The Korg Headtune: The Must Have Gadget

If you have an interest in appreciating or making music, Korg is a name you should be familiar with. If you ever have gone to see a live band play before, you can bet your bottom dollar that if you looked over to the stage you will see at least one piece of equipment made by Korg, if not more. Korg is a tried and test household name in the music industry; whether you are a guitarist, keyboard player, DJ or producer you will have come across a piece of Korg equipment in your musical career suited just for you. Why choose Korg though?

History of Korg

Korg was established in Japan in 1962, originally known as ‘Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd’ by Kato and Osanai. The reason why this company had been formed is that Kato ran a nightclub in Japan which Osanai played accordion in, but was unhappy with the Wurlitzer rhythm machine that accompanied him. So, he went out to build a better one altogether. This was called the ‘Donca matic DS-20’ which was met with huge success.

It was not until 1969 that the company started being known as Korg. This started to happen when Kato was approached by an engineer who wanted to make keyboards. The first product was a programmable organ which was sold as the original ‘KORG’ (one letter from each founder and the first two letters from organ).

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After experiencing success with a range of programmable keyboards, Korg went on to develop a range of synths and then digital pianos. Korg was not just for ‘the expert’, the products had a universal appeal also for the hobbyist at home.

In 2013, Korg now sells digital effects products, tuners, and different pieces of equipment for recording, samplers, electronic percussion and software for DAWs.

Let’s look at some of the products and gadgets which defined KORG.

Korg Karma

One of the funkiest synths out there. Karma is an abbreviation of ‘Kay Algorithmic Real-time Music Architecture’. Featuring over a thousand generated effects and four hundred possible parameters, the possibilities are endless as to the kind of music you can make. As much fun to play as it looks, users can play around with grooves, arpeggios and so much more whist controlling every intricate detail of performance.

The Triton

The Triton is the industry standard keyboard, released in 2007. It does not matter if you are in a recording studio or watching a gig, you will find that there is a Korg Triton (or some derivation) present.


The Nanopad was Korg’s first step into the digital MPC field at a time where bedroom producers were on the up. The pad is tiny, compact and feels great at your fingertips; the device went down a storm even winning many awards. Here is a look into the Nanopad:

Kaoss Pad 3

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The Kaoss Pad 3 was a sampler, processor and overall musical instrument. The Koass Pad 3 went on to achieve critical acclaim, blowing the past two out of the water. Many fantastic live musicians implement the pad into their live performances, Notably Beardyman and Mount Kimbie.

And finally, The Korg Headtune

The Headtune is just another example of tasteful innovation by Korg. Guitarists are always looking for lazy ways to tune their guitars; and this perhaps is the laziest. Clip the Headtune on the top of your guitar and pluck a note. The Headtune will not only inform you as to which string is in need of tightening or loosening, but it also informs you of how much by. For further more information, have a look at the demonstrational video below.

Happy tuning!

Author: Miss Bewsick enjoyed writing this article for you. A huge fan of the DV247 Korg MS-20 Mini product, she wanted to share her knowledge with you today! Do you have a Korg product? We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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