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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
 
2.5

(based on 8 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

38%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)
  • Difficult to use (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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4.0

Cool, little drum machine

By Joe

from USA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

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.

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    1.0

    Terrible instructions.

    By hootsmon

    from Spain

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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        3.0

        Good for 4/4 pop music.

        By Jim

        from Peabody, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          EXCELLENT for practice or quick demos!

          By RubyTuba

          from Park City, KS

          About Me Professional Musician

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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.

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            1.0

            No Tempo Display

            By theTester

            from Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                This thing is terrible.

                By Dale

                from Portland Oregon

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                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.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good for home and pratice

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                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.

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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 .

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