Free Music Friday: Korg MicroSampler Experimental Electronica

Free Music Friday: Reader Jono Wise sent word about a free EP created primarily with the Korg MicroSampler.

Here’s what Wise has to say about the release, inVALID INvalidE.P.:

I recorded various sounds into the Microsampler, often making use of the 6k lofi mode, after this the tracks were played live into Ableton live, some tracks make use of post processing and overdubs, other tracks were pretty much just printed to audio, compression added and thats it.

The Tracks all come from one Bank on the microsampler that I recorded and are based on one central theme and variations on that. It was an interesting experiment in using the same music ideas and sounds for more than one track.

Save $150 On The Korg microSampler


If you’re interested in the Korg microSampler, now may be the time to buy.

Korg USA is offering $150 off on the Korg microSampler:

More than just a sampler, the Korg microSAMPLER is a complete sound design studio for creating up-to-the minute loops and phrases. Unlike other Beat & Groove samplers, microSAMPLER is also a keyboard instrument, able to provide incredibly musical results, instantly.

It’s now being offered at $150 less than the original price.

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Free Sample Pack For Korg microSAMPLER

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Korg has released a free sample library for the microSampler – the microSAMPLER: Bonus Sample Pack Second (.zip):

microSAMPLER: Bonus Sample Pack Second Edition keeps the inspiration coming! Seven additional banks of ready-mapped material including loops, one-shots, and chromatically playable samples. Check out the new ElecTribe ESX/EMX banks, plus three awesome banks from acclaimed Japanese artists Jet Daisuke, Denkitribe, and Yasushi.K, and more.

The original Korg microSampler bonus sample pack is also available (.zip).

Free Sample Pack For The Korg microSampler

Korg has released a free Bonus Sample Pack for the microSAMPLER.

Here’s what Korg has to say about it:

The Bonus Sample Pack provides a convenient shortcut for all microSAMPLER users by offering professionally recorded samples organized into fully-finished banks of sounds with sample-based musical patterns, all fully compatible with the microSAMPLER.

Find it on the Software section of Korg’s microSampler support page.

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Free Korg microSampler Tutorial Series

This series of videos demonstrates how to use the Korg microSampler:

  • Part 1 looks at the five different sampling modes in Korg’s microSAMPLER
  • Part 2 – Learn how to use the microSAMPLER’s powerful effects, as well as sampling/resampling through the effects for additional modulation.
  • Part 3 – A guide on creating a drum kit using Korg’s microSAMPLER.
  • Part 4 – This guide will show you how to get started with the Pattern Sequencer in Korg’s microSAMPLER.

The 10 Coolest Keyboards & Synthesizers Of 2009

2009 has been a great year for electronic music gear and software. Never before have you been able to get so much power for so little money.

The year has seen an explosion of free music software, cool new MIDI Controllers, updates to popular software sequencers and the introduction of Propellerhead Record, the rise of iPhone music software and some great new virtual instruments.

While 2009 was a great year for digital music, it was an incredible year for keyboards and synths.

Here’s our take on the 10 coolest keyboards and synths from 2009, in no particular order: Continue reading