WNAMM07: Korg Flip Their Lids

Flip-Top LMA-120 Digtal Metronome and LCA-120 Chromatic Tuner make debut      26/01/07

WNAMM07: Korg Flip Their Lids

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LMA-120 Digital Metronome
Korg has announced the LMA-120 Digital Metronome featuring a unique “Conducting Motion� display for natural-feeling tempo indication. Employing a flip-top design and extra-large backlit LCD, the LMA-120 offers three methods of tempo setting, 10 beats and six different rhythms, timer/stopwatch function, basic tuning functionality, tempo accuracy greater than +/-0.1%, extremely long battery life and more.
In addition to offering conventional aural metronome functions, the LMA-120 takes advantage of its extra-large display to provide two modes. The newly developed “Conducting Motion� display is comprised of graphic bars that move in a fashion similar to a conductor’s baton. For practice an accelerating motion allows the musician to “feel� tempo changes in a natural, musical way. Alternatively, there is also a left/right movement display that emulates the motion of a conventional mechanical metronome. The left/right motion display can be used simultaneously with the “Conducting Motion.�
The LMA-120 offers 10 types of beats and six types of rhythms: quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, triplet with middle note omitted, quadruplets, and quadruplets with the middle notes omitted. Tempo can be specified in three ways: Full Step mode for adjusting tempo from 30-252 BPM in 1 BPM increments; Pendulum Step mode, which makes use of the same values as a mechanical metronome; or Tap Tempo mode for manually specifying the tempo. .
A convenient tuning function generates reference tones for tuning instruments in a one-octave range from C4-C5. The A4 reference can be calibrated from 410-480 Hz.
Battery-backed memory preserves the tempo, beat, calibration and reference pitch settings when the LMA-120 is powered off or when the batteries are removed for replacement. Additionally, a Timer/Stopwatch feature allows the user to time practice sessions or performances up to 99 minutes long.
Featuring a flip-top design that protects the LCD and automatically powers down the unit when closed to save battery life, the LMA-120 also has an internal dynamic speaker, 1/8" headphone jack, and can operate via AC power or for approximately 90 hours on two AAA batteries.

LCA-120 Chromatic Tuner
Korg has also announced the latest addition to its extensive line of tuners, the “flip-top� LCA-120 Chromatic Tuner. The new tuner includes a number of powerful features, such as “Focus Tune� mode, programmable temperaments, “Volume Meter� and extra-large backlit LCD display for excellent visibility with indications for pure major and minor thirds. Other features include a built-in condenser mic, better than +/-1 cent detection accuracy, and audible reference tones.
The LCA-120 can support all band and orchestral instruments a wide detection range of A0 to C8. In addition to the conventional detection method, the LCA-120 offers three tuning modes:
  • Korg’s unique Sound Back mode — particularly useful for ear training, allows tuning visually and aurally for greater accuracy and efficiency (using the optional CM-100L contact microphone).
  • Focus Tune mode — when a note reaches +/-10 cents, the display meter magnifies to display a range of +/-10 cents, allowing fine-tuning.
  • Sound Out mode — provides an audible reference tone via the built-in speaker or headphone, and covers a four-octave range of C2 (65.41 Hz) to C6 (1046.50 Hz). Pure-sounding harmonies can be achieved using the display’s marks for the position of pure major thirds and minor thirds relative to a given pitch.
The LCA-120’s Volume Meter visually indicates the volume of a sound graphically and numerically, for practicing consistent volume levels (long tones) and crescendo/decrescendo on sustained notes, and for finding precise dynamic levels. The Sound Level meter function can be used simultaneously with tuning functionality.
In addition to equal temperament, the LCA-120 supports a recallable user-programmable temperament. Each of the 88 chromatic notes may be independently tuned. A battery-backed memory is provided for preserving the temperament setting, mode setting, calibration and other settings even when the unit is powered down.
The LCA-120’s built-in microphone is used for tuning acoustic instruments, and can be calibrated from 410-480 Hz (1 Hz increments). Featuring a convenient flip-top design that protects the LCD and automatically powers down the unit when closed to save battery life, the LCA-120 also has a 1/4" input jack and 1/8" mini headphone jack with volume control, and can operate via AC power or for approximately 60 hours on two AAA batteries.
Pricing and Availability:
Both the Korg LMA-120 Digital Metronome and the LCA-120 Chromatic Tuner are available in March 2007 with a U.S. MSRP of $139 each.
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