Now that Musikmesse 2013 in Frankfurt has closed its doors it’s time to see what the event has brought for the mobile musicians among us. There was an impressive line-up of product releases across major brands in the industry making it hard to catch up on everything. Let’s have a look at the eye-catching mobile offerings from this year’s Musikmesse.
Korg Volca Grooveboxes
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Following suit with the Monotron & Monotribe synth boxes which were released earlier, Korg stole the show at Musikmesse with the Volca Series Grooveboxes. The three compact, fully analogue synth boxes called the Volca Keys, Volca Bass and Volca Rhythm allow for a fun and direct way of respectively playing, and sequencing lead sounds, bass sounds and drums.
Sync ports allow you to chain all three boxes up for synchronized performance, while a Midi In allows you to hook up a midi keyboard or your DAW for advanced controls. Of course you can use each Volca by itself, battery power and an internal speaker make them that much more mobile.
And the best part? They’re retailing for $150 each.
Zoom H6 Handy Recorder
Zoom presented what seems like their new flagship portable recorder with the H6. It’s the world’s first portable recorder with interchangeable mic heads (the shotgun mic and XLR/TRS are optional). You can record up to 6 tracks simultaneously in up to 24-bit/96kHz audio with supposedly 20 hours of running time on 4x AA batteries.
Price is yet to be announced, although expect a price of around €400, with the extra mic heads going for around €60/€80 each. We’re looking forward to hearing some recorded audio of the Zoom H6.
Detune Korg M01D for Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo DS owners and Korg enthusiasts will probably remember the Korg DS-10 being released a few years ago on the handheld device. Now there’s a new Korg synth being released for the 3DS, developed by Detune, called Korg M01D. Based on the popular music workstation released in the eighties, the Korg M1, this 3DS version features all the sounds from the original as well as a few new presets for you to play around with in its 8-track sequencer. You can bounce your songs and midi data to an SD Card and take it further in your favorite DAW.
The worldwide release is scheduled for Summer 2013 in Nintendo’s eShop, with Japan getting early access in May. Price is yet to be announced.
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