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.
Here’s a fun example of sound design on the Korg MS-20 mini.
Korg USA’s Rich Formidoni experiments with the MS-20 mini analog synthesizer, and demonstrates how to ‘hotwire’ it and start it up.
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In this video, YouTube user AnalogAudio1 takes a break from the usual exploration of vintage analog gear to explore the sounds of the new Korg MS-20 Mini analog synthesizer.
The video doesn’t discuss the features of the Mini, instead focusing on the range of sounds that are possible with the new analog synth. Continue reading
At Musikmesse 2014, Korg has introduced the NuVibe – a new version of the classic modulation effect unit, reborn under the supervision of the original device’s engineer, Fumio Mieda.
The NuVibe is a vibrato chorus effect. As on the original model, it provides a switch for selecting either vibrato or chorus, and INTENSITY and SPEED knobs for producing the distinctive effect.
The Nuvibe is not simply a recreation of the original model. It provides ten WAVE sliders that allow users to create their own LFO waveforms. This lets you produce a wide variety of effects, including sounds faithful to the original model as well as your very own custom sounds.
The buffer circuit, that has such an important impact on the sonic character, has been also been redesigned. And a dedicated expression pedal is also now included. Continue reading