Korg announced on September 10th launching a new metronome MA-2 for orchestral instruments. The MA-2 is improved version of the previous card-type electronic metronome MA-1. The MA-2 is an indispensable unit for rhythm training, and solidly covers the functions of a metronome. In addition to basic functionality such a wide tempo range and a generous number of beats and rhythm patterns, it also provides user-friendly features including an improved display, a loud, crisp sound, and additional functions such as a newly provided “timer mode.” Choose from two different vivid and stylish color schemes for the body: blue and black, or a black and red.
Main features of the metronome MA-2
The MA-2’s display is 30% larger than that of the previous model, drastically improving the visibility. Within the display, a digital needle moves between left and right, providing a visual indication of the beat in additional to the audible indication. A triangular icon shows the beat position and the timing at which the measure changes.
The metronome MA-2 is equipped with a newly designed electronic buzzer. It’s more powerful, providing easily audible sound that won’t be buried by high-volume instruments or high frequencies.
You can choose from three different methods of setting the tempo. Pendulum step lets you specify a numeric value just as on a mechanical metronome. Full step lets you specify the tempo in one-step increments. Tap tempo lets you specify the tempo by pressing a button in time with the song you’re playing. You can also combine a time signature of between 0–9 beats with eight types of rhythm, supporting many types of musical practicing.
The metronome MA-2 provides basic metronome function. It also includes a “timer mode” and a “sound out mode” that are useful for daily practicing. Use the MODE button to switch between these at a touch. When the specified time elapses, an alarm sounds and the metronome stops. You can set this in one-minute increments between one minute and 120 minutes, making it ideal for warming up or practicing the basics.
A reference tone is emitted from the built-in speaker as a guide for tuning. You can select the reference tone in the one-octave range of C4–B4. The reference frequency of A4 (calibration) can be adjusted in 1 Hz increments in the range of 410 Hz to 480 Hz.
A folding stand and up to 400 hours of continuous use
The folding stand lets the metronome stand on its own in an easily visible location. The sliding battery cover is designed as one piece with the main unit, so there’s no danger of the cover being lost when you replace the batteries.
When using alkaline batteries, the unit provides approximately 400 hours of continuous operation. As the remaining battery power runs low, a battery indicator appears in the display, making it clear when the batteries need to be replaced. Even for extended practicing sessions, you can also concentrate on your performance without worrying about battery life.
Source and images: Korg