Compact and portable, the microStation features Korg''s 61-key Natural Touch mini-keyboard, numerous effects, dual arpeggiators and 16 tracks of MIDI recording power. New features include an easily accessible Loop Recording and Visual Grid Sequencing.
The proportion of the black keys and white keys has been adjusted so that chords are comfortable to play, and the feel is designed to allow rapid phrases to be performed with ease; the waterfall-style keys make glissandos easy to play.
The microStation features the new EDS-i (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – integrated) engine, derived from the EDS system found on Korg''s M3 XPanded and M50 professional instruments. The effect section adds up to five insert effects (including Korg''s proprietary “REMS” amp-modeling technology), two master effects and one total effect.
In addition to the 480 programs and 25 drum kits, the microStation provides 256 Combinations, each of which combines up to 16 programs as layers, splits or velocity-switched elements. The 383 audition riffs play a repeating phrase so the selected sound can be heard in context. Every sound can be edited, tweaked and re-written, with plenty of room for saving custom programs, Combinations and drum kits. For compatibility with other MIDI instruments, there is also a full GM2-compatible sound set. The microStation provides an SD card slot, allowing users to save their programs, Combinations and song data directly onto an SD/SDHC card.
Frequently used parameters can be assigned to the four real-time control knobs for convenient sound editing or for performing with the arpeggiator. With the External switch on, these four knobs can be used to control an external MIDI device. A joystick is provided.
The microStation is bundled with the microStation Editor and microStation Plug-In Editor software. The microStation Editor is a stand-alone program, while the“microStation Plug-In Editor allows the microStation to be used as a VST, AU or RTAS plug-in instrument inside a DAW or other host application on a personal computer.
The Korg microStation will be available July 2010 with an MSRP of $850.