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Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine 

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Easy, simple and compact rhythm machine with a built-in speaker.

Many musicians wish that they could enjoy casually performing while being backed up by real rhythm patterns rather than just a metronome. Korg has responded to these wishes with the KR Mini rhythm machine. It features a simple design that eliminates all complex functions, looks that overflow with nostalgia and analog-like controls. Playing a rhythm pattern is easy as making selection and pressing play. A total of 60 diverse rhythm patterns and 120 fills are ready to accompany you. Easy, simple and compact, the KR mini can play its role anywhere.

FEATURES
  • Easy-to-use design; just select a rhythm pattern and press the play button
  • Chain function, arrange your favorite rhythm patterns and fill-ins to create complete songs
  • Tap the 16 pads for finger drumming or recording your own rhythms
  • Built-in speaker with 2W output for jamming anywhere
  • Headphone/speaker jack for quiet practice or connection to a mixer or monitoring system
  • Two-way power; use the optional AC adaptor or batteries (AA alkaline batteries x 3)
  • Optional foot switches gives you hands-free control over fill-in/start/stop

Energize your practices and performances with diverse rhythm patterns.

SPECIFICATIONS

KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine

  • Number of Rhythm Patterns
    User: 6
    Preset: 54
    Number of Songs
    8
    Fill In
    2 for each pattern, 120 total
    Tempo
    BPM = Approximately 40 - 240
    Connections
    OUTPUT jack, Headphones jack, FOOT SW 1/2 jack
    Power supply
    AA alkaline batteries x 3,
    or
    Optional AC adapter (DC 9V)
    Battery life:
    Approximately 7.5 hours
    (Battery life will vary depending on the batteries used and on the conditions of use)
    Speaker:
    2W x 1
    Dimensions (W x D x H):
    165 x 117 x 59 mm / 6.50 x 6.83 x 2.32 inches
    Weight
    372 g / 13.12 lbs. (excluding batteries)
    Accessories
    AA alkaline Batteries x 3 for verifying functionality
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KorgKRmini Compact Rhythm Machine
 
2.3

(based on 9 reviews)

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33%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

KR Mini

By EJB

from Lake Charles , La.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Poor Quality

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

I'll keep it , cause it does work .
Keeps the beat that you set it at .
Sound quality real poor . It sounds
like someone beating on pots and pans .

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for home and pratice

By Bill

from Wahpeton, ND

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Manual Not Very Clear

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

If your looking for pro quality keep looking. Great for hobby and home use
Built in patterns are good, how ever I had a fun (LOL) time under standing the manual instructions for recording my own patterns without a base pattern as I wanted to record 3/4 count (waltz) patterns. I finely got it right. The built in speaker sounds like hitting a small can with a stick, but connected to amp the patterns sound good.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Can't figure out how to program it

By GeorgeD

from Atlanta

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Impossible to program

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Use as metronome in 4/4 or 2/4 only

    Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

    Manual does not provide any easy way to program this. I've been trying to figure out a way to program it for 3/4 time and have gotten nowhere. There's nothing worth while on line to show how to program this. So far I'm stuck with using it for a metronome in 2/4 or 4/4 time only.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EXCELLENT for practice or quick demos!

    By RubyTuba

    from Park City, KS

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Demos
      • Practicing

      Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

      If you came up in the 60s or 70s and you miss those old-school push-button rhythm machines, you will LOVE how simple this is to use! And for less money than most stompboxes.

      I'm a songwriter, and primarily play bass and guitar.

      All I want from a drum machine is good-sounding drums and usable patterns. I can sit down and practice or jam along with drums, or I can record a quick & dirty demo in one pass.That's all I need, and that's why I bought this unit.

      The drum sounds are EXCELLENT! I've used a couple of the rock patterns and and a couple of the jazz patterns for demos and just goofing around/practicing. The KORG KRMini is dead simple to use - find the setting you want, set the speed, and hit the Start button. It can be programmed, but I will probably never need that.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This thing is terrible.

      By Surfer dale

      from Portland Oregon

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      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Bad Sounding Toy
      • Difficult To Use
      • Not Functional
      • Poor Quality
      • Poor Sound And Rhythm

      Best Uses

      • NONE

      Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

      Bad sounding. Wrong input and out plugs/jacks for easy use.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cool, little drum machine

      By Joe

      from New Jersey

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

        I wanted a pedal for some basic rhythms to add to my acoustic act. This does a nice job with an additional pedal (separate purchase) to start and stop. These are decent sounding drum samples when plugged into a pa system. You are not going to fool anyone into thinking it's a real drummer, but it does the job. The good, Easy to turn on and use, good functions, inexpensive. The bad, "only" decent sounds, poorly written instruction manual.

         
        1.0

        Terrible instructions.

        By hootsmon

        from Spain

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use
          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

            purely for home use. don't believe the hype. If playing live, you would have to fiddle with the tempo knob and still not know if it is the correct beat.

             
            3.0

            Good for 4/4 pop music.

            By Jim

            from Peabody, MA

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Functional

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

              As a teacher/coach I need more time signatures, all the 3's, 9/8, 12/8 etc. ad nauseum. This gadget doesn't have them.
              I'm a little too busy to program my own patterns, but the generic ones work for rhythm behind a student doing basic 4/4 Pop music - better than a metronome. Do flute duets to drums: fun!
              The instruction manual, particularly online pdf, could be much more precise in terms of real rhythm patterns. If you're only doing Pop music, it'll help.

               
              1.0

              No Tempo Display

              By theTester

              from Florida

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Use
                • Not Functional
                • Poor Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Korg KRmini Compact Rhythm Machine:

                  While the sound of this unit isn't great, the fact that it has no way of setting a specific tempo is a deal breaker. If all my other gear is running at 120 bpm, there's no way to accurately get this unit there, other than guessing.

                  The other thing I hate about this unit is having to press multiple buttons to change features, or having to go through a complex sequence of steps. They've made this thing much too difficult to use, just add a few more buttons and mark them clearly.

                  This thing is so poorly designed it's doubtful the people who made it actually use it.

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