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At the Summer NAMM show, Korg introduces a compact MIDI controller designed for computer-based and live performance musicians, DJs, and producers alike. The new microKONTROL offers a wide variety of control possibilities, including support for plug-ins, software synths, and sequencing/DAW applications, at an affordable price.

The 37-note mini-key velocity sensitive keyboard has eight rotary encoders and sliders with LCDs to easily display parameter names and values even on a darkened stage or DJ booth. 16 velocity sensitive pads are provided for drum programming, system control, and transport control for sequencing. A 4-way assignable joystick is provided as well.

Additional features include:

  • The ability to instantly switch between 12 sets of parameter assignments
  • Library management of parameter templates using the FREE microKONTROL software for Mac (OSX)/PC (Windows XP) included in the box
  • A variety of templates for controlling popular music software titles also included
  • Tempo control with MIDI clock
  • USB, MIDI IN/MIDI OUT ports can be used as a USB-MIDI interface
  • Power Options -- can be powered by USB Buss, 6 AA batteries, or included AC adapter
  • Assignable pedal input

The microKONTROL's compact chassis measures 20.63" W x 9.13" D x 2.76" H.

The Korg microKONTROL will be available in October 2003 with a U.S. MSRP of $350.

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