Jan 24

No it is not Kylie Minilogue it is another little GEM from Namm 2016 from Korg – the new Korg Minilogue Analog Poly. The information on this synth was leaked before the Namm show. It’s an all-new 37-key, 4-voice true analog polyphonic synthesizer with onboard delay and 16 step poly sequencer.

Korg believes that the Minilogue is the first of its kind in design, virtue and affordability. They say that newly developed analog synth circuitry provides a rich, diverse sound palette, instantly recalled from its 100 factory presets plus 100 user programs.

Specifications:

Keyboard: 37 keys (slim keyboard, velocity sensitive)
Maximum Polyphony: 4 voices (8 voice modes inc unison layering)
Controls: 41 dedicated panel controls deliver immediate parameter access
Sequencer: 16 step polyphonic sequencer with automation of up to four synth parameters
Connectivity: MIDI IN / OUT, USB B, Sync IN / OUT allows you to jam with volca and electribe series
Sound Generation: 2 VCO (saw / tri / sqr), 1 VCF (2 / 4pole), 2 EG, 1 VCA, 1 LFO, DELAY
Input / Output Jacks: Headphone Output, Line Output, Audio Input
Oscilloscope: Real-time OLED oscilloscope provides visual feedback of parameter changes

Display
Real-time OLED oscilloscope provides visual feedback of parameter changes

Dimensions (W x D x H)
500 x 300 x 85 mm / 19.69″ x 11.81″ x 3.35″

Weight
2.8 kg / 6.17 lbs.

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Jan 15

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Hi,

I am very sorry but 2016 has started badly with my website out of action. I am very pleased to announce that it is now back up and running again and I appologise for any inconvenience this has caused you.

It may well be half way through the month but we are getting very close to The 2016 Winter NAMM trade show in Anaheim, California which begins next friday . Already the excitement has started with the anouncement of a new synth from Korg called the Minilogue, a 37 slim-key fully programmable analog polyphonic synthesizer costing £435.

Also, there are the rumors of a new synth from Yamaha called the Montage. Speculation as to whether or not this will become the successor to the Motif is being discussed in Yamaha forums.

We may also see a new Roland sampler added to the product line-up, possibly as part of the AIRA series.

It seems that all the main companies have been recently bringing out products regressing back to yesteryear recreating sounds from the 70’s and 80’s. Personally I wish one of these companies would build a synth for 2016 that would produce sounds like Spectrasonics Omnisphere which are right up-to-date but not rely on a computer to store all of its sounds and have problems of latency. The Korg Kronos is probably the best at this at present but it is still heavily loaded with presets that look to recreate real instruments. Whilst this is good to have, it would be nice to have a synth that recreates solely the software synths sounds that we have today.

Anyway, let’s see what Namm brings us next week.

Jan 23

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Yes, we are bang in the middle of it -the National Association of Music Merchants (Namm) show 2015 from Anaheim, California on 22-25 January 2015. We have already looked at Nord Electro Series 5. Cakewalk Sonar Platinum and Casio XW-PD1 Trackformer.

Press the more option to see my favourite products amongst many being announced this week:-
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Dec 31

It is New Year – why not start the year with some new sounds for your favourite synth or drums? We have the following Soundset Patches:-

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Roland Gaia Dance XS
Roland Gaia Extravaganza
Roland Gaia Clubland

Access Virus Euphoria
Access Virus Creative Distortion
Access Virus Fortune and Glory

Novation Ultranova Technova
Novation Mininova Elektrova

M-Audio Venom Snakedance
Korg SV-1 Cause and Effect
Kurzweil PC3 – Free Sounds

Native Instruments Maschine Expansion – The Filta Revolution
TD-30 V-Drum Expansion Kits – Electro Mayhem

 

Just click on the Synth Patches or Drums in the Menu Bar at the top.

Nov 5

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Controller keyboards continue to improve with more and more functionality and Korg are a company that do not stand still in this respect and who have just discontinued their Kontrol range of Midi keyboard controllers to provide the new
Korg Triton Taktile keyboard controller.

The Triton Taktile has even more real-time controls and functions but has an added bonus with the inclusion of 512 sounds from the well known and loved Triton range of synthesizers.

At only £319 for the Triton Taktile 49 and £239 or the Triton Taktile 25, it has a great spec and fairly good build quality for the price. It has sufficient lights for stage use or badly lit studios. All of its buttons and pads are made of rubber which are translucent. It has a nice playing feel but sadly like many keyboards today it has no aftertouch.

The pitch-bend and modulation wheel which is assignable are not in my favourite position and are positioned in the upper left-hand corner above the keys. It has eight sliders and the buttons below the sliders allow you to assign a Midi Control of your choice. Above the sliders are eight knobs and when the Korg Triton Taktile is in sound mode, these knobs become controls for Filter, Envelope and effects. Unfortunately there is no way that edited sounds can be saved.

Furthermore in the centre there is a mini Kaoss Pad which can be assigned either to trigger notes, chords from a particular scale or software parameters and a ribbon controller which also gives you a range of assignable options. On the right-hand side of the control panel are 16 pads that are assignable, velocity-sensitive and backlit – great for your drum sounds whic is also very useful for the on-board arppegiator which has six modes.

The Korg Triton Taktile is everything you could want from a Midi controller keyboard and at this price anf fuctionality, it is going to be hard to beat and The taktile series is now compatible with iPad.

Dimensions 750 x 290 x 83 mm, Number of Keys 49, Weight 3.8kg.
Dimensions 531 x 290 x 72 mm, Number of Keys 25, Weight 2.5kg.

Oct 31

I love these You Tube clips that Brett Domino does. As well as being very funny, you have to agree that they are recorded extremely well. I wonder who does the mastering?
This one from Brett is specific to Halloween and how you can make a hit ready for the 31st October.

Brett demonstrates his abilities on Korg’s new RK100S Keytar Synthesizer. Have a watch and listen – great fun

Jan 26

Korg Gadget Synth Studio for the iPad – Namm 2014

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I think my iPad is screaming out for some of this totally portable fun with Korg Gadgets. Korg state that Gadget offers a collection of 15 different synthesizers and drum machines called “Gadgets”, which can be freely combined to create powerful electronic music.

If you are worried that this is going to be too complicated for you and you are not a musician but want to join in with the fun, then you have no worries as each synth offers a keyboard featuring a Scale function that makes it impossible to play wrong notes, combined with a sequencer that supports the function.

The app has been carefully constructed to provide immediate access to the most useful sounds, and is ideal for producing all forms of electronic music on the go with your iPad anywhere.

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Jan 26

Korg Triton Taktile keyboards – Namm 2014

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The Korg Triton Taktile controller keyboards come in two sizes a 25 note or 49 note high quality semi-weighted keybeds. Not only are they powerful controller keyboards with loads of great features they have an awesome Korg XY pad for you to control parameters on the fly and come loaded with 512 Triton sounds, which have been “specially tuned” for the unit. The Triton taktiles can also connect to a computer via USB and function as an external sound module.

Prices are $299/$349 for the 25-note/49-note taktile controllers and $349/$499 for the 25-note/49-note Triton taktile keyboards available in July 2014.

Jan 24

Korg KEYTAR RK-100S – Namm 2014

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You may just remember the original RK-100 from 1984 and nearly thirty years later, the RK has been resurrected by Korg. However, they have significantly improved the look with beautiful curved wooden surfaces in three colours (red, black and white) and made it less heavy with a 37 note slim keyboard. It also has a built-in analog modeling sound generator.

With two ribbon controllers, an arpeggiator, and a vocoder, and favorite” buttons this looks great fun. The long ribbon controller can be used instead of the keyboard to play a freely specified range of pitches and scales, and can also be used to control the pitch or filter in dramatic ways. The RK-100S will ship in June priced at £695.

Carry on reading to see the Youtube clip

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Apr 19

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