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Korg M50-61 61-Key Synth Workstation

Capture the sound of the M3 in an affordable, expressive synthesizer with the Korg M50-61 workstation. Weighing in at just 15 pounds, it's built to travel. (68) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Every bit the professional performance instrument and studio tool, the Korg M50-61 is priced well within the reach of the working musician, yet delivers incredible sounds and a richly rewarding playing experience. Korg is one of the biggest names in professional keyboards, and they know that a great workstation needs to excel in many different roles. The M50-61 meets and exceeds expectations as a live performance instrument, an integral part of your studio, and as an inspirational composition tool.

Live Performance Instrument

The finest instruments in the world marry beautiful sonics with a solid and expressive feel, and the Korg M50 is no different. The EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound engine gushes with thick synth tones, complex articulated acoustic instruments like strings and brass, and some of the most realistic and playable piano tones in any keyboard in any price range. The main trigger for these sounds is the keyboard--and on the M50-61 that means 61 of Korg's new semi-weighted Natural Touch keys for fast and satisfying synth-action. You also get Korg's righteous joystick controller for combined pitch bend and modulation control. Adding to your performance vocabulary are four real-time control knobs, assignable to any parameter of a patch, but automatically assigned to the ones that you'll get the most use out of. Finally, there are four "chord-assign" buttons which can be used to auto-trigger complex voicing with a single finger, leaving a free hand for melodic playing and turning you into your own accompanist. Adding to your onstage powers is the M50's powerful Combi mode. Up to 16 layers of instrumentation can be combined and triggered simultaneously, and voices can be split by note-range or velocity--it's like controlling a whole orchestra with your hands. Topping things off, the M50 supports the KARMA player for the most lifelike, organic, and intelligent backing sequences ever developed.

Integral Studio Component

These powerful sounds are of obvious benefit in the studio, but your M50 becomes so much more when connected to your computer. Via USB, the M50-61 can be accessed as a plug-in with most major multitrack recording programs. Sounds can be triggered directly, and parameters can be automated just as you would any virtual instrument. Since the M50 powers its own sounds, it takes the processing burden away form your computer's CPU. Of course it also makes an amazing keyboard controller, but the M50 can even act as a DAW control surface. Simply select the appropriate template from a list and get tactile command of your sessions. The Korg M50 turns your entire studio into an expressive instrument.

Compositional Tool

Korg knows the M50 is going to inspire you to think about music in new ways. When you're struck with a flash of brilliance, you're only one button-press away from capturing your ideas in a 16-track sequencer. This sophisticated sequencer makes brilliant use of the M50's touch-sensitive screen, which insures you'll never second guess how to access a function or make changes to a mix. How do you move the fader on channel 7? Just touch and slide the graphical slider on the screen. It couldn't be more straightforward, meaning you'll spend less time learning the keyboard and more time making music.

Power Supply: IECC13 Power Cable, Model D8B5518003B (Included)

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Overview
- Synthesis Technology: EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)

Tone Generator:
- 256 MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
- 1,077 Multisamples
- 1,609 Drum Samples

Maximum Polyphony:
- 80 voices, 80 oscillators max, single mode
- 40 voices, 80 oscillators max, double mode*

* The actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading.

Sounds
- Programs: 640 total locations, 608 preloaded
- Combinations: 512 total locations, 384 preloaded
- Drumkits: 48 total locations, 32 preloaded
- GM: 256 GM2 programs, 9 GM2 drum kits

Program Structure EDS
- Oscillator: OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double)
- Stereo multisamples are supported
- 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers.

Filters:
- Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
- Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)

- Driver: Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
- EQ: Three bands, with sweepable mid

Modulation:
- For each voice: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp)
- Two LFOs
- Two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp)
- Two AMS mixers
- Pitch EG
- Common LFO
- Two common key tracking generators

Combination Structure
- Up to sixteen timbres
- For each Timbre: keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfade
- INT, OFF, EXT and EX2 MIDI status settings
- 3-band EQ with sweepable mid
- Pitch/Transpose
- Use OSC1, 2 or Both
- Force Osc Mode (PRG, MONO, LEGATO, POLY)
- Portamento and Bend range settings
- Controller filters
- Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function

Drum Kit Structure
- Stereo and mono drum samples
- 4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)
- Exclusive keygroups
- Per key 3-band EQ, Drive, Lo Boost, filter and level offsets

Effects
- 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out), 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out), 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out) are available simultaneously
- 2 effect control busses, 2 effect common LFOs
- 170 types (can be used for Insert/Master/Total.) Note: double-size effects cannot be used as a Total effect.
- Effects Presets: Up to 32 per Effect
- 3-band Track EQ (High, low, and sweepable mid band) Per Program in Program Mode, per Timbre in Combination mode (16 total), and per Track in Sequencer mode (16 total)

Sequencer
- 16-track MIDI sequencer with 480 ppq resolution
- 128 Songs, 20 Cue Lists, 210,000 notes (max)
- Tempo: 40.00 - 300.00 BPM (1/100 resolution)
- 16 preset/16 user Template Songs
- 522 preset patterns, 100 user patterns (per Song)
- Cue List function: 20 cue lists, Songs can be arranged consecutively or repeatedly in up to 99 steps, A cue list can be converted back into a song
- Standard MIDI File (SMF) format 0 and 1 available
- Auto Song Setup function (One Touch Record) for easily going from a Program or Combination into "record-ready" status

Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiator
- Two arpeggiators, useable simultaneously (Combination, Sequencer modes)
- 5 preset arpeggio patterns; 216 user arpeggio patterns (200 preloaded)
- RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) A set of 100 patterns are available per Song

Drum Track
- 671 preset patterns/1,000 user patterns
- Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
- Trigger Mode (Immediate, Wait for Keyboard), Sync (On, Off) and Zone (Key and Velocity) settings can be specified.
- Program selection, 3-band EQ and effect bussing available

Audio Outputs
- L/MONO, R - 1/4 in. TS (Mono), unbalanced
- Headphones - 1/4" TRS (Stereo), Output Impedance: 33 Ohms, Maximum Level: 32+ 32 mW @33 Ohms

Interface
- MIDI: IN, OUT, THRU
- Computer: USB type B connector (for MIDI interface, USB 2.0 supported)

System Requirements
- Computer with the KORG USB-MIDI Driver
- Windows: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Service Pack 2 or later (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), all editions of Microsoft Windows Vista (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), computer supports Windows XP/Vista with USB port (Intel USB Host Controller recommended).
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Apple Macintosh with USB ports supports Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PowerPC/Intel-based supported).
- Please use the latest Korg USB/MIDI driver.

M50 Editor/Plug-In Editor:
- Windows: Windows XP Home Edition / Professional Service Pack 2 or later, Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster, 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended.)
- Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.4 or later, G4/800 MHz or faster (Intel-based Mac supported, G5 and/or Core Duo recommended), 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended)

Options
- XVP-10: EXP/VOL Pedal
- EXP-2: Foot Controller
- DS-1H: Damper Pedal (supports half-damping)
- PS-1: Pedal Switch

General
- Keyboard: 61-key, 73-key versions use a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard
- 88-key weighted action (RH3: Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 keyboard with 4-zone graded action response)
- Controllers: Joystick, [SW1], [SW2]
- Display: 5.7 inch TouchView(TM) GUI, 320 x 240 dot
- Control Inputs: Damper Pedal (half damper pedaling supported), Assignable Switch, Assignable Pedal
- Common specifications: Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/-1.0 dB, 10 k Ohms load
- THD+N: 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08 % 10 k Ohms load (typical)

Included Accessories: Three-Pronged IECC13 Power Cable (Model D8B5518003B), Owner's Manual (M50 Operation Guide), CD-ROM (M50 Parameter Guide (PDF), Voice Name List (PDF), KORG MIDI driver, M50 Editor stand alone and plug-in versions

Dimensions
- M50-61 (WxDxH): 40.43 x 7.47 x 4.17 in.
- M50-88 (WxDxH):55.47 x 12.91 x 5.94 in.

Weight
- M50-61: 14.9 lbs
- M50-88: 45.86 lbs
- Current Consumption: 35 Watts

Power Supply: IECC13 Power Cable, Model D8B5518003B (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800

Product Description

Weighing in at just fifteen pounds is the fiery new Korg M50, ready to take on all contenders! Incredible new sounds; fat & juicy combos, splits and layers; a plethora of ace effects; dynamic Drum Tracks; enhanced poly-arpeggiators; classic sequencing tools, a solid, confident keybed; up-to-date SD storage; companion editing software and famous TouchView interactive display -- it all adds up to an invigorating and sexy keyboard instrument that could only come from Korg.

Natural Touch Keybed

Over twenty years of category-defining workstation expertise beats in the heart of the M50 Music Workstation. Just as the M3 borrowed elements from the legendary OASYS, the M50 captures all the sonic firepower of the M3, distilled into a performance instrument that is second to none. In a word, the M50 just may be the keyboard you've been waiting for. The 61-note version features Korg's semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard. This fast and responsive synthesizer keybed facilitates expressive and dynamic performing.

Tactile Control for Live Performance

Made to be played, the M50 is inviting and comfortable. The TouchView screen is intuitive and interactive, allowing the uniquely angled front panel to remain refined and uncluttered. The buttons themselves are rock solid, backlit and rounded for visibility ease-of-use under any playing conditions. In addition to Korg's four-way joystick and multi-function knobs, the M50 offers four Chord Triggers that provide a flexible and fun way to play chords and trigger arp patterns. A ten key numeric keypad allows on-demand instant access to sounds, combis and other parameter/values.

Inspiring Patterns and Grooves

Hundreds of drum track patterns, and over a thousand arpeggiator patterns -- including chord grooves, picking-patterns, and more -- are instantly available to add punch and pizzazz to your M50 performance, and to provide hours of inspiration.

Perfectly Shaped Sounds

The M50 is packed with over 600 individual sound programs, each one created by Korg's renowned international voicing team. With a robust 256 MB of sample data (uncompressed 16-bit linear equivalent) -- recorded in exacting studio conditions -- the acoustic instruments are delivered with authenticity and realism, providing rich, natural articulation; synth sounds can be bombastic and aggressive, lush and enveloping, or pure and delicate. But first and foremost, the M50 remains a keyboard cornerstone for any musician. The remarkable piano offers three layers of stereo switching and an additional resonance layer for faithful and natural reproduction of the piano's entire dynamic range.

In addition to the grand pianos, a myriad of other piano and keyboard mainstays are included -- from a mono piano for pumping it out live on stage, to the ever in-demand vintage Korg SG-1 Sampling Grand. The electric pianos are responsive, dynamic and expressive, with all the tine and hammer-slap you can muster. The new clavs feature all the classic settings with wide dynamic response, and there are even string and flute sounds taken from the tape-driven keyboards of days gone by. Korg's REMS pickup/amp/cabinet modeling technology provides that finishing touch. All the classics are there at your finger-tips; with spot-on programs that are a blast to play.

Need to quickly tweak a sound to your liking? No problem, Tone Adjust allows simple access to the most important parameters and characteristics of a sound without having to dive deeply into programming. Available in Program, Combi and Sequencer modes, you can get done what you need to with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Mix & Match

In addition to the individual programs, a combination (or "combi") allows up to 16 sound programs to be stacked, split, layered and zoned across the keyboard; or set to individual MIDI channels. Nearly 400 of these combis come preloaded offering up tasty blends and splits for live performance. All of the preloaded sounds are completely editable, and there is plenty of room on-board (640 Programs, 512 Combinations) for all the sounds that you edit, modify, or create on your own.

Effect-ive Energy

The generous effect section of the M50 brings your sounds to life. Five insert effects and two master effects can be assigned and routed at will, with a total effect to add that final polish. From spacious and luxurious reverbs to space-warping modulation types, the effects can not only embellish a sound after the fact, they can be part of the sound programming itself - adding unique and defining sonic elements.

D-mod (Dynamic Modulation) even allows real-time control of various parameter effects as part of your performance, and effect parameters can be sync'd to the two common LFOs or a MIDI Clock source to further integrate the effects into the overall sound. Over 170 top-quality effects are available, including Korg's proprietary REMS modeling effects. Each program - whether alone, in a combi, or assigned to a sequencer track - is equipped with its own three-band EQ for that final tone shaping.

Let There Be Drums

It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing - and the M50's got it. Over 1,600 drum and percussion samples have been squeezed in that can be laid out into full "drumkit" programs. Ready and waiting are 32 drumkits, with room for 48 more of your own. But there's more! In addition to drumkits, the drum track feature hosts some 670 drum grooves that you can jam along to, or use to kick-start and inspire your own song ideas. In fact, each program has a matching drum track pre-assigned to get you started.

Arpeggiation Maximus

The arpeggiator has been a staple on Korg keyboards since the 1980s, and the M50 more than delivers on that heritage. In addition to the ubiquitous up, down and random patterns you'd expect, the dual polyphonic arpeggiators on the M50 can serve up cascading chords, groovin' bass lines, chord-driven picking patterns and punchy accents to spice up your performance and set your musical ideas on fire. In the Sequencer and Combi modes, both arpeggiators can run simultaneously, each addressing different timbres, creating powerful possibilities such as one running drum grooves and one running bass patterns - or even using velocity to switch between patterns on the same sound.

Rapid Results Sequencing

Korg wrote the book on workstations, and the M50 delivers every chapter. The on-board sequencer is the core of your music production studio. Over 200,000 notes can be recorded on 16 MIDI tracks and up to 128 songs. Enhanced 480 ppq resolution captures your performance with pinpoint accuracy - whether you play in realtime or step notes in one at a time. A plethora of advanced, yet easy-to-use editing features are available to help you sculpt your song into its final form.

Song Templates designed for a variety of musical genres allow you to get started quickly, with sounds and effects all selected and routed for you. Or try Korg's unique RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) function, calling up any of the 671 drum patterns to get started, and assigning shorter patterns and phrases to individual keys; you can even loop each track to build the perfect groove before the inspiration runs out. Sequence individual sections of the song separately, and then use the Cue List function to assemble and tryout different arrangements - you'll be remix ready! And since you never know when inspiration will strike, the one-touch record (Auto Song Setup) feature transfers all your current settings into a new song and starts the sequencer, capturing your ideas as the foundation of a new song.

Enhanced Definition Synthesis (EDS)

Korg's most advanced hardware engine ever, Korg's Enhanced Definition Synthesis is the musical heart of both the M50 and the M3. Each individual voice can lay claim to up to two stereo oscillators, four filters, two amp sections, five Low Frequency Oscillators (LFO), and five time-variant Envelope Generators (EG).

On the technical side, each stereo oscillator can achieve four-way velocity switching, crossfading, or layering. This allows a single voice to use up to eight stereo multisamples to ensure a dynamic and expressive sound. Each voice also has access to up to four multi-mode (High Pass, Band Pass, Band Reject, Low-pass) filters; two filters per oscillator running side by side, stacked or in series - as well as a superb 24dB mode. Even the amp section can add to the shape and texture of the sound with a drive circuit to add a harder, rougher edge, and a low boost to fatten up that big bottom.

The Envelope Generators provide changes in the sound over time, and the advanced Key Tracking changes the sound based on the note played - for example; notes played higher on the keyboard will sustain less, be brighter, and have both faster and shallower vibratos than notes played lower on the keyboard - adding a staggering level of nuanced control to balance your sound over the entire keyboard range. At each step of the EG, you can specify the shape and type of curve used to move between points, allowing unparalleled expression and accuracy. The five Low Frequency Oscillators access 18 different waveforms. Starting Phase and Amplitude Shift parameters offer even more detailed control for zeroing in on that perfect modulation.

Multi-waveform LFOs

And when all that is not enough, Korg's Alternate Modulation Source (AMS) provides a matrix of over fifty modulation sources that be mixed, summed and added to a variety of parameters, providing exactly the result you want. In short, the Korg M50 provides a wealth of control over the minute components that make a keyboard sound great. And while Korg's programming is legendary, the EDS synth engine makes the M50 a sound designer's dream.

Plug-In Performance - Computer Integration

Your new M50 includes both stand-alone and plug-in sound editing software for more detailed graphic editing on your computer, and connects directly via USB. The plug-in version allows you to edit the M50's sounds from inside any DAW (VST, Audio Units, and RTAS formats), allowing your edits and changes to be part of the song file, and without having to switch applications to tweak a sound. The M50 also uses convenient SD cards for economical and reliable data storage.

Sounds. Easy.

The M50 is chock full of sounds - and features. Yet Korg's high-visibility 320 x 240 pixel resolution TouchView interface allows direct touch-screen access to hundreds of parameters. Finding the sounds you need is simple thanks to organization of them by category. No other keyboard in its class offers anything approaching this level of elegance or intuitive ease-of-use.
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Korg M50 - 61 = WINNER!!"
Sound: This is a professional board built economically. The keys feel great and the fact that each patch can be equalized means that you can get optimal sound through almost any system. Being able to program chords and adjust tone parameters with knobs is great. Feature: Being that it's a workstation it has everything but sampling. Ease of Use: Great intuitive touch screen. The manual is well written as well. Lots of depth to the synthesis engine here. Nice graphical fader approach to tone generation. Quality: I've never broken any keyboards as they travel in flight cases. This model may not fare well in a gig bag. Value: This board is a wonderful value. Lots of bang for the buck. Manufacturer Support: Korg has been sketchy in the past with receiving and processing warranty cards and rebates. Make copies!! The Wow Factor: ?? Overall: This will be my live gig beater for years to come.
Style of Music: Rock
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Sound: I am a newbie to the product, but I have been spending a lot of time experimenting with the programmed sounds. Like many products, if the volume is pumped a bit, the 3 dimensionality of the sound is enhanced. (Think volume = 3 dimensions, though right?) The only relative weak point are the piano sounds. I have a Roland from the 80s and I still think the Roland has the best basic piano sound. But, if you are looking beyond that, the Korg is truly awesome Feature: The chord trigger buttons are very cool. But it seems to me that if you want to play lead with the chord triggers, you should be able to do so without pounding on the actual keyboard. Again, since I am a newbie to this, perhaps there is something I am missing. Even on cheap keyboards, you can play chords and lead with no complicated programming to make the balance come out right. Ease of Use: Great readily available sounds and "combis". For anything beyond that, there is a very steep learning curve. But SOOO worth it Quality: Extremely well made. A high quality board, and light too Value: Absolutely a great board, as long as you have the time to learn how it works. The guys on the YouTube demos make it look easy, but wish there were some readily available tutorials from Korg. Manufacturer Support: Haven't used support. The Wow Factor: Really, if youwant to take your composing and arranging to the next level, it is so worth it. Overall: This is a high quality piece of gear. Can see gigging as well as using in my home studio. I did some research before purchasing, and am so glad I got the M50.
Style of Music: Classical, electronic, classic rock, blues
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