Korg http://www.stuff.tv/korg/reviews en-GB Korg's Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-gadget-app-crams-your-ipad-tonnes-electro-synth-goodness/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg wants you to swim in fuzzy basslines. Here&#039;s why you should dive in </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="533" height="400" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-gadget-ipad.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Another Korg app? Should I really be excited?</b></p> <p>Well, answer us this. Should you be excited about an app containing over 50 years worth of virtual synths and drum machines, created by a company whose products have had electro-heads salivating since 1962?</p> <p>Yes. Yes you should.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But I've already got GarageBand…</strong><br /><br />.. which doesn't even come close. Korg's app offers the ultimate portable blank canvas for pure unadulterated electronic music creation. If you want to dabble in synths, create your own electronic masterpiece or add a sprinkle of magic to your existing creations, this app will deliver in spades. Big, flashy spades, covered in knobs and buttons, pulsing with deep electrical humms of anticipation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="589" height="442" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-gadget-ipad2.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But how does it work?</strong><br /><br />Korg offers 15 virtual synths and drum machines, or 'Gadgets' for you to play around with, letting you build up complex layers of sound in combination with a built-in sequencer and mixer.&nbsp;You can run more than 20 at once, from straight-up bass dropping synths to an videogame sound creators. You'll be pumping out a retro-8-bit-electro-pop-funk-acid-house tune in no time.&nbsp;Only three other people on the planet will 'get it', but who are we to judge?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="500" height="375" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-2_0.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Can I share my musical genius with the world?</strong><br /><br />Of course you can. Korg offers a free GadgetCloud music sharing service for all of its users worldwide, or you can upload creations directly to SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter. Bring on the torrent of Likes and Retweets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="715" height="536" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-3.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Where do I throw my money?</strong><br /><br />While we'd happily take it, you're better off popping to the <a data-cke-saved-href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/korg-gadget/id791077159?mt=8" href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/korg-gadget/id791077159?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> where you can pick up Korg Gadget for £19.99 - a special 25%-off introductory price.</p> <p>Just remember who pointed you in its direction when you're warming up for Deadmau5, Skrillex and... whoever else the kids are jumping around to these days.</p> <p><a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">CLICK FOR MORE HOT STUFF STORIES</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="634" height="475" title="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" alt="Korg&#039;s Gadget app crams 15 of its best synth and drum machines into your iPad" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korg-ipad-4.jpg?1390818127" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-gadget-app-crams-your-ipad-tonnes-electro-synth-goodness/news#comments Apple Hot Stuff iOS apps iPad Korg Music Tablets Fri, 24 Jan 2014 14:07:48 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1431647 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Volca Bass http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-bass/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It looks like the real deal, but can the super-cheap Korg Volca Bass really create those magical acid sounds? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Bass review" alt="Volca Bass review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/VolcaBassGlow.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Roland's TB-303 (the silver box that unwittingly sparked the acid house genre and was subsequently taken to a higher plane by the genius of <a title="Watch Hardfloor live" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB84Ap8cWsc" target="_blank">Hardfloor</a>), has for years been priced beyond the reach of most mortals. Clones of this, the most sought-after synth ever, come and go, but they're often too expensive themselves or lack that 303 spark.</p> <p>Korg's Volca Bass is clearly a budget 303 but there's no shame in that. Acid for all? Yes please.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £120.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s almost a TB-303 </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very cheap </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sounds awesome </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks gorgeous </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy syncing with Volca Beats and Keys </div> <div class="field-item even"> Battery power </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Super-portable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s not a TB-303 </div> <div class="field-item even"> No MIDI Out </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Power supply not included </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tricky to program </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Bass: how it sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Using the Volca Bass just for basslines would be a terrible waste. It can do great bass sounds but its potential goes way beyond that. The obvious thing to do is create some squiggling acid loops, which is incredibly good fun. If you're not playing live (<a title="Hear another of our Volca Bass demos on Soundcloud" href="http://soundcloud.com/tony-horgan/into-the-volcas-remastered" target="_blank">here's one on Soundcloud we prepared earlier</a>) you can do both: record a bassline, then record a wild, warbling melody and drop it over the top in whatever music software you're using. The ideal scenario would be a set-up with two or three Volca Basses synced to each other, where one did the bassline donkey work and the others got fruity with the filters. Seriously, because at this price that's a realistic proposition.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZkiEgogSxe4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Bass: how it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Let's assume for now you've just got one Volca Bass. Even then you can still have three separate patterns playing at once because, unlike the Roland TB-303, it has three voices, each of which can be assigned to its own loop in the onboard sequencer. Each of those loops can be anything from one to 16 steps in length, and that's cool too because you can have a pattern based around an odd number of steps bubbling under a main 16-step loop. It's a neat trick to use when you want to break away from rigid 4/4 repetition.</p> <p>However, those three voices all end up going through the same filter, and because that's the section that adds most character, they can all sound a bit "stuck together" when they come out of the dual-mono headphone output.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass controls" alt="Korg Volca Bass review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassLaidBack.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass filter" alt="Filter knob" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassKnobs1.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Volca Family </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is not just another TB-303 clone. The Volca Bass is part of a family including the <a title="Korg Volca Beats review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review" target="_blank">Volca Beats</a> and the <a title="Korg Volca Keys review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-keys/review" target="_blank">Volca Keys</a>; a family that's sure to gain some new members soon. They work well as a team because they've all been designed simultaneously with a consistent vision. Thanks to battery power and a low-tech syncing system, virtually any number of Volcas can be joined up and played in harmony without the need for mains power, a computer or any other controllers. You'll probably want to put them through effects and a mixer, but built-in speakers mean that even that is optional. Because all the connections are on the top panel rather than round the back, they can be tessellated on a tabletop and used in the smallest of spaces.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/rAPxWiqx9o0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Programming the Volca Bass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Getting your notes into the sequencer is harder than you might expect, and it's not helped by the arrangement of the touch-sensitive keyboard. White notes are black, black notes are gold and they're all aligned in a single row, not offset as they would be on a regular keyboard. Perhaps adding stickers to the C keys would help in the short term (keys 4 and 16, in case you were wondering).</p> <p>A damn good read of the "manual" is in order too, which will explain how to enter single notes or record in realtime. One of many economies that's been made with the Volca series is that you don't actually get a full manual but instead a sheet of paper with an annotated diagram of the controls in a number of languages. We suggest you <a title="Download Korg Volca Bass manual PDF" href="http://www.korg.com/uploads/Support/USA_volca_bass_OM_EFGSC2.pdf" target="_blank">download the PDF from Korg's website</a> and view it on a tablet instead.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass keyboard layout" alt="Korg Volca Bass keyboard strip" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassAngle_0.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass key strip" alt="Korg Volca Bass programming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassFat.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass front panel" alt="Front panel controls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassPlainFront.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Fun fun fun! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's quirky for sure, and not all the quirks are positive ones. For example, there's no way to export your patterns, so while you can save them to one of eight memory slots, once you overwrite them they're gone forever. But getting bogged down in what's not there would be missing the point. Remember what you're getting: a portable 3-voice analogue synth with a built-in sequencer for just over £100. That's unbelievably good value and it's incredibly good fun.</p> <p>While it lacks a few TB-303 features, such as the Accent control, it still makes a superb 303 substitute and it's a powerful, versatile synth in its own right. For example, the ability to combine all three voices in three different ways, and to offset the tuning of each voice allows you to build thick, heavy lead synth sounds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass LED display" alt="LED display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassSave.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Bass pitch knobs" alt="Volca Bass oscillators" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBassSync.jpg?1381249660" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Volca Bass: summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whereas the Roland TB-303 was a fluke, the Korg Volca Bass is a calculated, expertly crafted box of magic, albeit one heavily inspired by that fluke. Along with the <a title="Korg Volca Beats review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review" target="_blank">Beats</a> and the <a title="Korg Volca Keys review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-keys/review" target="_blank">Keys</a>, the Volca Bass is paving the way for a new wave of old-school music making. Leave the laptop at home, pack a few Volcas in a rucksack then go forth and filter.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dm3zm_SkExM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>An irresistible chunk of analogue engineering that no electronic musician should ignore</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-bass/review#comments Korg Music Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:30:48 +0000 Tony Horgan 1427617 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Volca Keys http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-keys/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An analogue synth you can play on the bus? The Korg Volca Keys is the stuff of dreams. You have those dreams too, right? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Keys review" alt="Volca Keys analogue synth" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KeysFront%20copy.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Dovetailing with the ground-breaking <a title="Korg Volca Beats review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review" target="_blank">Volca Beats</a> and Volca Bass, the hyper-portable Volca Keys brings chords and melodies to the party. And while the Beats and Bass steal the show, this third member of the band is the one that completes the picture. <br /></strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £120.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Very cheap </div> <div class="field-item even"> True analogue sound </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Easy syncing with other Volcas </div> <div class="field-item even"> Looks lovely </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No MIDI Out </div> <div class="field-item even"> Delay effect is poor </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Keys in action </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In this video it's tempo-locked to a Volca Beats via the 3.5mm sync connection that allows you to chain a few Volcas in sequence and play them, in perfect time, without any other gear. Even so, you'll probably want to put the Keys through some sort of effects processor, and here it's running through a cheap reverb and delay unit, set up to add some skippy swing and echo effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/JlZVFTwrl3M" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Keys: how it sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>On its own the pint-sized Keys can sound a bit harsh, depending on how you tweak the array of front-panel knobs, and it can also get quite loud when it gets excited but you can run it through a compressor to keep its volume in check. It can also sound very warm and soft, partly thanks to the analogue filter which transforms screeching squelches into warm, fuzzy blobs of ear candy.</p> <p>For the benefit of anyone wondering what all the fuss is about when it comes to analogue synths, have a quick listen to the classic <a title="Listen to Stella by Jam &amp; Spoon" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZpkhpfecwg" target="_blank">Stella</a> by Jam &amp; Spoon and its beautifully evolving chord pattern. That's analogue in a nutshell, and so is the Volca Keys, offering us a grid of mostly tiny knobs that say "Tweak me."</p> <p>Actually, they don't say that. They say things like "VCO" and "EG INT" which isn't very helpful to a beginner but they're standard synth terms, so if that means nothing to you (Voltage Controlled Oscillator and Envelope Generator Intensity, by the way) you can either read up on them or just start playing and see what happens. Whether you know what you're doing or not, you'll feel like a mad scientist and appear to onlookers to be at least 40% more intelligent than you actually are.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys" alt="Korg Volca Keys review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysPanel.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Keys controls" alt="Volca knobs" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysGrid.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Keys: what you get </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As a partner to the Beats and Bass, the Volca Keys works well because it can play three notes at once over eight 16-step loops. That means you can add chord sequences or secondary basslines and additional melodies. Programming it from the touch-sensitive keyboard isn't easy but it can be done with patience, especially if you wind the tempo down while you're poking your notes into the internal sequencer.</p> <p>While the keyboard is only two-and-a-bit octaves in length, you can still access the full scale by notching it up or down in single octave steps. A knob on the top left of the panel switches the way the three voices are combined, allowing you to flesh out simple melodies with automatically generated notes an octave or five notes above, or to add metalic ring modulation effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Keys keyboard" alt="Volca Keys review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysKeyboard.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys big knobs" alt="Ring modulation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysAngle.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tricks and treats </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For all the jargon, the Keys is quite a basic synth at heart, so it's great to see how it's been embelished with a variety of tricks and features to expand your music-making options. It's possible to record your adjustments to many of the controls, so that when your sequences are played back you get the filter sweeps and other tweaks you made as part of the performance.</p> <p>If you want to perform live you get a helping hand in terms of timing, so when you switch from one pattern to the next, the Keys changes the pattern but starts it from whichever step would be next in the sequence based on where you are in the current pattern. That means you won't be sweating about missing a beat if your timing isn't bang on.&nbsp; Another neat addition is the ability to set the length of the pattern to anything from one to 16 notes, so you can create a loop of say, five steps, which can be dropped over a 4/4 drum pattern and weave its way in and out of the main time signature without ever sounding wrong.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys lights" alt="Motion sequencing" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysDark-1.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys looping" alt="Loop controls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysDark-2.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Keys live" alt="Playing live" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysDark-3.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Echo effects </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>One of the less successful elements is the built-in echo (or Delay) effect. It should mean that you could confidently play the Keys without plugging into any external effects boxes, but the poor sound quality means it's likely to be bypassed by many users. If you're not too bothered about a clean sound it can be put to use for creating lo-fi special effects.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys delay effect" alt="Sync controls" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysSync.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Compromises </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can't have it all for £120. MIDI output is one of those things, so while you can control the Volca Keys from an external keyboard or a sequencer, you can't export patterns you've programmed on the unit for use at a later date. That is unless you get handy with a soldering iron and make your own MIDI Out modification, which is possible.</p> <p>Failing to bundle a mains power supply would usually be a serious offence but Korg just about gets away with it here, including batteries that enforce the mobile, go-anywhere ethos that's set out by the internal speaker and sync chaining system.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Keys internal speaker" alt="Built-in speaker" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysSpeaker.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Keys review summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's overshadowed by the Beats and Bass but the Volca Keys is an obvious next step for anyone who's been bitten by the Volca bug. In the few weeks we've lived with it, it's risen in our estimation from an also-ran to a dark horse, a secret weapon that can be used to deadly effect.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Keys size" alt="How big?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KeysCoffee.jpg?1380898973" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A deceptively powerful, incredibly good value micro-synth that completes the Korg Volca Trilogy</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-keys/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-keys/review#comments Korg Music Fri, 04 Oct 2013 15:01:47 +0000 Tony Horgan 1427446 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Volca Beats http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With the Volca Beats, Korg has made a Roland TR-808 alternative for 5% of the price. This tiny drum machine is the biggest thing to happen in electronic music for 30 years. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats" alt="Volca Beats analogue drum machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/VolcaBeatsMain.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>One third of a trio of analogue grooveboxes, the Korg Volca Beats is an incredibly compact and affordable drum machine, and despite its amazingly low price, it sounds brilliant.</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £120.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analogue sounds </div> <div class="field-item even"> Very low price </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Portable </div> <div class="field-item even"> Realtime knob tweaking </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No separate outputs </div> <div class="field-item even"> No MIDI Out/Thru </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Power supply not included </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analogue meets digital </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Those drum machines were at the heart of the electro, hip hop, house, acid, garage and techno movements that stemmed from the mid-to-late-80s. The <a title="Watch a demo of the TR-808 on YouTube" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2uBBtwEdRk" target="_blank">TR-808's calling card was a huge bass drum</a> crafted from a pure analogue sine wave. The Volca Beats uses the same technique to generate its bass drum and the results are stunning. Analogue synthesis is also used for the snare drum, toms and high hats, while the remaining four sounds are digital samples.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/dm3zm_SkExM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> So much for so little </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When you see it in the flesh you'll be surpised at just how small the Volca Beats is, so to give you a rough guide, the front panel is about the size of a 7in tablet. Into that space, Korg has found room for 26 knobs and buttons plus a 16-step keypad. Many of the controls are backlit, which helps if you're playing in a live venue or around the campfire, as we were when we took this pic. Yes, thanks to a built-in speaker and the option of AA battery power, you can take the Beats wherever you go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats" alt="Volca Beats drum machine" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BeatsLongExposure-1.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Beats: the analogue sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You get just eight built-in drum sounds but each of these is tweakable in a number of ways, so while the Beats does have its own "sound" and character, there's still a lot you can do to stamp your own mark on it. That kick drum has controls for Click (to increase or reduce the tiny click at the start of the sine wave), along with Pitch and Decay. This lets you take it from a sub-bass "Booooooom!" to a much tighter "Pop!", although even at its highest pitch the kick drum is still right down in the lower registers. In fact, it's so low pitched that it can be tricky to balance it up with the other sounds if you're monitoring through headphones or a small sound system.</p> <p>The snare pinches the Snappy control from the 808, which turns it from a discreet knock to a trashy splash, especially when combined with the Pitch and Decay knobs. Still in analogue territory, the high and low toms also get their own Pitch and Decay controls which makes them deployable as an alternative bass drum or tuned percussion that can double up as a bassline of sorts.</p> <p>The analogue high hats are again reminiscent of the TR-808, so rather than sounding realistic they have more of a vintage rhythm machine character. Decay controls allow you to adjust them from a short, clipped "Pst!" to a longer "Fizzzzz", and a Grain knob alters their pitch in a quite endearingly lo-fi fashion.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats controls" alt="Korg Volca Beats LED lights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-2.JPG?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="3307" height="2474" title="Volca Beats knobs" alt="Korg Volca Beats analog sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeatsKnobs.JPG?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volca Beats: the digital sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The rest of the sounds are digital sound samples (referred to as PCM sounds here). That needn't be a bad thing – Roland's TR-909 used both analogue and digital sounds to brilliant effect (<a title="Jeff Mills plays a TR-909" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKeVmmfeSPI" target="_blank">here's a video of Jeff Mills</a> being absolutely awesome with nothing but a TR-909) but in the case of the Volca Beats this is where some disappointment sets in. The hand clap is just fine and very similar to the 909's, which is one of the best hand claps ever. Each of the digital sounds can be adjusted with a pitch control, and in the case of the clap this works well. However, the clap, claves, agogo and crash sound as if they're stored at a very low bit rate. This seems an unecessary step to take in this age. Despite the current nostalgia for the 8-bit era, nobody ever really liked the sampling noise you got on low bit-depth recordings (these sound as if they're recorded below 8-bit resolution), and anyone who thinks they did clearly didn't understand the technology.</p> <p>Aside from the noise, the claves and agogo are handy for adding clinks and bonks, but the crash cymbal is a total let-down, more akin to someone dropping a teaspoon in a kitchen sink than walloping a big cymbal.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/8dM_-VpuRik" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats" alt="Korg Volca Beats" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-3.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3672" title="Korg Volca Beats digital sounds" alt="Korg Volca Beats PCM sounds" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/DSC03580_0.JPG?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Performance tricks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Live performances can be enhanced with a few other tricks. The Stutter controls re-trigger the current sound (or all the sounds at once) at timed intervals depending on how much you dial up the pair of knobs. It can be used as an echo effect or to add some very welcome swing or shuffle, breaking the robotic rigidity of the 16-step patterns.</p> <p>Those with swift fingers and accurate timing can also employ the Step Jump and Active Step features to skip beats, shortern loops and add fill-ins, but these should be used with caution as it's easy to mess up your time signature. In the right hands they can be used to great effect.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats Step Jump" alt="Volca Beats Active Step" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-5.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="4896" height="3672" title="Volca Beats Stutter control" alt="Korg Volca Beats Stutter" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-4_0.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDI and Sync </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can play the Beats purely as a standalone machine or synchronise it with other gear. There's a MIDI In port which means the Beats can be played or sequenced from any other MIDI controller or a computer running music software, but no MIDI Out nor MIDI Thru. However, there are also Sync In and Sync Out connections, which use a 3.5mm audio cable to send or receive timing pulses. These connections come into their own when you combine the Beats with its siblings, the Volca Bass and Volca Keys, which have identical connections. All three (or even more than three) can be daisy-chained and locked to the same tempo. You can even use Korg's free <a title="View SyncKontrol on the AppStore" href="https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDMQFjAA&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fitunes.apple.com%2Fgb%2Fapp%2Fkorg-synckontrol-for-monotribe%2Fid438617344%3Fmt%3D8&amp;ei=Yo1BUpvKIeyO7QacsYBg&amp;usg=AFQjCNHbdGz0U3K5uFgSHnlSU-1ACdAdxg&amp;sig2=eqc3Y2tqKcMX_D-SlZAB1Q&amp;bvm=bv.52434380,d.bGE" target="_blank">SyncKontrol</a> iPhone app to set the tempo and add some swing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volca Beats MIDI port and Sync" alt="Volca Beats CV Sync" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeatsMidi-Sync.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What&#039;s missing? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>To get this much drum machine for just over £100 is amazing, but to reach that price Korg has had to make some compromises. For example, there's just one audio output, which carries a mono signal that's doubled to both stereo channels. The lack of separate outputs for each sound and no dedicated volume control for each sound means that balancing everything up can be quite a challenge. Batteries are included but if you want a mains power supply you'll have to buy that separately, and cost savings are evident in the teeny knobs and flat, touch-sensitive key strip. Still, if you're handy with a soldering iron you'll find it relatively easy to add a MIDI Out port and perhaps other control enhancements.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats, fat sounds" alt="Volca Beats modifications" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-6.jpg?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Of course the Volca Beats can't compete with a genuine TR-808, and at this price is was never going to do that. However, there's nothing even close to the Beats for this sort of cash and hardly anything close at any price. Along with the Volca Bass and Keys, the Beats is sure to inspire a new generation of music makers. What we love most about the Beats is that it frees electronic musicians from the blinkered tedium of modern laptop tinkering and brings performance back to the front.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Korg Volca Beats review" alt="Volca Beats test" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/VolcaBeats-7.JPG?1380813796" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> sound </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A diddy drum machine with a huge sound, the Volca Beats is an instant techno classic</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-volca-beats/review#comments Geek accessories Korg Music Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:30:50 +0000 Tony Horgan 1426966 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg MS-20 Mini http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-ms-20-mini/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Antiquated switchboard or retro-tastic music maker? This is Stuff, what do you think? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1143" height="857" title="Korg MS-20 Mini Review" alt="Korg MS-20 Mini Review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-ms-20-mini.jpg?1370532948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Overview </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Analogue synths of the 70s and early 80s are fascinating things, not just for the incredible sounds they can create, but also because of the way their circuits can be rewired with knobs, cables and switches to make evermore bamboozling noises. The original MS-20 was just such a beast, and fetches four figures on eBay, but now Korg has remade its classic in a slightly more compact form at a far more affordable price.</p> <p><a title="Korg MS-20 Mini sound demo" href="https://soundcloud.com/tony-horgan/korg-ms-20-mini-sound-demo" target="_blank">Hear the Korg MS-20 Mini on Soundcloud</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analogue bubblebath </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KorgMS-20-Mini-hands-2.JPG?1370532948" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDI and USB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why remake a classic? Well, adding MIDI and USB ports is a good enough reason for us. You couldn't control the original directly from a computer, but the Mini can be hooked up to a laptop or added to a bigger set-up with a MIDI cable, and that's really the only update it needed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg MS20 Mini summary </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the sight of those patch cables hasn't scared you off, chances are you'll love the MS-20 Mini just as much as we do. Check out the video above and treat your ears to a sample of the Mini's electro-magic.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>With its combination of immediacy and enigma-like depths to be explored, the Korg MS-20 Mini wins on all counts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-ms-20-mini </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-ms-20-mini/review-0#comments Geek accessories Korg Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:35:28 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1423889 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg MS-20 Mini http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-ms-20-mini/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A wonderful remake of a quirky classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KorgMS-20-Mini-hands-2.jpg?1370447693" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="814" height="387" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-MS20-Mini-2.jpg?1370447693" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="772" height="339" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-MS20-Mini3.jpg?1370447693" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Analogue synths of the 70s and early 80s are fascinating things, not just for the incredible sounds they can create, but also because of the way their circuits can be rewired with knobs, cables and switches to make evermore bamboozling noises. The original MS-20 was just such a beast, and fetches four figures on eBay, but now Korg has remade its classic in a slightly more compact form at a far more affordable price.</p> <p><a title="Korg MS-20 Mini sound demo" href="https://soundcloud.com/tony-horgan/korg-ms-20-mini-sound-demo" target="_blank">Hear the Korg MS-20 Mini on Soundcloud</a></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £500.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analogue bubblebath </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The sound-generating hardware of the MS-20 Mini remains fully analogue, with a potentially baffling array of controls to master.</p> <p>As well as the knobs, there's a "patch panel" that allows you to re-route (or "patch") electronic pulses and audio signals, either from the MS-20 itself or from external sources. The original's 1/4in jacks are replaced with 3.5mm jacks here, but they still feel sturdy enough to survive plenty of plugging and unplugging.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ctEXkYamRy8" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDI and USB </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Why remake a classic? Well, adding MIDI and USB ports is a good enough reason for us. You couldn't control the original directly from a computer, but the Mini can be hooked up to a laptop or added to a bigger set-up with a MIDI cable, and that's really the only update it needed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KorgMS-20-Mini-hands-3.jpg?1370447693" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If the sight of those patch cables hasn't scared you off, chances are you'll love the MS-20 Mini just as much as we do. With its combination of immediacy and enigma-like depths to be explored, the Korg MS-20 Mini wins on all counts.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/KorgMS-20-Mini-hands-1.jpg?1370447693" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A wonderful remake of a quirky classic</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-ms-20-mini </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-ms-20-mini/review#comments Geek accessories Korg MS-20 Mini Music Fri, 03 May 2013 14:32:43 +0000 Tony Horgan 424810 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg microKORG XL+ http://www.stuff.tv/korg-microkorg-xl/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Dressed to kill, the new microKORG mini-synth has arrived </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="822" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-main_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="520" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-2_0_5.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="680" height="500" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-3_0_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="672" height="343" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXLPlus-4_4.jpg?1364297589" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korgXLPLus-hands1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg microKORG XL+ review </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Korg's microKORG mini-synths have been a Stuff favourite for years, thanks to their combination of gadgety portability and awesome sonic power. Perhaps spurred on by the recent competition from Novation's <a title="Novation Mininova review" href="/review/novation-mininova" target="_blank">Mininova</a>, Korg has now extended the microKORG family with a third member, the XL+.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands3_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg microKORG XL+ review – solid foundation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A few years ago the original mini-keyed <a title="Korg microKORG sound demo" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5j00OAAPig" target="_blank">microKORG</a> was joined by the <a title="Korg microKORG XL review" href="/review/korg-microkorg-xl" target="_blank">XL</a> (extra large in sound but not size), which brought an improved vocoder for vocal effects, a new brain capable of recreating a wider range of sounds and a more playable keyboard. The XL+ builds on that with new sounds and a slightly tweaked front panel.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands2_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL Plus – Mellotron sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many of <a title="microKORG XL+ sound demos on Soundcloud" href="https://soundcloud.com/korg/sets/korg20120825/" target="_blank">those new sounds</a> are actually recreations of very old sounds. Sorry, make that "retro" sounds. For example, there are some accurate renditions of the legendary Mellotron, a synth that predated the sampler by about 20 years, using recordings of acoustic instruments on strips of magnetic tape connected to the keys. For this reason, the first thing any new XL+ owner must do is dial up the "Tape Flute" sound and play the opening chords to The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever. That's the law.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="271" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands6_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ colour schemes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The XL+ comes in two new colour schemes, but beyond that and those extra sounds it's business as usual. Straight out of the box the XL+ is a very versatile synth, covering the bases from techno bleeps, trancey parps and dubstep wobbles (dubstep now gets its own notch on the "Genres" knob) to organs and pianos more suited to rock set-ups.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="267" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands5_1.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ vocoder </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The vocoder is pretty awesome (the same as on the XL, better than the original microKORG but marginally beaten by the Mininova) and the additional audio input remains, so you can put any other gear through the XL+'s filters and effects. Extra sounds are available for free from Korg, and while the front panel isn't great for editing, the Mac and PC sound editor gives you the freedom to create your own from scratch or just mess around with the presets.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="369" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/korgXLPLus-hands4_2.JPG?1364297589" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> microKORG XL+ arpeggiator </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's the amount of musical potential that's packed into the XL+ that makes it so special. Not only do you get a great synth with one of the best vocoders out there, you also get an arpeggiator which is brilliant for adding movement and rhythm to sounds or for playing semi-automatic basslines. Still, it would have been nice to see the USB connection upgraded to carry digital audio as well as MIDI data.</p> <p>Every music-making set-up should have room for a microKORG, and the XL+ is just as deserving of a place as its predecessors.</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As portable as it is powerful, the XL+ is a cracking little synth</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-microkorg-xl-0 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg-microkorg-xl/review#comments Korg microKORG XL+ Music Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:37:02 +0000 Tony Horgan 423708 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Kaossilator 2 http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-kaossilator-2/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pocket-sized music-maker for fidget-fingered technoheads </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <p>No, not a GPS gadget for scuba divers – the Kaossilator 2 is a portable rave generator. We had a lot of fun with <a title="Korg Kaossilator review" href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/korg-kaossilator">the original Korg Kaossilator</a> back in 2007, and the second-gen update promises even more idiot-proof ways to make electro beats and bleeps.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £155.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: how it works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What you get is a synthesiser drum machine wrapped in an apparently very simple interface. Instead of a keyboard there's a touchpad; the sort of thing you'd find on a laptop. Moving your finger left and right plays your chosen sound at different pitches (locked to a specific musical "key", such as C), while up and down swipes alter the character of the sound in some way.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-1.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: drums </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Choose a drum kit or drum loop, and the areas of the pad correspond to different sounds or adjust the complexity of the loop, from a simple "boom, boom, boom, boom" to a "boom, chick, tst, blam, diga-diga-diga-diga, splash".</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-3.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: patterns </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But there's more. A little button labelled "arp" toggles the arpeggiator, which plays your notes in one of a number of sequences for as long as you hold or move your finger around the pad. That makes it easy to lay down a jiggly bassline with perfect timing.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-5.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: timing </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Well, not quite perfect timing. You can record and layer up 8-beat loops, but even with the tempo light to guide you it's harder than it should be to get them all playing along tightly. Some automatic quantisation would have completed the "no skills required" interface. Maybe that's something for a future OS update.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="339" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-6.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: sounds </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Alternative sound banks and settings can be accessed via a combination of a titchy LCD screen, four weeny buttons and a ribbon controller. The system works but it's not ideal as an interface, and we miss the original's knob.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="334" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-4.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: recording </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Unlike the original, the Kaossilator 2 has an audio input as well as a built-in microphone, and along with the microSD card slot these let you record your own warbles or instruments along with the internal sounds, then export them as WAV audio files for sharing or use in other music applications.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Kaossilator-hands-7.jpg?1364298480" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg Kaossilator 2: inspirational </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While you can make some great sounds, this isn't something you'll use to get an idea down. In fact it's almost impossible to play a melody of your own as there are no markings on the touchpad to tell you where the notes are. Instead, the Kaossilator 2 is at its most useful when you don't have any ideas. Just pick it up, start poking and you might end up with something worthy of a podcast jingle, some home movie sound effects or the basis of a track to be built up later.</p> <p>If there was a little more serious potential and a less fiddly interface the Kaossilator would be a five-star product, but even so there's a lot to love about it, just the way it is.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A fun-packed music-maker for itchy fingers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-kaossilator-2 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-kaossilator-2/review#comments Kaossilator 2 Korg Music Mon, 14 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Tony Horgan 421148 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg outs a pair of Monotrons http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-outs-pair-monotrons/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enter the Duo and the Delay, two budget analogue synths to blow your musical mind </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="312" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rsz_hero_monotron_duo_0.jpg?1364401070" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="300" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/rsz_monotrondelay_0.jpg?1364401070" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2122.jpg?1364401070" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all loved Korg's portable, battery powered Stylophone-like <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/life-etc/stuff/korg-monotron-new-stylophone">monotron</a> but we've been champing at the bit for some more analogue synth gadgetry. Korg has done us proud with the monotron DUO and monotron DELAY.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/korg-outs-a-pair-of-monotrons </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-outs-pair-monotrons/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-outs-pair-monotrons/news#comments Korg Monotron Mon, 07 Nov 2011 12:52:56 +0000 Sophie Charara 418681 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Monotribe http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg&#039;s retro analogue synth and drum machine is an instant techno classic </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="844" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/kor-monotribe-main_0.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-1.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-2.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="329" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-monotribe-hands-3.jpg?1364298738" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It would be easy to mistake the Korg Monotribe for a toy. You're almost certain to find it described as such elsewhere but don't you believe it. This true analogue synth and drum machine combo is a retro-modern classic.</p> <p>This is what it sounds like... If you think you can handle ten minutes of this nonsense, scroll to the bottom for the director's cut.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £170.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A brilliant little box for techno tweakers and acid house space cadets</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-monotribe </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotribe/review#comments Korg Monotribe Music Fri, 27 May 2011 13:15:31 +0000 Tony Horgan 416557 at http://www.stuff.tv The beat goes on your leg with Korg’s Wavedrum Mini http://www.stuff.tv/korg/beat-goes-your-leg-korg%E2%80%99s-wavedrum-mini/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bang the drum wherever you happen to be with this leg-mounted electronic drum pad </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="530" height="398" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/korg-wavedrum-mini_0.jpg?1364402049" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_3682.jpg?1364402049" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you’re the kind of person that draws disapproving looks from fellow commuters as you drum away on surrounding objects, Korg’s Wavedrum Mini is made for you. Mind you, it won’t be any more subtle. Strap this little beauty to your knee and tap away with over 100 different sounds ranging from percussion to synth tones. Other extras include built-in speakers, pre-set rhythms, overdub and an included sensor which turns objects into instruments. Check out the demo for a full list of features then pick one up for around £260. Go on, you know you want to.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/news-nugget/the-beat-goes-on-your-leg-with-korg%E2%80%99s-wavedrum-mini </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/beat-goes-your-leg-korg%E2%80%99s-wavedrum-mini/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/beat-goes-your-leg-korg%E2%80%99s-wavedrum-mini/news#comments Korg Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:02:49 +0000 Paddy Smith 416250 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Kaoss Pad Quad http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg’s idiot-proof DJ effects box promises four times the fun at your fingertips. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="841" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Main.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="856" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Angle.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="271" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Rear.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Setup.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="1072" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Top.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="750" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Korg-Kaosspad-Quad-Touch.jpg?1364298809" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Kaoss Pad effects boxes have been favoured by DJs, musicians and tactile soundsmiths for some years, but this latest Quad edtion steps up the pace by letting you chain together your choice of four different effects. Whether you hook it up to a DJ rig, studio mixer or a live stage set-up, the giant illuminated touchpad interface makes it the most user-friendly effects processor you can buy.</p> <p><strong></strong></p> <p>Control freak</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £230.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Hours of neighbour-annoying fun to be had with this excellent piece of music-mangling kit</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-kaoss-pad-quad </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/kaoss-pad-quad/korg-kaoss-pad-quad/review#comments Kaoss Pad Quad Korg Music Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:28:14 +0000 Tony Horgan 416085 at http://www.stuff.tv Icon – Korg microPiano http://www.stuff.tv/korg/icon-%E2%80%93-korg-micropiano/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Grand pianos have just gone nano </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="440" height="293" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/2197101aebli_0.jpg?1364403381" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="440" height="76" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/194370c3cbli_60.jpg?1364403381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Jamie Cullum’s new piano arrived in one piece, then</strong></p> <p>If only he knew it existed. Korg’s microPiano is so fresh it ought to be kept in the fridge. It might even just fit, with its five-octave mini keyboard and tiny grand piano styled enclosure complete with lifting lid.</p> <p><strong>But I’m six foot. Where would I put my feet?</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/icon/icon-%E2%80%93-korg-micropiano </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/icon-%E2%80%93-korg-micropiano/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/icon-%E2%80%93-korg-micropiano/news#comments Korg Fri, 14 Jan 2011 00:00:00 +0000 admin 15514 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg microKORG XL http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Korg&#039;s go-anywhere, synthesizer-vocoder hybrid might just be its best music maker yet </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="605" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/KorgmicroXL.jpg?1364299274" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1747" height="1064" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/microKORGXL.jpg?1364299274" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don't dismiss the three-octave, mini-keyed microKORG XL as a toy. It's packed with tempting features for creative musical minds.</p> <p>The XL is incredibly portable, measuring 55.6cm from end to end and weighing just 2kg, with the ability to run on six AA batteries or mains power. So if your studio is the cupboard under the stairs it'll fit in just fine, and when you want to pop round to your mate's house for a jam session, you can just put it under your arm and hop on the bus.</p> <p><strong>Pet sounds</strong></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £400.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A cute combination of synth and vocoder, ideal for anyone making pop and dance music in tight spaces </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/korg-microkorg-xl </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-microkorg-xl/review#comments Korg microKORG XL Music Thu, 25 Mar 2010 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 14283 at http://www.stuff.tv Korg Monotron is the new Stylophone http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotron-new-stylophone/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you played with a Stylophone when you were a kid, the new Korg Monotron is going to be right up your street. While it packs all the charm of the re </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="356" height="236" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/1737100b3mn.jpg?1364406492" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you played with a Stylophone when you were a kid, the new Korg Monotron is going to be right up your street. </p> <p>While it packs all the charm of the retro Stylophone into a <em>really</em> small, pocketable package (<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v0FT8lXGSo&amp;feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">check out someone playing it</a>), it also manages to squeeze a whole lot of brains into its shell as well.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/life-etc/stuff/korg-monotron-new-stylophone </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotron-new-stylophone/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/korg/korg-monotron-new-stylophone/news#comments Korg Monotron Wed, 24 Mar 2010 05:00:00 +0000 admin 14274 at http://www.stuff.tv