Another leak from that dealer conference in Japan last week saw the unveiling of the new microSampler - what appears to be a hardware sampler.
While the rest of the world appears to be fixated with software based samplers, Korg have taken the view that there's little going in in the hardware sampler world. Looks like they could be more than right - many live acts struggle to deal with the logistics involved in taking computers on the road, unless they have an spent a few quid on cases and ruggedization of their gear.
News is thin on the ground due to a worldwwide press embargo till mid September, but here's what we've found (via Synthtopia.com) on some preliminary specs.
Obviously the key to the survival of most samplers is their ability to read and translate other formats. It's not clear as yet, whether Korg have taken this challenge on or just done their own thing - we will see....
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I guess I've been trying to recreate a Korg Electribe all this time..