Ahead of the 2024 NAMM Show, being held January 25-28, 2024 in Anaheim, California, Korg has announced a new microKORG minisynth.
Unlike previous updates to the original microKorg, the new microKORG is a major redesign, with a new sound engine, an improved user interface and new capabilities. The design retains the original’s form factor, large program dial and vocoder. The basic design of the chassis, control panel layout, green silk printing, knob shape, and other iconic microKORG features have been retained, but the design has been updated.
The new microKORG features a 2.8-inch full-color IPS LCD display that’s designed to streamline editing. It also adds new vocal processing features, a harmonizer, a loop recorder and more.
The original microKORG was known for its easy to use vocoder. The new microKORG adds a powerful vocal processor, with pitch correction effects, along with a harmonizer that lets you pitch-shift and layer the original vocal sound. You can also apply reverb, delay and other effects to the vocal processor’s signal output.
The loop recorder lets you create backing tracks by looping and overdubbing. The three dedicated buttons—record, play/stop and undo/redo—make loop recording simple.
Korg says that the mini keyboard has also been updated to improve playability.
Updated Sound Library
The new microKORG introduces a genre-based Category and Bank selector, providing quick access to an wide range of sounds within Classic, Modern and Future categories. The genre-based Category and Bank selector let you quickly navigate presets. The three Banks feature eight genre Categories, each offering eight preset Programs, and you can save up to 64 Programs in the User Bank.
Korg has developed three series of effects, including nine new types of modulation (with dynamics effects), six types of delay and reverb. These three series of effects can be independently switched on/off, and you can adjust the wet/dry ratio of the effects separately.
The signal is routed through the effects and output to a two-band parametric EQ with adjustable low and high bands, so you can adjust the final character of the sound.
Pricing and Availability:
Official details are still to be announced, but the street price for the Korg microKORG 2 is expected to be around $700 USD.