Introducing the new Korg Minilogue
A more in-depth view on the Korg Minilogue
The Korg Minilogue is the second cheaper 4 voices analogue synth, after the Akai Timbre Wolf (450-500 €). This groundbreaking synthesizer is the perfect polyphonic synth for those who can’t afford a more expensive one. But it doesn’t stop here. The Minilogue is already threatening the value of other synthesizers way more expensive. The Korg Minilogue could be the right revolutionary synth that will lead the manufacturers to change their target.
James Sajeva, Brand Manager for Korg Technology, says that “The Korg Minilogue brings a new level of affordability to the world of programmable polyphonic analog synthesizers. At $499.99 it is priced like a digital synth, but is armed with superb true analog sound, convenience of programmability, a striking design and quality build.”
Korg were very smart hiring an English educated younger guy like Tatsuya Takahashi and letting him work on all this analogue gear. Takahashi grew up with British music culture, and he probably knew already what younger western markets would love (as well as his own tastes), and perhaps that is what separates the awesome stuff from Korg compared to Roland and Yamaha etc….
What this beast can do
While Korg’s recent analog synths were similar to the architecture and styling of vintage synths, the Minilogue goes in a different direction, offering to the user a variety of features, including something you’ll find that are either unusual or unavailable in the world of classic analog synths:
- Fully polyphonic analog voltage-controlled oscillators.
- A filter that can toggle between 2 and 4 pole operation.
- Ring modulation and cross modulation let you color those oscillators significantly, with also the help given by the oscilloscope.
- 37 keys, 41 panel controls and 100 presets included and if you want to save something, don’t worry. Korg also thought about that, in fact there’s space for the storage of 100 programs, with instant recall.
- Tape-style delay effect includes a dedicated highpass filter.
- 16-step sequencer includes realtime motion recording and step programming.
- Small OLED display showing a real-time oscilloscope, providing visual feedback as you tweak sounds.
- Plenty of knobs that aren’t tightly squeezed together (metal-shaft too).
- Interesting mono modes that use the extra voices creatively (unison with detune, multiple sub-oscillators, chord mode…).
- Analog signal path includes 2 x VCOs, 1 VCF, 2 EG, 1 VCA, and 1 LFO.
- The keys are a bit smaller than normal, just like the MS-20 mini keybed.
- It’s more compact than a Mopho X4, ant it weighs only 2,8 kg.
- The faceplate is made of thick, sand-blasted aluminum. The back is a chunk of solid wood. The controls feature chassis-mounted potentiometers and rubber-coated knobs.
Korg Minilogue play modes
You may think that 4 voices are not enough for a polyphonic synth, but thanks to the Voice Modes you’ll be able to play the minilogue in 8 different ways:
- POLY – operates as a four-voice polyphonic synthesizer
- DUO – operates as a unison two-voice polyphonic synthesizer
- UNISON – operates as an all-unison mono synthesizer
- MONO – operates as a mono synth with sub-oscillator
- CHORD – produces chords
- DELAY – voices 2–4 sound consecutively at a delay following voice 1
- ARP – an arpeggiator operates with up to four voices
- SIDE CHAIN – when a note sounds, the volume of the preceding voice is lowered
We, at MiDi Life, think that the new Korg Minilogue is a must have for producers and live performancers that want to add a analog touch to their work but don’t want to spend too much for it. Also, a great gain of this polysynth is the possibility to save up to 100 presets, in addition to the 100 already in it. It’s really fun to use, and what you can do with is only limited to your creativity. The Korg Minilogue will be available in stores on January 21st, and it will make its official debut at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show.