Korg Gadget Days give you the opportunity to get the low-down on Korg ’s affordable and powerful musical gear
Dawsons stores are to host a series of Korg Gadget Days during May. These in-store events will give customers a great opportunity to get hands on with Korg ‘s range of electronic musical equipment, with leading Korg demonstrator, Luke Edwards in attendance to answer any questions or queries.
The Korg brand has become synonymous with synthesisers and cutting edge gear since its inception in 1962. Over the years, it has been responsible for some landmark innovations. The Workstation Synthesiser was first developed by Korg (the Korg M1), and it is credited with being the first to brand to introduce a ‘key transpose’ feature and also, the first to add effects to synthesisers.
Korg ’s innovative momentum has showed no signs of being slowed. Most recently, the company has become renowned for its ranges of affordable, yet astonishingly powerful, synths, effects and controllers. Using technology derived from 5 decades in producing instruments, these products provide inspirational tools at prices that start at just £34.99!
Bring the Kaoss…
One of Korg ’s bravest innovations, perhaps, was the Kaoss Pad effects processor. For those who have not seen one of these units, they allowed a signal to be processed through a range of effects, but manipulated in real time via an X/Y touch pad. Used by producers, DJs and guitarists, from Matt Bellamy to Enter Shikari, the Koass Pad’s unique approach to effects quickly won people over.
The range now includes the Kaoss Pad 3, the Kaoss Pad Quad and the pocket sized, Mini KP 2, along with the Kaossilator Pro and Kaossillator Mini Phrase Synthesiser.
The Korg Monotron was arguably another true landmark in Korg ’s long history. This pocket synthesiser employed an analogue circuit, and was played with a ribbon controller. Unbelievably, it featured the same, renowned filter as the legendary Korg MS10 and MS20 synths released in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Capable of tones of astonishing warmth and character, the Monotron made its way into many musicians’ homes, being both a fun musical toy, and a very useful source of sounds and effects.
Later, this technology was employed in the Korg Monotribe, which expanded the oscillators types available, but crucially added an analogue drum machine and a step sequencer. This, combined with the ability to sync multiple units together, or sync to other sources made the Monotribe a remarkably powerful tool for those looking for classic analogue tone.
The range now also includes the Monotron Delay (Monotron with built in delay), and Monotron Duo (dual oscillator). Unbelievably, each Monotron is priced at just £34.99!
Great things in small packages
The Korg Microkorg needs no introduction. Introduced in 2002, this virtual analogue synthesiser was based on technology from the award winning Korg MS2000 synth. Capable of delivering a wide range of vintage, analogue style sounds and a vocoder, but with the convenience of MIDI, and at an unprecedented low price this diminutive synthesizer has an army of fans. The range now includes the Microkorg XL (which features additional synthesis types), the Microsampler (a compact sample workstation) and the Microstation (an ultra compact synthesiser workstation with sequencer.
With prices from just £299, the Korg Micro range is affordable, and inspirational.
Korg has been very astute, understanding the way that people produced music was changing, and has been brave enough to anticipate the kind of tools people will require. With a range of ‘Gadgets’ that is so comprehensive, so affordable, and so, well, just fun, there is piece of Korg gear to appeal to just about anyone. Visit one of our Korg Gadget Days to see which is the perfect fit for your musical life…
Dates are as follows:
- Sat 5th May – Dawsons Basingstoke
- Sat 12th – Dawsons Liverpool
- Sun 13th – Dawsons Manchester
- Sat 19th – Dawsons Huddersfield
- Sun 20th – Dawsons Leeds
- Sat 26th – Dawsons Chester
- Sun 27th – Dawsons Reading
Call the stores for more information.
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