Mic(ro) drop

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Korg’s other synth re­vival is a spe­cial edi­tion (we’re guess­ing that’s what the ‘S’ stands for) of the com­pany’s still-in-pro­duc­tion, wide­lyused mi­croKorg.

This takes the ba­sics of the ’02 orig­i­nal and adds a built-in 2+1 speaker sys­tem. Stick a set of bat­ter­ies in here and, in the­ory, you’ve got a com­pletely self-con­tained per­for­mance in­stru­ment. Korg even claim that, be­cause you can feel the vi­bra­tions of the speaker through your fin­gers, the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is sim­i­lar to play­ing an acous­tic in­stru­ment or elec­tric pi­ano.

The mi­croKorg S also fea­tures more mem­ory than its pre­de­ces­sor, which has en­abled Korg to add 64 pre­sets that are said to re­flect the “chang­ing mu­si­cal scene”. These in­clude leads, elec­tric pi­anos and basses. There are also 64 ex­tra slots in which to store your own pro­grams, while the Favourite Se­lect fea­ture en­ables you to assign and re­call up to eight of your most-used pro­grams.

You’ll no­tice some cos­metic changes too: the mi­croKorg S has a white front panel and maple wood end pan­els. The com­pact form fac­tor has been re­tained, though, as have all the key fea­tures of the orig­i­nal (in­clud­ing the ex­cel­lent vocoder and minia­ture mi­cro­phone). Again, we’re still wait­ing on the price de­tails.

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