Three Reasons Why You Should Try The Korg microKEY


Korg certainly has a diverse team of engineers. Pocket sized synthesizers, the KAOSS pads, and miniature pianos. One product, however, caught my eye – the Korg microKEY. While it seems like a mild mannered keyboard, that is part of the beauty of it. When we were growing up, everyone liked the “bad girl/boy” at one time, and at another time the “good girl/boy.” Sometimes you need something that is hassle and trouble free, even if it doesn’t have the biggest personality or presence.

As far as compact MIDI controllers go, you really cannot get more bang for your buck at 37 keys. If you were looking for a workstation instead, I highly suggest you check out software synthesizers to use in conjunction with the Korg microKEY. If you can get three new software synthesizers and the Korg microKEY, doesn’t that give you a lot more sonic opportunities than a workstation? When it is sampled down to a 16-bit MP3 file, most subtitles are lost anyway, so why spend more money? On a side note, if you find out during mastering that you messed up on keystroke on a workstation, it is a lot more difficult to go back and record it than if you used a MIDI keyboard instead.

I don’t care what other people say: size does matter. Having a giant workstation doesn’t travel well, nor is it easy to fit on a desk. Do you really want to take up more room in your studio? Do you really want a keyboard stand or would you rather buy a Korg Monotron? The microKEY, being super compact, would easily fit in front of a regular keyboard or a laptop when producing.

MIDI isn’t famous for adding originality to music, in fact it is primarily known for the opposite. However, a MIDI keyboard is a huge step up from point-click producing and adds a huge amount of opportunities. My favorite example is when I couldn’t find the keys for a chord in MIDI, then I just looped the section and started hitting different keys together. When I found what sounded good, it was an inverted A minor chord, something I never would have thought of.

In the end, I highly suggest you check out the Korg microKEY if you are considering a MIDI keyboard, and even if you aren’t. Keyboards are essential in any studio, and it may be what you have been leaving out.

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