View Full Version : NAMM News - Alesis Ion and Korg Micro Korg
07-20-2002, 08:26 AM
Any word from NAMM attendees on how they like either of these two new synths. The Micro Korg looks pretty cool. Battery operated (mini keys may be a pain) and lots of great sounds.
Alesis Ion sounds like it may be really promising too. :)
07-21-2002, 10:40 AM
08-28-2002, 07:13 AM
I've heard from inside sources that the MicroKorg isn't visually impressive when having it in front of you and that the sound is only that much less of it's " Big Brother" the MS2000. As far as the Ion I think the one at Namm was a non-working protoype. Yet I've heard great things of it's spec and development. The Ion should be released by Dec if we're lucky. The price will be around $750US which will put it right up against the Novation K station.
the microkorg's are out. The Ion's are pushed back to February...
The December issue of KEYBOARD includes the Korg microKORG on its cover.
It is reviewed in their "Holiday Gift Guide" and won a KEYBUY AWARD.
Here are some excerpts from the microKORG review:
* "Don't let its small size and mini keys fool you. This is a
little monster of a synth."
* "...the microKORG is possessed with some monstrous sounds.
Pads are lush and thick. Cutting lead sounds abound, basses range from rude
to obese, and there's even a pretty good analog Wurly imitation."
* "The 8-band vocoder is arguably the marquee feature here,
especially since the mic is included and designed into the case..."
* "There's really only one thing left to say: This thing's a
winerr, y'all, and an easy Key Buy."
11-27-2002, 10:34 AM
From what I heard, the microKORG sounds great (no less impressive than the MS2000), and though it's small, the design is intuitive and simple (the large data dial reminds me of a Moog Source). I was blown away by the fact that Korg even includes the microphone to use with the vocoder!
I'd like to have seen full-size keys, but that price tag helps me forgive that small point. After all, I did manage with my DX-100 just fine back in the day!:D
Too bad the ION has been delayed. Hopefully they'll be showing a fully operational version at Winter NAMM.
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