Korg un­veil Pro­logue polysynth

New flag­ship poly builds on the Mini­logue de­sign with dig­i­tal os­cil­la­tors, DSP ef­fects and more voices

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Given the roar­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Korg’s four-voice ana­logue Mini­logue, it’s lit­tle sur­prise that the Ja­panese synth ti­tans are keen to grow the ‘logue’ brand. We’ve al­ready seen one ad­di­tion to the range with 2016’s Mono­logue, a smaller, mono­phonic ver­sion which was well re­ceived but faced tougher com­pe­ti­tion in the crowded monosynth mar­ket.

Now we have a new mem­ber of the fam­ily pitched at the other end of the spec­trum. The Pro­logue is a full­sized, flag­ship polysynth avail­able in 8-voice/49-key and 16-voice/61-key va­ri­eties. It ef­fec­tively keeps the same ba­sic struc­ture of the Mini­logue, but ex­pands upon it with a num­ber of in­ter­est­ing, pro-level fea­tures.

The most in­ter­est­ing of th­ese is the new multi-mode dig­i­tal os­cil­la­tor, which joins the two ana­logue os­cil­la­tors of the Mini­logue to cre­ate a flex­i­ble, hy­brid synth en­gine. There’s a new dig­i­tal ef­fects sec­tion with re­verb and de­lay along with a mul­ti­func­tional mod­u­la­tion ef­fect.

The Pro­logue is bi-tim­bral, and also fea­tures a va­ri­ety of voice modes, for cre­at­ing mono, poly, uni­son and stacked chord patches. It packs an on­board arpeg­gia­tor too.

In­ter­est­ingly, for those who re­ally want to per­son­alise their Pro­logue ex­pe­ri­ence, there’s an open API that en­ables you to cus­tomise and ex­tend the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the multi-en­gine and dig­i­tal ef­fects. Korg are mak­ing a SDK avail­able to help de­vel­op­ers cre­ate pro­grams for the synth too. Us­ing the ded­i­cated li­brar­ian soft­ware, you’ll be able to cre­ate your own os­cil­la­tors and ef­fect pro­grams and load them into the Pro­logue. You’ll also be able to share your pro­grams and code with other users. The li­brar­ian will also al­low users to or­gan­ise and save patches for the synth.

Korg are promis­ing a high level of ex­pres­siv­ity when play­ing the Pro­logue; it fea­tures the same ‘nat­u­ral touch’ key­board as you’ll find on the com­pany’s work­sta­tions. It also gets proper pitch and mod wheels – in­stead of the level de­sign used on the Mini­logue – which are place above the key­board. The mod wheel can be as­signed to a va­ri­ety of patch pa­ram­e­ters for per­for­mance, in­clud­ing fil­ter con­trol, LFO speed and os­cil­la­tor blend.

Other than the ex­tra keys and in­creased voice count, the two ver­sions are pretty much iden­ti­cal. The only fea­ture ex­clu­sive to the 16-voice ver­sion is a mas­ter compressor/booster ef­fect com­plete with a smart VU me­ter. The Pro­logue 16 and Pro­logue 8 are sched­uled to ship in March/April 2018 priced at £1739 and £1299 re­spec­tively.

We get hands-on with the Pro­logue over the page…

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