MATRIXSYNTH: KORG Officially Introduces the prologue: a New Generation of Customizable (SDK) Analog Synthesizers

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

KORG Officially Introduces the prologue: a New Generation of Customizable (SDK) Analog Synthesizers


Published on Jan 17, 2018 Korg
Update: this was originally posted at 10:07 PM Pacific. Moving it up as new videos from Kraft Music and Reverb have been added below.

The prologue-16 comes in at $1,999.99, and the prologue-8 comes in at $1,499.99.

The big surprise: "The prologue offers an SDK (Software Development Kit) that allows developers to program, customize and extend the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects and is expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018. The prologue provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and users can use the prologue Librarian software (also expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018) to load into their prologue new oscillators and effect programs created by developers with the prologue SDK (Software Development Kit)."

General description: "The ultimate multi-voice, multi-timbre and multi-engine is here. prologue is a fully-programmable, full-featured, professional synthesizer, preceded by the four-voice polyphonic minilogue and the monophonic monologue. Equipped with a full-sized keyboard and powerful analog circuits that are descended directly from the earlier models of the series, prologue expands the variety of sounds and the possibilities for user customization. The lineup is comprised of two models that cover musicians’ needs for not only stage use, but also studio, home, or touring use: 16-voice 61-key prologue-16, and the eight-voice 49-key prologue-8. These instruments are capable of sounds that go beyond existing analog synthesizers."

KORG prologue | A new-generation of flagship analog synthesizer (Teaser Trailer)


Two videos from one of our longtime sponsors, KRAFT Music:

Published on Jan 17, 2018 Kraft Music

"Nick Kwas performs on the Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer at Kraft Music. Find exclusive Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer BUNDLES at Kraft Music."

And one from our new sponsor, Reverb (this overview is different than the above):


Published on Jan 17, 2018 Reverb

"Introducing the Korg Prologue Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer. Fully programmable, equipped with either a 49-key (for the 8-voice) or 61-key (for the 16-voice) keyboard, the Prologue is an ambitious instrument that builds off of the precedent set by the Minilogue. Join us as we explore the sonic functionality of the Prologue today.

Buy the Prologue 8: https://goo.gl/ZRCDWF

Buy the Prologue 16: https://goo.gl/T1VRQB

Read More on Reverb: https://goo.gl/DA9cEc"

KORG's SoundCloud Playlist for the prologue:



And the full details and pics via KORG:

"16/8-voice analog sound

The prologue is a polyphonic analog synthesizer with 8 or 16 multitimbral voices. KORG’s analog synthesizer development in recent years has culminated in the prologue, which was designed using 11,000 discrete electronic components. Although the prologue is a flagship instrument, it still retains the inviting feel and accessibility of its predecessors. It features a pure analog path, impeccable sound quality, stunning presence unlike any other poly synth, and the same intuitive interface as the minilogue and monologue, granting you intuitive access to a vast world of analog synthesis.

The prologue uses a structure of 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to distinctive, original circuitry, such as wave shaping to shape the oscillator’s overtones and a sync/ring switch, prologue also features a two-pole low pass filter with enhanced sharpness, drive that adds powerful distortion, and a low cut (high pass) switch. Every detail has been improved on from minilogue and monologue. Its sound covers every sonic possibility: fat basses, powerful leads, and the beautiful pads that you expect from a polyphonic synthesizer.

Newly developed multi-engine

The ingenuity of prologue goes beyond its analog design. The newly developed multi engine is provided as VCO3, adding digital waveforms and FM. This multi engine, which is equipped with three different sound engines, can be combined with the analog VCOs to expand prologue’s sonic potential far beyond that of a traditional analog synthesizer.
Noise generator

There are four types of noise generator, indispensable for percussive sounds or sound effects. Experience how digital filtering can produce direct changes in the color of the noise.
VPM oscillator

The VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) / FM oscillator was newly developed for prologue. Its metallic and sharp sounds with their complex overtones could never be obtained by analog means. With 16 types of oscillator and the SHAPE knob, you’ll be intuitively guided through complex sound design. Combine these wave shapes with prologue’s gorgeous analog filters, and prepare for sounds you never thought possible.
User oscillator

The user oscillator section lets you load oscillator programs of your own creation. Sixteen slots are provided, and one type of morphing wavetable oscillator is built-in as a preset.

Digital effects

The high-quality digital effects feature pristine 32-bit floating-point processing, and add a further polish to the sound of the prologue. With two effect units provided (a modulation effect and delay/reverb), you can choose from a wide variety such as chorus or ensemble, warm tape delay, or diverse reverbs. The user effect slots let you load effect programs of your own creation.

"User-customization

The prologue offers an SDK (Software Development Kit) that allows developers to program, customize and extend the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects and is expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018. The prologue provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and users can use the prologue Librarian software (also expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018) to load into their prologue new oscillators and effect programs created by developers with the prologue SDK (Software Development Kit).

What types of sound will you create by combining the expanded digital oscillators with analog synthesis? You can create original programs and share code to participate in the user community. Start with sample code provided by KORG. The prologue belongs to you."

Analog comp/booster

The exclusive VU meter is available only on the prologue-16, and indicates the newly developed master effect L.F. COMP. It’s a low end booster/compressor using an analog circuit, delivering a solid sense of presence that cannot be obtained from a simple EQ. You’ll particularly notice the difference in high-volume stage performances where maximum dynamics can be utilized."

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