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Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard  

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The KORG MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard delivers multi-mode music sampling, resampling, pattern sequencing and over-the-top effects—all under a...Read More

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      Not just a sampler, but a complete sound design studio.

      The KORG MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard delivers multi-mode music sampling, resampling, pattern sequencing and over-the-top effects—all under an intuitve, fun-to-use interface. More than just a sampler, the KORG microSAMPLER is a complete sound design studio for creating up-to-the minute musical loops and phrases.

      Giant Sampling / microSIZE
      The KORG microSAMPLER hosts a solid complement of top-end sampling features to expand your creative potential. This full-fledged keyboard offers 16-voice polyphony, reverse playback, editing operations such as Normalize and Truncate, and a Time Stretch feature that changes the tempo without affecting the pitch. Selectable sample rates of 48 kHz, 24 kHz, 12 kHz, and down to 6 kHz offer sampling at rates beyond CD clarity or to add in that Lo-Fi vintage vibe.

      Each bank contains 36 samples (a maximum of approximately 160 seconds of recording time for monaural samples at a 48 kHz sampling rate) and 16 patterns of sequence data. The KORG microSAMPLER stores 8 such banks in internal memory. The Keyboard mode takes a single sample and assigns it chromatically across the keys for instant playability. With its recessed controls, bright LEDs and informative display, the KORG microSAMPLER is easy for beginners or seasoned pros to operate.

      Swiss Army Sampling
      Too many music keyboards offer sampling simply as an added feature. The KORG microSAMPLER is all about sampling, in every creative form. Five distinct sampling methods work the way you want, to get the results you need. The KORG microSAMPLER offers traditional One-Shot and Loop sampling, plus a number of creative sampling modes—Loop, Key Gate and Auto-Next. When it comes to sampling, the KORG keyboard mircoSAMPLER has it all.

      •One-Shot sampling for grabbing and triggering single events such as drums, etc.
      •Gate sampling for playing a sound musically across the keyboard
      •Loop sampling for recording grooves and phrases, drum loops, etc.
      •Key Gate sampling is best for grabbing multiple samples from the same source. With Key Gate, you can take multiple samples from the same source or phrase and assign them to different keys as you play them. The individual keys assign the sample and enable recording all at the same time. This intuitive method of sampling, editing, and mapping in a single step is fun, interactive and fast.
      •Auto-Next sampling for capturing phrases as multiple samples

      For grabbing a groove as separate samples on individual keys, choose the Auto-Next mode and use Tap Tempo to match the BPM of the source material. The KORG microSAMPLER automatically divides the sample equally across multiple keys. Each key can be set to capture anything from a 64th note to a full 2 measures. This method automatically performs the same type of sampling as Key Gate.

      In addition, there's a resampling function for playing existing layered samples processed by an effect and played by the pattern sequencer—and capturing it all as a new sample. The KORG microSAMPLER even samples while playing, so the sampling process itself becomes part of your expressive performance.

      Sample anytime, anywhere—or anything!
      The KORG microSAMPLER runs on batteries, so you can perform on the go—or capture samples anywhere. Both a line input and a mic input are provided for a broad range of input sources including electronic musical instruments, CDs, and voice. Korg includes a gooseneck microphone to capture sounds with ease. The convenient caddies (located beside the mic jack) provide a cradle for your portable MP3 or audio player when used as a sample source.

      Pattern Possibilities
      Continually layer your performances using the KORG microSAMPLER's pattern sequencer as an overdub. Switch between patterns during playback for seamless performances. Each bank stores up to 16 patterns (16,000 notes per pattern, or a maximum 64,000 notes).

      The KAOSS Effect(s)
      Developed for KORG's KAOSS PAD series, the effect engine serves up a great selection of effects—so important when editing samples. The 21 effects include not only traditional delay and chorus, but also ring modulator and grain shifter, and even a Looper that's derived from the Loop Recording feature of the KAOSSILATOR Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer. Apply the effects to any sound while resampling, and use the effects over and over again for more sonic expression.

      Made to be Played
      The microSAMPLER boasts KORG's new Natural Touch micro keyboard, offering greatly enhanced playability and expressive power. By adjusting the proportion of the black and white keys, KORG makes chords easier to finger. Touch is improved for you to play rapid phrases more easily—and with less fatigue. The box-shaped keys project a sense of quality, and also enable smoother glides and smears. The controllers you need for an exciting performance are laid out on the panel for intuitive operation. LED status lights along the top of the microSampler keyboard indicate the samples assigned to each key (and the item being edited) ensuring excellent visibility even on a dark stage.

      Manage a gigantic sample library that's all your own by using the free editor/librarian software for the KORG microSAMPLER. Back up sample and pattern sequence data to your computer via USB, or load samples and patterns back in just as easily. The KORG keyboard microSAMPLER also supports importing and exporting WAV/AIFF data on your computer. With the KORG MS1 microSAMPLER the musical possibilities are endless.

      • Five distinct sampling methods
      • Pattern sequencing
      • 21 Over-the-top effects
      • Natural Touch 32 mini key micro keyboard with velocity sensing
      • Fun-to-use intuitive interface

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      MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard

      • Sampling Specs:
      • Sampling Rates: 48 kHz, 24 kHz, 12 kHz, 6 kHz
      • Bank Structure: 36 Samples per Bank (160 Seconds max.)
      • Available Banks: 9 Total (8 User +1 ROM)
      • Time: 160 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks (max.)
      • Polyphony: 16 voices
      • Sampling Modes: One-Shot; Gate; Loop; Key Gate; Auto-Next
      • Resample in any mode
      • Keyboard Modes:
      • Sampling Mode: 36 Sample Playback Keys + 1 Audio Input
      • Keyboard Mode: Single sample assigned chromatically across the keyboard
      • Effects:
      • Structure: 1 Master FX
      • Effect Types: 21 (Compressor, Filter, 4-Band EQ, Distortion, Reverb, Delay, L/C/R Delay, Auto-Panning
      • Delay, Modulation Delay, Tape Echo, Chorus, Flanger, Vibrato, Phaser, Tremolo, Ring Modulation, Grain
      • Shifter, Pitch Shifter, Talking Modulator, Looper)
      • Pattern Sequencer:
      • Patterns: 16 Patterns per bank; x 8 Banks
      • Note Count: 64,000 notes total; 16,000 per bank
      • Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
      • Audio Connections:
      • Input: ¼" Jack (rear); XLR Balanced (top); with Mic/Line switch; Level knob
      • Outputs: L/Mono, R; ¼" unbalanced
      • Phones: ¼" Stereo Jack
      • Other Connections:
      • MIDI: In, Out
      • USB: Type B
      • Display: Custom LCD; 37 LEDs above keys
      • Power Supply: 9 VDC (AC Adapter); 6 AAA Alkaline batteries—approx. 4 hours (sold separately)
      • Dimensions (W x D x H): 20.31" x 9.37" x 2.56"
      • Weight: 4.19 lb.
      • Korg microSAMPLER Editor Librarian Software:
      • Operating Requirements:
      • PC: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3 or later); Windows Vista (SP1 or later); USB port
      • MAC: OSX Version 10.4 or later; USB port

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      No more laptop for Live use

      By Jammer78-TirU4

      from Boston, MA

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      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Responsive / Good Action


      • Very Small

      Best Uses

      • Sample Shots

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      I bought the Korg Sampler to eliminiate the madness I was having on stage with queing up song samples, playing guitar, singing and some other keyboard playing in misc. songs ... too much going on. The Korg MS1 allows me to load in my samples and trigger them when needed to I don't need to look at a computer screen any more or have to carry around an audio interface. I just preprogram keys and sample banks and it's a huge time saver. My only negative is it looks like a toy, very small, keys are small ... nice and portable but compared to my keyboard that sits below it on my keyboard stand it looks like a mini - cheap toy. We call it Schroeder from the Peanuts because it looks like a mini keyboard with Tiny keys. It;s very practical but needs some astetic help ...

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      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      I wish I had this in the 80's

      By Myst Fan232

      from Northern California

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      This is a bargain tool with major potential. Using it to make music is not like grabbing a set of samples of a DVD/CD and sticking them into a song, it requires some thinking and effort to make the most of it. If I had this in the 80's you might have heard it on the radio....; P If you like making exellent samples and using them in a production this will serve nicely. Buy an expensive sampler to impress other musicians, get the Microsampler to get great results, save money and have fun with.

      This sampler helps me get to the point quickly. Did I mention it runs on batterys?
      This little keyboard is probably one of the best kept secrets in the electronic world. Plastic, flimsy and inexpensive. Sound familiar? For the cost' that is to be expected. How flimsy? About like the average cell phone I would say. Handle it with care . The knobs are on solidly and it looks like a retro Russian washing machine hybridized with a 1950s radio. I like the strange appearance!

      Oh, It does pretty much everything the Emax does and much more in other areas. It is not a toy although it may appear to be less than pro. This sampler has been in Lady GaGa's concerts and others. It is useful and inexpensive. If your new to sampling this is a good place to start and if you have used a Kurzweil or Synclavier you will easily know the difference , BUT it is still well worth using!
      It is not totally flimsy but not even close to real, real solid.I would expect to see these for sale in 20 years for a premium price as another classic piece. I am keeping mine in the studio for now and hope to get another for shows.
      The early Emax ran about ten times this price. Amazing! The lack of multiple outputs is no loss for a smaller home studio or for the real life, "down and dirty"- "get results sometime in the next hour" world.With no options for using disk drives, memory cards and other methods of storing banks you have simplicty, usefulness and an honest approach to sampling. I would rather have a few banks of worthy samples loaded and ready to go than to have half a gigabyte of less than useful sounds. It is potential versus results for me. I want results, not addons I cannot afford until later.

      You can easily connect a MP3 player or Iphone or whatever , sample and jam with it if you want to.

      The included editor is cool and with the ability to use .wav files feel free to mangle stuff on a computer with Soundforge or whatever and remix it, squeeze it or whatever and save the results in the banks.

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      (2 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


      Total piece of junk completely messed up

      By Mario-UTNFo

      from Park Ridge, Illinois

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      I get it month ago and I'm ready to drop this junk right to the garbbage. Not working as suppose to with external midi sequencer, editting is a nightmare. It's a toy for psychos. I just wasted my time, I was trying to setup everything 100 times follow the instruction and it didn't work.I worked all my life with thousand of instrument and never had a problem, I got with this one so it must be something wrong with a product not with me. You better spend some extra $ and buy something regular, classic good sampler, not a screwed up enigma for amators from the amateurs, dont waste your time (time is more worth that the money)

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Worth the Cash

      By Salem

      from Washington D.C.

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      In terms of features it does everything I could think to expect from a hardware sampler. It takes samples in a variety of settings (loop, one shot etc...) and you can play back the samples easily. You can loop samples which is handy for backing tracks and you can play samples in "keyboard mode" which pitches one note across the entire keyboard. I use this unit a lot for sampling my software synths for live use, I just sample middle C and then put it in keyboard mode. Another great feature is the built in KAOSS effects, some of them I never use and some I use a lot (the decimator effect is awesome). The only thing I don't like is the interface for editing can be annoying. But actually recording samples is super easy. The librarian software took a little bit of trouble shooting but I can easily transfer WAV files onto the keyboard. Serves as a good hardware sampler and a good midi keyboard for my software synths. It has the same tiny keys as the microkorg, but I think that's to be expected, and I actually like the smaller keys. It's a versatile unit and I find myself liking it and using it in new ways more and more.

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      (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


      Crap Toy

      By T-virus

      from Sunshine ST

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      Wow,dont get this keyboard it is total junk. Right out of the box there was this odd clunky sound inside of it. The keys are tiny and cheap,the sound of the everything is to low. The sampler is super weak, and the mic is pointless. This was the worst pice of equipment I have ever paid money for. And I own a MPC 1000 and this thing is as far from that as you can get.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


      Great machine

      By mattyfreshness

      from The pacific north fresh

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      I think this is the easiest to use sampler every. But korg markets this totally wrong. I use mine with wav. drums and synth samples so I can have any sounds I can find and its simple to load the wavs., mp3s or turntable for sampleing. Its like a mpc1000 just better IMO.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


      Cool sampler/ Bad manual

      By Mongo-dMSwy

      from Austin

      Comments about Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

      This sampler rocks but even with tons of experience under your belt, it's tricky to figure out. Edit knobs are not dedicated and leave room for adjusting the wrong parameters over and over. No trouble shooting page or tech support. Be prepared to spend a lot of time getting it right. Yes, it's probably worth the trouble.

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