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Korg microARRANGER Keyboard Workstation, 61-Key, New

Play its 61 mini-keys, and the Korg microARRANGER plays along in any of 304 styles. With an onboard sequencer, it's the ideal compact songwriting scratchpad. (11) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Play a melody or chord progression and the Korg microARRANGER will fill in the blanks, adding a full backing arrangement to support your musical ideas. With 61 mini-keys, the Korg microARRANGER keyboard workstation is the ultimate companion for composers, singer/songwriters, gigging musicians, and "one-man bands" -- it provides not only the sounds and instruments to build up a song, but the expertise and arrangement skills needed to create complete songs that, when notated, look just as good as they sound. Consider this keyboard to be your personal composing and arranging assistant, there to serve you with correct voice leading, chords, and transitions, all in an appropriate musical Style of your choosing. Making music couldn't be easier. The microARRANGER will be right by your side when you have a tune in your head and you want to get it down quickly.

How to Compose on the Fly

When it's time to get started on a song, you simply select one of the many musical Styles available, tap in the tempo, hold down the chords with your left hand, and pick out the melody with your the right hand. The microARRANGER does the rest of the work, spinning the foundation of your song into a fully realized composition complete with instruments, rhythm, and accompaniment appropriate to the Style.

The Style Play function follows your every move, creating additional musical parts based on your chord changes, voice leading, and tempo. You always have a choice in how your song develops. Play around with the microARRANGER's Styles to inspire your melodies, choose a Style expressly for the tune in your head, or try different Styles with the same melody to see if a different arrangement sounds better.

Find a Style That Works For You

The microARRANGER's 304 Styles span a wide range of genres, from jazz and piano ballads to Latin, pop, and rock, and each one includes a selection of intros, endings, fills, and breaks, giving you some variety when filling out a section or changing the course of a song. You get four variations of each backing Style, each with a different level of instrumentation or activity so the song can build up momentum and alternate between sections. To switch between backing variations, you simply press a button on the panel. You can edit the Styles, store up to 48 in internal memory, and add more as they're available (as a free download) at Korg's Web site.

Thanks to its advanced chord scanning function, this workstation detects everything from standard major and minor chords with inversions to complex ones such 9th or 11th chords with inversions -- very useful, especially when playing jazz!

Powered by Korg's Advanced Sound Engine

There's no way that you'll feel limited by the microARRANGER's collection of sounds and effects. Packed with 662 high-quality sounds, 33 drum kits, and 89 effects, the microARRANGER keyboard workstation delivers the range of instruments and FX you need to round out any kind of song. You get pianos, electric pianos, organs, winds, strings, basses, drums, and more! You can do all your composing and editing right on the keyboard.

Compact, All-Inclusive Setup

The lightweight, portable microARRANGER features 61 Natural Touch, velocity-sensitive mini-keys that, despite their smaller size, are proportioned well for comfortable, expressive playing. Its 61-key range allows you to play with both hands and still have access to plenty of lows and highs. So that you can plug and play, for yourself or a crowd, the workstation has a built-in stereo speaker system other fantastic built-ins such as a backing sequencer and song sequencer, and an SD card slot for storing and transferring your work. At a little over 9 pounds, the microARRANGER is easy to take on the go and even easier to set up.

Real-Time and Step Sequencing Options

The microARRANGER makes use of both a 16-track song sequencer and a backing sequencer. The backing sequencer provides two handy ways to record: Realtime Recording and Step Recording. In Realtime Recording mode, everything you play is captured, and as you play, each part that the microARRANGER's Style engine plays is captured on a separate sequencer track, allowing all parts to be edited independently.

With Step Recording, you enter chords one at a time and you specify how long the sequencer should play each chord, in terms of beats and measures. If you already have them in mind, you can enter additional parts, fills, variation changes and other musical information in the same way. Step Recording is the mechanical, precise way to create a foundation for a song. A useful panel crossfader controls the XDS crossfade dual sequencer, letting you control the volume of both sequencers with a single knob for smooth transitions between songs.

Since sequence data created on the microARRANGER is also compatible with Standard MIDI Files, you can import your work into a DAW or software sequencer for further editing and tweaking.

Features:

- Compact composing/performing keyboard that acts as your musical arranger
- 61-key Natural Touch, velocity-sensitive mini keyboard
- Built-in stereo speaker system
- 4 Stereo effect processors with 89 effect programs
- 304 Styles, each of which is a complete and interactive musical environment for capturing your inspirations
- Each Style includes Intros, Endings, Fills, and 4 Variations that are completely editable
- Styles follow your chords, voice leading, and tempo settings
- 660 Preset sound programs and 128 user programs
- 32 Drum kits and 64 user drum kits supply a steady stream of beats
- Built-in 16-track sequencer with a capacity of 56,000 notes for capturing complete song ideas
- Large backlit LCD with lyrics, easily viewable in any setting
- SD/SDHC card slot for data storage, importing Styles, sharing data with a computer DAW, and so forth
- Lightweight construction (9.26 lbs.)

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- Keyboard: 61-key Natural Touch mini-keyboard (velocity sensitive)
- System: OPOS - Objective Portable Operating System: Multitasking System, load while playing
- Feature: Upgradeable Operating System; SSD Solid State Disk
- Tone generator: HI synthesis (Hyper Integrated synthesis system)
- Voice Polyphony: 62 voices, 62 oscillators. Filters with resonance
- Waveform Memory: 32 MB PCM ROM (with Stereo Piano Sound)
- Multi Timbre: Internal = 40 tracks (2 x 16 Tracks in Sequencer, 4 Keyboard Tracks, 4 Pad Tracks)
- Effects: 4 stereo digital Multi-Effect systems (89 effect types)

- Programs/ Drum Kits:
- 662 Preset programs (including a Stereo Piano and 256 "GM level 2 programs")
- 33 drum kits (including 9 GM level 2 drum kits)
- 128 user programs + 64 user drum kits
- Easy and Full Program Editing.

- Styles: Up to 304 Styles in Solid State Disk (256 preload +48 User), All reconfigurable; up to 8 accompaniment tracks, All Style Performances are programmable (Includes 4 Single Touch Settings for each style)
- Style Record: Styles can be created or edited to create new styles
- Style elements: Intro 1/2, Ending 1/2, Fill1/2, Count In/Break, 4 Variations; Each style can memorize Max. 36 Chord Variations
- Performances: 160 real-time Performances + up to 304 Styles Performances, With 4 Single Touch Settings
- Song Sequencer: Play (Song Play)/ Record (Realtime / Step)/ Edit; 16 Multi track, Max = 56,000 events (approximately), It corresponds to SMF (Format o and 1)
- Backing Sequencer: Play / Record (Realtime / Step)/ Edit
- Song Play: XDS* Cross fade Dual Sequencer player

2 Sequencers with separate Start/Stop, Pause, '<< Rew' and '>> FF' controls; Balance control, Lyrics are displayed on-screen

Jukebox Function; SMF Direct Player (format 0 and 1)
- Realtime Track: Keyboard Track (Upper 1/2/3, Lower), PAD Track (4 truck)
- Memory: Internal Flash Memory = 8MB for Operating System, Musical resource.

Interface:

- Display: Backlit custom LCD (Black-and-White) Lyric Display (English Only)

Controls:

- General Controls: Joystick, Dial
- Programmable Control: 1 Slider
- Real-time Controls: Master Volume, Acc/Seq Real-time Volume Balance

- Switches: STS (Single Touch Setting). Style elements, Start/Stop, Transpose (b/#), Bass Inversion, Memory, Manual Bass, Split Point, Groove Quantize, Fade In/Out, TAP Tempo, Synchro, Start/Stop, Ensemble, Chord Scanning (Lower / Upper), Keyboard Mode (Lower, Full Upper),

- Tempo Lock, Octave (-/+), Multi PAD: 4 assignable pads + Stop button
- Control Inputs: Damper Pedal, Assignable pedal/switch x 1
- Audio Outputs: Left/mono, Right; Headphone (Mini Stereo Jack)
- Audio Inputs: Mini Stereo Jack
- MIDI: In, Out
- Data Storage: SD/SDHD cards; Multi Media Card (MMC)
- Main Amplifier: 2x 5 Watt
- Speakers: 10cm x 2 Single cone speakers (Open Air type)
- Power Supply: DC12V(Adapter)
- Power Consumption: 9 Watts
- Dimensions (w x D x H): 873 x 277 x 91 mm / 34.37" x 10.91" x 3.58" inches (microARRANGER w/o music stand)
- Weight: 4.2 Kg / 9.26 lbs (microARRANGER w/o music stand)
- Standard Accessories: Quick Start Guide, Adaptor, Music Stand, Accessory Discs
- Options: EXP-2 Foot Controller, XVP-10 Exp/Volume Pedal, PS-1 Footswitch, PS-3 Footswitch, DS-1H Damper Pedal

* Specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice for improvement.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 39 x 15 x 6 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6800

Product Description

Meet your dream musical partner, the Korg microARRANGER. This compact keyboard can quickly turn your ideas into songs, and also allows you to play your favorite songs with a full backing arrangement - instantly! The Korg microARRANGER turns the hit songs in your head into reality.

Your Composing Assistant

Each time an original melody or tune comes to mind, it may often require substantial expertise, equipment, and time to turn that idea into a complete song in the same way that a professional musician or arranger might do. Korg's microARRANGER offers an easier way for you to enjoy the satisfaction of composing original music.

Even with modest keyboard skills, you can simply choose a musical Style to match your idea, tap in the tempo, hold down the chords with your left hand and pick out the melody with your the right hand, and listen as your musical idea takes shape! From the keyboard novice to the seasoned professional, the microARRANGER can transform your ideas into a more complete, fully realized, and more impressive song than you might ever imagine.

Compact and Complete

The microARRANGER features 61 Natural Touch mini-keys proportioned for comfortable playing. The stereo speaker system is conveniently contained inside the microARRANGER's compact body. Lightweight and portable, the overall length is only 87 cm, and the microARRANGER weighs a mere 5 kg. Just turn the power on, and start turning your ideas into reality immediately; there's no need to connect any other equipment. Whether you use it as a convenient musical notepad or as a full-fledged compositional tool, the microARRANGER is a powerful platform for your creativity in many ways.

Changes, Styles, and Music

Just set the tempo, play a few chords, and the Style Play function will begin to create music. With each Style, the microARRANGER follows your chord changes, voice leading, and the tempo you set to create additional musical parts to enhance your song. This can be something basic like a drum and bass rhythm section, an extra guitar part, all the way up to a stompin' R & B combo with a full horn section. The choice is always yours. You can develop your song by selecting a Style that's appropriate for the melody you have in mind, or try selecting various styles and playing around to see what melodies your imagination will come up with. You can also try different Styles with the same melody, to see if a different arrangement may better serve your song. By allowing the microARRANGER to take charge of the accompaniment and arrangement, you're free to concentrate on your songwriting without losing that initial flash of inspiration. It's an easy way to complete a rough sketch of your entire song.

Interactive Styles Inspire Your Creativity

The microARRANGER provides 304 Styles from such diverse musical genres as jazz, piano ballads, Latin, pop, and rock. Each one can assist you in producing pro-quality songs. Each Style includes intros, endings, fills, and breaks that can be used to accent a section or change the course of the song. Four variation of each backing Style are provided; each offers a different level of instrumentation or activity, allowing the song to build and alternate between sections. These backing variations can be quickly switched simply by pressing a button on the panel. The microARRANGER's sophisticated chord scanning function detects not only standard chords such as major and minor, but also complex ones such as 9th or 11th chords - as well as inversions - ensuring that the musical parts generated by the Style will correctly follow the most ambitious chord progressions. You are free to edit these styles, and store up to 48 of them in internal memory. More styles will also be available for free download at korgpa.com. By adding your own favorite Styles allows you to "customize" your microARRANGER for even more enjoyment.

Capturing Your Ideas, Recording Your Songs

The microARRANGER is equipped with powerful tools to capture your musical performances; and with different modes optimized for different uses.

Backing Sequencer
There are two ways to record using the backing sequencer. Realtime Recording captures everything in one pass, as you play. Each part you play, and each part the microARRANGER's Style engine plays, will be captured on a separate sequencer track. This allows any part to be edited independently at a later time.

With Step Recording, the chords can be entered one at a time, and you can tell the sequencer how long to play each chord, specified in beats and measures. Additional parts, fills, variation changes and other musical information can all be entered in this way. This method is ideal for creating a step-by-step foundation for your song, without needing to rely on advanced keyboard skills.

Song Sequencer
This is a conventional one-track-at-a-time sequencer, like those found in a computer program or a workstation keyboard, with 16 tracks and a capacity of 56,000 notes. Using the Song Sequencer, you can layer additional melodic parts onto a song created using the backing sequencer. This is a convenient way to add the finishing touches required for full-fledged song production.
Sequence data created on the microARRANGER is also compatible with Standard MIDI Files, so you can import it into your DAW or software sequencer. In your PC you can perform further editing or add vocal tracks to bring your song data to its final stage of completion.

Advanced Korg Sound Engine
The microARRANGER is packed with the high-quality 662 sounds, 33 drum kits and 89 effects you've come to expect from Korg. There's a great selection of the sounds that pro musicians and producers use in the professional workplace - pianos, electric pianos, and organs; thick basses; realistic winds and strings; and tight drums - all instantly available for your immediate use. Also included are numerous high-quality effects, rivaling the quality of dedicated processors. These effects allow the creation of finished productions and audience-ready songs, without the need for any additional equipment.

SD/SDHC card data storage & transfer
Using the microARRANGER's SD card slot, additional style data can be loaded directly from your PC via SD card; it's also easy to transfer data to your PC.

Realtime performance

Although the microARRANGER's mini-keyboard is compact, it has been designed for great playability and a comfortable touch, with box-shaped keys and careful consideration of the proportions of the white and black keys. With a 61-key range, you'll be able to play using both hands for musically rich performances, or easily provide backing for a guitarist or vocalist --- a great way to experience the enjoyment of playing in a band. Another great feature for realtime performance is the panel crossfader that controls the XDS crossfade dual sequencer, letting you control the volume of both sequencers with a single knob for smooth transitions between songs. The compact size allows the microARRANGER to be taken anywhere for your musical enjoyment.

Features

- Compact composing/performing keyboard that acts as your musical arranger
- 61-key Natural Touch mini keyboard; Velocity sensing
- Built-in stereo speaker system
- 4 Stereo Effect Processors with 89 effect programs.
- 304 Styles; each is a complete and interactive musical environment for capturing your inspirations
- Each Style includes Intros, Endings, Fills, and four Variations, all are completely editable
- Styles follow your chords, voice leading, and tempo settings - you are always in control!
- 660 Preset Sound Programs and 128 User Programs provide excellent Korg sounds
- 32 Drumkits; 64 User Drumkits;
- SD/SDHC card slot for data storage, importing Styles, sharing data with a computer DAW, etc.
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Overall: I read the other reviews and new about the small keys but the reality is OMG these keys are small! But then you play it and it dosent matter. this is a truly awsome arranger. cost and size withstanding best 500.00 i ever spent. the sounds are studio quality and the intros and endings change with minor and major and 7th chords every style is 3 styles. i midi this into my yamaha stage piano and i have instant 88 keys with no loss of sensitivity or touch response. to truly understand how good this unit sounds plug in to an amp or pa or headphones. I play as a single in clubs and parties. I have just returned from a private party and the guy who booked me said my whole sound has changed for the better. from my roland and yamaha arrangers. it is so lite i can take it anywhere.
Style of Music: i enjoy playing all styles of music
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Overall: This keyboard is just plan fun! It sounds amazing and the effects are great! The mini keys are good to play on but I use it mostly as a slave from my 88 key keyboard! It really is inspiring and easy to use! I really recommend this board to any one looking for awesome sounds and inspiring backing tracks. It makes an awesome drum machine as well by the way! Nice B3's and Lesli!
Style of Music: Rock, Blues, contemporary Christian.
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