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Korg intros Taktile & Triton Taktile controller keyboards

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Korg has announced the Taktile and Triton Taktile, two small, lightweight USB/MIDI controller keyboards that provide a wide variety of functions for song production, and are available in either 25 or 49-key variations (semi-weighted).

Korg Triton Taktile 25

TRITON taktile controller feature a stylish design that projects a sense of presence, together with the same great-feeling semi-weighted keyboard that’s used on synthesizers and music workstations such as the KingKORG and KROME.

It’s loaded with functions that make it fun to play and use, such as a touch pad inherited from the Kaossilator that lets you play melodies using just a single finger, trigger pads that let you generate chords in the key and scale of your choice and an arpeggiator that includes rhythm patterns. Of course, the taktile and TRITON taktile also delivers the functionality that you expect from a MIDI controller. It provides all of the basic controllers such as sliders and switches, and makes setup easy so you can start producing music right away. Convenience is not the only attraction of TRITON taktile; it’s a MIDI controller that’s full of features that will stimulate your creativity.

In addition, the TRITON taktile adds 512 sounds from the TRITON, KORG’s best-selling music workstation loved by top-ranking musicians around the world. From your desktop to live stage performances, it’s a USB MIDI controller that you can use in any situation.

The Korg Taktile and Triton Taktile will be available in June 2014, priced at $249.99 USD and $349.99 USD for the Taktile 25 and 49, while the Triton Taktile 25 and 49 models will be $349.99 USD and $499.99 USD respectively.

More information: Korg / Taktile / Triton Taktile

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Korg introduces KP3+ and Kaossilator Pro+

Korg has announced the KP3+ Dynamic Effects/Sampler module and Kaossilator Pro+ Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer/Loop Recorder at NAMM 2013.

Korg KP3+

The KP3+ provides even more creative power for live and in-studio use while retaining the intuitive and user-friendly Kaoss touchpad interface.

It offers the original KP3 effects, sounds and features, plus 22 all-new, diverse effect programs for everything from various EDM genres to rock and beyond. All are complemented by an enhanced, intuitive pad illumination system.

KP3+ features

  • Use the touchpad to control effects in real time.
  • A total of 150 effects ideal for DJ mixing and sound design; 42 new types including:
    • Vinyl Break simulates a turntable.
    • Ducking Compressor emphasizes the backbeats.
    • Newly-designed looper lets you freely manipulate loops.
    • Effects you can use for breaks in your DJ play.
  • High-spec sampling functionality.
  • Numerous functions to make your performance even more expressive
    • FX Release function controls the reverberation to produce a more natural decay.
    • Mute function cuts the input signal and outputs only the effect sound.
    • Pad Motion function records and reproduces your effect usage.
  • Practical functions that are easy to use during live performance or production
    • Eight program memories let you switch effects instantly.
    • Hold function sustains the effect sound.
    • Set the tempo with auto BPM, tap tempo, or the BPM knob.
    • Pad LEDs ensure high visibility even in the dark.
  • Highly expandable for even greater potential
    • USB MIDI allows for use as a powerful MIDI controller.
    • Store sample data on an SD/SDHC card.
    • Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.

The Korg KP3+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $349.99 USD.

Korg Kaossilator Pro+

The Kaossilator Pro+ is a dynamic phrase synthesizer/loop recorder that lets you perform and create multi-layered music in any style – with just the touch of a finger.

The Kaossilator Pro+ is packed with 250 programs, including more of the cutting-edge synth sounds that Korg is known for. Like all Kaoss-based products, this versatile new instrument offers creative musical possibilities and intuitive control over multiple parameters simply by moving a finger across the X-Y touchpad.

Kaossilator Pro+ features

  • Freely playable synthesizer; simply touch the touchpad to play notes and manipulate sounds in real time.
  • A total of 250 sound programs (including drum program) cover a wide range of styles, including 62 new programs.
  • Loop Recording function allows intuitive performance and recording, and 4 infinitely stackable loop banks are available.
  • Numerous functions for unlimited performance possibilities
    • Scale/Key settings make it easy for anyone to perform with no wrong notes.
    • Note Range function lets you specify the horizontal pitch range of the touchpad.
    • Gate Arpeggiator function allows you to easily control phrases with the slider.
    • Pad LEDs ensure excellent visibility even in the dark.
  • USB MIDI allows use as a powerful MIDI controller.
  • Store recorded loop data and even externally –made .WAV files on an SD/SDHC card.
  • Dedicated editor software for centralized management of sample data and settings.

The Korg Kaossilator Pro+ will be available April 2013 for a street price of $399.99 USD.

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Korg updates iKaossilator for iOS to v2.1

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Korg iKaossilator

Korg has released version 2.1 of the iKaossilator app for iPhone/iPad.

The “iKaossilator” app was ranked the number one selling app* in the music section of the App Store internationally, and now it’s been updated to Version 2.1!

With the new ability to import audio loops, it’s a great companion for the Kaossilator 2. While retaining its accessibility for musicians and non-musicians alike, as well as its ability to create tracks at the touch of a finger, iKaossilator has evolved to a new level that goes beyond the realm of synthesizers.

Changes in iKaossilator v2.1

  • Audio Loop Import (WAV, AIFF, MP3, AAC).
  • Seamless operation in tandem with the Kaossilator 2.
  • Support for “AudioPaste”.

iKaossilator is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Korg / iKaossilator

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Korg intros Kaossilator 2 phrase synth

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Korg has introduced the Kaossilator 2, a palm-size phrase synthesizer.

Korg Kaossilator 2

Boasting a supercharged sound generator, Kaossilator 2 delivers excellent synth and drum sounds spanning a wide range of genres, plus dramatically expanded loop recording.

Use the internal mic to record guitar, vocal, or other audio source – just as with a looper effect. The Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) display provides superb visibility. Add to that a touch slider for ease of use, microSD card data saving, plus a built-in speaker and battery power. All of these features reflect the enhancements incorporated into the sleek and exciting Kaossilator 2.

Kaossilator 2 features

  • Simply tap or slide your finger across the X-Y touchpad.
  • 150 built-in sounds cover every style of dance music.
  • PCM sound engine serves up realistic drums.
  • Scale Key and Note Range eliminates “wrong” notes.
  • Built-in Gate Arpeggiator with adjustable gate time and swing settings.
  • Loop Recording allows the creation of layered phrases with unlimited overdubs.
  • Dual Loop Recording banks allow DJ-Style mutes and cross-fades.
  • Record using the built-in mic; or use the mic input for recording of external input.
  • microSD/SDHC card slot for saving loops and recorded performances.

The Kaossilator 2 will be available May 2012, priced $220 USD.

More information: Korg / Kaossilator 2

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Korg releases iKaossilator Version 2

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Korg iKaossilator

Korg has released iKaossilator Version 2, adding audio export, iPad full-screen support, and many more new features to the music app for iOS.

Having hit the Number 1 sales ranking in the Music Category of App stores around the world* the “iKaossilator” gadget instrument app has now been updated to Version 2!

With the inclusion of many often-requested new features, iKaossilator is evolving at high speed. Announcing iKaossilator Version 2, the updated synthesizer app that allows anyone to make tracks like a pro using just their fingertips, regardless of their musical instrument abilities.

New in iKaossilator 2

  • Audio Export records and saves your performance, just as you heard it.
  • iPad native support allows the iKaossilator to fill the iPad’s large 9.7″ screen.
  • “SoundCloud” allows users to share and remix loops with other users worldwide.
  • “AudioCopy” provides an easy way to copy audio data between musical instrument apps.
  • Flex Play makes it easy to generate fills and breaks.

The iKaossilator 2 app is available to purchase for $9.99 USD.

More information: Korg / iKaossilator

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Korg releases iKaossilator for iPhone

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Korg iKaossilator

Korg has released iKaossilator, a dynamic synthesizer for iPhone.

Korg has revolutionized the musical instrument world with their dynamic line of Kaoss products, using an intuitive X-Y pad to provide expressive musical control. The palm-sized KAOSSILATOR synthesizer placed modern music-making in the hands of thousands of musicians and non-musicians alike. Now that same excitement has been captured in the iKaossilator app for iPhone!

iKaossilator for iPhone features

  • Play sounds by simply stroking, tapping, or rubbing the screen with your finger.
  • Bold Visual Effects move along with your performance and add excitement.
  • 150 diverse built-in sounds cover any style of dance music.
  • Scale/Key settings allow anyone to perform with musical precision.
  • Easily create tracks with the loop sequencer using up to five parts.
  • Control loops in real time for DJ-Style live performances.
  • WIST capability allows wireless sync-start with other apps such as the iELECTRIBE.

iKaossilator is available to purchase for the introductory price of $9.99 through November 30, 2011 (50% off regular price).

More information: Korg / iKaossilator

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Korg announces nanoSERIES2, Slim-line USB-MIDI Controllers

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Korg has announced the nanoSERIES2, the next generation of slim-line USB-MIDI controllers.

Compact and convenient, with serious functionality and features, nanoSERIES2 incorporates many user-requested enhancements and offers them up in the same ultra-slim casing as the original nanoSERIES. The size and color of the entire series nicely matches a laptop computer. Available in both white and black, the new units – the nanoKEY2, nanoPAD2 and nanoKONTROL2 – are an ideal choice in portable control for laptop musicians, DJs, remixers and anyone who wants to make music with their Mac or PC. All three units are also a perfect addition to Korg’s 37-note microKEY USB MIDI keyboard.

Korg nanoKEY2

The nanoKEY2 is a 25-note keyboard controller for creating songs, featuring a separate-type keybed (modeled after that of a Macbook®) to ensure precise, reliable recording, as well as a damper button offering sustain on the fly. It is designed with ample key width for maximum playability. Control buttons allow simple yet versatile control. Included are octave shift buttons, which, when used in conjunction with the key transpose function, cover the entire range of notes in the MIDI specification. Also featured are pitch bend buttons and an assignable modulation button.

Korg nanoPAD2

The nanoPAD2 is an ideal choice for inputting drum parts; it also boasts new functionality that lets users record using the X-Y pad, just as on Korg’s Kaossilator Pro. Enhancements include four more pads (16 to the original nanoPAD’s 12) and Kaossilator gate arpeggio patterns built into the X/Y control pad, letting users play MIDI arpeggios. The velocity-sensitive pads provide excellent response to users’ fingertips, and also realistically convey the playing feel to a sequencer or DAW software, ensuring that drum parts will be full of life. Chords can also be assigned to the trigger pads to use them to perform a chord track.

Korg nanoKONTROL2

The nanoKONTROL2 is perfect for controlling a wide variety software titles including the most popular DAW programs. Perfectly-sized to place in front of a notebook computer, the nanoKONTROL2 provides eight channels of the controllers needed to control music software, plus a set of transport buttons. A knob, fader, and three switches are provided for each of the eight channels, respectively assigned to pan, volume, and solo/mute/record (or whatever the user specifies). Also featured is improved transport control with Mackie® HUI protocol built in (a feature previously only offered on controllers of a higher price point, bringing this protocol to the most accessible price point ever).

All three nanoSERIES2 products can be further customized using the included Korg Kontrol Editor software, featuring single-cable USB bus-powered operation– Power and USB-MIDI data travels down the same wire for a clean, efficient workspace.

More information: Korg / nanoSERIES2

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