KORG Continue their NAMM 2020 onslaught with yet another piece of new gear. This time in the guise of of an updated version of the RK-100S Keytar.
This is what KORG are saying about the RK-100S 2:
My personal take on this is that as a guitarist and player of standard type keyboards I have always felt that "Keytars" look odd and uncomfortable to play. I have tried a few over the years and I just don't get what the appeal is. They seem to me to be the worst of both worlds.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 RK-100S fit instantly into any musician’s stage performance.
I can understand why a keyboard player would want something portable that enables them to break free from the shackles of having to stand in one place. The spotlight is usually on the vocals and the guitarist after all. Why should the keyboard player be left out?
As you all know I have the REVO-1 wireless midi controller keyboard but that is a full size keyboard which you play..mostly with both hands on the keys just the same as you would with a standard keyboard. Yet you can still run around the stage with it.
Apart from all that, a quick look at some of the RK-100S 2 specs tells its own story:
No aftertouch - Why?
Only 8 voice polyphony with a maximum 4 voices when the vocoder is selected!
Number of timbres - Maximum 2 (when using Layer, Split, or Multi).
Battery powered but NOT wireless?
I know the RK-100S 2 will appeal to some. It does look nice...that's real wood by the way. But it doesn't do it for me. I think I would rather KORG had spent the budget on replacing the KROME.
What do you think? Is the KORG RK-100S 2 a step forward or perhaps a step too far?