MATRIXSYNTH: Korg Officially Announces minilogue; Four-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synth

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Korg Officially Announces minilogue; Four-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synth

Korg Minilog: PlugInGuru Quick-e Tour

Published on Jan 14, 2016 PlugInGuru

The details are in. You'll find Korg's Press release with hi-res pics and specs below, but let's start with a few videos. Click here for new posts that have gone up in order.

"Under 2 min and you’re going to want to own one of this amazing synth. The RAW POWER and the WARM analog tone is incredible. Makes every software synth jealous as well. :D"

Korg minilogue Demo by Daniel Fisher - Sweetwater Sound

Published on Jan 13, 2016 SweetwaterSound

"Sweetwater’s synthesis guru, Daniel Fisher, demonstrates the surprisingly affordable Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analogue synthesizer. Fisher zealously shows off the performance potential of the Minilogue, thanks to its generous array of dedicated knobs, toggle switches, and its gorgeous OLED waveform display.

Performance demo starts at 1:43.

The Korg Minilogue is a true 4-voice polyphony synth, with *each voice* having two Oscillators, a resonant 2/4-pole Lowpass Filter, an Amp, two Envelope Generators, and an LFO. Even the Audio In jack is sent, pre-Filter, to each of the four voices. When in DUO Mode, you have two voices with four oscillators per note. When in UNISON, you have eight oscillators for that note.

Daniel walks you through the architecture of the Minilogue and its parameters before demonstrating just some of the sounds you can create with it. Enjoy the demo, and call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer for more information on the Korg Minilogue. And click the link above to see the Minilogue in hi-res detail along with a block Diagram of the signal flow!"

Korg Minilogue

Published on Jan 14, 2016 SamAshMusic

Update: new video from Sam Ash featuring the creator of the new KORG Minilogue, Tatsuya Takahashi. This one sent my way via @SynthAnatomy.
Update: interesting side note: this appears to be the Korg Minilogue - Let Your Voices Be Heard video that just went live at 3:30 PM PST. Sam Ash must have had a deal with Korg to get it up several hours earlier. It was added to this post at 11:30 AM PST.

Korg minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Published on Jan 14, 2016 Kraft Music

Update: new video from Kraft Music.

KORG Minilogue demo by Olivier Briand

Published on Jan 14, 2016 Olivier Briand

Update: new video from Olivier Briand.

Korg Minilogue Preview #2: Pads

Published on Jan 14, 2016 PlugInGuru

Update: second video from PlugInGuru

Introducing KORG minilogue

Published on Jan 14, 2016 Korg

"Chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi introduces the unique synthesis about minilogue."

Update: new video from KORG added above.

"Analog For All; The unmistakable sound of polyphonic analog, convenience of 200 preset locations,

at a price that will astound

Melville, NY - - January 14, 2016 - -Korg’s groundbreaking new minilogue is a fully programmable four-voice polyphonic analog synthesizer with 200 editable presets (100 preloaded), a 16-step polyphonic note and motion sequencer, arpeggiator, and delay. With its powerful, yet easy to understand signal flow, minilogue is designed to inspire and captivate musicians and analog enthusiasts on all levels.

A new Voice Mode lets users choose how the four available voices are configured; from Polyphonic to Duophonic, Unison to one-note Chords, and more. In addition to offering up information on presets and editable parameters, the OLED display also features a real-time oscilloscope, providing functional, fun, and eye-catching visual feedback for the sound being played; a feature never before seen on a hardware synth.

The uniquely curved, sand-blasted aluminum panel, real Pyinkado wood back panel, solid, chassis-mounted metal shaft potentiometers and rubber-coated knobs give the roadworthy minilogue a standout look and feel to complement its powerful and dynamic sound creation capabilities.

'We are beyond proud of the work our designers, engineers and voicers have put into this instrument. minilogue is a truly next-level synth with a sound, feature set, workflow, and look unlike any other on the market today,” shared James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg Technology Products. “minilogue also brings a new level of affordability to the world of programmable polyphonic analog synthesizers. At $499.99US it is priced like a digital synth but offers superb true-analog sound with convenience of programmability, a striking design, and a very high-quality build,' added Sajeva.

Korg’s minilogue will make its debut at the 2016 Winter NAMM show at the Korg USA booth; #6440 in Hall A, with exclusive demonstrations planned throughout the show. The minilogue will be in stores January 2016 for $499.99."

-- end of press release --

Product page details:

"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

Shape your tone with filtering, modulation, and delay

Before you dive into its Voice Modes or sequencing capabilities, you'll already be impressed by the minilogue's sound-shaping capabilities. For starters, both VCOs include a Shape control, which allows you to dial harmonic content into the three selectable waveforms. Cross modulation, oscillator sync, and ring modulation settings provide further sound-shaping possibilities as well. A sophisticated lowpass VCF section offers 2-pole and 4-pole modes and more than enough resonance, while an envelope generator and an LFO add time-based dynamics to a wide range of parameters. Finally, there's a tape-style delay onboard, which lets you pull off many classic wet and saturated synth sounds.

Eight unique Voice Modes to inspire your creativity

The thing that sets the minilogue apart from other polyphonic analog synths are its eight Voice Modes, which let you employ all four of its voices in fun and creative ways. Poly mode allows you to play up to four notes at once, whereas Duo mode cuts the polyphony down to two notes, using two pairs of voices to create unisons. For even bigger, richer voicing, there's Unison mode, which turns the minilogue into monosynth with a 4-voice unison stack. Conversely, Mono mode trades the unison stack for a fat suboscillator. Chord mode triggers chordal note arrangements, while Delay mode triggers the third through fourth voices at offset intervals after voice one - an effect that sounds massive when you add the onboard delay effect - and Arp mode creates short arpeggiator runs with up to four voices. Finally, there's Side Chain mode, which ducks previous notes as you play new ones.

Add motion to your sound with 16-steps of sequencing

The minilogue's step sequencer is one additional feature that makes it one of the most fun keyboards Sweetwater synth nuts have gotten their hands on. For one thing, there's virtually no learning curve, so you can dive right in and start creating cool rhythms and patterns from day one. There are two ways to use the sequencer: you can record in real time, or you can enter in each step. Real-time recording lets you overdub, allowing you to automate many parameters to create intensely complex patterns, whereas step recording is perfect for creating phrases and rhythms. What's more, you can easily combine this onboard sequencer with other MIDI and sync-equipped gear such as Volca series modules.

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 gear"




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    1. Check the Sweetwater video - he accesses porta via a menu. Dedicated knob would've been nice, but it's there for sure. He doesn't demo porta in poly mode tho, just mono...


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