Korg M50-73 Reviews
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from Marin County, California
October 25, 2011Music Background:
Pro Hobbyist - Played Keys for Over 50 years
M50 Everything you'd want it to beSo far I just love this keyboard. Also the action of the keys is so superior to previous keys that I've owned, and I've had some real nice one's, (Kurzweil and Triton etc.).
M50 has it all, and for the price, simply amazing.
from Broomfield, CO
May 20, 2011Music Background:
Professional musician, recording engineer, producer, composer
Intuitive, reliable and great sounding live keyboardI purchased this keyboard for live performance work in a variety rock/pop cover band, replacing an old Alesis Quadrasynth. I've also owned a Korg M3, so I have a basis of comparison.
Ease of Use:
The touch-screen is very intuitive. As a cover band, I needed to create combinations that would emulate the wide variety of songs we perform. I had no problem navigating and programming sounds that perfectly suited our requirements. I barely had to crack the owners manual, and there is plenty of flexibility to create multi-layer and velocity splits. I can't see myself going back to any keyboard without a touch screen. Korg obviously put a lot of thought into its GUI. Also, the included computer-based editor is really excellent, and provides a convenient way to manage your sounds.
Virtually all of the samples are really good. The acoustic piano is a bit weak (compared to the M3), but they are still quite usable. Rhodes, Hammond, Clav and Wurlitzer sounds are outstanding. Strings and horns are good enough and the drum sounds are pretty good too (although they will not fool a real drummer). The built-in effects and routing options are really excellent. The supplied collection of patches is really excellent, and includes arpeggiator and drums that are well matched to each program and combination.
The keyboard has a nice, quick solid feel. There is NO aftertouch, which is my biggest complaint. The performance knobs, switches and joystick add a nice palette of control to modulate sounds during performance. The file system offers a convenient method to organize your own patches and name them any way you want, making switching to new sounds quick and easy. The chord buttons are not velocity-sensitive, and are a bit limiting as programmed.
The silkscreen labeling of the panel buttons, knobs and sliders is WAY too light and WAY too small. The first thing I did was grab my label maker and create readable labels for most of the controls. The touch screen is sometimes a bit temperamental, and using one's fingernail to operate the screen helps. The whole unit is very compact and lightweight, yet all the controls have a solid, quality feel. The power supply is an inline external unit, with plenty of cable length. i would have preferred an IEC power cord plugging directly into the keyboard, but alas...
Compared to every other keyboard in its price range, the M50-73 wins hands-down. Great touch screen, excellent sounds and an intuitive interface that begs experimentation makes this the ideal keyboard for the performing musician. I have no regrets!