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  • littleBits Korg Synth kit - In Stock - Free Shipping!

    It's fun, fits in your pocket and has a synth engine that is powerful enough for pro use.

    littleBits, a remarkable young electronics company, has teamed up with synth pioneer giant Korg to bring what is to my mind a perfect blend of education and pure synthesis.

    The system comes as magentic, snap-together components, each with a function of its own. One is a speaker, one a filter - pretty much everything that functions in a regular-sized synth has a module dedicated to it here. Stick a battery in the chain and you have a tiny, flexible synth that can work with other littleBits creations for almost endless possibilities.

    At $159, with free shipping, these will fly fast - here's where to get one now - http://www.maindragmusic.com/littlebits-korg-synth-kit.html

    Here's some sound and vision on what this little minisynth is capable of...

     

    Our Brian Beck gives some of the knobs a twiddle

     

    Some more sounds courtesy of littleBits

     

     

    Reggie Watts has no competition when it comes to demos

     

  • Last Chance to check out Moog's Amazing Synth Playground

  • Old Dog, New Tricks. Korg Monotribe and Volca

    KORG VOLCA MONOTRIBE SETUP

    MDM's Brian Beck weighs in on his experience with Korg's fun and easy-to-use new music machines

    This is my first blog post here at Main Drag and the inspiration for doing so came from an unlikely personal scenario. I am and have been a drummer for 22 years. I have avoided anything electronic at all costs. I can barely use my computer and GarageBand may as well be Martian Coding Software. I prefer to hit something hard to make it loud instead of turn a little silver knob, or so I thought.

    In came the new KORG Monotribe and Volca series and I couldn’t help but fiddle with them. They are innocuously small and simple, yet huge in sound. The build quality is excellent and the price point is diminutive compared to the thousands one can spend on synths and other 3 pronged devils. Electricity doesn’t seem so scary anymore.

    “I see how it is”, my drums said with a faint note of envy.

    I bought the whole run, hooked them up to each other and plugged in to the 1st channel of my MusicMan hd150. Within 15 minutes, I had a seriously weird loop running. I then played a tripped out guitar line through my Death By Audio Ghost Delay, looped it over the already horrifically bizarre electric wails and pulsing analog drum machine, and sat back on my couch to listen to the player piano of this new musical era. I looked over at my stripped down drum kit in the corner, lonely and jealous, a set of brushes sat untouched on the floor tom. “I see how it is”, my drums said with a faint note of envy. “I know what you’re thinking, don’t judge me”, I replied. Another few minutes went by with the two of us simply staring at each other. I turned the amp up louder, angry neighbors pounding on my walls, and sat down at the kit. The combination of the KORG products, my newfound love of electric bliss, and a jazzed up Gretsch made for an afternoon of insanely fun and uncharted music making. I doubt anybody would ever want to listen to the sh** I was up to, but then again who knows. I could call it something like Gorilla Tortilla and wear a cardboard box on my head.

    Either way, the reason I’m sharing this story is because I never thought that in a million years I’d enjoy twisting knobs and pressing buttons. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, unless those tricks are really fun I suppose. So now I don’t need a band anymore, I don’t need to coordinate schedules with other human beings, and I don’t need to buy a scary looking van to haul heavy gear. I am going to buy dark curtains for my windows and lock myself in my apartment for the rest of the summer because everybody knows that playing with yourself is just tops.

    Check out the Monotribe, Volca and everything Korg in our catalog

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