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#335399 - 01/05/12 06:15 PM My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed !
Scottyee Offline
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News flash: My Korg microARRANGER ! has arrived !

Just to let you know that an hour ago I finally took delivery of my new baby. I immediately slipped it out of its box. It certainly fittingly matches it's micro name as it feels even lighter than 9lbs. I'm able to lift it with one hand and carry it under one arm, yet it's built, fit and finnish looks & feels pretty solid. Though the key size/feel may not be ideal, it's certainly playable esp for casual entertainment and well worth the compromise to gain that classic Korg pro sound in a ultra lightweight portable package. Listening thru headphones, it sounds as professional as any $1500-2500 arranger out there, as even thru the onboard speakers, it sounds acceptable enough to satisfy a group of people in a small room. I had very few expectations of such a budget priced keyboard when I ordered it, but it's definitely satifying my longtime fantasy for an ultra portable arranger that you can so quickly pick up & take with you anywhere. I never expected this keyboard to replace or compete with my Tyros 4 (it doesn't), but it certainly adds a terrific new flavor of impressive sounds and live sounding styles, and makes a wonderful addition, either separately, or together with my Yamaha keyboard.

My response to the debate over being able to switch back to playing Tyros 4 or my fully sized & weighted piano keys of my Steinway Grand Piano:
I discovered long ago I had to approach every keyboard I play differently and as entirely different instruments in their own right. I found it important not to solely play just one, but all the keyboards you own regularly and not become only used to one key feel & size alone. Afterall, even my Tyros 4's keys are considerly lighter & smaller sized than the ones on my Steinway. The closest non- musical instsrument analogy I can make is driving a small car vs a large bus. Once you've become accustomed equally driving both, you can then be able to easily adapt and switch back and forth.

The only thing I got to remember now (until I can convince Korg to update the OS to include rootless chord recognition like the Pa2X and Pa3X have) is to remember to always include the chord root note when I play. wink



On another note, I finally located the idea Effects unit to use with my Korg microArranger when I want to include vocals. Because the microArranger DOESN'T support internal volume adjustment or adding internal effects to it's stereo line-in signal, I found a small ultra compact (for portability) effects processor that includes an output volume level control knob to handle the mic volume control. Enter the Alesis NanoVerb weighing just little over 1 lb and 4.5 x 5.5 x 1 inch. It includes all these features plus more. I was able to get one from a local musician buddy for a $10 song as he just happened to have a spare one sitting in his closet gathering dust.Though admittedly TC Helicon's stellar effects are better, you pay for that luxury, and the TC Helicon equvilent (the VoiceTone Create XT) doesn't include a volume output level adjusment, which is pretty much required if you want to adjust the mic volume level thru a Korg miniArranger/PA50. I just setup my mic going into the NanoVerb and then into the miniArranger and it sounds and works beautifully, either heard thru the keyboard's speakers & headhphones, and/or out the keyboard's main outs to a PA.

Ok, enough for now. Back to exploring and playing my new toy. Thanks to Frank @ Audioworks for the excellent deal and prompt service getting it out to me so quickly. smile

Scott

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#335400 - 01/05/12 06:19 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
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Congratulations on your new toy (figuratively speaking, of course) Scott.

I'm glad it will fill your needs.

Happy playing,

Ian
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#335401 - 01/05/12 06:24 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
montunoman Offline
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Congratulations Scott. My interest is growing more and more in the Micro Arranger. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this keyboard as you get more playing time on it. Enjoy!
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#335403 - 01/05/12 06:31 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
rikkisbears Offline
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Congratulations Scott.
Have Fun.
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#335405 - 01/05/12 07:15 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
lahawk Offline
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Have fun...that's what it's all about. Keep us updated
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#335406 - 01/05/12 07:34 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
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Scott I'm so happy for you...Congratulations on your new Instrument, I know you will make beautiful music with the KORG MICRO Arranger !

Good Luck

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#335458 - 01/06/12 09:50 AM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
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Registered: 03/21/03
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Congrats on your new acquisition. Hopefully, we can excahnge ideas and answers...
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#335808 - 01/10/12 08:19 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
deatonent Offline
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Registered: 05/28/00
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Loc: Tazewell, VA, USA
Hey Scott,
Do you know if the KORG PA50SD will accomadate the "root-less" voicings?
Thanks,
DVJ

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#335811 - 01/10/12 08:48 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: deatonent]
Scottyee Offline
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Registered: 12/01/99
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Originally Posted By: deatonent
Hey Scott,
Do you know if the KORG PA50SD will accomadate the "root-less" voicings?
Thanks,
DVJ

Hi Deaton. Not currently, but because the Pa2x and Pa3x now both include this in their advanced chord recognition table, I'm hoping now to persuade Korg to include rootless chord voicing recognition on their microArranger/ Pa50 too. It certainly can be pretty easily done with a OS upgrate as that's how it got implemented on the Pa2x. smile

Scott

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#335812 - 01/10/12 08:54 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
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Congratulations, Scott. Certainly a different animal from your Tyros. Have fun with that baby.

Cheers, 124

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#335814 - 01/10/12 10:29 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
Scottyee Offline
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Registered: 12/01/99
Posts: 10427
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area, CA, US...
Thanks to everyone for your kind congratulatory support.
Yes, Korg is definitely an exciting and fun new arranger adventure for me.
I'm really having a lot of fun spntaneously playing and exploring the keyboard sounds, styles, and other uniquely cool Korg features.. ie: duel Sequencer, rt portion of kb assignable auto accomp, etc. I gotta to admit that it was probably its budget price and ultra lightweight portability that put me over the top to buy my first Korg arranger. I immediately appreciate the microArranger's sound which has a bit more of a live edgyness to it than my Yamaha T4. On the other hand, my biggest disappointment so far with the microArranger is that some of the styles fills don't always sync properly with the associated auto accomp style, of which similar complaints were commonly reported about the pa50 as well.

Though the Micro is essentially a micro version of the earlier Pa50SD model, the playing experience feels new and fresh, perhaps because of it's new compact design. There's just something spontaneously and creatively "fun" when playing it, perhaps because I don't have to approach playing it so seriously or because its so easy to simply pick up and go with, and then set it down anywhere and play it with little or no setup time required. smile

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#335815 - 01/10/12 11:09 PM Re: My Korg microARRANGER has finally Landed ! [Re: Scottyee]
rikkisbears Offline
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Registered: 12/22/02
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Loc: NSW,Australia
Hi Scott,
by sync, do you mean the fill doesn't blend well, or do you mean the timing's out?

With the PA800, I was actually able to set ( edit) the fill so that it started at the beginning of the bar?
Don't know if that's an option on the micro, or if it would be something that you'd want to do as far as your playing goes.. Did mean I had to save it as a user style.
Originally Posted By: Scottyee
my biggest disappointment so far with the microArranger is that some of the styles fills don't always sync properly with the associated auto accomp style, of which similar complaints were commonly reported about the pa50 as well.


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