Play to Win
Meat & Potatoes Are Just The Appetizer
Stunning sounds, inspirational effects and intuitive ease-of-use are among the wealth of benefits offered by the M50 Music Workstation. Designed as both a performing instrument and studio solution, the M50 workstation is the M3 XPanded’s inner child, unleashed as a seriously portable and affordable instrument. The streamlined, modern design is highlighted by an angled control panel that provides easy viewing in any environment, along with comfortable access to our exclusive full-size TouchView interface, available for the first time in a mid-priced instrument.
The M50 shares the same EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis) sound engine and effects as the flagship M3 XPanded, delivering a wealth of outstanding sounds anf effects. In creating the M50, much attention was paid to the “must-have” meat and potato sounds that most keyboardists demand. First up is the three-stage velocity-switched stereo concert grand piano, featuring damper resonance samples to create an extraordinary natural sound. A compelling assortment of responsive and authentic vintage electric pianos and clavs are featured as well. Also included are the 1960’s era flute and string tape-o-tron instruments, as well as the classic Korg SG-1 Sampling Grand – acclaimed by artists around the world.
But that’s just the beginning. All in all, there are over 600 Programs and 384 sixteen-part Combinations created by Korg’s renowned international voicing staff, covering all the acoustic, synthetic, and imaginative sounds needed to satisfy the modern musician – with room for plenty more. The M50 boasts several advanced sound-shaping features, including low-aliasing oscillators, a powerful filter topology and detailed EGs (envelope generators), plus an edgy drive parameter and AMS (Alternate Modulation Source) Mixers. Simultaneously providing five Insert Effects, two Master Effects and one Total effect, the M50 offers unprecedented control. An independent three-band EQ is available for each Program, the Drum Track, and each of the 16 Combi-timbres and/or sequencer tracks.
The Drum Track provides hundreds of natural-sounding grooves to jam along to, and to help stimulate the songwriting process. Dual arpeggiators offer nearly 1000 patterns that can generate everything from simple phrases to complex rhythmic gestures, even fixed note drum and percussion grooves. Two patterns can be used at once (Combination/Sequencer modes) to create complete ensemble backing – especially when used with the Drum Track.
The intuitive sequencer provides all the tools needed to easily capture and shape raw ideas into polished productions. Equipped with 16 MIDI tracks plus a Master track, the high resolution sequencer can store upwards of one hundred songs. For the computer musician, Korg’s proprietary M50 Editor/Librarian software is included. In addition to stand-alone operation, the software can also run as a plug-in under any RTAS, VST, or Audio Units DAW environment. An SD card slot provides easy and affordable storage of Programs, Combination and sequences, as well as sounds, songs, and other data.
Sound and Vision
Korg’s proprietary TouchView interface ensures excellent visibility, making it easy to select sounds and adjust parameters. Other performance controls include an assignable joystick, multiples switches and chord triggers. The M50-61 and M50-73 use a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard, while the m50-88 features Korg’s top-of-the-line RH3 Real Weighted Hammer Action to accurately simulate the graded feel of an acoustic grand piano. For players on the go, the M50-88 is by far the lightest weight 88-key hammer action keyboard Korg has ever made. Price, performance, and portability – that’s a winning combination for any musician!
EDS (Enhanced Definition Synthesis)
256 Mbyte (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
1,609 Drum Samples
80 voices, 80 oscillators max, single mode
40 voices, 80 oscillators max, double mode*
* The actual maximum polyphony will vary depending on oscillator settings such as stereo multisamples and velocity crossfading.
640 total locations, 608 preloaded
512 total locations, 384 preloaded
48 total locations, 32 preloaded
256 GM2 programs, 9 GM2 drum kits
Program Structure EDS
OSC1 (Single), OSC1+2 (Double)
Stereo multisamples are supported
4 velocity zones per oscillator, with switching, crossfades and layers.
Four types of filter routing (single, serial, parallel, 24 dB)
Two multi-mode filters per voice (low pass, high pass, band pass, band reject)
Per-voice nonlinear driver and low boost
Three bands, with sweepable mid
For each voice: two envelope generators (Filter & Amp)
Two key tracking generators (Filter & Amp)
Two AMS mixers
Two common key tracking generators
Up to sixteen timbres
For each Timbre: keyboard and velocity split/layer/crossfade
INT, OFF, EXT and EX2 MIDI status settings
3-band EQ with sweepable mid
Use OSC1, 2 or Both
Force Osc Mode (PRG, MONO, LEGATO, POLY)
Portamento and Bend range settings
Modifications to the program settings via the Tone Adjust function
Drum Kit Structure
Stereo and mono drum samples
4-way velocity switches with crossfades and adjustable crossfade shapes (Linear, Power, Layer)
Per key 3-band EQ, Drive, Lo Boost, filter and level offsets
5 Insert Effects (stereo in/out), 2 Master Effects (stereo in/out), 1 Total Effect (stereo in/out) are available simultaneously
2 effect control busses, 2 effect common LFOs
170 types (can be used for Insert/Master/Total.) Note: double-size effects cannot be used as a Total effect.
Effects Presets: Up to 32 per Effect, 700 provided in OS 1.10
3-band Track EQ (High, low, and sweepable mid band) Per Program in Program Mode, per Timbre in Combination mode (16 total), and per Track in Sequencer mode (16 total)
16-track MIDI sequencer with 480 ppq resolution
128 Songs, 20 Cue Lists, 210,000 notes (max)
Tempo: 40.00 – 300.00 BPM (1/100 resolution)
16 preset/16 user Template Songs
522 preset patterns, 100 user patterns (per Song)
Cue List function: 20 cue lists, Songs can be arranged consecutively or repeatedly in up to 99 steps, A cue list can be converted back into a song
Standard MIDI File (SMF) format 0 and 1 available
Auto Song Setup function (One Touch Record) for easily going from a Program or Combination into “record-ready” status
Dual Polyphonic Arpeggiator
Two arpeggiators, useable simultaneously
(Combination, Sequencer modes)
5 preset arpeggio patterns; 216 user arpeggio patterns (200 preloaded)
RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording)
A set of 100 patterns are available per Song
671 preset patterns/1,000 user patterns
Patterns created in Sequencer mode can be converted to drum track user patterns
Trigger Mode (Immediate, Wait for Keyboard), Sync (On, Off) and Zone (Key and Velocity) settings can be specified.
Program selection, 3-band EQ and effect bussing available
L/MONO, R - 1/4" TS (Mono), unbalanced
Headphones - 1/4" TRS (Stereo), Output Impedance: 33 Ohms, Maximum Level: 32+ 32 mW @33 Ohms
USB type B connector (for MIDI interface, USB 2.0 supported)
Computer with the KORG USB-MIDI Driver
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition/Professional Service Pack 2 or later (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), all editions of Microsoft Windows Vista (MIDI Driver for the 64-bit editions is a Beta version), computer supports Windows XP/Vista with USB port (Intel USB Host Controller recommended).
Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Apple Macintosh with USB ports supports Mac OS X 10.3.9 (PowerPC/Intel-based supported).
Please use the latest Korg USB/MIDI driver.
M50 Editor/Plug-In Editor
Windows XP Home Edition / Professional Service Pack 2 or later, Intel Pentium III/1 GHz or faster, 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended.)
Mac OS X 10.4 or later, G4/800 MHz or faster (Intel-based Mac supported, G5 and/or Core Duo recommended), 512 Mbyte or larger memory (1 Gbyte or larger recommended)
Damper Pedal (supports half-damping)
61-key, 73-key versions use a new semi-weighted Natural Touch keyboard
88-key weighted action (RH3: Real Weighted Hammer Action 3 keyboard with 4-zone graded action response)
Joystick, [SW1], [SW2]
5.7 inch TouchView™ GUI, 320 x 240 dot
Damper Pedal (half damper pedaling supported), Assignable Switch, Assignable Pedal
Frequency response: 20 Hz–20 kHz, +/-1.0 dB, 10 k Ohms load
THD+N: 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08 % 10 k Ohms load (typical)
KA320 Switching Power Supply
Three-Pronged IECC13 Power Cable
Owner’s Manual (M50 Operation Guide)
CD-ROM (M50 Parameter Guide (PDF)
Voice Name List (PDF)
KORG MIDI driver
M50 Editor stand alone and plug-in versions
40.43"(W) x 11.57"(D) x 4.17"(H)
46.90” (W) x 11.57” (D) x 4.17” (H)
55.47” (W) x 12.91” (D) x 5.94” (H)