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Korg, a longstanding market leader in synth sales with its innovative microKORG and microKORG XL, adds a third model to the microSERIES family: the microSAMPLER Compact Sampling Keyboard. Complete with a gooseneck microphone, the microSAMPLER provides a fast and easy way to integrate creative audio sampling into any musical scenario. The front panel is equipped with recessed and clearly marked controls—along with an informative backlit LCD—making the microSAMPLER easy to use for both beginners and seasoned pros. Molded into the panel are handy cradles for holding MP3 players or other sample sources. The 37-key Natural Touch mini-keyboard has been designed for speed, comfort and playability. Battery power provides on-the-go capabilities, and an AC adapter is included for extended use. As a keyboard instrument, the microSAMPLER stands apart from pad or button-based groove samplers, allowing individual samples to be freely assigned to, and played chromatically up and down, the keys. The microSAMPLER provides five distinct sampling modes, including traditional One-Shot, Loop and Gate sampling, with re-sampling in every mode. Auto Next sampling automatically creates ready-to-use time-sliced samples during recording. Key Gate sampling allows the user to grab multiple samples of varying lengths from incoming audio by simply touching the desired key, all in real-time. The entire output can be routed through the effect, played by the pattern sequencer and re-sampled as a single sound. The Time Stretch feature allows samples to be sped up or slowed down to match a song's tempo, without affecting their pitch. All the essential editing tools are provided, including Normalize, Truncate, Start and End trim, with selectable sample rates that range from beyond CD clarity down through a Lo-Fi vintage vibe. In addition to user-sampled sounds, the microSAMPLER contains dozens of preset sounds available for instant music-making. Twenty-one effects (borrowed from the Korg KAOSS series) provide up-to-date sound shaping, ranging from traditional reverbs and delays to more exotic grain-shifting and ring-modulation. There is also an overdubbing pattern sequencer that allows sampled loops and phrases to be quickly transformed into songs, as well as providing dynamic performance possibilities. Using the free Editor/Librarian software, entire libraries of samples can be created and saved to on-board memory or to a computer, along with WAV/AIFF audio files and pattern sequence data. A single USB cable provides high-speed communication in both directions between the computer and the microSAMPLER. The microSAMPLER Compact Sampling Keyboard is now available, with a U.S. MSRP of $750.00.
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