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January 27, 2014

NAMM 2014 | Korg RK-100S

Korg had an interesting showing this year at Winter NAMM 2014 from the more niche oriented build-it-yourself MS-20 to the teeny tiny baby grand pianos. They also had showings like the new keyboard controller the Korg Triton taktile. But one thing that stopped us in our tracks was a reissue of the classic Korg keytar. The RK-100S looks and sounds great with plenty of control via the keys as well as two separate, assignable ribbon controls.

With the same modeling engine as the MicroKorg XL, you have plenty of options for sounds. You can have analog modeling, digital synthesis and PCM sounds. The RK-100S also acts like a controller and can connect via MIDI out and USB. There is also a connection for a microphone for use as a vocoder. With colors ranging from red featured in the video above to black and white versions, you can pick a design that fits your style.

Check out the video above where Rich from Korg goes over the features and demos a few of the sounds. Also let us know what you think about the Korg RK-100S in the comments below.

SLAM!!

Transcript

Hey this is Rich from Korg for UniqueSquared here at NAMM 2014 this is the RK-100S. In 1984 Korg released the original RK-100. It was a controller with built in keys. A Keytar. Its got a slim compact body, solid wood, beautiful red paint job. There’s also white and black available and it has built in sounds. In fact, its got the complete modeling engine from the MicroKorg XL. So that means you get analog modeling, digital synthesis, and you even get some PCM. So sounds for any kind of gig. There are two ribbon controllers here. One up here at the neck and that does modulation as well as pitch bending. Then there’s a separate ribbon controller and this one runs the entire length of the keys. It lets you do arpeggio runs and it also lets you pitch and filter modulation. I’ll let you hear how that sounds with a really good bass. So you can have lots of fun with that ribbon. We also have fast octave switching buttons and there’s a built in arpeggiator and you can tap out the tempo. So you can make some awesome sounds with this thing. There’s a USB port on the bottom. Connect it to your computer and you can edit all the sounds from our editor librarian. There’s also a MIDI output and a microphone input for the vocoder. When you’re ready to move, just pop in six double AA batteries and you’re good to go. That’s the RK-100S. New from Korg. I’m Rich from Korg and you’re watching UniqueSquared.com.