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Korg drop some NAMM 2019 knowledge on us…
You can tell that NAMM 2019 is drawing ever closer as more and more manufacturers drop new releases, and we’re very excited by this trio from Korg.
Let’s get straight to it!
Minilogue XD Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer
Korg’s next-gen Minilogue XD Polyphonic Analogue Synth is perfectly placed to meet the demands of tomorrow’s artists and sound designers. Boasting an impressive pedigree from a company who know a thing or two when it comes to synths, there’s four-voice polyphonic analogue synthesis at your fingertips.
Picking up where the ground-breaking Minilogue left off, the xD features all-analogue circuitry for pure sound that is the stuff of dreams. Add to that the ability to produce up to 4 voices of polyphony and the power the sculpt and shape your sound with precision detail, everything is at your disposal from fat bass to crisp and articulate leads.
Built-in effects traverse a wide range of variations with plenty of internal power to run them simultaneously. There are 16 user oscillator slot and 16 user effect slots that you can customize at will. Korg’s SDK (Software Development Kit) allows you to create your own programs so that your Minilogue xD is as unique as you are.
A liberating 16-step sequencer supports real-time recording and step recording for creating and layering patterns on the fly. The layout of controls is as intuitive as we’d expect from Korg, ensuring that everyone from newcomer to seasoned pro can hit the ground running. Everything feels responsive and smooth for imperious tactile control, whilst the organic EL display offers readily accessible visual feedback when making parameter adjustments.
Across the rear you’ll find a generous selection of connectivity options to that allows the Korg Minilogue xD to integrate into any setup with ease.
Volca Modular Micro Modular Synthesizer
Taking their Volca series to the next level, this semi-modular analogue synth is a gig bag-friendly slice of awesomeness. It’s cheeky and we love it. It’s Korg’s Volca Modular Micro Modular Synthesizer.
Packed inside its diminuitive enclosure there are eight modules with a whopping 50 patch points. For the uninitiated the Volca Modular offers a tantalising first-step into the world of modular synthesis, whilst those who are already versed in the ways will revel in its portable yet powerful abilities.
With regard to this overview there are too many specs to lay out completely (plus we want to do it justice with a comprehensive review – a worthy excuse for us to get our hands on one), so instead we’ll go with bite-sized chunks.
As noted already there are eight unique modules to choose from with 50 patch points, which opens up an astonishing universe of sonic exploration to be explored. There’s a 16-step sequencer with the ability to automate parameters; the 16 buttons can be used to perform step input or as a keyboard in real-time recording. Don’t be fooled by its size either as the pattern chaining function allows you to play back multiple sequence patterns successively – up to 256 steps to be exact! The randomize function allows for those happy accidents to happen when those creative juices aren’t flowing as freely.
As you’d expect from a Korg unit, the Volca Modular Synth responds diligently to your commands. Its compact size, battery operation and built-in speaker allow it to be taken anywhere and everywhere you go for inspiration on the move. When you’re back in the studio it is host to a range of connectivity options that allow it to slot into any setup beautifully.
Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer
Last but by no means least we bring to you the Korg Volca Drum Digital Percussion Synthesizer. Portable, playable, and ludicrously powerful, this is a rhythm generator of epic proportions (but tiny dimensions).
Based around a simple trigger waveform, a combination of wave folder and overdrive add overtones and distortion whilst a waveguide resonator effect seals the deal. Boasting a 6-part DSP synth engine, the Volca Drum doesn’t follow the pack, rather it does its own thing. It is more than just a drum machine and capable of doubling-up as a powerful synth that can generate an astonishing range of sounds.
As with the Volca Modular there’s a built-in 16-step sequencer with responsive buttons for spot on tactile control. It can also support playback up to a whopping 256 steps (madness). The Active Step function allows you to create intricate polyrhythms by utilising different settings across short loops and irregular rhythms for liberating dynamic control.
Again, it appears that Korg has thrown everything and the kitchen sink at the Volca Drum and we can’t wait to get our hands on one!
As you can see for yourself, 2019 is going to be a big, BIG year!
We say, BRING IT ON!
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Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.