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The Korg microKONTROL MIDI Studio Controller is the ultimate portable MIDI keyboard controller, providing every function and type of control you need for computer-based music production. The compact and sophisticated-looking design includes a 3-octave keyboard (37-note velocity-sensitive mini keyboard), 8 encoders, 8 sliders, and 16 trigger pads to control your favorite soft synths, sequencing software, or other musical tools such as external MIDI sound modules. It is the perfect choice for making music on the go thanks to its compact design and performance-friendly setup.
A compact MIDI keyboard controller that provides 35 different controllers
The microKONTROL's velocity-sensitive 37-note mini keyboard provides Octave Shift and Transpose functions that allow it to cover the full range of C-1 through G9. Eight different velocity curves are provided—you can select the response that works best for your playing. Eight encoders and sliders, sixteen pads, a joystick with switch, and support for pedals give you a total of 35 different controllers, making this the ultimate controller for direct and intuitive operation.
Eight encoders and sliders, with associated LCDs
The eight encoders and sliders can be assigned to transmit any MIDI control change (including NRPN and RPN messages) to control volume, panning, or anything else. Operating a controller will transmit the MIDI message assigned to it. Each encoder and slider also has an LCD (sub display) that indicates the parameter and the transmitted value, with the backlight color changing between orange and green to distinguish between the encoder and slider. Since you won't have to watch your computer screen while you operate the controllers, your fingers will be linked to your music in a more physical way. The LCD can display either decimal or hexadecimal values.
Sixteen trigger pads that also function as control switches
The microKONTROL provides sixteen trigger pads that can be assigned with an unprecedented degree of freedom. The pads can be used to trigger notes with full velocity transmission, or assigned to transmit MIDI control changes to operate the transport of your recording software or act as any type of switch.
Assignable joystick with switch
In addition to assigning pitch bend to the X-axis and modulation to the Y-axis of the joystick, you can freely assign different MIDI messages to all four directions (up/down/left/right) and the switch in order to control your connected device or computer application.
Easily make control assignments from the front panel
Making control assignments is extremely easy—just hold down a mode key. Press the "SETTING" mode key, press a pad to select the desired type of controller, and use the controller and the "CURSOR" buttons to specify the parameters.
Twelve preset scenes support popular sequencer software
Settings that assign the controllers to various control functions for computer-based software synthesizers or DAW programs can be saved as one of twelve scenes in internal user memory. You can use the trigger pads to switch scenes instantly. Internal memory also contains twelve preset scenes that support popular DAW and sequencer software.
MIDI IN/OUT ports, and support for bus power
The microKONTROL provides MIDI IN/OUT ports, and can also be used as a USB-MIDI interface. You can use MIDI clock data to control the tempo, or transmit MIDI messages directly. The microKONTROL can also be powered via its USB connection, making the AC power supply adaptor or even batteries unnecessary when connected to a computer via USB.
Upgraded Editor/Librarian Version 2.0
The included CD-ROM contains dedicated drivers, librarian software that lets you manage your original scenes on a computer, and numerous templates (scene programs) for use with popular DAW and sequencer software. More templates will be released ensuring that the most popular applications will be supported by the microKONTROL.
A free download provides computer assisted editing to the librarian software. This software makes it easy to see and modify the controller parameters for each scene, as well as swap and copy parameter settings - even from scene to scene. The editor/librarian software makes it easy to transfer the twelve scene memories between internal memory and your computer. This enhanced software allows you to easily create, manage load and store scenes that precisely suit your own setup. You can download the Editor/Librarian software from the microKONTROL page on Korg's website.
The microKONTROL Includes music production software bundle with Live 4 Korg Edition, SampleTank 2 Korg Edition, UVI Korg Edition, Reason Adapted 3.0 for Korg, and MDE-X. This bundle gives you a complete music production toolkit for the price of the already affordable microKONTROL.
Live Lite 4 Korg Edition
Live Lite 4 Korg Edition is a lite, yet special version of Ableton's Live 4. It allows you to construct music intuitively and in real-time by triggering audio or MIDI loops/phrases from the pads of Korg's USB-MIDI controllers. Even if the tempos don't match between the loops/phrases, they will be adjusted automatically, and the song's 'master' tempo can be easily controlled by tapping a pad on the Korg controller. Additionally, the Live Lite 4 Korg Edition offers audio/MIDI recording and many editing functions.
It offers 13 plug-in effect processors and two virtual instruments for the audio/MIDI tracks, and you can use additional VST/AudioUnits plug-in effects/virtual instruments. Of course you can freely operate mixer and transport controls from the microKONTROL and KONTROL49, and you can also tweak all of these virtual devices' parameters. The software even includes some lessons in the Help Mode to get you started using the controllers and built-in synth!
SampleTank 2 Korg Edition
SampleTank 2 Korg Edition is a special lite-version of IK Multimedia's 16-part multitimbral sample-playback plug-in software. It has been adapted from their free version so it can be controlled by Korg's USB-MIDI controllers, and comes with over 150MB of powerful sounds. SampleTank 2 Korg Edition is a VST/AudioUnits plug-in, so you can use it on MIDI tracks of Live Lite 4 Korg Edition. It offers sound editing with 3 different and powerful synth engines, sound processing with 32 built-in effects, and loop sounds in SampleTank 2 Korg Edition can be synchronized to the tempo of Live Lite 4 Korg Edition with just one touch.
38 sounds included: Bass—Analog Bass, Finger Bass, Old Four Strings mkII, Syntech Bass 2p; Brass—Alto Sax; Drums—Hip Hop Kit, I Map Donlite Kit, LiveRoom Kit, D'n'B Loops 160 bpm, R&B Loops 90 bpm; Ethnic—Exotic Sun Iipac, KOTO, Shakuhachi; Guitar—Electro Strato lite, Entangled, SR Guitar SuperStack, SR Stacked, RotaryGuitar, Wicked Waveshaper GTR2pac, Wonderful Acoustic; Organ—B-3 Organ, B5 Rotary Organ 2pac; Percussion—Dyna Congas; Piano—73 Epiano, Get SonicSynth! PianoSTR, HQ Free Piano mkII; Strings—Movie Strings, Solo Violin, Strings-y pad; Synth—Flutterbies lite, L.A. Dreams 2pac, NewRabbit Lead, Satellites, SynFlugel Lead, Tech Monster Lead MW 2p; Vocals—Choir Ohs, Oh Baby, ooh choir 2 pac, Soprano Ahh
With Korg's USB-MIDI controllers, you can intuitively control synth parameters such as the MACRO knob, which shows related parameters of each sound, to making selections from the sound library directly, in realtime.
UVI Korg Edition
UVI Korg Edition is sample playback plug-in software powered by the UVI engine that's featured in the latest plug-in software such as Ultra Focus and X-treme from the Ultimate Sound Bank brand.
The UVI Korg Edition features drum sounds taken from Ultimate Sound Bank's vast sound library and customized for Korg. It contains a total of 162 preset sounds occupying more than 750MB, letting you use the 16 trigger pads of the microKONTROL to play or record drum performances to your heart's content.
The UVI sample playback engine uses cutting-edge 32-bit floating-point processing to deliver high-quality sound with a low CPU load, and you can use the controller's knobs and sliders to smoothly edit the sound even while you're playing. Since most popular plug-in formats are supported (DXi/VST/RTAS for Windows, and VST/Audio Units/RTAS/MAS for Mac), you can use this with nearly any major sequencer application.
Included sound libraries (162 in total): Acoustic Drums (4 Drum Kits, 8 Raw Recording Kits, 5 Raw Recording Sorteds); Beat Boxes (10 Analogs, 18 DDD1s, 9 DrumMXs, 10 Dtracks); HipHop & co (12 Hip Hops, 17 New York DJs, 19 Vinyls); 14 Percussions; 16 Ultra Focus Demos; 16 X-treme FX Demos; 4 Charlie Demos
Reason Adapted for KORG
Reason Adapted for KORG is a lite version of Reason 3.0 customized for Korg's USB-MIDI controllers. Since it contains a preconfigured set of sound modules and effects, you can simply start up the software and start turning your ideas into music right away. 10 units are provided, including: REDRUM (drum machine), Dr REX (loop player), SUBTRACTOR (synthesizer), NN-19 (sampler), RV-7000 (advanced reverb), COMP-01 (compressor), DDL-1 (delay), COMBINATOR (instrument + effect grouping), MIXER 14:2 (stereo mixer with 14 channels), and Sequencer.
Full automatic total recall is provided on all units. Since these units also support Propellerhead's innovative Rewire functionality, they can easily be connected to your audio sequencer software. A particularly nice feature is the Remote functionality in Reason Adapted, which lets you easily connect it to the microKONTROL in Native mode. This gives you complete control over the software without having to edit settings or load scene data, and all parameter names and functions show up in the multiple displays of the Korg controller.
MDE-X is multi-effect plug-in software containing 19 great-sounding effects taken from the highly acclaimed KORG Legacy Collection and Legacy Collection Digital Edition. The 19 effect types are derived from the technical innovation and research behind Korg's TRITON series music workstation and other products. Equipped with 128 immediately useful and editable effect programs, MDE-X supports VST/AudioUnits so you can use them on audio/MIDI tracks within Live Lite 4 Korg Edition. Featuring a low CPU drain design, the MDE-X can be used for sound design, mixing/remix sessions, and much more.
Now Bundled With 5 Cutting Edge Software Products!
Starting May 1, 2007, until further notice, Korg USA will be providing the Creative Kontrol Pack Vol.2 free of charge with the microKONTROL! This dance music production software bundle consists of five of the most in-demand music software titles, configured for use with many of Korg's innovative products.
•"Live Lite 6 Korg Edition"
•"SampleTank 2 Korg Edition"
•"UVI Korg Edition"
•"Reason Adapted 3.0 for Korg"
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As a midi controller its alot of controllers in a small unit. 3octaves of keys, pads sliders and encoders, you can use it for anything! I use it with sequencers vst synths and even for controlling some funcitoins with software djing. (as filters etc) Its small and very portable. yet very well built, (it even has got metal on the sides and on the top) and a key to shift octaves up/down comes in handy. And the displays! Its a greate way to see exactly what you are controlling and what happens.For those of you that are using Reason, the microKONTROL has a "native support" for that. In reason you'll be able to control it compleatly from the keyboard, you'll bairly need to use the mouse and keyboard =)And for those who use it elsewhere, its greate there too. Switching between "scenes" is easy and gives a way to quickly switch to another software using your customized mappings or maby the ones that are included with the librarian software. It lets you store 12 on the microKONTROL and also import/export to your harddrive if you have more than 12 presets you want to use.All of this combined makes the microKONTROL a perfect companion for me thats looking for a portable and affordable midi keyboard with a buch of controls to get me that hand on feeling Ive been looking for.
I got one of these for Christmas, and it doesn't work. So I gotta deal with tech support now. *rolls eyes* Also, the software that was supposed to come with it didn't. It looks cool though, so it gets some points there.
I purchased a microkontrol with the understanding that it was intended to be used primarily as a controller for DAW/sequencing software. Still, it seemed like it could be a great unit to control a module with in my live rig, while being small enough to stow away very easily. I've been a fan of Korg after many years using their Poly800 and 01/Wfd.The micokontrol, unfortunately, is simply not as versatile as Korg would have you believe. It is well-made, and very cool looking. It has a lot of controllers, which is also nice. But it has some major shortcomings, and what's particularly frustrating is that some of them are software-related and should have been addressed by now:- The unit's keyboard can only be set to ONE midi channel. It's a GLOBAL setting. So, you cannot setup a keyboard "split" unless you can configure that at the device at the other end of the midi cable.- The feel of the keys absolutely SUCKS, and it has nothing to do with their size. The assignable velocity curves don't do much to compensate for the horrible springy key action. Dance music types who don't have any chops won't be affected by this, but if you play rock, soul, funk, fusion or any other chops-oriented music, you will not want to use this unit for anything more than "effect" type sounds or held chords.- you can only assign a small number of possible midi signal types to the controllers.- the joystick is too small to provide good control- the unit only stores 12 "scenes" and you cannot name them yourself. Not even with the scene editing software on your computer.- as far as I can tell, it is impossible to turn off the "Tempo" led, so it is always flashing at you whether you need it or not; an unnecessary distraction.
I bought this to replace my old Oxygen 8, so I may be a bit biased as this is an entirely different league. Regardless, this is an amazing piece of equipment for the price. It's built like a tank (for the most part) and works very well. It has great features, ESPECIALLY when you're interfacing with software that supports remote technology (such as Reason 3.) The drum pads, while not totally ideal for drum programming, are a nice touch and work well enough to serve for quick drum programming. The keyboard, while small, serves well for my purposes, and the encoders and sliders work beautifully. All-in-all a thoughtfully designed product that's built well to boot, and something that will be part of my studio setup for a long time.
The microKorg has its advantages over other midi controllers when it is being used for software sequencing. It was never intended for use as a live controller. When sequencing, usually it is best to do one line at a time, and keyboard playing is usually done with one hand, with the other hand used to control the sequencer. The mini keys are great for this, because they allow for greater range when playing with one hand. The pads are fantastic, as they can be assigned to almost any midi message (use MidiOx, and that becomes EVERY midi message). They are also used to switch "scenes", which allows for 12 different sets of assignments for all controllers. (8 knobs + 8 sliders + 4 joystick + 16 pads) x 12 scenes = 432 different controllers!!! NOTHING ELSE EVEN COMES CLOSE!!! if you want to sequence your softsynth that has knobs filling the screen, this is the one to get. if you have taken many piano lessons, and you want to perform live without pre made sequences, go buy a fatar.
with out a doubt a wonderful, well made controller. i love mine! sort of expensive, but has great features.
I recieved this product in a non-working state. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I have been disappointed by Musician's Friend, as I recieved Numark mixer in much the same condition earlier this year. Please, think twice before ordering from the Musician's Friend warehouses.
This is a pretty good product overall, but, I has very small keys. So if you are piano/keybaord player you might find it hard to transist to the smaller keys. Its interface is not the best but I think you will find it to be rather easy to navigate its programing. I would recommend something with a little more to offer for the high $$$ of this basic MIDI controller. You can get a keyboard that plays sound and works as a MIDI controller also for a little more $$$.
Well you can't input any of your own names - it has preset names. The USB driver doesn't work well, but it is easy to program - I have a bad pot on mine, very unimpressed with Korg.