KORG Microkorg

The perfect tool for any musician, producer, performer or beginner on the music field.

The Microkorg was introduced to the market back in 2002. You might say… well, this is not one of the latest gear reviews and I know that, but I really wanted to tell you about this amazing creation by KORG which has been used a lot in almost every music genre.

The Microkorg is very affordable but also very reliable and serious… it works great with almost any musical situation, especially in the electronic music field. Yet, it is still used by many different musicians playing anything from Jazz to soul players, R&B and Rockers!

Meet the Synthesizer that Changed Everything!

In the summer of 2002, Korg unleashed the compact and portable microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder. More than just another synthesizer, the microKORG virtual analog synthesizer opened a new avenue for music-making. Combining mini-keys, battery power, a simple-to-use interface, and phenomenal sound, all at an attractive price, microKORG made the synthesizer available to every musician. Bass players, singers, guitarists, producers, DJs, horn players, all flocked to add the professional sounds of the microKORG synthesizer to their instrument arsenal.

One of the top-selling synthesizers in the world every year since its release, microKORG remains the champion of Korg’s successful microSERIES: the microKORG XL, microSAMPLER, microPIANO, microSTATION, and microARRANGER.

MicroKORG Highlights:

  • 37 mini-keys with velocity sensing
  • 4-Voice Analog Modeling synth engine
  • 128 completely editable presets
  • 5 Assignable, tweak-able, real-time edit knobs
  • 8-Band Vocoder with gooseneck mic
  • Unique Formant Hold and Formant Shift Vocoder features
  • Interactive arpeggiator with selectable steps
  • External audio processing
  • 3 Effects: Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, and Ensemble
  • 3 Delay Modes plus a 2-Band EQ
  • High-visibility LED display and indicators
  • Illuminated buttons
  • Retro-styling with solid wood end blocks
  • Pitch Bend & Modulation wheels
  • Battery-powered portability

Great sounds and expression

Korg has used all of the microKORG’s synthesizer and vocoder power in the creation of 128 great-sounding presets. They cover a wide range of the latest musical styles plus many vintage favorites. Sixteen vocoder programs are also included. The Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel and five other knobs provide flexible real-time control over filter cutoff, attack, release and other important parameters. The Edit Mode allows players to fully edit the existing sounds, or create new ones to suit their needs.

Latest news…

MICRO MAKEOVERS! MicroKorg is getting all decked out in limited edition colors for the 10th Anniversary of Micro. Get your hands on an eye-catching black/red or all-black model before they’re all gone. Available through selected retailers late November.

Luis Tovar

Posted by Luis Tovar

Korg Pa50, 61 keys

A KORG keyboard for Beginners!

I know that most of you are just starting to learn to play the piano… I have written a couple of blog posts about keyboards for beginners, a couple of Yamahas and Casios, but, what about other brands?

There are many brands out there doing great quality keyboards, specially to learn with… some brands like Korg and Roland which are often more focused on synthesizers, also have beginner ranges of keyboards.

Korg is one of the best keyboard brands out there usually chosen by professional players, but Korg don’t forget about us beginners who are looking for something not only to learn with, but to perform and get creative with. The good news is that they haven’t forgotten and their PA (professional arranger) series sets out to address our needs.

“…these are your perfect musical partner, serving dual roles as both a songwriting station and as your on-call stage band, all in one comprehensive interactive keyboard” – Korg.com

For years, the Pa50 has been the most popular member of the Korg Pa family for three simple but very important reasons: ease of use, amazing sounds and affordable price point. The Pa50 has been around for many years, more recently got updated to Pa50SD which basically replaces the old-school floppy drive with a fast and reliable SD data card storage – so now it is going to be much easier to share and store data on your computer. With only 61 keys, less than the usual 88, you will still be able to cover all the material in the Rocket Piano courses.

Have you seen or heard about Korg’s TRITON? Well, the TRITON is world famous among many musicians for being a benchmark of keyboard technology; the PA50SD is based on the TRITON synth engine, so the sound quality you get with the Pa50SD is simply the best!

It comes with 660 editable sound programs as well as a set of very expressive solo instruments, sampled with a natural vibrato. It also features 89 different effect types. Four assignable pads, an assignable footswitch, the joystick, sync start, fade in and out, tap tempo, accompaniment reset and other front panel functions are available at your fingertips.

This keyboard is like a computer right? So it comes with an Objective Portable Operating System (OPOS) a Multitasking System with a load while playing feature. Upgradeable Operating System and Solid State Disk (SSD) for ultra fast and quiet storage.

It also comes with the typical styles controls + some extras such as: 4 Variations, 2 Fills, 2 Intros, 2 Endings, Count In/Break, Synchro Start/Stop, Tap Tempo/Reset, Fade In/Out, Bass Inversion, Manual Bass, Tempo Lock, Memory, Accompaniment Volume, Accompaniment Mute, Drum Mapping, Snare & Kick Designation and Single Touch.

And the general controls are: Master volume, ensemble, octave transpose, master transpose, split point, style change, tracks volume, quarter tone function, programmable slider, joystick and dial.

It comes with the common inputs for pedal/switch, MIDI, audio L/R + SD card, which is the update made back in 2010 which replaced the floppy disk unit.

So as you can see, the Pa50SD is a very complete keyboard unit with great sound quality, check out some sound samples from the Pa50 web site.

Overall, this keyboard is ideal for the casual performer or the budget-minded musician, the Pa50SD delivers the most important elements of the Pa Series Style engine, following the performer’s voice leading, chording and timing for instant, on-the-fly arrangements. Featuring Korg’s powerful TRITON-based synthesis, the Pa50SD offers a wide variety of acoustic and electric sounds powered by 2 dual cone speakers (in Bass Reflex Box-Auto Loudness control). It features four stereo multi-effects, assignable pads and a large, easily readable LCD screen.

For more information about where to buy, check out the Official Korg site for online dealers.

Here is also a rare official video about KORG PA 50, from KORG Inc.