The NAMM rumor mills are certainly churning right now as they have been for the past few weeks. But the Korg Minilogue has ben the hottest thing on the lips and minds of Music Tech nerds lately. So, I decided to wait until it was no longer a rumor to post about it. Welp!
Korg minilogue analog polyphonic synthesizer is here! Well, almost. It seems Korg teamed up its seasoned engineers with its new school engineers and the results seem to be as classic as they are brand new. And there is nothing that is more exciting at the moment than the prospect of a new 4 Voice Analog Polysynth rather than a rehash of synths from our beloved synth past.
I have to say that at a price point ($499) to feature ratio smashes nearly everything in its path. Fair enough to say though, there is nothing like it out there that I’ve seen. Not to mention that it just looks pretty dope too. The sort of brushed metal feel on the face and the unique use of wood on the back as opposed to the typical wood sides make for a really attractive synth.
Perhaps one of the best features (besides the obvious, on board delay, sequencer and 4 voices) is its footprint, which seems to be perfect for studio table top convenience but it’s small and rather portable but not nearly pocket sized or tiny. I wonder what the keys are like? We all know Korg takes hits for their MS-20 mini keys and Korg Arp Odyssey keys.
Here is what Sweetwater has to say about it.
Korg minilogue Analog Synthesizer Keyboard at a Glance:
- Shape your tone with filtering, modulation, and delay
- Eight unique Voice Modes to inspire your creativity
- Add motion to your sound with 16-steps of sequencing
Korg minilogue Analog Synthesizer Keyboard Features:
- Powerful 4-voice analog synthesizer with flexible sound-design tools onboard
- Fully programable analog controls, with 200 program memories and 100 presets
- Analog signal path includes 2 x VCOs, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO
- Shape controls allow you to dial in harmonic content in any of the oscillators’ 4 waveforms
- Voice Modes allow you to define your sound in 8 highly creative ways
- 16-step sequencer includes realtime motion recording and step programming
- Monitor waveform shaping via the onboard OLED oscilloscope display
- Cross modulation, oscillator sync, and ring modulator let you further shape your sound
- Switchable 2-/4-pole lowpass filter with resonance provides subtractive synthesis
- Modulate many parameters with a ADSR envelope and an LFO
- Tape-style delay effect includes a dedicated highpass filter
- Stylish yet rugged design includes chassis-mounted pots and rubber-coated knobs
- USB plus MIDI and sync I/O provide easy connectivity with your other synth gea
Coming in at $499, check out the Korg Minilogue at http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Minilogue
photos courtesy of Sweetwater.