keyboards

  • Korgs I’ve Owned Part 6 — Kronos 2

    In the last installment, I discussed the Kross 2, one of which I still own and actually enjoy. Now, we move on to the Kronos. As of this writing, it’s currently my main axe, and it’s a serious beast. I could write on for pages and pages and pages about what all it can do. Better to just direct you over to Korg’s web site for the Kronos 2. Or, of course, there’s a video. https://youtu.be/jshQWP0gQ-k Jordan Rudess shows off the then-new Kronos 2 at Musikmesse back in 2015. Despite being a five-or-six-year-old

  • 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

  • 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,

  • Korgs I’ve Owned Part 3 — X50

    In the previous installment in this series, I highlighted the low-point of my on-again-off-again relationship with Korg keyboards, the X2. This time, I’ll talk about my return to the Korg fold and my decision to buy an X50. Korg X50 Music Synthesizer The X50 came after a string of other keyboards I owned after the X2, including an Alesis QS6.1 (another favorite keyboard of mine), and Emu PK-6 (touted as an Ensoniq replacement), a second Ensoniq VFXsd (again, the version 2 with the upgraded piano samples and upgraded sequencer), and an utterly uninspiring Roland

  • Korgs I’ve Owned Part 2 — X2

    In my part 1 of this series, I recounted my initial exposure to the world of things Korg, and a touch on what was my first “professional” live keyboard rig (Korg DS-8 and Sequential Prophet 600). As time went by, I’d wanted to do more, and traded up from the DS-8 and SQD-8 sequencer to an Ensoniq VFXsd ver. 2, which became the standard to which I hold all keyboards to this day. The VFXsd was one of the most advanced keyboard workstations of its day, and perhaps I’ll write about that instrument at some time in the future.

  • Korgs I’ve Owned Part 1 — DS-8 and SQD-8

    On numerous occasions, I’ve alluded to having a love/hate relationship with Korg keyboards. With the exception of a few scant hours with a modular Moog in college, and some experimentation designing various circuitry of my own shortly after, my synthesis adventures in general, and with “modern” MIDI synthesizers in particular, began with Korg. And, I’ve been going back to the well ever since. DS-8 and SQD-8 The first Korgs in my life were the DS-8 digital synthesizer and SQD-8 8-track MIDI sequencer. The DS-8 was an interesting synth. It was

  • Keyboard Shake Up

    I did a thing. On “small-business Saturday” this year, I paid a visit to my favorite local music store: Coffey Music here in Westminster. I’d become intrigued by a new keyboard — Korg’s upcoming Nautilus. The Nautilus is, essentially, Korg’s flagship Kronos 2 minus a feature here and there. Some of the deleted features are minor, and others less so. Korg Kronos 2 61 For all the details, you can read about the Nautilus and the Kronos at Korg’s web site. The Reader’s Digest version is that Kronos has

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