KORG M50-73

KORG1000 - 1500 euros | 1300 - 2100 dollars

Incredible new sounds; fat & juicy combis, splits and layers; a plethora of ace effects; dynamic Drum Tracks; enhanced poly-arpeggiators; classic sequencing tools; a solid, confident keybed; up-to-date SD storage; companion editing software and our famous TouchView interactive display - it all adds up to an invigorating and sexy MIDI keyboard instrument that could only come from KORG.

Need a Keyboard Workstation? There’s One for Everyone

Over twenty years of category-defining and redefining keyboard workstation expertise beats in the heart of the M50 Music Workstation. Just as the M3 borrowed elements from the legendary OASYS, the M50 captures all the sonic firepower of the M3, distilled into a performance instrument that is second to none., With all of its features and specifications, the M50 Music Workstation just may be the keyboard you’ve been waiting for! Both 73* and 61-note versions are available, sporting a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard. This new fast and responsive synthesizer keybed facilitates both expressive and dynamic performing. Tipping the scales at a mere 46 pounds, the seriously portable 88 key version features our top-of-the-line RH3 Graded Hammer Action, and provides a satisfying performance experience for the piano purist!

The Korg M-50; A Natural Performer

Made to be played, the Korg M50 Music Workstation is inviting and comfortable. The TouchView screen is intuitive and interactive, allowing the uniquely angled front panel to remain refined and uncluttered. The buttons themselves are rock solid, backlit and rounded for optimum visibility and ease-of-use under any playing conditions. In addition to Korg’s four-way joystick and multi-function knobs, the M50 Music Workstation offers four Chord Triggers that provide a flexible and fun way to play chords and trigger arp patterns. A ten-key numeric keypad allows on-demand instant access to sounds, combis and other parameter/values.

Features

Keyboard

  • 73-key versions use a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard

Controllers

  • Joystick, [SW1], [SW2]

Display

  • 5.7 inch TouchView™ GUI, 320 x 240 dot

Synthesis Technology : EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)

Tone Generator

  • 256 Mbyte (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
  • 1,077 Multisamples
  • 1,609 Drum Samples

Maximum Polyphony

  • 80 voices, 80 oscillators max, single mode
  • 40 voices, 80 oscillators max, double mode*

Sounds

Programs : 640 total locations, 608 preloaded
Combinations : 512 total locations, 384 preloaded
Drumkits : 48 total locations, 32 preloaded
GM : 256 GM2 programs, 9 GM2 drum kits

Program Structure EDS

  • Oscillator
  • OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double)
  • Stereo multisamples are supported
  • 4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers.

Filters

  • Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
  • Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)

Driver

  • Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost

EQ

  • Three bands, with sweepable mid

Modulation

  • For each voice: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp)
  • Two LFOs
  • Two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp)
  • Two AMS mixers
  • Pitch EG
  • Common LFO
  • Two common key tracking generators

Combination Structure

  • Up to sixteen timbres
  • For each Timbre: keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfade
  • INT, OFF, EXT and EX2 MIDI status settings
  • 3-band EQ with sweepable mid
  • Pitch/Transpose
  • Use OSC1, 2 or Both
  • Force Osc Mode (PRG, MONO, LEGATO, POLY)
  • Portamento and Bend range settings
  • Controller filters
  • Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function

Drum Kit Structure

  • Stereo and mono drum samples
  • 4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)

Exclusive keygroups

  • Per key 3-band EQ, Drive, Lo Boost, filter and level offsets

Effects

  • 5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out), 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out), 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out) are available simultaneously
  • 2 effect control busses, 2 effect common LFOs
  • 170 types (can be used for Insert/Master/Total.) Note: double-size effects cannot be used as a Total effect.
  • Effects Presets: Up to 32 per Effect, 700 provided in OS 1.10
  • 3-band Track EQ (High, low, and sweepable mid band) Per Program in Program Mode, per Timbre in Combination mode (16 total), and per Track in Sequencer mode (16 total)

Sequencer

  • 16-track MIDI sequencer with 480 ppq resolution
  • 128 Songs, 20 Cue Lists, 210,000 notes (max)
  • Tempo: 40.00 – 300.00 BPM (1/100 resolution)
  • 16 preset/16 user Template Songs
  • 522 preset patterns, 100 user patterns (per Song)
  • Cue List function: 20 cue lists, Songs can be arranged consecutively or repeatedly in up to 99 steps, A cue list can be converted back into a song
  • Standard MIDI File (SMF) format 0 and 1 available
  • Auto Song Setup function (One Touch Record) for easily going from a Program or Combination into “record-ready” status

Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiator

  • Two arpeggiators, useable simultaneously
  • (Combination, Sequencer modes)
  • 5 preset arpeggio patterns; 216 user arpeggio patterns (200 preloaded)
  • RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording)
  • A set of 100 patterns are available per Song

Drum Track

  • 671 preset patterns/1,000 user patterns
  • Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
  • Trigger Mode (Immediate, Wait for Keyboard), Sync (On, Off) and Zone (Key and Velocity) settings can be specified.
  • Program selection, 3-band EQ and effect bussing available

Audio Outputs

  • L/MONO, R - 1/4" TS (Mono), unbalanced
  • Headphones - 1/4" TRS (Stereo), Output Impedance: 33 Ohms, Maximum Level: 32+ 32 mW @33 Ohms

Interface MIDI

  • IN, OUT

Computer

  • USB type B connector (for MIDI interface, USB 2.0 supported)

Control Inputs

  • Damper Pedal (half damper pedaling supported), Assignable Switch, Assignable Pedal

Common specifications

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, +/-1.0 dB, 10 k Ohms load
  • THD+N: 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08 % 10 k Ohms load (typical)

Included Accessories

  • KA320 Switching Power Supply
  • (Model 510405540503)
  • Three-Pronged IECC13 Power Cable
  • (Model D8B5518003B)
  • Owner’s Manual (M50 Operation Guide)
  • CD-ROM (M50 Parameter Guide (PDF)
  • Voice Name List (PDF)
  • KORG MIDI driver
  • M50 Editor stand alone and plug-in versions

Dimensions

  • M50-73: 46.90” (W) x 11.57” (D) x 4.17” (H)

Weight

  • M50-73: 17.6 lbs

Current Consumption

  • 35 Watts

Reviews on Web

- Youtube (en)
- Musician’s Friend (en)
- Sound On Sound (en)
- Harmony Central (en)
- Meet Music (fr)
- Bonedo (de)
- Thomann (de)

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