Friday, August 29, 2014

KORG M50 Music Workstation


Introduction


Music Workstation
Korg M50

The Music Workstation for Performance; Portability; Price
Weighing in at just fifteen pounds is the fiery KORG M50, the music workstation ready to take on all contenders! Incredible new sounds; fat & juicy combis, splits and layers; a plethora of ace effects; dynamic Drum Tracks; enhanced poly-arpeggiators; classic sequencing tools; a solid, confident keybed; up-to-date SD storage; companion editing software and our famous TouchView interactive display - it all adds up to an invigorating and sexy MIDI keyboard instrument that could only come from KORG.

Need a Keyboard Workstation? There's One for Everyone
Over twenty years of category-defining and redefining keyboard workstation expertise beats in the heart of the M50 Music Workstation. Just as the M3 borrowed elements from the legendary OASYS, the M50 captures all the sonic firepower of the M3, distilled into a performance instrument that is second to none., With all of its features and specifications, the M50 Music Workstation just may be the keyboard you've been waiting for! Both 73* and 61-note versions are available, sporting a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard. This new fast and responsive synthesizer keybed facilitates both expressive and dynamic performing. Tipping the scales at a mere 46 pounds, the seriously portable 88 key version features our top-of-the-line RH3 Graded Hammer Action, and provides a satisfying performance experience for the piano purist!

The Korg M-50; A Natural Performer
Made to be played, the Korg M50 Music Workstation is inviting and comfortable. The TouchView screen is intuitive and interactive, allowing the uniquely angled front panel to remain refined and uncluttered. The buttons themselves are rock solid, backlit and rounded for optimum visibility and ease-of-use under any playing conditions. In addition to Korg's four-way joystick and multi-function knobs, the M50 Music Workstation offers four Chord Triggers that provide a flexible and fun way to play chords and trigger arp patterns. A ten-key numeric keypad allows on-demand instant access to sounds, combis and other parameter/values.

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Perfectly Shaped SoundsM50 is packed with over 600 individual sound programs, each one created by Korg’s renowned international voicing team. With a robust 256 MB of sample data* - recorded in exacting studio conditions - the acoustic instruments are delivered with authenticity and realism, providing rich, natural articulation; synth sounds can be bombastic and aggressive, lush and enveloping, or pure and delicate. But first and foremost, the M50 remains a keyboard cornerstone for any musician. The remarkable piano offers three layers of stereo switching and an additional resonance layer for faithful and natural reproduction of the piano’s entire dynamic range.

* (uncompressed 16-bit linear equivalent)

In addition to the grand pianos, a myriad of other piano and keyboard mainstays are included – from a mono piano for pumping it out live on stage, to the ever in-demand vintage Korg SG-1 Sampling Grand. The electric pianos are responsive, dynamic and expressive, with all the tine and hammer-slap you can muster. The new clavs feature all the classic settings with wide dynamic response, and there are even string and flute sounds taken from the tape-driven keyboards of days gone by. Korg’s REMS pickup/amp/cabinet modeling technology provides that finishing touch. All the classics are there at your finger-tips; with spot-on programs that are a blast to play!

Need to quickly tweak a sound to your liking? No problem, Tone Adjust allows simple access to the most important parameters and characteristics of a sound without having to dive deeply into programming. Available in Program, Combi and Sequencer modes, you can get done what you need to with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Mix & MatchIn addition to the individual programs, a combination (or “combi”) allows up to 16 sound programs to be stacked, split, layered and zoned across the keyboard; or set to individual MIDI channels. Nearly 400 of these combis come preloaded offering up tasty blends and splits for live performance. All of the preloaded sounds are completely editable, and there is plenty of room on-board (640 Programs, 512 Combinations) for all the sounds that you edit, modify, or create on your own.

Effect-ive EnergyThe generous effect section of the M50 brings your sounds to life. Five insert effects and two master effects can be assigned and routed at will, with a total effect to add that final polish. From spacious and luxurious reverbs to space-warping modulation types, the effects can not only embellish a sound after the fact, they can be part of the sound programming itself - adding unique and defining sonic elements.

D-mod (Dynamic Modulation) even allows realtime control of various parameter effects as part of your performance, and effect parameters can be sync’d to the two common LFOs or a MIDI Clock source to further integrate the effects into the overall sound. Over 170 top-quality effects are available, including Korg’s proprietary REMS modeling effects. Each program – whether alone, in a combi, or assigned to a sequencer track – is equipped with its own three-band EQ for that final tone shaping.

Newly added in OS Version 1.10 are 700 effects presets created by professional sound designers and audio engineers. This makes it easy to quickly get the right sound from any and all of the onboard effects. Let There Be Drums!It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing - and the M50’s got it! We’ve squeezed in over 1,600 drum and percussion samples that can be laid out into full “drumkit” programs. Ready and waiting are 32 drumkits, with room for 48 more of your own. But there’s more! In addition to drumkits, the drum track feature hosts some 670 drum grooves that you can jam along to, or use to kick-start and inspire your own song ideas. In fact, each program has a matching drum track pre-assigned to get you started. BAM!

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