Jan 14

WINTER NAMM 2011

The Winter Namm 2011 show started yesterday in Anaheim California showing hundreds of new products to the world. It runs from 13th Jan to the 16th Jan and provides us all with a promising start to the year. Below you will see the top 10 items that have grabbed my attention from the show. On a personal level I was hoping for a little bit more from Roland and Yamaha. Yamaha seem to have their own timetable nowadays and announce new products when it suits them rather than trying to meet the January deadline. So I think NAMM 2011 for me goes to KORG and the launch of the KRONOS which appears to look very inviting. Korg have also revealed a couple of other gems in the form of a new Wavedrum and Kaoss Pad.  I will try and cover some of the items in more depth later but for now here is my top 10 – I hope you approve:-

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Jan 14

KORG KRONOS MUSIC WORKSTATION SYNTHESIZER

The most interesting product to come out of the WINTER NAMM SHOW 2011 at Anaheim California that started yesterday, has got to be the shiny – look of the new flagship workstation synth from KORG known as the KRONOS.

I have tracked down its incredibly impressive specifications for your consideration. I do not have any idea on price at present but after seeing Korg’s one hour presentation at NAMM, it seems that they have packed in everything they ever done from the MS20 to the SV1.  Purchasing this keyboard probably means you need little else.  The KRONOS will without doubt become a main part of Korg’s history. Have a look at this:-

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Jan 9

INTRODUCTION

As a drummer, not a percussionist, I have often wanted to purchase a set of bongos or congas to play by hand. Today I am more of an electronic drummer than I am acoustic so the thought of playing an electronic drum full of hand percussion sounds plus a whole load more with a real drum head seems to be just the thing for me.

I remember back in 1994 when Korg released their first Wavedrum. I was extremely interested in this product but like many people I was put off by the high price. I also did not like the fact that this original model looked very much like a toilet seat but you could not argue with the fantastic sound it produced and not be amazed by the professional percussionists that used them.

The new Wavedrum is a rework of the original, disposing of the “Toilet Seat” look and replacing it with something that looks similar to an LP Compact Conga. The price has come down significantly by approximately £1300 and you can now buy the Korg WD-X for about £370 in most shops. Korg have also only recently brought out the Wavedrum as a limited edition in black with an exclusive black suede Remo drum head.

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Jan 4

Christmas in January

It is getting very close to that time of year when over 1500 exhibitors are frantically preparing to announce and show off their hot new music/audio products at the Anaheim Convention Centre in Anaheim, California. To me this show is very much like Christmas, some years I am overwhelmed by the amount of goodies and other years I am disappointed either because I am expecting too much or that I was really hoping that a new product that was going to be just right for me was going to be announced and it has not.

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Oct 19

The Korg Monotron Analog Synthesizer Review

INTRODUCTION
I want to say straight away that this review is going to be a very positive review. This is because before I have even taken it out of the box, I have watched “a most excellent” You Tube clip. If you see this, no matter what I say below,  I am sure you are going to agree with the man that has said ” This just goes to show that limitations are far better for creativity than endless options”. What a wonderful statement and a very creative piece of film from what is basically the Stylophone of 2010.

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Sep 21

The Korg PS60 Performance Synthesizer Review

INTRODUCTION
The majority of Synthesizers / Workstations today may lean more toward either use in the Studio or playing live but generally speaking they are designed to be used in both situations in order that they can be sold to the largest audience possible. This may then mean that either compromises are made to keep costs down or you pay out greater sums of money for functionality that you seldom or never use.

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Aug 24

INTRODUCTION

When I receive a new product, the first thing I like to do is play with it without reading the manual. This is partly because I cannot wait but more importantly I want to test how user-friendly the item is. I am pleased to say that the Kaossilator was ready to go the minute I put in the four batteries and plugged in my favourite headphones. You switch her on and start to run your fingers across her touch-sensitive surface or tap away rhythmically and an assortment of cutting – edge sounds phases, flanges or auto-pans across your disbelieving ears. Why do you disbelieve? Well for a start its coming from something that is only approximately 5 x 4 inches in size.

If you are considering buying a KORG KAOSSILATOR and want the best price possible, please click here :- Absolutemusic

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Aug 22

Korg Kaoss Pad Kp3

INTRODUCTION TO THE KORG KAOSS PAD KP3 MULTI–EFFECTS

Korg describe the Kaoss Pad KP3 as ” More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves”. It has the X-Y touch pad to control multi -effect parameters in real time and it has been around since October 2006 and is still being widely used by musicians, producers and DJ’s. It is Korg’s third version of it’s Kaoss Pad and I wonder as this is nearly four years old now, will there ever be a KP4? The KP3 was upgraded to Version 2 on 9th July 2009. This Kaoss Pad is not just a great hands-on effects module it is also quite a remarkable Midi controller.

If you are considering buying a KP3 and want the best price possible, please click here :- Absolutemusic
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Aug 20

The staggering news that the Intel Corporation announced an important advance in the quest to use light beams to replace the use of electrons to carry data in and around computers, makes me wonder what changes will this make in the world of music. Apparently this experimental chip can move data at 50 billion bits per second (50Gbps). With this amount of power how will the DAW change? Will we be able to have unlimited VST’s in our Cubase, Sonar, ProTools, Reason, Ableton and Logic Projects and no dropouts or freezes?  Just imagine the hardware Synth possibilities. What will the three giants Roland, Yamaha and Korg come up with next to replace the Fantom G, Motif XF and the Korg M3?

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