MIA Member KORG is proud to announce that by popular demand, the RK-100S has returned, in a big way – more beautiful than ever! They also announce a VPT-1 vocal pitch trainer; a step up in vocal lessons while keeping the pitch correct…
More beautiful than ever. The long-awaited rebirth of KORG’s famous keytar.
Since its appearance, the RK-100S keytar has been a hit for its uniquely ergonomic styling, powerful sound engine, and standout looks. Now by popular demand, the RK-100S returns in a big way.
The artisanal wooden body inherited from the original RK-100 is a hallmark of the 100S, which is now available in a finish that accentuates its wood grain. Numerous sounds ideal for solo performance have been added, making the RK100S2 fit instantly into any musician’s stage performance.
The RK-100S2 returns.
* Clear finish shows the beautiful woodgrain.
* New programs that emanate powerful presence when soloing
* 37-note slim keyboard for easy playability
* Two ribbon controllers to broaden your performance potential
* Battery operation allows long operation time
* Vocoder function lets you accent your staging
* Also a great choice as a master keyboard
* A full range of included items such as a soft case
Clear finish that beautifully shows the woodgrain
The greatest attraction of the RK series is its beautiful body shape that refuses to be bound by the constraints of keyboard instruments. The wooden body is strongly influenced by guitars, featuring a design that includes both strength and softness to generate an enduringly ageless attractiveness.
The RK-100S2 further progresses this attention to detail, and features a clear finish that lets the woodgrain show. Since each individual unit will have a different woodgrain (*), it projects an even greater sense of high quality and taste than previously. Although it is an electronic instrument, each individual unit is finished with careful attention, making it an instrument with a distinctively unique presence that will continue to provide the joy of ownership. * Since the body of this instrument uses natural wood, please be aware that there will be individual differences in the woodgrain and appearance.
Newly featured programs that shine with presence for soloing
The renewed RK-100S2 significantly expands the built-in programs. In particular, we have strengthened its complement of lead synth sounds and other solo sounds that let the musician shine. We have added many of the latest sounds frequently heard in today’s music scene, providing 200 stage-ready presets to cover all genres. The sounds emitted from this compact body are supremely powerful, and these sounds can be instantly accessed during a live performance by using the favorite buttons on the top panel. Also provided is an arpeggiator with a diverse range of patterns.
37-note slim keyboard that’s easy to play
Both looks and keyboard feature an understated design that will feel comfortable for any player. The RK-100S2 uses an acclaimed 37 note slim keyboard. While keeping the overall size compact and lightweight, we have focused on making this mini-keyboard uncompromisingly “playable.”
Two ribbon controllers expand your performance possibilities
The RK-100S2 is designed for your aggressive performance style. It features two ribbon controllers that you can use to dynamically modify the sound. The short ribbon provided on the neck area lets you control the pitch bend and modulation that are indispensable for keyboard performance. The long ribbon located on the keyboard area can be used to control the pitch or filter. You can use this to create bold and smooth sweeps for sustained sounds. Furthermore, it supports scale performance in which notes can be sounded simply by touching the ribbon, giving you free scope for unconventional performances that would not be possible with standard keyboard playing.
Battery operation with long operating life
The RK-100S2 can be powered by six AA batteries. Simply connect headphones to the instrument, or use a cable to connect it to an amp, and you’re ready to start playing just like a guitarist. Since up to eight hours of continuous operation are possible, you can concentrate on your performance without having to bother with power cables on stage. Of course, you can also use a separately sold AC adapter if you like.
Vocoder function adds an accent to your stage performances
The monaural mini-input jack accommodates mic input, so you can connect a headset mic and enjoy full-fledged vocoder playing. You can also connect a smartphone etc. as an external source input, and have fun playing along with a favorite song.
A great choice as a master keyboard
The RK-100S2 is not limited to playing its preset sounds. It is equipped with a MIDI output connector and USB port, so you can also use it to play a soft synth or an external hardware sound module. Furthermore, its elegant looks make it a great choice as a master keyboard.
You can also use the PC editor to download detailed settings for MIDI and the internal sound engine from the Korg website via USB.
A full complement of accessories including a soft case
Included with the instrument are a strap that you’ll need for performing, a dedicated soft case, and an elegant logo sticker. Apply it to customize your instrument for that extra edge that puts you ahead of the crowd!
VOCAL PITCH TRAINER
A step up in vocal lessons while keeping the pitch correct.
The human voice is also a type of instrument. Let’s begin by tuning it correctly. The quickest path to a beautiful performance is to start being conscious of whether you’re singing at the correct pitch.
With a vertical layout that’s easy to operate when held in the left hand, a five-line musical staff display to show the notes for intuitive pitch checking, and a sound back function that outputs the reference tone closest to the input vocal, this dedicated vocal lesson unit is packed with unique functions.
By giving you the confidence that you can sing the correct pitch, the VPT-1 vocal pitch trainer will help take your vocal ability to the next level.
A dedicated pitch trainer for vocals from KORG, the leader in tuners
A recording made of your voice sounds different than the voice that you yourself hear. That’s because the sound travels a different route, and it’s likely that you are naturally conscious of this difference when you sing. In this case, you feel that your pitch is correct, but is it actually correct?
It’s important to be conscious not only of the difference in how the sound is heard but also of the pitch, and to train your senses by using a tuner to check the pitch. The importance of this is taken for granted for many instruments, so now let’s introduce it for vocal lessons as well. The VPT-1 is a pitch trainer created specifically for vocals, taking full advantage of the know-how developed by Korg during its more than 40 years of producing tuners that have earned the complete trust of musicians
Five-line staff note display
When you sing into the internal mic of the VPT-1, the note you sing is shown on the five-line staff marked with the familiar G-clef or F-clef. The red LEDs at left show whether the pitch is high or low, so adjust your voice until only the blue LED in the center is lit. Individual differences in vocal pitch range can be accommodated by using the octave shift function to adjust the detected range up or down in one-octave steps, keeping the note display within the fiveline staff.
Three adjustable tuning levels (difficulty)
The strictness of tuning can be adjusted in three steps. Start with EASY, and when you’ve gained more skill, increase the difficulty to MEDIUM and then HARD for further improvements to your pitch accuracy.
Sound out function generates a reference tone
A must-have item for those without a sense of absolute pitch, the sound out function generates a specified reference tone. This is convenient when practicing songs that begin with the vocal, and you can also use this to improve your relative pitch on your own by repeatedly listening to a reference tone and then singing the same pitch.
Sound back function generates the reference tone that’s closest to your vocal input
Like the sound out function, the sound back function helps you improve your sense of pitch on your own by outputting (from the headphone jack) the reference tone that’s closest to the pitch of your vocal input. The reference tone together with the tuning guide LEDs let you train using all three senses: eyes, ears, and mouth.
* Available only when headphones are connected.