Unboxing: Korg microSampler

Fresh from the courier to you      15/09/09

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Thought you might appreciate this fast and dirty first look at the new Korg microSAMPLER which arrived just this morning at Sonic State Towers. Pretty impressive, when you consider that the units were leaked through Japan one week ago - thanks Korg for the fast turn around!

We don't usually do unboxing type stuff, but this seems to be such an eagerly anticipated release, that we felt we should.

Of course, there will be a more fullsome review in due time, but in the meantime, please enjoy this initial gander. Also please do feel free to drop any questions you'd like answered in the comments here and we'll do our best to answer them, as we explore the microSAMPLER in more detail.

 

 

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Marc JX8P    Said...

Thanks for the preview! Seems like it's a really interesting product.

15-Sep-09 01:04 PM


Ted    Said...

I'd forgotten about hardware samplers since Ableton Live came out, but this seems worthy of some consideration...

15-Sep-09 04:43 PM


Gustavo    Said...

Does it have any nice and decent filters? what other kind of sound modification can it achieve?

15-Sep-09 10:05 PM


Henri Sizaret    Said...

Interesting organic look. Recessed shapes can be useful for dark situations to find keys, could be a dust trap though. Seem like Korg strategy is about releasing 3 octave keyboards, each with a special sound engine type and look. Very smart.

16-Sep-09 02:07 AM


AI_Joe    Said...

What are your thoughts that it lacks a card slot and must be hooked into a computer for loading/offloading sounds instead of how the KP3 works where you can keep different libraries loaded onto different SD cards?

16-Sep-09 06:06 AM


Marc JX8P    Said...

On a sidenote: what I keep finding funny is how everyone wants to keep on doing the gig after the power goes down thanks to the batteries in the machine... I assume they also bring enough ear phones and audio cable splitters for that end? Because otherwise the show would be pretty one-sided (and, come to think of it, pretty dark)! :-)

16-Sep-09 06:28 AM


Nick B    Said...

Al_Joe, re:SD - yeah, I wonder abiout that although you do have quite a lot fo sample RAM built in 8x160secs @48Khz.

When loading a new bank, it's not instantaneous, takes several seconds to load up

16-Sep-09 07:06 AM


Benedict Johnson    Said...

Korg have made some highly interesting and unusual DJ-type tools which are so easy to use, even a musician could operate them (Koasspads and Electribes etc). The Microsampler regresses to the standard format of knobs with a keyboard attached. Not the most innovative but this thing is for business, not pleasure.

It's size+weight:feature ratio must surely be unbeatable. Nothing is wasted on the Microsampler - it makes clever compromises to accommodate many useful features. It's obvious why they're trying to expand on previous technology and take a piece of Ableton's pie. I even like the no b*llshit aesthetic of the thing - I just can't bring myself to like the Microsampler.

I wish it did less, cost less, was easier to use and had more interesting real-time controls.

I don't think the convenience of it's size and weight justify using it above a computer+peripherals. For those who are willing to make the trade-off, I'm sure this thing is the absolute best of it's kind on the market.

16-Sep-09 08:57 AM


Ted    Said...

One could put a small sandwich in that fake iPod dock. That way when the power goes out and you are exhausted from nonstop beatboxing, you have a sandwich at the ready. And since there's no digital dock in the iPod hole, the crumbs wouldn't get into the works. The perfect gig machine.

16-Sep-09 08:57 AM


jasonmd2020    Said...

Is it just me, or are the two indents at the top of the board the perfect size for a Kaossilator & a Mini-KP?

16-Sep-09 10:27 PM


screaminkeys    Said...

Corrections: Six AA not eight (9v), no aftertouch.

BTW Gustavo - very good filter along with decimation, grain shift and a bunch of other cool stuff from KAOSS products.

17-Sep-09 08:43 AM


Elsongs    Said...

If you want a memory card slot for storage, I'm afraid you're gonna have to wait for the release of the microSAMPLER XL in 2016 :)

19-Sep-09 02:47 AM


Nick B    Said...

The memory can be transferred easily via USB using the microSAMPLER editor. And unfortunately the pockets are more mobile phone/mp3 player size - not MiniKP ot Kaossilator sized

19-Sep-09 12:52 PM


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