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Korg MA-30 Ultra Compact Digital Metronome

by Korg

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  • Highly visual liquid crystal pendulum
  • 13 different rhythms are built-in so you can practice to more than a click track
  • Rhythms include duplets, triplets, triplets with inner beats omitted, quadruplets, and quadruplets with inner beats omitted
  • Twelve reference pitches C4 -B4 for you to tune to
  • Adjustable calibration (438-445 Hz)
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0002E2O2Q
  • Item model number: KOR MA30
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,979 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 13, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

The Korg MA-30 Metronome has features like volume control and sophisticated rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets with inner beats omitted. Its easy-to-see display includes a cool liquid crystal pendulum.

Amazon.com

The MA-30 is the latest digital metronome from Korg's innovative line, packed with new features like volume control and sophisticated rhythms such as triplets and quadruplets, with inner beats omitted.

An ultra-portable digital metronome packed with features.Click to enlarge.

Liquid crystal pendulum for visual tempo reference.

Built-in speaker for metronome and reference pitches.

LCD Display
In addition to the audible click, the MA-30 features a liquid crystal pendulum for visual tempo reference.

Sophisticated Rhythm Patterns
13 different rhythms are built-in to this electronic metronome so you can practice to more than just a click track. Rhythms include duplets, triplets, triplets with inner beats omitted, quadruplets, and quadruplets with inner beats omitted are programmed into this digital metronome

Reference Pitches
The MA-30 features twelve reference pitches (C4 -B4) for tuning on the go, with adjustable calibration of A4 from 438-445 Hz.

Tap Tempo
The MA-30's tempo adjusts from 40 to 208 BPM. You can also use the tap function for setting the tempo manually.

Adjustable Volume and Headphone Output
Adjust the metronome volume to your liking, and use the earphone jack so only you can hear the sound.

Power Efficient
Get approximately 250 hours of continuous digital metronome use on two AAA batteries.

Ultra-Portable
The MA-30 weights in at just .17 lbs. (including batteries), and is small enough to fit in your pocket at 4.09 x 2.52 x 0.59 inches (W x D x H).

What's in the Box
Korg MA-30 Digital Metronome, Two AAA Batteries, User's Manual



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
H and S
Has more options than you will need for basic metronome needs.
chris christian
Loud enough (adjustable volume).
F. Pinkul

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

280 of 283 people found the following review helpful By Douglas E. Wong on April 29, 2006
This is chock full of features and hands-down the best budget portable metronome on the market, with only one caveat which'll be mentioned later. A terrific buy for students.

Battery life is great, getting around 200 hours out of two AAs. The display is clear and easy to read. I've dropped it once and it didn't cause any problems. For a digital metronome, the beep isn't an irritating chirp as some other metronomes tend to be.

It can generate any tone on the chromatic scale for manual tuning, and even allows you to adjust the pitch slightly away from A440 if you need to (sometimes necessary, especially for wind players playing outdoors in the extreme cold)

It can handle 1 - 7 beats per measure, and can give you triplets, 8ths or 16th notes on top of that.

It has a handy tap feature to determine tempo.

This isn't perfect, it's not a Dr. Beat (the best metronome on the market, period). The volume control is very sensitive, and if you have it in your pocket you can easily accidentally blast your ears with headphones on. An LED would be a nice addition.

The caveat mentioned earlier is this: Most people prefer a dial to adjust tempo as opposed to the up and down buttons of this model (The Matrix MR500, MR800 and the Seiko SQ50 have less features and lack a volume control, but do have a dial and LED). Still, for the price and the features, you can't beat it.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Guitarmansm on January 9, 2007
This item is worth purchasing if you don't want to expend 80 bucks or more on a Dr.Beat. It's really cheap but still very good quality and nice features.

Features:

-Tap In: So you can find out the time for the musics you want to play. It's a little hard to use because you're not a robot and there will always be diferences from one interval from another so you have to try a bit before you actually discover the tempo.

-Note: Great for tunning your instrument by ear, goes from A4 to G#4 and you can even calib the A Hz (413-420, 438-445)

-Time Signatures: 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 8th, triplets, 16th, and some variations on the 8th and 16th. I expected more on this side, but it's not disappointing, however.

Volume: Has a good volume, I can play on my 15W Marshall by half-volume and still hear it fine. If you want more volume put on a headphone, however to make it come from both sides you need to be a little patient and not move the metronome too much.

Quality: GREAT! I mean it, I've already dropped it 4 times from about 4 feets and still working. LOL. The sound does not distort when you put it to max, don't worry.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. An on February 24, 2007
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The color of mine is darker and more metalic, which I like. It is a great metronome that I use now everyday for my piano students. However, even with the volume turned up all the way, it is not loud enough for late intermediate students playing "f" with the damper pedal. That's why I'm giving it 4 stars. However, over all it is a great value.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Agent 92 on August 12, 2008
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I bought this based on at least two other reviews that described the sound it makes as a "click". It is not a click it is a high pitched electronic "beep". That beep gets lost with notes played by guitar, etc. It also could be louder so I took two stars off for these two drawbacks. Otherwise it keeps time like it is supposed to. Look elsewhere if you wanted a click sound metronome.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By K. Jellison on November 9, 2006
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The KORG MA-30 is a great buy! It has a built-in tuner(for every note), more than sufficient volume, and is very easy to use. In addition, the musician can simply adjust the metronome so that it plays on certain parts of the beat. For example, the KORG MA-30 can play triplets, swing eighth notes, or on the first and fourth sixteenth notes, when the style or rhythmic pattern demands it. It is also small and compact, and very transportable...a lot of POW for the price!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By MC on November 4, 2006
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My problem with this metronome is that it isn't loud enough to cut through the the volume of my banjo. The other issue I have is the tone. The reguarl click is fine but the ping for the downbeat gets lost. It should be a thump not a ping.

I can't recommend this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Ng on January 12, 2008
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For the price, it's actually very good. Two negatives (listed at the end of this review), but a number of nice surprises about it:

- You can quickly make large tempo changes (automatically starts jumps of 20 BPM every half-second) by holding down the up or down button, instead of having to press it many times to change it by 1 BPM at at time.

- The reference-pitch feature lets you calibrate as much as a half-step flat of standard tuning (down to 413 Hz, in increments of 1 Hz), and as much as 5 Hz sharp (up to 445 Hz, in increments of 1 Hz). This is much better than the range the Amazon description claims.

- The metronome display graphic of a swinging stick (simulating the motion of a mechanical metronome arm) is just high enough resolution to be useful to let your eye predict when the beat is about to come. (As opposed to the image of the arm being so jerky that it's not helpful).

- There is a little plastic flap on the back which swings out to let the metronome stand on its own.

- Changing the battery requires no tools to open it up (it takes 2 AAA batteries).

Two negatives:

- The visual beat display has a large dot flash at the end of each "arm" swing, in time with the audible beep. Unfortunately the large dot is drawn above the swinging arm in a place that doesn't make sense, as if it's not quite in sync with the arm. In other words, where the dot flashes doesn't make sense with the idea of an actual mechanical swinging arm, so you feel like either the dot flashes too early, or the arm is slow.

- There is only one high-pitched beep sound. It would be better to have the option of another sound, like the "knock" sound my other electronic metronome has.
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