Korg Volca series: the Volca Beats, Volca Keys or Volca Bass.

The “Micro Masterpiece” contest runs today through April 30, 2014. To enter, US residents over age 18 can upload an original video performance onto YouTube consisting exclusively of sounds from their MicroKorg, MicroKorgXL and/or MicroKorgXL+ in any combination or singular use. Entrants may also incorporate audio and MIDI recording/looping products to expand the musical and creative possibilities.

Each musical entry will be rated by a panel of judges in each of the following criteria: originality (25%), humor (25%), creativity (25%) and entertainment value (25%). The individual with the highest percentage “score” will be named the winner and will be notified via email. For specific entry instructions and information regarding official rules and conditions, please visit the Korg promotions page.