MATRIXSYNTH: Korg Minilogue XD // It can sound EXPENSIVE! [no external FX]

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Korg Minilogue XD // It can sound EXPENSIVE! [no external FX]

video upload by Dexba

"First of all: welcome to another video, I want to thank you for stopping by my channel, and also taking your time to read this. I really appreciate that. 💝

Let's get to this video, and the Korg Minilogue, most importantly the XD version.
I've always told myself I would never buy one, but if I had a chance to try it I wouldn't refuse. So here we are, I was selling other stuff and one came up for trade, so I took the chance.
- Build quality is good, as it was with the older Minilogue (which I owned, I think most of us used to), and it's finally nice to have a compact, quite light, polysynth on my desk.
- The analog part is good, similar to the one on the previous model or even the Monologue, an instrument I dig a lot.
- The digital part is okay-ish, here I will be using the Sine part since the emulation of saws, squares, and so on are AWFUL, and I can't stress this enough: even the quickest comparison with ITS OWN analog part will result in a complete debacle for the digital part.
- The FX are okay-ish too, most of the reverbs sound almost the same, with various degrees of pitch-shifting (ranging from annoying to unusable to okay if you turn it almost down), the delays would be cool if they had any chance to be modulated, or if all didn't sound super lo-fi, rendering useless the preset Tape. Cool the Mod part, because using Ensemble or Chorus will give that expensive feeling to the sound

It is a strange synth because it can be very useful for a wide range of situations, but at the same time, it is very clear what it wants you to do with its engines (and this patch made from scratch is a good example since I later found out it resembles very closely the very first patch you get turning on the instrument; from patch 2 you're getting downhill).
It's the perfect case of "The sum is greater than the parts", but I am not sure that's the right approach for me.
Enjoy! ✨"

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