Korg Intros Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger Keyboard

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Korg has introduced  the newest keyboard in its Pa series of keyboard workstations, the Pa3X Le High Performance Arranger. 

The Pa3X Le has features tailored to arranging, sequencing and live peformance.

It offers a huge collection of onboard sounds, and provides 192MB of space for either your own samples, or add-on sound libraries The Pa3X Le also features a TC Helicon Vocal Harmonizer, a dual MP3 player & recorder, a Dual Crossfade Sequencer, and more. You can the video output to display lyrics or score on an external monitor, making it perfect for karaoke or band leading.  Continue reading

New Korg Krome Workstation Priced Starting At $999

Korg Krome Workstation

Korg earlier in the week introduced the Krome keyboard line – a new family of workstation keyboards.

The response here and at the Korg Facebook page was mixed. Some readers were hoping that Korg’s ‘major announcement’ would be a new analog synth, while others were disappointed by what they saw as another “generic, overpriced workstation keyboard”.

Now Korg has released pricing details for the Krome, though, and it looks like the new workstation is priced very competitively, given its features. Krome features include sounds derived from their flagship Kronos keyboard, a 7-inch color touchscreen, unlooped piano samples and integration with your DAW.

The Korg Krome is available in three models:

  • Krome 61 (Semi-Weighted Keybed)- $999
  • Krome 73 (Semi-Weighted Keybed) – $1,199
  • Krome 88 (Natural Weighted Hammer Action) – $1,599

Product Highlights: 

  • Kronos-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching
  • Korg’s 7-inch color TouchView display
  • Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds
  • Drum Track plays back realistic grooves at the touch of a button
  • 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
  • Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
  • Aluminum panel design
  • USB connection to your computer, plus an SD Card slot for data storage
  • You can use the Krome editor to edit sounds on your computer
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models.

We’ve got the official intro video and specifications below. See the Korg site for more details.

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Korg Krome Workstation

Korg Krome Workstation

Korg has introduced the new Krome workstation line, available in 61, 73 & 88 key models.

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Key Features:

  • KRONOS-derived full length, unlooped piano and drum sounds, plus new electric pianos designed to shine on stage
  • Electric pianos with eight-level velocity switching for unmatched expressive power
  • Clear, intuitive control with Korg’s exclusive 7-inch color TouchView™ display
  • Drums offering separately mixable direct and ambient sounds for studio-grade quality
  • Drum Track plays back realistic, inspiring grooves at the touch of a button
  • Expertly created, in-demand sounds including 640 Programs and 288 Combinations
  • Powerful Effects with 5 Inserts, 2 Master, and 1 Total FX, plus per track/timbre EQ
  • Distinctive aluminum panel design exudes a sense of quality
  • USB connection to your computer, plus an SD Card slot for data storage
  • You can use the KROME editor to edit sounds on your computer
  • Available in 61, 73, and 88 key models.

Details and demos below.

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Native Instruments Intros Maschine MKII

Native Instruments has introduced Maschine MKII, the next generation of its hardware/software beatmaking workstation.

Here’s what’s new with Maschine MKII:

  • Each one of the 16 touch-pads can be assigned a different color to easily separate and identify sounds, patterns, groups, and scenes.
  • With the new Maschine, you can timestretch and pitch shift your samples directly from the hardware, eliminating the need to jump back and forth from host systems.
  • The Maschine MKII controller now has a master push encoder with grid, and 47 all-click-buttons that help to speed up the workflow.
  • The Maschine MKII’s high contrast displays have a higher viewing angle that will help keep things visible, even with some difficult live performance placements.
  • The new Maschine also allows for Host Transport Control, meaning that the hardware’s transport controls can be used to control the host DAW when the unit is being used as a VST, Audio Unit or RTAS plug-in.
  • There are also some new effects such as Transient Master, Tape and Tube Saturators; and
  • A full version of the Massive synthesizer is included.

Details and video demo below.

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The Akai MPC Studio (Official Specs & Photos)

Akai MPC Studio

Akai has officially announced MPC Studio, which it will be introducing at the 2012 NAMM Show.

The MPC Studio is a software + hardware combination, pairing a minimal aluminum MPC pad controller with MPC software that offers up to 64 tracks of sequencing and VST support.

Akai is not only taking on NI’s Maschine, but positioning the MPC Studio as a mobile MPC sollution, saying “Welcome to production anywhere. The world is now your studio.”

We’ve got images, video and specs for the Akai MPC Studio below. Check them out and let us know what you think of AKai’s new MPC solution!

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