Jan 25

KING KORG ANALOG MODELING SYNTH

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Korg has announced yet another synth – they just keep coming – the King Korg analog modeling synth. They say that they are puting the main focus on live performance. It has Korg’s new XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) engine that accurately model vintage analog synths. I like the way the controls are laid out in easily identifiable sections.

Well with a 3-oscillator, 2-timbre design you can make some thick and rich sounds. It has the usual al waveform choices such as sawtooth, square, sine, triangle, and noise but Korg have given pre-set algorithms that contain various combinations of oscillator numbers and types, for easily and quickly sculpting stage-ready sounds. The oscillator algorithms also include numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms for creating highly personal sounds.

There is a great filter section with awesome filter types ranging from analog monophonic synths that were used in the ’70s, new wave music of the ’80s and filters of Korg’s classic MS-20 analog synth.

You get 200 preset programs which have anything from classic sounds to new inspiring sounds for today’s creations. An assortment of live performance staple sounds includes PCM-based piano, electric piano, organ, and clavinet. You can store your own creations in 100 user locations.

There are six effect types: PRE FX such as distortion and amp simulator; MOD FX, including phaser, chorus, and tremolo; and REV/DELAY such as hall reverb and modulation delay. A full-analog vacuum tube driver circuit is also included as a mastering effect. It can be used to add warm fullness, a powerful overdrive, or anything in between. In addition, a built-in, full-featured vocoder uses audio from the onboard mic input to create a talking effect.

It is a five octave keyboard with velocity-sensitive keys, with adjustable response (Normal, Shallow, or Deep) to mimic that of classic instruments. Below the dedicated octave shift buttons, a backlit X/Y joystick is ready to control important live performance tweaks.

A CV/GATE OUT jack enables players to use an analog signal to control a KORG monotribe or MS-20. A dedicated cable is included to use the keyboard of King Korg to play the monotribe. It will be available in the US next month costing $1299. I have only seen one UK price so far of £949.

Specifications

System = XMT (eXpanded Modeling Technology)
Program = Number of programs = 300 (Preset: 200)
Number of categories = 8
Number of timbers = Up to 2 Timbres (Layered or Split)
Maximum voice polyphony = Up 24 voices

Oscillator Structure = 3 Oscillators (Analog, Noise, DWGS, PCM, MIC IN)
Number of Types = 127 types (Analog & Noise: 32 + DWGS: 64 + PCM: 30 + MIC IN)
Filter Structure = 1 filter per timbre (LPF, HPF, BPF)
Number of Filter Types = 18 types (LPF: 7 + HPF: 5 + BPF: 6), including modeling filters
Modulation = EG: 2 units, LPF: 2 units, AMP
Virtual Patch = 6 Virtual Patches per timbre

Effect Sections = Program effects x 3 (PRE FX, MOD FX, REV/DELAY) + EQ (2 Band) + TUBE (Stereo)
Types = PRE FX: 6 types (DISTORTION, DECIMATOR, RING MOD, GT AMP, EP AMP, TONE), MOD FX: 6 types (FLANGER, CHORUS, U-VIBE, TREMOLO, PHASER, ROTARY), REV/DELAY: 6 types (HALL, ROOM, PLATE, TAPE ECHO, MOD DELAY, BPM DELAY)

Vocoder = 16-Band Vocoder with Formant Shift and Formant Hold
Arpeggiator = Up to 8 steps (The number of steps can be changed) 6 types (UP, DOWN, ALT1, ALT2, RANDOM, TRIGGER)
Audio Input = Mic In, Connection:XLR-3-31 Type (Balanced),Input Impedance: 6.8 kO,Maximum level: -12 dBu
Output= Audio Output Connections: 6.3 mm, TS phone jack (Unbalanced) “L/MONO, R”, Load Impedance: More than 10 kO, Maximum level: -12 dBu
Headphone Connection = 3.5 mm, Stereo min phone jack, Maximum level: 60 mW + 60 mW @33O

Display -Main Display = 16 characters x 2 lines / OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
Sub Displays for Oscillator and Filter Sections = 128 x 64 dots / OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode)
Keyboard = 61 notes (Semi-Weighted Keyboard), Velocity-sensitive Adjustable Key Response (NORMAL, SHALLOW, DEEP)
Control Controller = Joystick, Octave Up/Down button, Category/Favorite button
Control input = DAMPER pedal (Supports Half Dampering) SWITCH/PEDAL
Control Output = CV/GATE Out

Terminals = MIDI In, MIDI Out, USB Type B
Power = AC Adapter
Dimensions (W x D x H) = 40.43 x 12.32 x 3.78 inches / 1,027 × 313 × 96 mm
Weight = 15.43 lbs. / 7.0 kg
Power Consumption = 10 W

Temperature Requirements = 0 – 40°C (avoid condensation)
Included Accessories = AC Adapter, Owner’s Manual, Cable for CV/GATE (For KORG monotribe only)
Optional Accessories = XVP-10 Expression/Volume pedal, EXP-2 Foot Controller, DS-1H Damper Pedal, PS-1 or PS-3 Pedal Switch

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