NAMM: Korg Announce 4-Track Cassette recorder

No really, with digital effects plus amp and speakers      16/01/04

NAMM: Korg Announce 4-Track Cassette recorder
CR-4 it’s a cassette multitracker for the 21st Century

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I have to admit, we were sort of surprised at this one, a new cassette multitracker – surely some mistake? Well no, after much consultaion, Korg discovered that a lot of people just want to get their ideas down witrh the minimum of fuss and so they decided to meld their digital effects and good old fashioned cassette technology into a simple accessible unit. A bold move some might say, or even foolhardy,but just grabbing any old cassette (you can buy them almost anywhere) and hitting record may mean you can capture that moment of inspiration. The CR-4 is unique among multi-track cassette-based recorders, as it includes amp and effects models, plus a built-in 5W stereo amplifier and a pair of 8 cm speakers, which allow the user to monitor an in-progress recording. The CR-4 can also be used as a practice amp or cassette replay system. The CR-4 features four track simultaneous recording and uses standard Type II high-bias cassettes, making it ideal for capturing rehearsals, creating high quality demos or simply as a “scratch pad” for recording ideas. Four 1/4" jack inputs enable mic and line/instrument level inputs to be fed directly into the unit. Included is Korg’s acclaimed REMS modeling technology. Utilizing a rotary control, the user can select from six essential guitar amp models, two bass amps, an acoustic guitar EQ, plus two vocal mic simulators. There are 11 ToneWorks effects (plus noise reduction), as well, including compression, chorus, flanging, phasing, tremolo, delays, reverb, and more. Gain, treble, mid, bass, and volume controls are provided for guitar, bass, acoustic, and vocal models. An effects depth knob is also provided, along with a tap tempo switch for setting delay time and modulation rate. The front panel features an easy-to-use, intuitive layout. Users simply dial in the desired effect and amp model, press the effect select switch on the active track, and start to record. Each track includes its own trim knob, level fader, pan control, and effects switch, for complete control over the recording process. Two speakers are mounted in bass reflex enclosures for greater frequency range. They can be used for practice, standard cassette playback, and 4-track monitoring. A speaker mute switch and two sets of headphone outputs provide maximum flexibility. Two main outputs (RCA, line level) are also included for mixdown to an external recorder. Included accessories: AC/DC adapter • Dimensions: 17.08 (W) x 3.94 (H) x 12.6 (D) in. / 434 (W) x 100 (H) x 320 (D) mm • Weight: 11 lbs./5 kg The CR-4 ships around April 2004 with an expected street price of $299.
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