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NAMM 2018: Korg Prologue - the New Flagship Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Korg Prologue - the New Flagship Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer
Korg Prologue - the New Flagship Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer

Korg has launched its brand-new flagship polyphonic analogue synthesizer, the Korg Prologue Analog Synthesizer. These new models build on the success of the Korg Monologue and the Korg Minilogue synthesizers, and now provide users with up to 16 voices of polyphonic analogue synthesis, with multi-timbre and multi-engine functionality.

The new Prologues are equipped with full-sized high-quality, Japanese-made, natural touch keyboards; providing the same superb touch and feel as on KORG’s high-end workstations. The Prologue can be fully programmed with 500 rapid-access banks, making them ideal for live performance.

The new Prologue line-up has two new models that can cover home, studio and touring uses. There is the flagship  16-Voice Korg Prologue Analog Synthesizer with 61 keys and the 8-voice Korg Prologue with 49 keys. They are packaged in a classy wood/aluminium chassis and aim to take you beyond what you thought was possible with an analogue synthesizer.

The new models have an amazing 11,000 discrete electronic components and feature a pure signal path with impeccable sound quality. They have a structure of 2VCO MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. The Prologue also includes wave shaping, a two-pole low-pass filter, drive, and a low-cut switch. This allows you to create every sonic possibility from the previous Monologue/Minilogue synths, including fat basses, powerful leads, and beautiful pads.

The newly developed multi-engine, equipped with 3 different sound engines, can also add digital waveforms and FM. This greatly expands the sonic potential of the Prologue range. Other features include 4 types of noise generator, VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) / FM oscillation, with 16 types of oscillator for sharp/metallic overtones, and a user-made oscillation option (up to 16).

The Prologue synths feature the same analogue circuits as their predecessors and add a newly developed multi-engine and DSP effects to greatly enhance the user-experience and expand the potential for customisation.

The Prologue has digital effects created with a 24-bit floating-point processor, including modulation and delay/reverb sounds. An analogue compressor/booster effect with a VU meter (on the Prologue-16 only) adds a master levelling effect with a true analogue feel to provide a 'thickening' of your tone that will be ideal in loud stage situations.

The Prologue also has independent bi-timbral functionality with up to 2 independent programs running simultaneously. The synth operates in different voice modes that manipulate the 8/16 voices in different ways, including POLY, MONO, UNISON, and CHORD for 1-finger chords.

An additional arpeggiator adds a four-octave arpeggio range and six types of arpeggiation for another world of experimentation. The sounds can be stored in 500 programs, with a rapid-access Program Sort, so you'll always have access to your favourite patches in case you can't discover them again – easily done with so much control scope and experimentation. This function makes the Prologue perfect for live performance, letting you craft your sounds at home and take them on the road.

The new Prologue synthesizers are an all-encompassing solution that will provide an endless world of sonic experimentation and discovery. It is refreshing to have a new instrument that you may never truly master, but one in which you will find all the sounds you need -  and many you didn't know you needed until you found them.

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See a full demo of the features on our product video below.

Find more information about the new Prologue synths:

 Korg Prologue Analog Synthesizer, 8 Voice

Korg Prologue Analog Synthesizer, 16 Voice.

See Korg's previous analogue synthesizers:

Korg Monologue

Korg Minilogue

and the full range of Korg Synthesizers

NAMM is back for 2019! For all the latest product news please head over to NAMM 2019.

By Matt Wilkinson

Posted on 18 Jan 2018 06:10 to category : Instruments News

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