If you didnt already know it, this NAMM 2014 was pretty Keytar heavy - when I say heavy, I mean I can think of two that were released - the Alesis wireless keytar and the new Korg RK-100S.
The Korg has an on board sound engine based on the MicroKorg XL - which is a fairly decent synth engine. We caught up with Rich Formidoni who can give you the full skinny. There's also a full news item with tech details etc.
But Korg have posted this set of demos which gives you an idea of what you can do with the keytar. You'll have to imagine the shapes that the person was throwing while creating this. probly best that way.
Price $699 available Summer 2014
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I also love the design - not unimportant for a keytar! I think Korg may be onto (another) winner here.
04-Feb-14 12:15 PM
Sounds like a Casio on crack
04-Feb-14 01:01 PM
I was initially excited about this keytar, but it only has a ribbon on the neck, how could you emulate a mod and pitch wheel. I think that is a major design flaw. the second ribbon is cool, but no replacement for a neck controller.
05-Feb-14 01:13 AM
on th namm video they said… the sound engine is like korg xl….so ms2000 in another box?? :)
05-Feb-14 07:34 AM
You know what, I honestly prefer keytars without sound engines frankly. It's taken as read that we will predominantly use these as controllers with our own sound sources of choice so why do we need it. That way it keeps lighter and cheaper as well.
07-Feb-14 12:53 AM
Korg, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make a leftie keytar. You will corner the market and I may grow a mullet if you do.
22-Feb-14 01:19 PM
On the fly arrangement of chords and melody