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Unboxing: Korg microSampler
  15-Sep-09
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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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