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.