Korg Pa5X Professional Arranger



    Korg have released the Pa5X, the new flagship model in the Professional Arranger product range which is available in 61, 76 (semi-weighted) and 88-key (weighted piano-style action) versions. This successor to the Pa4X has been completely redesigned and features Korg’s new EDS-XP sound engine along with a powerful new operating system.


    Each model’s front panel is built around a large central touchscreen that displays a newly designed GUI, and plenty of hands-on control is provided via assignable Pad Matrix and Mixer sections. Mixer volume, drawbar settings, microphone mutes, lyrics scroll commands and more can all be controlled directly from the front panel. Assigned control functions are shown by an auxiliary strip display, allowing users to keep track of the hardware controls even when the main display is set to a different page. Programmable LED buttons on the control panel have all been careful matched to the colours used in the GUI in order to ease navigation and ensure intuitive operation.

    New Sound Engine

    The control panel of each Pa5X features a large touch screen and assignable hardware controls.The Pa5X is the first device to be utilise Korg’s new EDS-XP (Enhanced Definition Synthesis – Expanded) sound engine, with 24 stereo oscillators and 160 voices of polyphony powering thousands of sounds that cover a wide range of musical instruments and genres. Combined with new features such as Round-Robin drum and percussion performance, Smooth Sound Transition and Sound-Controller 3 functionality, Korg say that the Pa5X provides an unprecedented level of sonic realism and expression. On-board sounds also benefit from the assignable controls, with faders, switches, joystick and ribbon controllers all able to be configured to modulate any adjustable parameter.

    Sound Library

    The built-in sounds range from realistic acoustic instruments to electric vintage keyboards and synths, as well as fantasy sounds and special effects designed for game, media, video and cinema production. Sounds from Korg’s SV-2 Stage Vintage Piano are included, as well as a selection of sounds from the Kronos and Nautilus synth workstations. A new Drawbar Organ that utilises the physical controls is included, and new effects derived from the CX-3 Combo Organ also make an appearance. The device’s new Drum Kits feature increased realism thanks to the use of technology based on round robins, and users are able to record their own samples or import sounds in standard file formats such as AIFF, WAV and SF2 for use with the built-in sampler.

    Crossfading Players

    The 88-key model of the Pa5X is equipped with a piano-style weighted keybed.Dual XDS Crossfade Dual Sequencer/Players capable of playing MIDI or MP3 files are built in, with users able to play two files simultaneously and crossfade between them, or to play one song whilst another is lined up ready to start. Lyrics, chords, scores or markers can be displayed on the built-in screen, or even sent out to an external monitor via a HDMI output. A wide variety of lyric file formats are supported, and scores are able to be automatically generated from a MIDI Song. Markers allow quick navigation around a song, with users able to easily jump back to sections they wish to repeat whilst studying, rehearsing or performing live.

    Inputs, Mixer and Effects

    A microphone and guitar can be connected simultaneously to two independent audio inputs, and are able to utilise dedicated on-board effects courtesy of a collaboration between Korg and Shift Audio. Vocals captured by the microphone input can be used to generate four-voice harmonies, and an Auto-Pitch feature provides access to modern pitch-corrected vocal sounds. Guitars have not been left out, with the Pa5X including vintage pedal and amplifier simulators, with the ability to save chains of up to four effects as presets. The on-board mixer is equipped with studio quality effects, with up top 10 insert effects and three master effects available.


    A range of audio, control and storage connections populate the devices rear panel. Microphone connectivity is provided on an XLR/TRS combo socket with a dedicated gain control, whilst a quarter-inch jack is available for the guitar input, also equipped with its own gain. A pair of quarter-inch TRS sockets and a 3.5mm mini-jack provide two stereo line-level inputs, whilst main left/right outputs and an additional four audio outputs are presented on a further row of six TRS sockets. MIDI In, Out, and Thru connections are available on DIN sockets, and three USB connections are provided for a host computer and external devices. A video output on a HDMI connector allows the use of an external screen, and an IEC power inlet feeds the device’s internal supply.

    Video of Meet the KORG Pa5XThe Korg Pa5X is available to order now, with pricing as follows:

    61-key version – £3699 including VAT$4699.99

    76-key version – £3999 including VAT$4899.99

    88-key version – £4299 including VAT$5299.99

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    Reba McEntire To Make Lifetime Movie with Boyfriend Rex Linn, Melissa Peterman



    Reba McEntire likes working with her people.

    Deadline revealed the Country Music Hall of Famer will star in the new Lifetime movie “The Hammer” alongside her boyfriend Rex Linn and friend and “Reba” show alum Melissa Peterman.

    Reba will also serve as executive producer on the show, inspired by the life of traveling circuit judge Kim Wanker.

    The movie follows Reba’s character, Kim Wheeler, the outspoken spitfire of an attorney appointed judge of the 5th District of Nevada and one of the few traveling judges left in America. During the saga, the reigning judge dies under questionable circumstances, and Kim must cover the rugged, middle-of-nowhere circuit between Las Vegas and Reno. She bangs her gavel with a no-nonsense brand of justice, which earns her the nickname “The Hammer.” As the show unfolds, Kim’s sister Kris, who operates a brothel, becomes a suspect.

    Reba and Peterman became friends on the set of McEntire’s euphonious sitcom “Reba,” which ran from 2001 to 2007. The series follows the Hart family as they navigate life after divorce and blend families. In the series, Peterman plays Reba’s husband’s mistress and eventual wife. The women have a hysterical, adversarial relationship.

    “The Hammer” isn’t the only opportunity fans have to catch Reba on television in the coming months. In May, it was announced that she would join the ABC series “Big Sky” in a regular role for its third season.

    Variety reports that McEntire will play Sunny Brick, the unpredictable head of the Brick family, a successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers.

    “Big Sky” is based on books by C.J. Box that follows private detective Cassie Dewell (Kylie Bunbury) and her former partner, Jenny Hoyt (Katheryn Winnick), as they investigate local crimes.

    “Big Sky” is far from the Country Music Hall of Famer’s first foray into television. In addition to “Reba,” the “Fancy” singer recently appeared in multiple episodes of the hit CBS prequel series “Young Sheldon.” She also made a name for herself in feature films, appearing in “Tremors,” “The Little Rascals,” and “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.”

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    Superheist Release New Album “MMXX”, Drop “Destination Unknown” Music Video



    Australian nü-metal band Superheist released their new album “MMXX” today, July 01st. A music video for the track from it, “Destination Unknown” also saw a release this week and can be viewed below. Guitarist/co-vocalist dw Norton commented:

    “This record has been two long years in the making and I wanted to write an album that was relevant to the times, and which has some real meaning for me and the rest of the band members collectively. Are these love songs – absolutely not! MMXX is a sign of the world that we live and the power of heavy music. MMXX is the sign that the Heist are here to stay.”





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    ROBERT TRUJILLO’s Son Contributed ‘Additional Guitar Tracks’ To Version Of METALLICA’s ‘Master Of Puppets’ In ‘Stranger Things’



    Tye Trujillo, the 17-year-old son of METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, contributed “additional guitar tracks” to the version of METALLICA‘s “Master Of Puppets” which appears in Netflix‘s season four finale of “Stranger Things”.

    In the finale, the Eddie Munson character performs what he calls “the most metal concert ever” — including shredding “Master Of Puppets” on his beloved Warlock guitar — in “Stranger Things”‘ “Upside Down” alternate universe during an attempt to help his friends vanquish the Big Bad of the season, a demon named Vecna.

    Earlier today, Robert took to his Instagram to share a few photos from the episode, as well as a video of some of the show’s credits. He wrote in the accompanying caption: “**Spoiler Alert** That’s my boy! Proud of ya Tye! Stranger Things finale shredding it on ‘Master of Puppets’ and big thanks to @kirkhammett on helping! @tyetru @metallica @strangerthingstv #metallica #masterofpuppets #strangerthings #eddiemunson”.

    29-year-old actor Joe Quinn, who plays Munson, told Entertainment Weekly about how he prepared for the role: “I listened to a lot of heavy metal. That was my … God, it’s impossible to not sound pretentious when you say it, but, yeah, that was my way in.”

    Quinn went on to say that he began playing guitar after watching Jack Black in the 2003 cult classic movie “School Of Rock”.

    “I’ve played since I was 7, and I’ve had huge breaks,” he said. “I wouldn’t consider myself a brilliant guitarist, but I can play it. That was very lucky because those scripts came out, I think, at some point in the pandemic. I did start practicing pretty furiously.”

    When he was just 12 years old, Tye Trujillo filled in for bassist Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu for KORN‘s South American tour after Fieldy was unable to make the shows due to “unforeseen circumstances.”

    In recent months, Tye has played a number of shows as the bassist for SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. He is filling in for regular SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bassist Roberto “Ra” Díaz, who is currently playing bass for KORN.

    Tye is also a member of OTTTO, the three-piece group which recently completed a short U.S. tour with BASTARDANE, the new band featuring drummer Castor Hetfield, son of METALLICA frontman James Hetfield.

    OTTTO is fronted by Bryan Noah Ferretti on vocals and guitar, with Tye on bass and Triko Chavez on drums. The trio is currently working on the new album, having released a nine-song, self-titled collection in 2020.

    Photo courtesy of Robert Trujillo‘s Instagram

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    MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NIKKI SIXX Celebrates 21 Years Of Sobriety



    Nikki Sixx is celebrating the 21st anniversary of his getting sober.

    The 63-year-old MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist credited his mental tenacity with helping him live his life without drugs or alcohol.

    Earlier today (Saturday, July 2), he shared an image revealing he had been sober for 21 years, 252 months, 7,671 days or 184,089 hours.

    He wrote: “21 years today….The lessons you learn along the way can only be absorbed and put into action by being open minded and staying sober. I’ve also learned what I don’t want in my life.Let go of the past and live in the moment. For those still struggling, I know this isn’t always easy but you will not believe how wonderful your life can and will be by applying yourself to these simple steps. Cutting out poisonous people and being rigorously honest in all your affairs, leading with love and being solution based are some of the tools you will gain. Keep these those close to your heart. Also a good rule of thumb is over 95% of what you worry about ( anxiety) actually -never- happens so learn to let go, relax and enjoy the journey. #SobrietyRocks”

    Sixx struggled with substance abuse for years and was even supposedly declared clinically dead after a heroin overdose in 1987 made his heart stop for two minutes. He has since become actively involved in a recovery “program,” which he credits for helping him transform his life and relationships.

    “By letting go of self and ego, working a program that connects you to a higher power and giving back to those still struggling are just some of the important things you learn through sobriety,” Sixx wrote when he celebrated nine years of sobriety in July 2013. “You get to repair the damage done from drink, drugs and horrific behaviors (that broke people’s hearts who loved you.”

    The rocker, who detailed his near-fatal drug addiction in the best-selling book “The Heroin Diaries”, added: “For me, taking away the substance just gave [me] an honest view of who I had become and then the healing started. I do believe without any program to help, many are just dry drunks and there is always a danger of them going out again. I’ve been there. It’s not pretty. This is no joking matter to me, so I take it seriously.”

    Asked by The Guardian about a diary entry in “The Heroin Diaries” where he described himself as an “alcoholic heroin and coke addict getting into pills” and how he spent Christmas Day 1986 naked under the Christmas tree, clutching a shotgun, Nikki said: “Well, if you shoot enough cocaine, you go into a kind of psychosis, and I believed people were coming to get me. Scary place, let me tell you. It reads like some kind of a dark horror story or bedtime thriller. But in real life, the trauma that psychosis puts your body through is on a cellular level. You believe that you’re going to have an experience even though it’s not really happening. I can remember those, because you come out of them, and it’s scary. But you can only imagine what it would be like to be insane and not come out of it, or a version of that, like dementia.”

    Sixx is not the only member of MÖTLEY CRÜE who has battled alcohol addiction. Singer Vince Neil‘s 1984 drunk-driving accident killed HANOI ROCKS drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley and seriously injured two others. He spent 15 days in jail and received five years probation.

    “It was rough for everybody after that accident,” Neil told USA Today in 2020. “I tried to stay sober for a few years, but it’s tough when there’s no support system around you. They were still doing coke and drinking and carrying on, and I just couldn’t be a part of it.”

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    Session Guitarist – Electric Mint from Native Instruments



    Native Instruments have released Session Guitarist – Electric Mint. Made in collaboration with Drumasonic, this latest addition to their range of Kontakt-based guitar instruments samples an original 1960 USA-made model of one of the world’s most iconic electric guitars, the Fender Stratocaster.

    Developed with a focus on songwriting applications, Electric Mint allows users to play and create their own melodies, as well as coming equipped with 222 patterns across 53 song presets that cover a wide range of styles, genres and performance techniques.

    Building on features found in previous Session Guitarist releases, the instrument includes a variety of amplifer and speaker cabinet emulations, as well as new effects including the Supercharger GT compressor, a ‘Cry Wah’ auto-wah, and convolution reverbs capable of simulating the sound of amps being played in different rooms. An Amps and Effects tab allows chains of effects to be created, and 71 sound presets are included, covering everything from clean DI signals through to overdriven high-gain tones.

    All five combinations of the original instrument’s three single-coil pickups have been expertly sampled, providing users with a wide range of tones that will suit a variety of musical genres. A Guitar Settings tab within the GUI gives users access to the instrument’s pickup position, volume and tone controls, whilst a dedicated mic volume control allows simulated amp signals to be blended in. Decay time for muted notes is adjustable, and individual volume control over fret noise and noise floor is also provided. Lastly, the tab also includes a tuning control which ranges from ‘precise’ to ‘sloppy’.

    Electric Mint also features an improved playback engine which the manufacturer say will enable users to create ultra-realistic funk patterns, and a tremolo bar feature has been included to offer greater control over pitch expression. A dedicated performance tab provides Humanise, Swing, Feel and Shift controls, allowing users to fine-tune their programmed parts and create more realistic sounding results.

    Electric Mint is also capable of being used as a chord library, with users able to drag any of the included chord progressions, patterns or voicings onto their DAW’s MIDI tracks for further editing. This also allows the instrument’s included MIDI parts to be used to control other virtual instruments or libraries.

    For more information along with some examples of the sounds and features on offer, check out the official walkthrough video below.

    Video of SESSION GUITARIST – ELECTRIC MINT Walkthrough | Native InstrumentsAs with other members of the Session Guitar series, Electric Mint features full integration with Native Instrument’s Komplete Kontrol hardware controllers via NKS.

    Session Guitarist – Electric Mint is available now from the Native Instruments online shop, priced at £89 including VAT$99.

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    Kali Gives Toxic Advice with ‘Rolling Stone’



    With the viral success of tracks like ‘Do a Bitch’ and ‘MMM MMM,’ Kali knows what it takes to make a hit. For the latest installment of In The Green Room, Rolling Stone sat down with the Georgia-bred rapper ahead of her set at Warsaw in Brooklyn, NY.

    Tracks from her latest release Toxic Chocolate find Kali flipping the script on the male-dominated industry, like on her Yung Bleu-assisted collaboration ‘UonU.’ The album sees her throw her hat in the ring to be the spokesperson for unapologetic womanhood.

    “I had to flip the script for the ladies. Yes, the guys have their advocates: the Lil Babys and the Futures… [For us] it’s me,” she said with confidence.

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    YG Felony Robbery Case Dismissed in Vegas


    YG won dismissal of a felony robbery case in Las Vegas on Monday after paying a “nuisance settlement” to the man who claimed the rapper stole his chain during a confrontation at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in 2018, his lawyers confirm.

    Prosecutors dumped the case just days before a trial on the robbery and grand larceny charges was set to begin on May 16, defense lawyer Gia Marina tells Rolling Stone. “The victim no longer wanted to pursue the case and didn’t want to travel, so the state dismissed it. He was an out-of-state victim,” she said.

    Marina referred questions about the civil settlement to Joe Tacopina, the New York-based lawyer who also repped the rapper, 32, after he was arrested in Los Angeles County in 2020 — just days before he took the stage at the 2020 Grammys for a tribute to Nipsey Hussle — in connection with a different alleged robbery. Charges were never filed in that case.

    Tacopina said the alleged victim in the Vegas case was “made whole” through an undisclosed civil settlement even though YG, whose real name is Keenon Jackson, is adamant he did not pocket the chain in the Cosmopolitan case.

    “YG didn’t steal his chain,” Tacopina tells Rolling Stone. “This was a nuisance settlement. The man lost his neck chain during a scuffle. This was an out-of-court settlement that is confidential.”

    The chain reportedly was valued at between $3,000 and $9,000, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The newspaper previously reported that Jackson was with a group of about 12 people walking through the casino resort when the alleged victim, identified as a fan, asked for a photo but was blocked by the rapper’s entourage. The fan allegedly was besieged by the group after stating Jackson wasn’t “that big of a celebrity anyway,” an arrest warrant obtained by the newspaper said.

    The fan reportedly told police that Jackson personally ripped the chain off of his neck. Security footage reviewed by Las Vegas police also purportedly showed Jackson walking away from the man “with a a shiny object” in his hand, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Jay Rivera told the Review-Journal.

    Clark County District Attorney Steven Wolfson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Monday dismissal.

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    Pop Audio relaunch Pop Filter range


    Pop Audio have announced the return of their Pop Filter range, once again being offered as a Studio Set, containing a gooseneck mount with interchangeable foam, fabric and metal pop shields. However, this time around users are able to configure single sets with whichever filter they prefer, as well as each individual component (including the gooseneck mount) being available separately.

    Founder John Metcalfe says: “For the past few years, the product was unavailable, but we’re now excited to announce that Pop Audio is back! The Pop Filter is now available with a range of new configurations and updated 100% recyclable FSC-certified packaging.”

    Available to order worldwide exclusively from Pop Audio in the UK.

    The Studio Set is priced at 99 Euros, with single filter sets costing 69 Euros. Individual filters are priced at 29 Euros, and the gooseneck mount at 49 Euros.

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