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Portable Digital Studio

Korg D16 The D16 packs a host of features into a small package, sounds great, and is easy to learn. Small and light (just 4.4 pounds), it's easy to tote
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Korg D16The D16 packs a host of features into a small package, sounds great, and is easy to learn. Small and light (just 4.4 pounds), it's easy to tote to a gig or session. That's a hard combination to beat.

You can record up to 16 tracks of uncompressed 24- or 16-bit, 44.1 kHz audio. Choosing 24-bit recording will halve the number of available tracks to eight, but if you used up your full complement of tracks, you can free some up by bouncing everything to virtual tracks (eight per track) or overwriting a pair of existing tracks. Want to try that mixdown again? The D16 has up to 99 levels of undo.

The editable multi-effects processor sounds great and offers everything from meat-and-potatoes dynamics processing, reverb, chorus, and EQ to wah wah, amp and vinyl simulation, Doppler effects, and ring modulation. You also get effects tailored for mixdown, including multiband dynamics processing. You even receive 215 built-in, high-quality rhythm patterns that you can arrange drum-machine-style.

The D16 can send and receive MTC, MIDI Machine Control, and continuous controllers, so using it for dynamic mixing automation is a cinch. The D16 has plenty of features, but so do its rivals. What it came down to for us was the unit's combination of sound quality, ease of use, and compactness.