At the largest music based fair in the world last week (Musikmesse Fair), there was a number of technological advancements. While many things were previously displayed, a few items still stole some of the attention. Korg, the brand name synonymous with music has expanded its microKEY series of USB-powered MIDI controllers which just had the 37-key model prior to the additions. The company has added a 25-key version as we all a 61-key which comes with an upgrade to the software suite provided with both the lower end models.
Since the microKEY controllers work with power from a USB port, it would be perfect for laptop musicians who are constantly on the go. The devices are compatible with both, Mac and PC and the 25-key model can be used to control apps such as the Korg iMS-20 via MIDI. The 37 and 61-key models feature a pitch bend wheel and modulation wheel while the 25-key model features a built-in arpeggiator, a sustain/tap button, and an assignable joystick for pitch bend, modulation or any other control change. The microKEY-37 which is currently available is priced at $79.99, while the 25 and 61-key are $69.99 and $179.99 respectively but only are expected to be released for sale this summer. If you would be interested in finding out more about these devices, head on over to the Korg website linked here.