Unfortunately, We didn’t make it out to NAMM 2013 this year, but we are definitely looking forward to attending next year. Judging by the pictures I’ve seen of the products Korg is releasing I can’t wait to get the King Korg and the MS-20 mini in office to review. Check out snippets of press releases below:
Korg Unleashes 2013 NAMM Products:
King Korg & MS-20 mini
WINTER NAMM, Anaheim, Calif. January 24th, 2013 – Korg USA is pleased to announce its two latest products, which are being unveiled at Winter NAMM 2013. Both creations from the line-up have been equipped to deliver top-notch music creation solutions for both professionals and novices.
Focused on live performance, the King Korg analog modeling synth features Korg’s new XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) engine, with many types of oscillators and filters that can accurately model sought-after vintage analog synths. With its controls laid out in easily identifiable sections, King Korg delivers the unique characteristics of a dedicated synthesizer, while remaining approachable to players who are new to synthesizers. It not only shines on stage with high quality sound, but also with a champagne gold finish befitting its royal name.
A 3-oscillator, 2-timbre design allows players to generate thick and rich sounds. In addition to essential waveform choices such as sawtooth, square, sine, triangle, and noise, King Korg provides pre-set algorithms that contain various combinations of oscillator numbers and types, for easily and quickly sculpting stage-ready sounds. The oscillator algorithms also include numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms for creating highly personal sounds.
Korg’s MS-20 monophonic synthesizer, first introduced in 1978, is still coveted to this day for its thick, robust sound, powerful, iconic analog filter, and versatile patching options. It has now been reborn in hardware, as the new MS-20 mini. The same engineers who developed the original MS-20 have perfectly reproduced it in a body that’s been shrunk to 86% of the original size, yet retains the distinctive look of the original.
The MS-20 Mini offers the same distinctive synthesis that made the original MS-20 popular: two oscillators with ring modulation, and envelope generators with delay and hold. The VCA (Voltage Controlled Amp) maintains the original basic design, but it’s been modified to produce less noise. Particular attention has also been paid to delivering smooth parameter adjustments, which are a distinctive feature of analog synthesizers. Special care was also taken to completely reproduce the original specifications of the MS-20, to deliver the same powerful sound, from deep, growling basses to crisp, rounded leads.
For more information check out the Korg Website or check back soon when I do my full hands on review!