Korg Announces The Beat Boy Drum Machine

Rhythms, effects, recorder and tuner for guitar practice      05/09/13

Korg Announces The Beat Boy Drum Machine


Buying Choices

Korg says that their new Beat Boy enables guitarists or bassists to improve their skills quickly and easily with three practice tools plus a tuner, all in a single unit. They tell us that, in addition to the tuner, Beat Boy contains a rhythm machine covering 100 diverse styles, an effects section for sonic variation when jamming along with the rhythms, plus an onboard recorder that allows for 16-bit/44.1 kHz recording. The compact Beat Boy fits easily into the pocket of a gig bag, for practice both at home or on-the-go. Here's the details in Korg's own words...

Useful for helping to develop a sense of rhythm, the Beat Boy also offers a fun way to jam along with the patterns or use them to refine riff ideas. The onboard rhythm patterns (8-beat, 16-beat, pop, funk, reggae, dance beats, and more) span a wide range of musical styles. The LCD display features a fun and unique visual element-an animated "beat boy" graphic of a drummer striking the drums to the beat. The tempo of each rhythm can be adjusted intuitively by using the tap tempo feature, or it can be specified as a numeric value for more accurate settings. The accompaniment volume can also be adjusted, for mixing the balance accordingly.

Additional performance and practice features include two effects for electric guitar-distortion and overdrive-and an internal mic for tuning acoustic instruments. Beat Boy also makes it easy to record performances (20 minute maximum/up to 100 tracks) and play them back immediately. A specific section of the performance can be looped and played back repeatedly for analysis/practice, via the built-in speaker. The recorded sound can also be loaded as a WAV file via USB into a computer and edited in DAW software. Conversely, audio tracks* created on a computer can be loaded into Beat Boy and used as backing tracks.

* PCM audio format: WAV f files (44.1 kHz/16-bit monaural or stereo) supported.

Pricing and Availability:

The Beat Boy will be available in Fall 2013 for a US street price of $89.99.


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