Korg is now shipping its MA-1 Compact Metronome featuring an enhanced display for accurate beat keeping and rhythm training plus a chromatic pitch source. It is available in black/red or blue/black color schemes.
In addition to a swinging metronome-style needle, the MA-1’s new display design represents the beats in a given measure as outlined triangle-shaped icons. As the beats progress, each icon changes from an outlined triangle to a solid triangle. A quick glance will let the user see what beat of the pattern is being played, or how far the pattern has progressed. This delivers a large advantage over units that only display the current beat. Advanced options include tempo set via traditional mechanical metronome settings (i.e. “Pendulum” steps), or freely set to any tempo from 30 to 252 beats per minute. A Tap Tempo button also allows for quickly setting the tempo on the fly.
Using the Beat Mode, any value from zero through nine beats may be selected; the selected beat will be accented. Additionally, one of eight Rhythm Patterns may be selected, ranging from straight quarter notes to multiple triplet and quadruplet variations. There is a built-in speaker, plus a headphone output with an adjustable level control. There is a built-in speaker, plus a headphone output with an adjustable level control for personal practice or rhythm training.
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