Korg/Vox Debut New Ranges
In a timed international launch, Korg and Vox have unveiled major new products.
At 5pm Tokyo time - 9am BST - Korg and sister company Vox announced a simultaneous major 2008 product launch for the international market.
Leading the onslaught from Korg is the M50 Music Workstation, described by the manufacturer as: “A brilliant new synthesiser distilling the sonic essence and functionality of the M3 series into a seriously portable and affordable new instrument.” Packed with features, the M50 will come in 61 key and 73 key versions, offers a huge 256 MB of PCM data, 609 programmes and 384 combinations. It also features the same EDS tone generator found on the M3. Available from this month, RRPs are M50-61, £899 and M50-88, £1,499.
Hot on the M50’s heels will be the October-scheduled M3 XPanded Music Workstation/Sampler, described as taking the M3 into a new dimension. The newcomer features updated internal PCM plus 384 Mbytes of free sample expansion: “...delivering a staggering number of sound variations”. The sequencer and interface have also been enhanced, significantly increasing its power as a music workstation.
No price was available on launch day.
Stablemate Vox, simultaneously announced a clutch of new products, led by the new Valvetronix VT15/30/50/100 range of combos. Featuring a 12AX7 valve with modelling technology and the Vox valve Reactor power amp circuit, the range also boasts sound simulations of famous guitarists. Vox was unable to confirm prices at the launch but confirmed that supplies will reach the UK in October.
Finally, arriving in November and perfectly timed for the Christmas market, are two additions to Vox’s highly successful amPlug range - the amPlug Lead and the amPlug Bass. According to Vox, the amPlug Lead is based on a US made high-gain boutique amp, with added digital delay effects, while the "Bass" takes its sound from the Vox AC100 with compressor/boost and overdrive effects. No prices were available for these two.