Before founding the company, Kato ran a nightclub. Osanai, a Tokyo University graduate and noted accordionist, regularly performed at Kato’s club accompanied by a Wurlitzer Sideman rhythm machine. Unsatisfied with the rhythm machine, Osanai convinced Kato to finance his efforts to build a better one…” And indeed they did.
Sad news. Of all the musical gear i owned or used through the years i have a particular fondness for Korg, because in my experience they’re always the easiest to operate and the most fun to play. And just like the roland machines of the 80s i think korg’s recent line of budget products helped a lot of kids of my generation get started in this thing. The micro was the first synth for many of us, the kaoss pad the first touch surface controller, the electribes the first steps in live remixing and performance.