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    NAMM Believe In Music Week — Selected Videos, Announcements, and Livestreams

    Updated selected videos from NAMM 2021 Believe In Music Week. There’s no particular order to most of these — just the order that I was able to find and view them. I’ll be adding as I go through the dozens and dozens of related videos, so check back often. Warning: Some are quite long! https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL64UbCoR07UdhMFP_I5P0_7LX7YrNJE4i

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    Korgs I’ve Owned Part 5 — Kross 2

    Today, I continue the story of my affair with Korg keyboards with the Kross 2. There have been two of these: the 88-key version I bought first (and wrote about several times between January and June of 2018) and the 61-key version that I quietly acquired a few months later. I traded the 88-key version on my new Kronos 2 back in November, but have retained the 61-key version for use in my “Creation Station,” where it will be used as a master controller, sequencer, and recorder/sampler. I’ll talk about the Kronos 2 in my next installment, so let’s get

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    Birthday “Gifts” from NAMM 2021

    Korg There was some interesting after chatter and a few reactions on the net to Korg’s modwave announcement yesterday, one of which was that some folks don’t want 37-key keyboards. They want a full 61-key keybed for things like the modwave, the wavestate, and the opsix. Apparently Korg have anticipated this reaction, because now they’ve announced the wavestate SE. It’s a wavestate with 61 full-size velocity-sensitive keys … with aftertouch. And a few other enhancements. No word yet on price. https://youtu.be/uG-lZ2O5DaQ I would suppose that, depending on how

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    Korg Winter NAMM 2021 Announcements … So Far …

    I thought I’d take a moment, for those who may have missed these live streams, and share some of what Korg announced over the past day or two. These streams from earlier today have been publicly posted to YouTube, so I’m not exactly giving away any secrets. The first two videos are highlighting three new instruments from Korg, and the third is of interest for those who are curious about the differences between the Kronos and the new Nautilus. So, without further ado… https://youtu.be/gXX_FyLERIg https://youtu.be/8LuGHcVvZZw https://youtu.be/oRWdLGQSEY8

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    Korgs I’ve Owned Part 4 — PS60

    Of all the keyboards I’ve owned, Korg or otherwise, the PS60 is probably the most uniquely performance-oriented keyboard I’ve ever owned. This video does a great job of introducing the PS60 and showing off it’s flexibility for live performance. https://youtu.be/AIwTLrKhD9A In this case, the sounds are based on the M3/M50 family. While the M3 and M50 also share the now-familiar Korg family architecture I mentioned in Part 3 of this series, the PS60 deviates a little from the familiar. But, it’s this deviation that makes the PS60, well,

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    MUSIC NEWSFLASHES

    A couple of really exciting (to me, anyway) items in the synth world this week! Uno! Well, IK, really, have announced two new versions of their Uno Synth, called the Uno Synth Pro and the Uno Synth Pro Desktop. I thought the original model was pretty cool, especially for the sub $200 price tag. At the time of it’s introduction, a full digitally controlled, analog synth that was any good cost much more. It was pretty ground-breaking. I’m pretty sure I mentioned it on the site at the time, but I didn’t move

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