NAMM 2014: Korg's New Keytar

Korg reimagines their RK-100S Synth/Controller      24/01/14

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NAMM 2014: Korg's New Keytar

Korg is debuting the RK-100S synth/controller for the 30th anniversary of the original RK-100. Here's what Korg has to say about their latest keytar offering...

Housed in a stylish, solid wood body, the battery-powered RK100S offers a number of additional updates from the original model. Equipped with a full palette of keyboard sounds from the built-in microKORG XL+ engine, it enables users to perform in a wide variety of music genres wherever inspiration may strike. It also functions as a USB/MIDI controller, as well as a vocoder.

There are 200 programs available in the onboard MMT sound generation system, including a broad range of oscillator algorithms such as the characteristic sawtooth and square waves found in analog synthesizers, plus formant waveforms, noise, and classic PCM/DWGS waveforms.

In addition to the 37-note slim keyboard (as featured on the Korg MS-20 Mini), a short ribbon controller on the neck and a long ribbon controller in front of the key bed are included for controlling parameters such as pitch and filter. The long ribbon runs the entire length of the key bed and can also be used to play scales over three octaves. Also included is a built-in arpeggiator, with six arpeggios available. Notes in the arpeggiator can be individually switched on/off, for even more rhythmic variation.

The RK-100S comes equipped with a vocoder function that lets players use their voice, via the optional headset mic, to process the sound of the oscillator.

The Korg RK-100S synth/controller runs on six AA batteries or the optional AD adaptor and is available in a choice of three colors: red, white and black.

Pricing and Availability:

Available June 2014, with U.S. pricing to be announced shortly.

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LagrangeAudio    Said...


24-Jan-14 09:27 AM

dogg    Said...

I would buy it if it comes with spandex jumpsuit in the box

24-Jan-14 11:16 AM

Boils of Nebulon    Said...

Too bad they could'nt get Jann Hummer to make an appearance with Jens Hannemann.

24-Jan-14 12:15 PM

JMac    Said...

Definitely want one of these!! You can't be truly awesome until you've embraced your cheesy side.

Seems like you can't modulate & pitch bend at the same, which is a shame...

24-Jan-14 01:46 PM

Laurens    Said...

Does it have aftertouch? I love doing vibratos with AT on my Vortex.

The price is very amicable! I might get one of these, it’d be nice to have a standalone instrument.

24-Jan-14 04:24 PM

Hendrien from The Netherlands    Said...

Where or how can I buy the black Alesis Vortex wireless??

26-Jan-14 09:53 AM

Roberto    Said...

Keyboards are getting more narrow, but my fingers are not!

04-Feb-14 08:55 PM

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