Korg microSTATION Review

This is a video review of the new Korg microStation music workstation, via Sonic State, where you can read their full write-up.

Korg microStation Features:

  • Lightweight, compact, and equipped with 61 mini-keys.
  • EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis-integrated) sound engine.
  • Enjoy 512 user programs (480 preloaded) and 384 user combinations (256 preloaded) as well as GM2 compatible preset programs and drum kits.
  • 61-key Natural Touch Mini Keyboard
  • 16-track sequencer records up to 128 songs and 210,000 notes.
  • Template songs, Loop Recording, Grid Sequencing, Dual Arpeggiators, and Auto Song Setup.
  • USB Type-B connector offers a direct MIDI computer connection.
  • SD/SDHC card slot for convenient data storage.
  • Includes both stand-alone and plug-in microSTATION software for detailed sound editing on your computer; plug-in software is VST, AU, and RTAS compatible.

The Korg microStation retails for about $600.

8 thoughts on “Korg microSTATION Review

  1. So does Korg have this idea that musicians fingers and hands are getting smaller ?

    I've been a fan of Korg for quite a while, I own an M1, Wavestation EX, and X50,
    but I just don't get the whole " tiny keys " thing….what am I missing here ?

  2. Portability. The Japanese have been trying to make everything smaller for quite some time now.

    Two points:
    The key size and feel is subjective to the user. I have jumbo hands and can play both the microKorgXL and microSampler with no problem. If I need finesse I can hook them up to a larger MIDI keyboard (in my studio, both are usually hooked to my novation SL61 MKII).
    If smaller keys are not your bag – Korg has a new larger keyboard out called the PS60 which, IIRC, has the exact same sound engine as the microStation.

    I would rather have Korg go the other way and produce all their new synths as component-like modules as an option.

  3. I love the Sonic State's reviews. Nick really gets down to the nitty-gritty in a fair way without pulling any punches. It looks like an impressive little package, but the tiny keys, no octave buttons, and no after-touch means I'll be looking for a different Winter Solstice present.

  4. Great review! Does anyone know if the keys the same size as the MicroKorg or are they slightly larger like the keys on the MicroKorg XL?

  5. I have owned one of these for a few weeks now and I really like it. It has the usual Korg sound (which is something that I have come back to after many years). I use mine as another sound module. Basically, I have two Korg Keyboards, the main one being a PA500 Arranger. So I have created a few presets on the MicroStation where is basically is the piano sound, and a layered drum kit for the PA500. It makes a great little module and really, you can set this one up to play a lead guitar sound while the MIDI triggering from the other board plays the other sounds. It is lightweight and works very well. I wish that it had Octave buttons, but as a sound module for me, it is not really that big of a deal.
    It is a great little machine. Now it's time to save up and get the new Kronos 🙂

  6. I’ve owned one now for almost 5 yrs and its an awesome little keyboard with a huge sound! It’s not an all in one as they say but its good enough for basic too actual full out production ideas! I’ve also got the micro sampler. Both I’ll keep forever as there so easy too use and sound quite good for just two little keyboards! Cheers.

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