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Korg | MR-16


Korg released the Korg MR-16 MIDI Rhythm Sound Unit in 1985 complete with their PCM sound Rom that was also on board their DDDM-110 and DDDM-220 rhythm machines, The MR-16 does not have a built in sequencer or pattern generator but was created to be a MIDI sound module with greater flexibility available at that particular time. 

The unit has 16 drum sounds and 18 outputs. The Rim and Snare share an output and the Cow Bell and Wood Block share an output. Each output has separate volume and pan control. The unit also has a built in Metronome with 4/4 and 2/4 timing and runs from MIDI clock sent to the MIDI input from a sequencer or other timing device.

The unit is in a desktop format and has a screen printed keyboard on top indicating the MIDI key mapping of the drum sounds. There is a Master volume knob on the front panel and dip switches on back for setting the timing of the metronome. 
Engine TypeAnalog
EngineVCO Preset
Voices (max)16
Drums18 sounds
Key typeTouchplate
AudioStereo and 16 individual outs.
Produced:1985 - 1985
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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