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  • #46
    Definitely send some more travelogue pics, really appreciate it, living vicariously through them (i woke up my wife last night to say "hey, that guy from the forums is in Japan at the Korg factory!") Very cool all around, spread the love....

    One semi-OT thought regarding Korg, I would like for them to stay away from plastic casing on so much of their gear.
    I had the D16, nice multi track, but should have had a metal casing considering it cost a grand.
    Same thing with the MicroX, the pictures from Namm last year had me psyched, but then when I finally got my hands on one, it was like something from the 99cent store, incredibly cheap casing and keys....
    If they want to keep that museum going for the next thirty years, please tell them to stop making oil based hardware!

    Great hearing from you Craig, enjoy the trip!
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    • #47
      As I think music is magic, and magic is a inner law of life, I would love to be in the develop team for the telepathic sequencer.
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      • #48
        Go for it Gilberto,
        If you can bend a spoon with your mind, no reason you can't shorten velocity of all notes by 50%...
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        • #49
          Originally posted by dahkter
          Go for it Gilberto,
          If you can bend a spoon with your mind, no reason you can't shorten velocity of all notes by 50%...


          LOL!!!

          Bend a spoon is kinetic mind power. If someone can do this, can move the keys in the synth.

          I understand such sequencer would sense aura variations, catch emotions, even voice inner expressions, and something so, no the eletric brain part as I have seen some machines trying to do.
          Human mind is not only chemical and eletric, this is hard to fix, and another direction should be explored.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Anderton
            I can't resist this one. The controller for a new Korg product? No, this is the control panel for the toilet in my hotel room!


            Where's the record button?

            Way cool pics & report, Craig! Thanks!
            Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?

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            • #51
              Wow, thanks Craig, i've been reading your columms in the mags for years and if anyone is my 'midi mentor' you are it!


              Now anything else you could possibly 'hint' at without violating your NDA? Please, please????
              Roland: Fantom-G8 VSynth-GT MC-909 MC-808 PCR300 Yamaha: XS-6 MM-6 KX-25 T-116 Korg: M3-61 Micro-X Moog: LP DSI: Prophet-08


              Cakewalk: Sonar 8 PE Rapture Dimension Pro Project5 N.I.: Absynth Akoustik FM8 Massive P.H.: Reason 4 Digidesign: Protools LE 8 Spectrasonics: Omnisphere

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              • #52
                Did you ask Mr. Katoh why Korg insists on continuously repackaging a ten-year old synth engine, or why they can't seem to come up with a decent piano patch...even in the Oasys?
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                • #53
                  <<Did you ask Mr. Katoh why Korg insists on continuously repackaging a ten-year old synth engine>>

                  I think everyone knows that the AI synthesis engine is reaching its twilight. Suffice it to say that NAMM is only a few days away...keep your eyes on this space.

                  <<or why they can't seem to come up with a decent piano patch...even in the Oasys? >>

                  Well, I've never met a sampled piano that sounds like a real piano. That's why I don't use sampled piano in any of my recorded music unless it's for an "effect," like a "cheesy house piano" sound. On the other hand, I do know some keyboard players who love the OASYS piano, and when recorded in a track, it can sound extremely convincing...to each his own.
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                  • #54
                    <<Now anything else you could possibly 'hint' at without violating your NDA? Please, please????>>

                    Well...not really, sorry! Keep watching this space, after NAMM I can say as much as I want, and include a bunch o' photos, too.
                    The first 3 books in "The Musician's Guide to Home Recording" series are available from Hal Leonard and http://www.reverb.com. Listen to my music on http://www.YouTube.com/thecraiganderton, and visit http://www.craiganderton.com. Thanks!

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Anderton
                      <<Did you ask Mr. Katoh why Korg insists on continuously repackaging a ten-year old synth engine>>

                      I think everyone knows that the AI synthesis engine is reaching its twilight. Suffice it to say that NAMM is only a few days away...keep your eyes on this space.


                      Indeed... I really like Korg stuff, I was on the waiting list and got my Triton in what...January of 1998, I think?

                      I worked for the largest home-grown music company in Alabama, and our Korg rep would tell us all about the great new product that was coming out...and it would always be another repackaged Triton (IMO, the only time he said that and actually delivered was with the ESX and EMX rhythm workstations...those were two kickass boxes).

                      Just before I left retail, the Oasys was coming out, and while he dropped some hints about that, I said to him; "...what's next...a Triton the size of the Micro?", and of course, that actually came to be.

                      BTW, Craig...I just wanted to give you some personal kudos.

                      I have always been a gearhead since I was a kid (I graduated h.s. in 1985), and I always read your GP articles religiously, even though I have mostly been a keyboardist most of my life.

                      Thank you for bringing hi-tech down a few notches to layman's terms...you made that side of music-making a lot more accessible and understandable, to me.
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                      • #56
                        First of all, thanks for the props I do like my job!

                        Also, on the subject of audio engines, it's worth noting that the Radias has a very different engine from the Triton series...it's a helluva synth if you get a chance to play it.

                        I wonder if Korg will use that engine in other things in the future...hmmm...
                        The first 3 books in "The Musician's Guide to Home Recording" series are available from Hal Leonard and http://www.reverb.com. Listen to my music on http://www.YouTube.com/thecraiganderton, and visit http://www.craiganderton.com. Thanks!

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                        • #57
                          Oh, i get it, the new Radtron !
                          Roland: Fantom-G8 VSynth-GT MC-909 MC-808 PCR300 Yamaha: XS-6 MM-6 KX-25 T-116 Korg: M3-61 Micro-X Moog: LP DSI: Prophet-08


                          Cakewalk: Sonar 8 PE Rapture Dimension Pro Project5 N.I.: Absynth Akoustik FM8 Massive P.H.: Reason 4 Digidesign: Protools LE 8 Spectrasonics: Omnisphere

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by Anderton

                            I think everyone knows that the AI synthesis engine is reaching its twilight. Suffice it to say that NAMM is only a few days away...keep your eyes on this space.


                            I would think the future of hardware synthesis these days would almost have to be bound to a pc-on-a-chip architecture, simply because there's no other way to maintain a status quo in processing power while also having the flexibility to have a continuous develop process.

                            The XBox should be looked at as a paradigm IMO; it's just a pc in a box with specific additional hardware attached to it. Combine that with Digidesign's proprietary hardware fascism, I'm surprise there isn't a keyboard/workstation equivalent.

                            I would think a keyboard equivalent could be made for the same price point more or less, and you'd have the same ability to upgrade aspects of it using off the shelf technology, while at the same time being tied to the interface components ala XBox/Digidesign.

                            I would hope if Korg is doing a major revamp of their synthesis tech, they'd also revamp how it's packaged and utilized. I'd guess they're going to do an XBox/Digi paradigm keyboard....?
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                            • #59
                              Dude, if you want software get a computer, if you want a 'real' instrument, get a keyboard.
                              Roland: Fantom-G8 VSynth-GT MC-909 MC-808 PCR300 Yamaha: XS-6 MM-6 KX-25 T-116 Korg: M3-61 Micro-X Moog: LP DSI: Prophet-08


                              Cakewalk: Sonar 8 PE Rapture Dimension Pro Project5 N.I.: Absynth Akoustik FM8 Massive P.H.: Reason 4 Digidesign: Protools LE 8 Spectrasonics: Omnisphere

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                              • #60
                                Real instruments, aka keyboards, have had computers in them since the 80s. But they're computers that don't have to run a general purpose OS, which is why you don't have to reboot them in the middle of a concert Or at least, rarely!
                                The first 3 books in "The Musician's Guide to Home Recording" series are available from Hal Leonard and http://www.reverb.com. Listen to my music on http://www.YouTube.com/thecraiganderton, and visit http://www.craiganderton.com. Thanks!

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