New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard

Posted by: squeak_D

New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 10:30 AM

http://korg.com/microarranger

Awwww it's so cute and little. I just want to throw it over my shoulder and burp it ;-)
Posted by: jamman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 10:37 AM

PA 50 SD in a box for less than 10 lbs. Very smart. This is your arranger module (with keys) guys!!!

I hope is 499 $. I know it's not gonna happen.
Posted by: squeak_D

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 10:46 AM

This will certainly make one hell of an arranger module. I'm guessing the price to be at $599 as even in the micro world, I'm sure arrangers will still cost a little more.
Posted by: leezone

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 11:47 AM

sounds pretty good
Posted by: Tony Hughes

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 01:39 PM

Leezone,

Bet the bass works.
Posted by: vangelis

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 02:26 PM

Now, if it's compatible with all the PA series styles? then, KORG has a big winner! but, I didn't read anything like this anywhere, anyone know?
Posted by: jamman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 05:03 PM

Originally Posted By: vangelis
Now, if it's compatible with all the PA series styles? then, KORG has a big winner! but, I didn't read anything like this anywhere, anyone know?



Not PA 500/800. Only PA 80 family (80/60/50).



Reasonable price with quality sounds and functions = many users = growth in 3rd party support

PA50ís drums are still better than psr s 910.


Yamaha should do something like that ( PSRs710 Ė mini, then weíll have a good competition)



You Ďll have the following pros.


1.10 lbs pro arranger KB with speakers and aux input (buy your 199$ TC harmonizer and hook it up)
2. Actual midi ports and L/R out, sustain and assignable ins
3. Plays SMFs or Modified SMFs with internal sounds directly from SD with no load time
4. Good synth engine/sounds and tons of editing (will load Triton programs)/Actual sequencer with true edit
5. Can rewrite all factory styles (4 variations each more than 300) and user area (can load 48 I believe), but you have SD drive Ėso no major issues
6. No sticking USB drives
7. arranger module with 5 octave keys (I know the size) with 4 WAY JOY STICK ( try that with PSR s 650) ( did I mention speakers and 10 lbs only?) meaning you can create , edit songs anywhere without a computer or space issues.



Cons will be

1. 2 fills and some issues with fills (same old PA 80 BOARD)
2. Muti-pads wonít play loops (no OS update canít do it either)
3. Styles somewhat busy and over orchestrated compared to mid Yammies ( PSR S series)
4. Small keys ( I would still take the keys than no keys at all)


So, use it with your portable E piano with no wheel/joy stick (no problem, it has one).So P 95 owners or anyone who complain about Korg piano sound and bring their EP and bring this.

Pros outweighs cons because there are none in the market with this sounds and features. This is PA 80 board (which was sold for more than 1500 $ in early 2000s). We donít have any KB with PSR2000/1500s (release around the same time)features (4 variations/midi out/2 wheels/new style load/SAME quality sounds and style edit),no PSR s550/650 canít do all and are not as portable.


What we need is converting YAMMY styles to KORG format /or developing new 3rd party styles (which I believe will happen when it start to sell like hot cakes).





VERY GOOD JOB KORG! WHO EVER MADE THE DESICION TO DO MICRO ARRANGER, I APPALUADE YOU! VERY WISE.

NOW PLEASE CREATE A DATA BASE OF CONVERTED YAMMY STYLES WITH NO MEGA VOICE ISSUES (SOMETHING BETTER THAN THE ONES ON IRISH ACTS)/ CREATE A BETTER SOFTWARE THAN EMC AND OR CREATE NEW STYLES FOR LOW END PA SERIES. ( Iím sure users will start to do it).
REMEMBER ďSIMPLEĒ IS THE KEY. LESS IS MORE. WE NEED MORE GOOD 8 BEATS AND 16s. NOT TOO MUCH POKAs OR HIPHOPs.


I know Iím asking a lot. But, hey! This will be a major hit.

Posted by: George Kaye

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/01/11 05:33 PM

MAP price will be $599.00 and it will be shipping in December 2011.
Posted by: DAN.2000

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 07:40 AM

I want one !

Lightweight , compact , 61 keys , speakers , good sounds , styles included, nice price, MIDI IN/OUT , GM2 support

A good toy for me smile

Adding the laptop + vArranger + Ketron SD2 on my luggage will give me : KORG SOUNDS AND STYLES + YAMAHA STYLES + KETRON SOUNDS AND STYLES (+ master keyboard + speakers) on a so small package !

Creating sound presets layers with SD2 + MICROARRANGER will be cool smile

The USB MIDI is missing....

The MP3 support is missing
Posted by: montunoman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 09:26 AM

I'm very interested too!
Posted by: jamman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 09:59 AM

Originally Posted By: DAN.2000
I want one !

The USB MIDI is missing....

The MP3 support is missing



The USB MIDI is missing....

http://www.amazon.com/USB-MIDI-Converter-Keyboard-Window/dp/B0047B2TDO


The MP3 support is missing

Won't record but will play.Just connect it to Aux in.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/iPod-MP3-Players/MP3-Players/abcat0201010.c?id=abcat0201010


http://www.amazon.com/Coby-Video-Player-...2660&sr=1-1

Posted by: DAN.2000

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 11:20 AM

Yes I know, but it would be cool if you just plug and play to the computer and if you put your mp3 songs on the sd card with styles and midifiles....
Posted by: Scott Langholff

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 01:16 PM

I was getting interested in this thinking it would sound like a PA500, or PAX2 or 3. If it sounds like a PA80 I probably am no longer interested. I'd have to know more and hear one before I'd get one of these.

I had a PA60 in my home on trial for about 10 days. The store must have really wanted to move it. Nobody does a free unsecured trial like that anymore these days. On top of it they were going to let me have it at dealer cost. I tried and tried. I really wanted to like it. I had others listen in comparison with whatever Tyros I had at the time. It just didn't cut it.

I'm sure a lot of people will find it great for them. I just wasn't one of them.
Posted by: jedi

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 03:56 PM

Looks like a fun board for on the go !

I bet it would also make a great mini - midi controller.

Stupid me , no USB out , well forget the mini - midi deal !
Posted by: leeboy

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 04:24 PM

IF the MIDI implementation is the same as PA2/PA3, then I could be interested in it for playing Yammie styles & triggering vsti or other sound modules. It would HAVE to have the external option on all realtime instrument sections for me to be interested. That way, you can call up bank/pgm chg MIDI instruments from User voice programming on the Korg. (oops, does it even allow for user voices?)
Posted by: cassp

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 06:09 PM

Would you choose a MicroArranger over a BK7m? Come Christmastime or New Year's a $600 arranger might be a nice personal gift. The keybase on the other micro's is not that bad. For as much as I use arranger styles anymore, a mini keyboard arranger might be enough if it can handle my midi files. Hmmm, maybe I could pair it with my Discover5 Orchestrator and replace my s910... maybe not.
Posted by: Scott Langholff

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/02/11 11:09 PM

Originally Posted By: cassp
Would you choose a MicroArranger over a BK7m?


Easier to access styles, voices and I would think all file types on the fly. Notice nobody's talking about the Bk7m anymore. I'd still like to try it. It'd be nice to have that and really even this mini Korg along with the T4, could be fun.
Posted by: jamman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/03/11 10:35 AM

Originally Posted By: jedi
Looks like a fun board for on the go !

I bet it would also make a great mini - midi controller.

Stupid me , no USB out , well forget the mini - midi deal !



I would take actual midi in/outs over USB to host only connections (like psr s 550/ E 423) , etc.
Posted by: jamman

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/03/11 10:36 AM

Originally Posted By: leeboy
(oops, does it even allow for user voices?)


Yes 128 user voices and will load triton classic programs with same editing power.
Posted by: Ric4001

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/04/11 09:55 AM

Wow. Brilliant idea for an arranger. My plan for a small portable rig to take with me on weekend trips was a microkorg keyboard with my BK7m. Now Korg put it all into one unit! Wish it had USB midi, but that's easily done with an external adapter.
Posted by: tyroschuck

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/04/11 10:46 AM

Ric4001
I have never located an external adapter. Could you point me to one?
regards, chuck
Posted by: Nigel

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/05/11 01:29 AM

Originally Posted By: tyroschuck
Ric4001
I have never located an external adapter. Could you point me to one?
regards, chuck


I'm guessing he is referring to something like this that accepts standard MIDI and plugs into a USB port on your PC.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/M-Audio+-+MI...p;cp=1&lp=3
Posted by: tyroschuck

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/05/11 08:31 AM

Thanks Nigel,
My mistake. Thought it had MIDI to PC out instead of std. MIDI out.
regards, chuck
Posted by: cassp

Re: New Korg MicroArranger Keyboard - 09/05/11 08:03 PM

There are a lot of MIDI to USB adapters, big and small, simple and complex. I don't see that limitation as a deal breaker.