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— New display design aids practice and rhythm training —

MELVILLE, NY, August 24, 2011 — Korg is now shipping the compact  MA-1 Solo Metronome, available in two popular color options. In addition to a   traditional audible beat indicator, the MA-1 also features an enhanced   display for accurate beat keeping and rhythm training. The MA-1 can   serve as a chromatic pitch source for tuning any instrument as well.


In  addition to a swinging metronome style needle,  the MA-1’s new display  design represents the beats in a given measure as  outlined  triangle-shaped icons. As the beats progress, each icon  changes from an  outlined triangle to a solid triangle. A quick glance  will let the  user see what beat of the pattern is being played, or how  far the  pattern has progressed. This delivers a large advantage over  units that  only display the current beat.
The  MA-1 provides a number of advanced options. The  tempo may be set using  traditional mechanical metronome settings (i.e.  “Pendulum” steps), or  freely set to any tempo from 30 to 252 beats per  minute. A Tap Tempo  button also allows for quickly setting the tempo on  the fly.

Using  the Beat Mode, any value from zero through  nine beats may be selected;  the selected beat will be accented.  Additionally, one of eight Rhythm  Patterns may be selected, ranging from  straight quarter notes to  multiple triplet and quadruplet variations.  There is a built-in  speaker, plus a headphone output with an adjustable  level control.  There is a built-in speaker, plus a headphone output with  an adjustable  level control for personal practice or rhythm training.

The  MA-1 can also double as a chromatic sound  source, providing a  reference pitch (C4-B4) for tuning nearly any  instrument. The  Calibration for these reference pitches can be set over a  range of  410Hz - 480Hz. All user settings are also retained when  powered off.  Two AAA alkaline batteries will provide nearly 300 hours of  continuous  use. An auto-off feature preserves battery life after 20  minutes of  non-use. A collapsible tilt-back stand offers support for  easy viewing.

The MA-1 is available in either Black and Red (MA1RD), or Blue and Black (MA1BL).
The shirt-pocket size MA-1 models are now available at a U.S. MSRP of $40.00.
For more information, please visit  www.korg.com.
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