New OS, GE Editor Planned for Karma
Expansion boards also being revoiced to add Karma functionality
January 19, 2002
Since its release less than a year ago the Karma Music Workstation has
developed a large and loyal base of users. Based on their input as well as new
developments in the KARMA technology used in the keyboard, Korg is developing
an aggressive upgrade program for later this year.
A Version 2 Operating System will add a number of enhancements to the
KARMA function. These include the ability to load newly developed GE's (KARMA
"patterns") via floppy disk or MIDI System Exclusive dump; a new Freeze
Randomize function that allows the user to return to or lock in a given
KARMA-generated phrase (even after a new one has been randomly generated)
by "capturing" its values so the same random phrase can be generated
whenever desired; the ability to see the values of KARMA knobs and switches as
they are activated; easier recording of Combinations and Programs in the
Sequencer; and auto-assignment of RTC knob names when new GE's are called
up and when creating new KARMA assignments.
Other enhancements to the workstation itself include swing quantization, sound
editing parameters in the sequencer mode, a "one-touch" setup for preparing a
Program or Combination to record in the sequencer, SysEx-based individual
parameter changes for more flexible use with external sequencers, and Tap
Tempo control from the front panel or a footswitch.
Along with this planned new OS for the keyboard, KORG USA has made arrangements with KARMA Inventor Stephen Kay to release a
special version of KARMA Software dedicated to the Karma Music Workstation, "KARMA MW" (slated for both Mac OS and Windows
platforms). KARMA MW will allow users to access all internal parameters of existing GE's as well as make their own new ones. Two
exciting new features of the software are the ability to import SMF phrases and grooves from the keyboard (or any SMF source) and
transform them into GE's to speed up the creation of new KARMA effects, and the import and conversion of TRITON Arpeggiator data
to GE's. KARMA MW will be provided free of charge to users in the USA who purchase a new Karma Music Workstation from January 1,
2002 onward. Current owners will be able to buy the software directly from KORG USA for a special price of only $75 (half-off the $150
Furthermore, Korg is currently working on re-voicing a number of the EXB-PCM expansion boards to add the KARMA Function to
them. The first to be released will be Dance Extreme (EXB-PCM04) and Vintage Archives (EXB-PCM05). When released the data will be
made available for free via Korg Distributor websites and other sources. This revoicing project includes conversion of all the existing
TRITON arpeggio patterns into GE's, with significant expansion of their capabilities thanks to the realtime control that the KARMA
Jerry Kovarsky, Product Manager for Keyboard and Recording Products states, "Working closely with Korg Inc. and KARMA Lab, we have
been able to arrange for this exciting growth in the capabilities of the Karma Music Workstation. The reaction we have gotten so far
from our users is unprecedented, and we're happy to be able to give them the added power to inspire and create their music that is the
essence of the KARMA technology."
The Version 2 OS and the KARMA GE editor are planned for release in May 2002.