When it comes to traditional subtractive analog synthesis with modern sophistication, the Korg minilogue analog polyphonic synthesizer delivers. It starts with a pair of highly shapable VCOs, which you can shape with a switchable 2-/4-pole lowpass filter, and there's plenty of modulation to go around. At the same time, you can store up to 200 settings, and there are 100 killer presets onboard to fuel your creativity. There's also a built-in tape-style delay effect and an OLED oscilloscope display — something we've never seen on a hardware synth. And that's just the beginning. Between the minilogue's Voice Modes and the onboard 16-step sequencer, you'll be amazed by the sounds you can come up with.
It's tempting to look at a synth like the minilogue and assume that there must be a catch. How could an affordable polyphonic synth like this be truly analog? The answer lies with Korg's ingenuity. To make the minilogue, they had to completely redesign their analog synthesis technology, building a new platform component by component from the ground up. Ultimately, the minilogue features 2 VCOs, 1 VCF, 2 EGs, 1 VCA, and 1 LFO, all completely in the analog realm. You also get cross modulation, oscillator sync, and killer effects including a ring modulator, delay, and a highpass filter, plus an oscilloscope that lets you visualize the results. It's a veritable synthesis playground, and you'll never run out of ways to put it all together.
Before you dive into its Voice Modes or sequencing capabilities, you'll already be impressed by the minilogue's sound-shaping capabilities. For starters, both VCOs include a Shape control, which allows you to dial harmonic content into the three selectable waveforms. Cross modulation, oscillator sync, and ring modulation settings provide further sound-shaping possibilities as well. A sophisticated lowpass VCF section offers 2-pole and 4-pole modes and more than enough resonance, while an envelope generator and an LFO add time-based dynamics to a wide range of parameters. Finally, there's a tape-style delay onboard, which lets you pull off many classic wet and saturated synth sounds.
The fact that the Korg minilogue features four voices is pretty cool to begin with, but what makes this compact analog polysynth so much fun is the way it lets you put those voices to use. Choose from eight distinct voice modes to create fun and unique effects that will thrill even the most seasoned synth pro. Here are the details:
The additional step sequencer is a feature that makes the minilogue one of the most fun keyboards Music Experience synth nuts have gotten their hands on. For one thing, there's virtually no learning curve, so you can dive right in and start creating cool rhythms and patterns from day one. There are two ways to use the sequencer: you can record in real time, or you can program your performance via steps. Real-time recording lets you overdub, allowing you to automate many parameters to create intensely complex patterns. Step recording is perfect for creating phrases and rhythms. What's more, you can easily combine this onboard sequencer with other MIDI and sync-equipped gear such as Volca series modules.
|Sound Engine Type(s)||Analog|
|Number of Keys||37|
|Type of Keys||Slim-key, velocity sensitive|
|Number of Presets||100 presets, 100 user|
|Audio Inputs||1 x 1/4" (audio in), 1 x 1/8" (sync in)|
|Audio Outputs||1 x 1/4" TRS (audio out), 1 x 1/8" (sync out)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4"|
|USB||1 x Type USB B|
|Power Supply||9V DC power supply included|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MINILOGUE|