Retrokits RK-008 is a pocket-size MIDI sequencer


If you are a fan of Korg’s Volca lineup, then there’s a respectable likelihood you have heard the identify Retrokits earlier than. The company builds a bunch of helpful instruments for taking advantage of your digital music setup, however its specifically designed MIDI cable that provides options like velocity management to the Volca FM have confirmed fairly in style. The newest member of its lineup although, is fairly a bit extra bold.

The RK-008 is a full fledged MIDI management heart. It’s an eight monitor MIDI sequencer and recorder, which permits it to be the glue that retains your rig collectively. It additionally has a built-in metronome that will help you keep in time together with your devices, which is vital since all MIDI information is recorded unquantized. (Though you may quantize it after the actual fact, after which undo when you favor to return to your authentic sloppy taking part in.) 

Each monitor can document on a number of channels, so you may really management a number of units from a single monitor, leaving the opposite seven open for… much more units? You may even document eight components throughout the eight tracks, then consolidate them down to 1, liberating up extra room for sequencing. And in fact you may overdub or overwrite any performances.

Each of the tracks might be manipulated independently too. Allowing you to quantize them, add swing or transpose them. And it is all non-destructive, so you may simply undo your modifications. 

There’s additionally a easy step sequencer built-in to the RK-008. It’s most likely not gonna work for advanced chords, however does the job simply high quality it appears for 4 on the ground drums. 

There’s two MIDI inputs and two MIDI outputs on the again, plus a separate devoted sync port. Tracks might be assigned to 1 or each outputs, which is useful when you’ve bought that one drum machine that insists on having every instrument on a separate channel. The two in ports means you may merge MIDI from completely different sources, but additionally use completely different controllers for various devices.

It’s fairly a characteristic checklist as is, and Retrokits says there’s nonetheless extra to be revealed, which is extremely spectacular for one thing that appears like pocket calculator from the Eighties — and I imply that as a good factor. The RK-008 appears half MPC, half HP calculator, might most likely slot in a pocket and but appears able to controlling a complete dwell music rig. 

There are nonetheless some excellent questions although, most significantly when it is going to come out and the way a lot it is going to value. But hopefully we’ll discover out ahead of later.

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