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Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard

B&H # KOMSKB Mfr # MS1
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • Velocity Sensing Natural-Touch Mini-Keys
  • Five Distinct Sampling Methods
  • Pattern Sequencer
  • 21 Built-In KAOSS Effects
  • 14-Voice Polyphony
  • Sampling Rates from 6kHz to 48kHz
  • Included Gooseneck Microphone
  • MIDI, USB and Analog Audio Connectivity
  • Can Operate on 6 AAA Batteries

Add multi-mode sampling, re-sampling, and pattern sequencing to your keyboard rig with the Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard. This "micro" sized keyboard is a full-featured sound design studio, capable of creating production ready loops and phrases.

Swiss Army Sampling
Too many instruments simply offer sampling as an added feature. The microSAMPLER is all about sampling, in every creative form. Five distinct sampling methods allow you to work the way you want, to get the results you need. The microSAMPLER offers traditional One-Shot and Loop sampling, plus a number of creative sampling modes - Loop, Key Gate and Auto-Next
Loop sampling for recording grooves and phrases, drum loops, etc.
One-Shot sampling for grabbing and triggering single events such as drums, etc.
Gate sampling for playing a sound musically across the keyboard
Auto-Next sampling for capturing phrases as multiple samples. For grabbing a groove as separate samples on individual keys, choose the AUTO NEXT mode and use Tap Tempo to match the BPM of the source material. The microSAMPLER will automatically divide the sample equally across multiple keys. Each key can be set to capture anything from a 64th note to a full two measures. This method lets you automatically perform the same type of sampling as KEY GATE
Key Gate sampling is best for grabbing multiple samples from the same source. With Key Gate, you can take multiple samples from the same source or phrase and assign them to different keys as you play them! The individual keys assign the sample and enable recording all at the same time. This intuitive method of sampling, editing, and mapping in a single step is fun, interactive and fast
In addition, there's a re-sampling function that lets you play existing layered samples processed by an effect and played by the pattern sequencer - and capture it all as a new sample. You can even sample while playing, allowing the sampling process itself to become part of your expressive performance
Sample anytime, anywhere - or anything!
The microSAMPLER can run on 6 AAA alkaline batteries (approximately 4 hours of battery life), so you can perform on the go - or capture samples anywhere. Both line input and mic input are provided to allow a broad range of input sources including electronic musical instruments, CD, and voice. A gooseneck microphone is included so you can capture sounds with ease. The convenient caddies (located beside the mic jack) provide a cradle for your portable MP3/audio player when using it as a sample source. Truly, the world is yours to sample anytime and anyplace
Pattern Possibilities
The pattern sequencer uses an overdub operating style that lets you continually layer your performances. You can switch between patterns during playback for seamless performances. Up to sixteen patterns (16,000 notes per pattern, or a maximum 64,000 notes) can be stored in each bank
The KAOSS Effect(s)
Developed for Korg's KAOSS PAD series, the effect engine serves up a great selection of effects - so important when editing samples. The 21 effects include not only traditional delay and chorus, but also ring modulator and grain shifter, and even a Looper that's derived from the Loop Recording feature of the KAOSSILATOR Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer. The effects can be applied to any sound while resampling, allowing the effects to be used over and over again for more sonic expression
Made to be Played
The microSAMPLER features our new Natural Touch micro keyboard, offering greatly enhanced playability and expressive power. By adjusting the proportion of the black keys and white keys, we've made chords easier to finger, and the touch has been improved so that rapid phrases can be played more easily - and with less fatigue. The box-shaped keys project a sense of quality, and also allow smoother glides and smears. The controllers you need for an exciting performance are laid out on the panel for intuitive operation. The status of the samples assigned to each key (and the item being edited) is indicated by the lit state of the LEDs running along the top of the keyboard, ensuring excellent visibility even on stage
USB Port
By using the free editor/librarian software for the microSAMPLER, you can manage a gigantic sample library that's all your own. You can back up sample and pattern sequence data to your computer via USB, or load samples and patterns back in just as easily. Importing and exporting of WAV/AIFF data on your computer is also supported
Keyboard 37 Natural-Touch mini-keys, velocity sensing
Polyphony 14 voices
Sampling Rate 48/24/12/6KHz
Sampling Times 48KHz: 160 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks = 21.33 minutes (max.)
24KHz: 320 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks = 42.66 minutes (max.)
12KHz: 640 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks = 85.33 minutes (max.)
6KHz: 1280 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks = 170.66 minutes (max.)
Effects Structure: 1 Master FX
Effect Types: 21 (Compressor, Filter, 4-Band EQ, Distortion, Reverb, Delay, L/C/R Delay, Auto-Panning Delay, Modulation Delay, Tape Echo, Chorus, Flanger, Vibrato, Phaser, Tremolo, Ring Modulation, Grain Shifter, Pitch Shifter, Talking Modulator, Looper)
Sequencer Patterns: 16 Patterns per bank; x 8 Banks
Note Count: 64,000 notes total; 16,000 per bank
Resolution: 480ppq (parts per quarter note)
Inputs/Outputs Input: ¼" Jack (rear); XLR Balanced (top); with Mic/Line switch; Level knob
Outputs: L/Mono, R; ¼" unbalanced
Phones: ¼" Stereo Jack
Display Custom LCD; 37 LEDs above keys
Dimensions 20.31 x 9.37 x 2.56" (515.87 x 238 x 65.02mm)
Weight 4.19 lbs (1.9kg)
System Requirements PC: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3 or later); Windows Vista (SP1 or later); USB port
MAC: OSX Version 10.4 or later; USB port
Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard
  • Gooseneck Microphone
  • microSAMPLER Editor Librarian Software
  • AC Adapter
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    KorgmicroSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard
     
    4.7

    (based on 14 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (11)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Responsive / good action (7)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Touch sensitive keys (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic music (8)
      • MIDI (4)
      • Accompaniment (3)
      • Concerts (3)
      • Learning (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (8), Experienced (6)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      This thing is AWESOME!!!

      I've been playing live music in a large band for about 30 years now, and I've been using samplers since the 80s!! I can tell you this - samplers have come, and samplers...Read complete review

      I've been playing live music in a large band for about 30 years now, and I've been using samplers since the 80s!! I can tell you this - samplers have come, and samplers have gone. Some good - some not so good. Lately, in an effort to downsize and simplify the amount of equipment I take with me in a live setting, I tried to consolidate my samples and loops into a workstation (like the Korg Triton LE), however, as great as DAWs can be in a studio setting, they can be a real hassle in a live setting. For instance, all your samples must be reloaded back into memory because once the board is shut down, there's no internal RAM, but rather, a media card or external storage device (more stuff to lug around, not to mention, volatile and unreliable media). In addition, the user architecture to store and load samples is SO confusing. I've lost hours and hours of work because I would forget a step while trying to save sample data. I was DONE!
      Well, thankfully, those days are GONE! The Korg Microsampler is, by far and hands-down, the easiest, smallest (and LIGHTEST), most fun-to-use sampler every created. Not to mention, it retains ALL the samples right there in memory. It samples at low to high sampling rates (CD quality!), stereo or mono, and readies for sampling in seconds - not hours. I was able to multi-sample a bank of sounds and loops (5 in this particular performance), in 15 minutes. I then wrote the bank to memory, and then I shut it down (for testing) to find "VOILA!" my samples right there where I stored them. I was even able to add effects (yes, built in!) and edit the sample start and end times right there on the little screen. THAT'S how easy it is. There's even a resampling mode! I also downloaded the Editor / Librarian software online, which made it even easier to name, edit samples, store, and transfer (via USB) back to the MS. You can even backup your samples to your computer. I only have the unit for a few days, so I didn't get to explore the pattern features, nor the various other modes of operation, however, it serves my needs well beyond the workstations into which I've invested my time and money.
      There was only one situation I've encountered whereby the MS fell a bit short. I needed one sample to have a secondary loop start. For instance, I sampled a "laugh" vocal, where I needed the initial attack, but also required the loop to continue the laugh as long as I held down the key. You get a loop START and loop END. That's it. It will play the sample from attack to your selectable end point, and play from the attack again. My only way around this was to sample it into my workstation, edit, loop, then resample the pre-looped audio into the MS. No biggie. It doesn't come up often enough for me to sweat it. The editing software DID include a copy feature, where I can copy a section of the loop, but when I tried to paste to continue the looped section I needed, nothing happened. Maybe, in the future, Korg can update the software to get around this omission. Other than that, this sampler is a WINNER!! I was going to give it only 4 stars, and then I remembered how much I paid for it. You can't beat the value, just for the fun-factor alone!
      Please don't misunderstand. I'm not comparing the MS to a full-blown workstation. But if all you need to do you is to play back some loops, sound effects, and just plain improv a groove, this is the sampler for you.
      BTW: B&H was the only retailer that sells this unit at a price point that makes total sense. I received the product brand-spanking-new, and sooner than expected. Kudos, B&H for making it possible!

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      fun but limited

      I am a huge fan of Korg and own a microkorg xl(BOSS!) and kaossilator. I wanted a sampler to help compliment these devices so naturally, I bought the microsampler. It was...Read complete review

      I am a huge fan of Korg and own a microkorg xl(BOSS!) and kaossilator. I wanted a sampler to help compliment these devices so naturally, I bought the microsampler. It was a little confusing at first but with the help of the manual and tutorials on youtube, i started grooving with it pretty quickly and getting some sweet results. The software editor is pretty tight and allows great access to the recorded waveform and the keyboard layout definitely makes it fun to play. It only comes with one bank of sounds but has a bunch of free downloads from Korg that will more than fill it up. Now, my gripes with it. The recordings come out very subdued even when the gain is turned up and the output. Also, the load time while changing banks can be as long as 15 seconds depending on how much memory is being loaded and if you want to record samples in stereo, there just isn't enough memory in individual banks and no other options for internal storage /sigh. It does have great addable realtime effects and a sweet reverse button which make it quite interesting but not much staying power if you are looking for a powerful sampler.

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      5.0

      Korg keeps on killing it

      By Sunglasses

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Fun to use
      • Portable
      • Reliable
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • Sound Effects
        • Travel

        Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

        I play in a band and use this on a weekly basis. My band could not function as well as it does if this was not part of my gear.
        Recording and editing sounds is very easy. If you have a computer then this process is even easier with the software that Korg provides. It took me about an hour of messing around with the sampler before I really understood it. This was without the instruction manual.
        Inputing sound is very easy. You can use the goose neck, plug your own mic into the XLR and/or input port or even connect the MS to your computer and add files through the MS software. I haven't had a reason to get into the sequencer part of the keyboard, but its probably just as easy to use on the keyboard or with the MS software.
        Fine tuning sounds with the actual MS is very easy but needs a soft touch due to the sensitive dials. It did take a little getting used to how the two dials on the far right work, but it wasn't that big of a deal.
        Before you turn the MS off remember to write to the current bank. Otherwise you will lose any changes you did in that bank. Took me a couple of times before I made that my habit.
        The only thing that I find limiting about the MS is that each bank, there are 8, has only so much memory to it. I don't understand why this is. It would have been nice if Korg would let each bank's memory limit be flexible instead of written in stone.
        The other thing that I find strange is that you can only have one sound effect applied to the entire bank. This might be user error. After much research I am still unable to have a different sound effect applied to a different sound in the same bank. You can work around this by editing the sound in a sound program and then adding it to the MS.
        These two things might be fixed with a firmware update, but I don't know for sure.
        Even with these two limitations this keyboard sampler is great. If you are more interested in playing sounds than notes this is the perfect device for you. The MS can also be used as a conventional keyboard. My second one is for keyboards that I have sampled so I don't have to take a bunch of them with me. Now I only have to take this one instead.
        And if you are a gear junkie this is a must have piece!

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        5.0

        Easy and fun to use

        By PK

        from Connecticut

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable
        • Responsive / Good Action

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

            The controls are well laid out and easy to understand. The audio interfaces are adequate. Ti could use more sample memory.

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            5.0

            LOVE THIS SAMPLER !!! KORG ROCKS

            By PJ Corvus

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Realistic Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Electronic Music
              • MIDI

              Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

              I am a professional, full-time soundtrack composer and audio engineer. I currently own KORG M50, KORG R3, KORG DVP1, and KORG TRITON. Once again, Korg makes another very useful tool. This MS1 may be tiny, but its a very powerful sampling workstation with very good quality sampling. No need for floppies or external HDDs. Hook it up to your Mac or PC, and using USB, manage and edit all your samples. Also the sequencer is very useful too, it records in real time, no step sequencing reqrd. I give this sampler 10 out of 5 stars!

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              4.0

              Cool & flexible hardware sampler

              By Edward

              from Charlotte, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

              • Poor Action

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Electronic Music
              • Travel

              Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

              Anyone who enjoyed using the Casio SK series hardware samplers from the 1980's will appreciate this unit. It holds 8 banks of 36 samples which can be accessed and processed in a number of ways with the mini 37-key keyboard. The PC based editing software is intuitive to use. Very easy to fill the whole sample memory in a few hours. Banks can be easily stored on PC for later usage. The keyboard action is not the best.

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              5.0

              AHH YEAH!

              By AZHIAZIAM

              from Morro Bay, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Portable
              • Pre-programmed music
              • Realistic Sound
              • Responsive / Good Action
              • Touch Sensitive Keys

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Music Production

                Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                I needed a sampler, everyone does. When B&H had a massive sale on these for $ I had to get one... I had seen them go for up to $ ! Thanks B&H it works amazing and I now hope to become famous with my music becauese of your sweet deals. lol

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                5.0

                Awesome Sampler, Cheapest on the Web!

                By The Sweeping Tiles

                from Antioch, Illinois

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Portable
                • Pre-programmed music
                • Realistic Sound
                • Responsive / Good Action
                • Touch Sensitive Keys

                Cons

                • No Speakers
                • Poor Instructions

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Concerts
                • Electronic Music
                • Learning
                • MIDI
                • Travel

                Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                I couldn't have been happier when I received the microsampler! Korg has made this device with almost everything in mind, it didn't work how I thought it would it worked better and has become a centerpiece of my sound. Percussion sounds, Kaoss Pad effects, sampled keyboards, looping capabilities. I use it for everything. I've begun playing keys and I was mainly a guitarist, I have a kp3 and they compliment each other well. It is not a keyboard and mic unit so much as it is a sampler on steroids, this device changes the way I think about organized sound and music in general. The downside is I find it hard to sleep because I am learning new types of dance beats, including electrohouse and dub step genres and it's addictive. If you think outside the box the possibilities are endless. For the price- what do you have to lose?

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                5.0

                This thing is AWESOME!!!

                By SingNkeys

                from New Jersey

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fun
                • Great Value And Features
                • Portable
                • Realistic Sound

                Cons

                • Loop Start And End Only

                Best Uses

                • Loop Playback

                Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                I've been playing live music in a large band for about 30 years now, and I've been using samplers since the 80s!! I can tell you this - samplers have come, and samplers have gone. Some good - some not so good. Lately, in an effort to downsize and simplify the amount of equipment I take with me in a live setting, I tried to consolidate my samples and loops into a workstation (like the Korg Triton LE), however, as great as DAWs can be in a studio setting, they can be a real hassle in a live setting. For instance, all your samples must be reloaded back into memory because once the board is shut down, there's no internal RAM, but rather, a media card or external storage device (more stuff to lug around, not to mention, volatile and unreliable media). In addition, the user architecture to store and load samples is SO confusing. I've lost hours and hours of work because I would forget a step while trying to save sample data. I was DONE!
                Well, thankfully, those days are GONE! The Korg Microsampler is, by far and hands-down, the easiest, smallest (and LIGHTEST), most fun-to-use sampler every created. Not to mention, it retains ALL the samples right there in memory. It samples at low to high sampling rates (CD quality!), stereo or mono, and readies for sampling in seconds - not hours. I was able to multi-sample a bank of sounds and loops (5 in this particular performance), in 15 minutes. I then wrote the bank to memory, and then I shut it down (for testing) to find "VOILA!" my samples right there where I stored them. I was even able to add effects (yes, built in!) and edit the sample start and end times right there on the little screen. THAT'S how easy it is. There's even a resampling mode! I also downloaded the Editor / Librarian software online, which made it even easier to name, edit samples, store, and transfer (via USB) back to the MS. You can even backup your samples to your computer. I only have the unit for a few days, so I didn't get to explore the pattern features, nor the various other modes of operation, however, it serves my needs well beyond the workstations into which I've invested my time and money.
                There was only one situation I've encountered whereby the MS fell a bit short. I needed one sample to have a secondary loop start. For instance, I sampled a "laugh" vocal, where I needed the initial attack, but also required the loop to continue the laugh as long as I held down the key. You get a loop START and loop END. That's it. It will play the sample from attack to your selectable end point, and play from the attack again. My only way around this was to sample it into my workstation, edit, loop, then resample the pre-looped audio into the MS. No biggie. It doesn't come up often enough for me to sweat it. The editing software DID include a copy feature, where I can copy a section of the loop, but when I tried to paste to continue the looped section I needed, nothing happened. Maybe, in the future, Korg can update the software to get around this omission. Other than that, this sampler is a WINNER!! I was going to give it only 4 stars, and then I remembered how much I paid for it. You can't beat the value, just for the fun-factor alone!
                Please don't misunderstand. I'm not comparing the MS to a full-blown workstation. But if all you need to do you is to play back some loops, sound effects, and just plain improv a groove, this is the sampler for you.
                BTW: B&H was the only retailer that sells this unit at a price point that makes total sense. I received the product brand-spanking-new, and sooner than expected. Kudos, B&H for making it possible!

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                5.0

                I Am Very Pleased

                By Jimi

                from East Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts
                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning

                  Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                  Marvelous! Does exactly what it claims it will do. Once you get the hang of the "Push Edit Button and then Select what you Want to Do from the Labels above the Keys..." you're home free. Very handy, easy to use controls for editing/trimming samples. I'm possibly most impressed with the fact that the Little Machine and the PC Software hooked up MIDI w no problems. If you've got an imagination, and will spend just a little time getting to know this machine, you can add just about anything you want to your band's sound.

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                  5.0

                  microSAMPLER Keyboard by Korg

                  By GMUNZ

                  from Seattle, WA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Pre-programmed music
                  • Realistic Sound
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • Limited Sound Selection

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Concerts
                  • Electronic Music
                  • MIDI
                  • Sound creation

                  Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                  I'm only a few days into using this and I absolutely LOVE it! Easy to set up and sample on the fly, with 5 different sampling modes and a sequencer. There's not much I could add that hasn't already been detailed in the description/specs above, other than that there have been a few updates which you can find at the manufacturer's website (which only adds to the value of this product), the device is well thought out, and this is definitely one of the best tools ever to have been created. And for this price, it's a steal!

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                  5.0

                  Underrated! Excellent and fun tool!

                  By lerabot

                  from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Fun
                  • Good effects
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys

                  Cons

                  • No Speakers

                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Learning
                  • MIDI

                  Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                  First of all, alot of people seem to hate this product for unknown reason, is it cause they red bad thing about it, or except it to do things it's not intended too I don't know, but you know what, they're wrong.

                  The microsampler is on of the funnest tool I've ever had! And that doesn't mean it doesn't sound great! I thought this would be a little addition considering I already have a 404sx and use that as the main part of my studio.

                  Actually the microsampler is a much more powerful production tool than the 404sx is (but yeah, I know the 404 is not intended to be that). The sequencer is simple but super easy to use, and it simply works! The keyboard pitching is also super useful and easy to use.

                  The onboard effect are good too and allow deep customization. Coming from the SP series (303,404sx,505,808) none of them have a release or decay setting for sample, this is aso super useful when you can to blend sounds while playing them.

                  Personally this is becoming on of my favorite tool and I've owned about 10 different samplers (electribes, sp series, yamaha su, zoom st), so don't read all the hate, and get one punks.

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                    5.0

                    Neat Peice of Gear

                    By Dj Lace

                    from Bellingham, WA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Fun
                    • Portable
                    • Responsive / Good Action
                    • Sounds Good
                    • Touch Sensitive Keys

                    Cons

                    • Sample Select Knob

                    Best Uses

                    • Electronic Music

                    Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                    I make electronic music and find that software can create too many opportunities for distractions, so the last few years I've been predominantly using hardware. I decided I'd try out the MicroSampler after using Korg's older Electribe ES1 for awhile and liking it's ease and speed of use. What caught my eye about the MicroSampler was the ability to play samples chromatically on a keyboard as well as more sample storage than the older ES1. I've been using the MicroSampler about a week now and the things that I like about it that stand out are:

                    -I like the size of the device and it's small footprint, I also like the size and feel of the keys.
                    -The four sampling modes I've tried are all useful, Key Gate is especially fun, although I haven't tried Auto Next yet.
                    -Having the sampler start sampling when the volume of an incoming source is above the threshold is much tighter and more useful than I'd expected, I was worried it might cut off the beginning of a sound but it doesn't. It's now my go to mode for sampling from my computer or other devices.
                    -Playing samples with the keyboard I don't notice any appreciable drop in quality when played within the range of the keyboard. Sounds good!

                    As for criticisms, I only have one and that is there is quite a bit of menu diving at first. Having the shortcuts available on the keys does mitigate this somewhat but not entirely. Navigating the menus with knobs is also something I've been getting used to while using it. For most menus with fewer options the knob is fine, though for navigating the larger menu it can be a challenge to pick the right option quickly. The Sample Select knob when using the keyboard mode is probably the worse offender in this regard.

                    Overall, I think the design is quite good and I think the device is good at recording, playing back and manipulating samples. For now I'm docking one star for the Sample Select knob and some of the menu's but I'm only about a week into using this device so it's quite possible I'm not going about things in the most efficient way possible. It isn't as straightforward as the ES1 as far as sampling goes, you're going to have to read the manual, but it makes up for this by being considerably more powerful and more versatile.

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                    5.0

                    microSAMPLER macroFUN

                    By music gadgeter

                    from Austin, TX

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Battery Operated
                    • Engaging
                    • Fresh Sounds
                    • Portable
                    • Six Sampling Modes

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                      This is a very fun instrument to use. Different from software samplers, you feel that you can really interact with the sounds you capture. Even if it does not have the capacity and speed of more sophisticated (and expensive) machines, the microSAMPLER gives you a range of options that is just enough to inspire you but not so much that you do not know where to start. Many people think that it is a great instrument for sampling live. I agree. But I think it is also very useful for sketching ideas and for creating music from your home studio. I use it in conjunction with my musical toys (a variety of analog synthesizers and circuit bent gadgets) and have attained wonderful pieces. The associated software and bonus banks (free download from KORG web page) will give you the capacity and options necessary to start rocking the microSAMPLER. As for its usability, the microSAMPLER is not entirely intuitive but you won't spend more than one afternoon learning all the basics. The rest is fun exploration.

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                      3.0

                      fun but limited

                      By Spandy

                      from Golden, CO

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging

                      Cons

                      • Limited Selection
                      • Poor Sound Quality

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording

                      Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                      I am a huge fan of Korg and own a microkorg xl(BOSS!) and kaossilator. I wanted a sampler to help compliment these devices so naturally, I bought the microsampler. It was a little confusing at first but with the help of the manual and tutorials on youtube, i started grooving with it pretty quickly and getting some sweet results. The software editor is pretty tight and allows great access to the recorded waveform and the keyboard layout definitely makes it fun to play. It only comes with one bank of sounds but has a bunch of free downloads from Korg that will more than fill it up. Now, my gripes with it. The recordings come out very subdued even when the gain is turned up and the output. Also, the load time while changing banks can be as long as 15 seconds depending on how much memory is being loaded and if you want to record samples in stereo, there just isn't enough memory in individual banks and no other options for internal storage /sigh. It does have great addable realtime effects and a sweet reverse button which make it quite interesting but not much staying power if you are looking for a powerful sampler.

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                      4.0

                      Extremely functional Sampler

                      By terminalboy

                      from Carlisle, PA

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                      Pros

                      • Engaging
                      • Good Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Korg microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard:

                        I have been using this product for about a week. It is excellent for crafting ideas for songs, but I doubt I will be doing a lot of live sampling due to it's limitations. There are many versatile ways of capturing the incoming audio stream...my personal favorite being a mode that lets you grab a few measures once you have set the bpm. The effects are very powerful, but they would be a bit tricky to fully implement live.

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