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Korg MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard

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The KORG MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard delivers multi-mode music sampling, resampling, pattern sequencing and over-the-top effects”all under an intuitve, fun-to-use interface. More than just a sa... Click To Read More About This Product

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The KORG MS1 microSAMPLER Sampling Keyboard delivers multi-mode music sampling, resampling, pattern sequencing and over-the-top effects”all under an intuitve, fun-to-use interface. More than just a sampler, the KORG microSAMPLER is a complete sound design studio for creating up-to-the minute musical loops and phrases.

Giant Sampling / microSIZE
The KORG microSAMPLER hosts a solid complement of top-end sampling features to expand your creative potential. This full-fledged keyboard offers 16-voice polyphony, reverse playback, editing operations such as Normalize and Truncate, and a Time Stretch feature that changes the tempo without affecting the pitch. Selectable sample rates of 48 kHz, 24 kHz, 12 kHz, and down to 6 kHz offer sampling at rates beyond CD clarity or to add in that Lo-Fi vintage vibe.

Each bank contains 36 samples (a maximum of approximately 160 seconds of recording time for monaural samples at a 48 kHz sampling rate) and 16 patterns of sequence data. The KORG microSAMPLER stores 8 such banks in internal memory. The Keyboard mode takes a single sample and assigns it chromatically across the keys for instant playability. With its recessed controls, bright LEDs and informative display, the KORG microSAMPLER is easy for beginners or seasoned pros to operate.

Swiss Army Sampling
Too many music keyboards offer sampling simply as an added feature. The KORG microSAMPLER is all about sampling, in every creative form. Five distinct sampling methods work the way you want, to get the results you need. The KORG microSAMPLER offers traditional One-Shot and Loop sampling, plus a number of creative sampling modes”Loop, Key Gate and Auto-Next. When it comes to sampling, the KORG keyboard mircoSAMPLER has it all.

¢One-Shot sampling for grabbing and triggering single events such as drums, etc.
¢Gate sampling for playing a sound musically across the keyboard
¢Loop sampling for recording grooves and phrases, drum loops, etc.
¢Key Gate sampling is best for grabbing multiple samples from the same source. With Key Gate, you can take multiple samples from the same source or phrase and assign them to different keys as you play them. The individual keys assign the sample and enable recording all at the same time. This intuitive method of sampling, editing, and mapping in a single step is fun, interactive and fast.
¢Auto-Next sampling for capturing phrases as multiple samples

For grabbing a groove as separate samples on individual keys, choose the Auto-Next mode and use Tap Tempo to match the BPM of the source material. The KORG microSAMPLER automatically divides the sample equally across multiple keys. Each key can be set to capture anything from a 64th note to a full 2 measures. This method automatically performs the same type of sampling as Key Gate.

In addition, there's a resampling function for playing existing layered samples processed by an effect and played by the pattern sequencer”and capturing it all as a new sample. The KORG microSAMPLER even samples while playing, so the sampling process itself becomes part of your expressive performance.

Sample anytime, anywhere”or anything!
The KORG microSAMPLER runs on batteries, so you can perform on the go”or capture samples anywhere. Both a line input and a mic input are provided for a broad range of input sources including electronic musical instruments, CDs, and voice. Korg includes a gooseneck microphone to capture sounds with ease. The convenient caddies (located beside the mic jack) provide a cradle for your portable MP3 or audio player when used as a sample source.

Pattern Possibilities
Continually layer your performances using the KORG microSAMPLER's pattern sequencer as an overdub. Switch between patterns during playback for seamless performances. Each bank stores up to 16 patterns (16,000 notes per pattern, or a maximum 64,000 notes).

The KAOSS Effect(s)
Developed for KORG's KAOSS PAD series, the effect engine serves up a great selection of effects”so important when editing samples. The 21 effects include not only traditional delay and chorus, but also ring modulator and grain shifter, and even a Looper that's derived from the Loop Recording feature of the KAOSSILATOR Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer. Apply the effects to any sound while resampling, and use the effects over and over again for more sonic expression.

Made to be Played
The microSAMPLER boasts KORG's new Natural Touch micro keyboard, offering greatly enhanced playability and expressive power. By adjusting the proportion of the black and white keys, KORG makes chords easier to finger. Touch is improved for you to play rapid phrases more easily”and with less fatigue. The box-shaped keys project a sense of quality, and also enable smoother glides and smears. The controllers you need for an exciting performance are laid out on the panel for intuitive operation. LED status lights along the top of the microSampler keyboard indicate the samples assigned to each key (and the item being edited) ensuring excellent visibility even on a dark stage.

Manage a gigantic sample library that's all your own by using the free editor/librarian software for the KORG microSAMPLER. Back up sample and pattern sequence data to your computer via USB, or load samples and patterns back in just as easily. The KORG keyboard microSAMPLER also supports importing and exporting WAV/AIFF data on your computer. With the KORG MS1 microSAMPLER the musical possibilities are endless.


  • Five distinct sampling methods
  • Pattern sequencing
  • 21 Over-the-top effects
  • Natural Touch 32 mini key micro keyboard with velocity sensing
  • Fun-to-use intuitive interface
  • Free editor/librarian software
Sampling Specs:
  • Sampling Rates: 48 kHz, 24 kHz, 12 kHz, 6 kHz
  • Bank Structure: 36 Samples per Bank (160 Seconds max.)
  • Available Banks: 9 Total (8 User +1 ROM)
  • Time: 160 seconds (mono) per bank; x 8 Banks (max.)
  • Polyphony: 16 voices
  • Sampling Modes: One-Shot; Gate; Loop; Key Gate; Auto-Next
  • Resample in any mode
Keyboard Modes:
  • Sampling Mode: 36 Sample Playback Keys + 1 Audio Input
  • Keyboard Mode: Single sample assigned chromatically across the keyboard
  • Structure: 1 Master FX
  • Effect Types: 21 (Compressor, Filter, 4-Band EQ, Distortion, Reverb, Delay, L/C/R Delay, Auto-Panning
  • Delay, Modulation Delay, Tape Echo, Chorus, Flanger, Vibrato, Phaser, Tremolo, Ring Modulation, Grain
  • Shifter, Pitch Shifter, Talking Modulator, Looper)
Pattern Sequencer:
  • Patterns: 16 Patterns per bank; x 8 Banks
  • Note Count: 64,000 notes total; 16,000 per bank
  • Resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Audio Connections:
  • Input: ¼" Jack (rear); XLR Balanced (top); with Mic/Line switch; Level knob
  • Outputs: L/Mono, R; ¼" unbalanced
  • Phones: ¼" Stereo Jack
Other Connections:
  • MIDI: In, Out
  • USB: Type B
  • Display: Custom LCD; 37 LEDs above keys
  • Power Supply: 9 VDC (AC Adapter); 6 AAA Alkaline batteries”approx. 4 hours (sold separately)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 20.31" x 9.37" x 2.56"
  • Weight: 4.19 lb.
Korg microSAMPLER Editor Librarian Software:
  • Operating Requirements:
  • PC: Microsoft Windows XP (SP3 or later); Windows Vista (SP1 or later); USB port
  • MAC: OSX Version 10.4 or later; USB port
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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(18 of 37 customers found this review helpful)


bad knobs / controls

By relic

from cleveland

the knobs killed it for me. just terrible to pin point things. they should have had little stops on the turns or something. plus they should have put up and down buttons on this thing. if you have big fingers, forget about this sampler. in the end i thought the controls were bad. traded up for a new synth. i can sample using other software. sure it looks killer! but think this one over before you let it's looks pull you in.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By corganb

from Portland, OR

I've had the MicroSampler for about 3 months. It's pretty interesting, but I'm still trying to figure out if its the best way to sequence beats. The clock seems to drift a bit after running a pattern for extended amount of time. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. It takes a while to figure this thing out.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


korg microsampler (majorsampler) !!!

By nicholas diesslin

from maplewood minnesota

This is a piece of hardware i am glad to add to my studio setup. There are many reviews out there that don't explain this instrument with much detail or knowledge, i was scared to purchase this. After i did purchase it and played around with it i will never regret getting this. To me it feels like a instrument that will be a legendary one. The reason i think this is so great is it really is like a swiss army knife of samplers. starting off the knobs are actually really great and smooth they don't feel cheap like reviews say! you can load samples into this from your computer and save them on there for portable use. each sample can be edited from pitch balance volume level start time end time. then effects can be added using to which sample u would like them to be. then you can sequence these all into different length patterns. you can adjust the track bpm easily and everything is smooth if you read the manual and figure it out. my last and final thought is i really like how its battery powered so you can bring it outside the studio to work on tracks anywhere. don't listen to other reviews this instrument is fantastic buy it!!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Refreshing take on sampling

By DJ Artifax

from Philly

I love this little guy! I got it sort of on an impulse b/c its a pretty good lookin little piece of gear, but I hated working with the MPC series because i never really put in the time to understand everything they could do. However, I'm already a piano player and have been doing the production thing for a bit now, and this might be my favorite, most straightforward approach to sampling yet. Everything is laid out in front of you, and after about a day or two of tinkering with it and reading the (very comprehensive) manual you pick up on it fine.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Sampler

By matt crane

from mclean va

Allthough i have own synths with sampling functions on it i never seemed to figure out how to sample to well. I wanted to get this because its based on sampling. This is not your typical synth. Its not about tweaking the cut off or anything like that this sample is about creating strange sounds using effects and whatknot. I think this sampler is classic cuz you can keep resampling the effects infinity times to make it sound brutal. It also has simple but awsome functions such as reverse. I like it a lot it has a learning curve but so what i like a challange. Once you get the hang of it its a peace of cake. You can even get unconvential results such has having different loops going on at different lenghts and whatknot. It all boils down to your creativity but if you are a creative person who wants to be unique in your music i highly recommend this. I also recommend it for tradition sampling as well.

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Pleasantly surprised

By Mr. Incredible

from New Brunswick, NJ

I originally bought this item on impulse - I was looking for a vocoder but came across this keyboard. I decided to try it out and took it home, and I was absolutely blown away. It doesn't look like much, but the sound quality was far above what I had expected it to be, the functionality is amazing and, with a little creativity, its applications are all but endless. The MS1 found its way into my a major part of my setup within hours of turning it on - it's like a modern ASR 10. The computer editor is a must have, plug it in via USB to add a whole new dimension to its processing capabilities. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone, at any level; the absolute beginner can use it to learn about MIDI, beat-making, sampling, audio manipulation, etc., and the experienced producer can use it in hundreds of situations. Search the internet for a video of the MS1's features and you'll see for yourself if this machine could benefit you.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


It has its ups & downs

By Woodswalker

from Oaks PA

I'm really new to sampling but I needed a 3rd piece to add loops & sounds to my "band" (a Korg Electribe & a synth). This gadget can definitely deliver that and I'm very happy with it! I just have a few complaints... the continuous edit knobs feel a little cheezy compared to the Electribe. Also, bank switching to find your samples is not at all quick. I have yet to figure out how change the tempo of a loop. The manual is not very helpful. Last of all, the USB interface is really irritating me, it worked fine last week but now it's not talking w/my computer at all (but maybe that's my computer.) Also, MIDI in/clock is not functioning as expected. I wish someone at Korg could help me with these few little glitches.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A small wonder!

By Chris Hess

from Chicago, IL

Absolutely a delight to play. If you are familiar with the microKORG you will not be a stranger to this beast. Truly a powerful little sampler that lends a playability and sense of connection software just can't offer. Menus are a breeze once you get used to them. I also love the way you can spread a sample across the keys. Really alot of fun and the band I'm in is loving it as well. Korg does it again!

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