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A New Korg Gadget!

Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 21:21 | Permalink

Korg released a new ios app. For gadget and standalone. Arp Odyssey. Might have interesting sounds.
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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 21:21 | Permalink

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Indeed. The Gadget app has updated to support it, but as of yet the main app isn't available, via U.K. AppStore..

Maybe tomorrow..

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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 21:43 | Permalink

I updated to. In my country the new gadget does not show either.

I just looked/listened to a couple of arp odyssey video's on youtube. Not that impressed by the sounds yet. Sounds somewhat like my first keyboard (yamaha pss 780)

If it is not that big in mb and not that expensive then I might still buy it. Black friday is this month to.
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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 21:50 | Permalink

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I'll no doubt have to buy it, just to keep AL happy. Although he's barely used the last one (Kamata) other than for combo entries!!

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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 21:56 | Permalink

I think the im1 gadget has the best bang for the buck so far. Now only to convince myself to order a ipad 4 mini with more space/cpu so I can make more complex (more channels) music.

You are doing great with the game remake tunes btw Al
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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 22:22 | Permalink

This page got online about 20 minutes ago. It says the odyssey wil be here in a few hours.
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Posted : Monday, 31 October 2016, 22:32 | Permalink

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AL says thanks. (FANX!) He doesn't have a SoCoder account. I'm too lazy to code multi-account switching!

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Posted : Tuesday, 01 November 2016, 08:11 | Permalink

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New Gadget is now available.
Name : Korg ARP ODYSSEi
Gadget name : Lexington
AppStore link :


Note : It's VERY CPU intensive! The above track, with just 6 instruments, was stuttering during realtime playback.

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Posted : Tuesday, 01 November 2016, 13:54 | Permalink

It is not compatible with my model of ipad(mini 1)

Will have to wait until the current one gets replaced.

The sound seems good though.
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Posted : Friday, 24 March 2017, 16:35 | Permalink

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v3 update arrived, today.
The biggest new feature is a sound recorder, so you can record your own voice in your songs.

... fuck..

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Posted : Saturday, 25 March 2017, 04:30 | Permalink

Yeah I noticed the gadget facebook group beeing very vocal yesterday. Thank god that the ipad 1 still can get the latest gadget update.

New drums!

Btw. They are charging 300 dollars for the imac version of gadget. Kind of trying to get rich quick the folks from korg.

Also a new sound upload feature.

The muppet like voice in the track is neat! Is that the official voice of blockman?
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Posted : Saturday, 25 March 2017, 04:31 | Permalink

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Given how much I've used it..
Totally worth it!!

But I'm happy with the iPad edition.

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Posted : Saturday, 25 March 2017, 04:53 | Permalink

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RE: Voice
I was aiming for something that didn't sound like me, because I suck!!!

It still makes me shudder, as it's still recognisable as meK

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Posted : Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 07:33 | Permalink

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I treated AL, this week.
Highslide JS

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Posted : Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 09:14 | Permalink


I have a Samson keyboard but still need to get a connection kit. those things cost almost the same as a keyboard.

I wil maybe buy the korg module and triton expansion today. Not to impressed by it with the reviews but hey its korg!
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Posted : Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 14:43 | Permalink

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A microReview for microKEY Air

I haven't touched a keyboard since the last time I had my main keyboard hooked up to my desktop PC. .. and I haven't had a desktop PC for about 5 years.
And even then, I was barely a competent player in the slightest.
To suggest I'm not a keyboardist is a bit of an understatement.

But I've been thinking about getting one of these for quite a while, for a number of reasons.
First, it'd allow for a little more "personality" in my ALChoons.
Second, it'd be good practice. I could really do with some kind of performance-based skill!
And third, if I lug my huge Casio out, I need a plug for the Casio, a midi lead, a midi to USB device and a USB to Lightning connector..
It's not exactly "lie in bed, grab keyboard, play" methodology!

So, yesterday I ordered one.


I grabbed the microKEY Air 25, which has just over 2 octaves of keys, and fits snugly enough in front of the iPad. If I'd've gone for a larger size, it probably would've been a little unweildly. This is a nice fit for bed-based Choonage.

The device is rather weighty for what it is. Feels about 2.5 times the weight of the iPad Air 2, and length wise is about 1.5 times as wide.
Keys are "comfortable" sized. Not as teensy as my oldskool childhood Casio toy keyboard (which I was expecting). They're a nice midsize between that and a full-size key.
Each key has a nice amount of travel, and give a decent amount of velocity data when played.


The little joystick on the left of the board lets you use it for all manner of things. You need to open a tweak utility in Windows, change the setting to whatever midi parameters you'd like the joystick to send, then save the parameters to the keyboard.
I initially found it to be muting my audio if I touched it.. not sure what that was about, so I had to disable it.. now it simply acts as a pitch bend.
The smoothness on the little analogue joystick isn't great, from a "used to joypad thumbsticks" point of view. It's a bit "too" springy towards the centre, so requires a little force before it moves, at which point you've overshot the target and it's fllnged to full!!

Function Buttons

There's four extra buttons on the device. Two for moving up and down an octave at a time, which is handy. This means you get the full midi range, even though you only have 25 keys.
After that is a sustain button.. Although you need to hold the button down to use it, it does it's job well enough.
There's also an Arpeggiator button, but that seems fairly redundant when you consider that Gadget already does a lot of handy stuff, especially when using the Kingston gadget.


To hook it up to the PC, for setting tweaks, you connect a USB cable.
For the iPad, however, you pop in a couple of AA batteries, switch on Bluetooth mode (physical switch on the side), and boot up a compatible app. (I think just KORG apps.. not sure.. haven't got anything else at hand to try it!!)
The app handles connectivity, rather than iOS.
Once connected (relatively painless, simply click the connect button!) you're good to go.
To disconnect, simply toggle the physical switch on the keyboard to disable Bluetooth, and you're done.


So.. how is it in use?
It's alright!
I need to learn to hammer the keys, or at the very least go back afterwards and reset all the recorded velocities!
Lag-wise, I'm not really noticing anything bad. With the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard, lag was noticeable, but here it's all but hidden, which is great.

Over the coming weeks/months,I'm going to be retraining the keyboard playing part of my brain, and will hopefully get up to a decent ability soon.
It's nice to have a keyboard to play on!

Only time will tell whether it's any use to me!!


ALChoon : MicroKEY Air Test
All velocities have been reset, and Gadget's quantiser has neatened up my unskilled timings!!

Amazon : MicroKEY 2 - 25 Air
Price at time of post, £82.

|update| Bloody 'ell, GarageBand took ages to download!!
Keyboard works with GarageBand, too, so I assume it'll also work with any other BluetoothMidi compatible app. |update|

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Posted : Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:24 | Permalink

Garageband has a collection of pretty good instruments. It came pre installed here. I have been opening it rather frequently.

I noticed Al's latest track had a whole piano part.


I have been studying older amiga songs. Listening to what kind of instruments are used in it. The im1 and wavestation instruments were pretty populair back then.
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Posted : Thursday, 20 April 2017, 12:30 | Permalink

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Yup.. Big piano part, ripe for a keyboard..

.. But AL's "Sonically Palace" was actually finished about 3 days before I got the KORG microKEY!

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