Open Mic: What Should Korg Build Next?

Korg is looking for input from its Facebook fans:

Skys the limit: If you could add any feature to any Korg product, what would it be and why?

Great question….and they’ve already received some interesting feedback, ranging from MIDI on the Monotribe to re-releasing the MS-20.

It’s great to see that Korg is looking for input from its customers & potential customers. With that in mind – what would you like to see Korg build next? Would you rather see them tweak one of their existing products, bring back a classic or come up with something new?

99 thoughts on “Open Mic: What Should Korg Build Next?

  1. A true high-end Oasys-like instrument, with real analog components for MS-20/Polysix synthesis. These computer machines we see in Kronoshit doesn’t work for me at all.

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  2. 1. MS-20 in rack format… maybe a 2 or 4 space rack kinda like the Moog Voyager rack…with included cv inputs and outputs or outbox/rack. And maybe an updated MIDI/USB protocol to daisy chain multiple MS-20s for endless amounts of oscillators and audio processing capabilities. Or maybe the PS3100 oscillator and filters in a rack or modular format with MIDI/USB and cv to gradually build up a system.

    2. Frankenstein 4 KP3 and padKontrol in a see through case.

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  3. I think it would be awsome to see a hardware clip launcher with an internal multitembral synth and drum machine based off analog synths of Korg’s past. Im kinda weird and like to step away from my computer for writing music but I love ableton…. So a hardware equivalent would make my day. :3

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      1. The Electribe has a more powerful sequencer than the Monotribe and has at least two synth parts.

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  4. A new drum machine would be cool, even if it’s something like Maschine and MPC Ren. The more the merrier. A better version of the Trigger Finger or Kontrol 49.

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    1. Better version of the Trigger Finger? That wasn’t even a korg product. Screw usb midi controllers. Build a modern up to date beefed up Electribe with 1 narly analog synth, and 4 or 5 digital synth instances to back it up. Lots of modern FX (Kaoss type) and processing. And put it in a sturdy steel case like the EMX-1.

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    1. itsashowtime / Funny and contrarian reeivw here. Honest question though, what do you think of the ESX-1 SD itself as just a sampler? I’m looking to buy a sampler that can allow me to quickly prototype beats/tracks in live situations (i.e. as opposed to those truly superior studio-based AKAI MPC’s). Alot of your gripes about the sound seem directed more towards the EMX-1 SD, which is an actual synthesizer, and the disposable patterns that come with the ESX-1 SD; I’m going to be sampling from the real world anyways. It’s between this and a KP3, but I feel the KP3 is more for someone who already owns a sampler. I’m keen on knowing your opinions. Thanks in advance.

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  5. A new Electribe with poly synth engine, sampling, kaoss style controller for recording parts or automation and WIST so it syncs with iPad. An iPad app to fine tune synth patches on this dream box or something would also be wicked.

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    1. Sweetness! Just read this note.Is yours a newer model? My Korg is outdated i think, but still a good one.Arpeggiators are fun, as are sliedr bars, does yours have multi track recording?Gimme the juicy details man!God bless,j.smith

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  6. A polytron. Ideally under $500, for 2 reasons:
    1. It wouldn’t have to compete with DSI instruments.
    2. More affordable for the masses
    obviously the low price point would mean significant cutbacks but that’s the point, if we want excellent poly-analog-synths will go vintage, polychain synths, or get a DSI. This would be for entry level musicians, voices of analog goodness, and a fair amount of routing.

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  7. I love the MicroMono idea – maybe an idea would be an optional patch bay extension using mini jacks.

    Also, iPad gets iMS20 – give iPhone users the iMS10! The DS10 was awesome but with the midi capabilities of the iPhone it would be properly useful (even if you need to use a stylus)

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  8. I’d like to see a microkorg size keyboard which is basically a monotribe and all three monotrons combined. Decent inputs/outputs.

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  9. A great build like a rock and rugged solid and reliable stage keyboard with the kronos EP engine.
    BUT i said RELIABLE please!

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  10. I think if you look at all the classic Korg gear (or any classic gear), the common thread is this: simple machines that create powerful results. And, not state of the art ephemeral technologies! No offence, but we’re not going to look back in 20-30 years and remember a Korg iPad dock, iPhone MS10 app, some dubstep-oriented drum machine/synth, or anything that is too overtly in the moment. I just hope Korg doesn’t follow what’s currently hot for a buck. Even the monotron is a step in the right direction, but I feel that it’s just treated as a fun toy to put on your desk. I own a PolySix and a rev1 MS20 and I am constantly coming back to the MS20 for the raw, gritty, and amazing sound it creates. I have delays and reverb. We have plug-ins. Create a simple machine that gives us big and memorable results that are useful to the everyday musician. Korg, please don’t create a new product that in 20 years will look like what the Zack Morris bulky cell phone looks like to us now. I think we will eventually laugh off overly feature-laden products if they only address the consumer at the time. Give us products we can grow up with! My parents bought us a Juno 106 in 1989 to practice piano on. Even though it was bought for an entirely different purpose, that is one instrument that has grown with me up until this day.

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  11. What about that Aussie invention, where not only do have touch and after touch on the keyboard. But you are able to push the keys in a 3 dimensional way, to achieve some fantastic bens (no need for a joystick) , but also because the keyboard moves as it does, it accentuates better realistic sounds, because the keyboard accentuates the feel of the player, and the nuance of the sounds. Very cool, and is definitely the future of at least the keyboard. I have lost the link, but it shouldn’t,t be too hard to find it

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  12. – An digitally-controlled analog modular mono/poly-synth which can be expanded by Monotribe-Sized modules(inc. osc, filter, arp, efx ect).
    – It would include all modern day features like an OS that can detect the modules installed and patching would be done via an ipad/computer editor(the hardware patching would similar to SSL’s Patch Rack).
    – It would have 2 keyboard options: either a keyboard with an assignable ribbon controller or a hakken-continuum/buchla synth style controller.
    – The keyboard will come with an inclinable empty frame (moog voyager) where modules would be fitted with a slip and lock system.
    – korg could create different ‘bundles’ depending on the budget and even develop a VST/ AU/ AAX or Reason Rack Extension Editor for it!
    – Korg could provide Rackable frames for bigger setups.
    – It would have a sound that would make many, many, many of us do in our pants on hearing just one note coming from it!

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  13. Yamaha cs80 was the last great synth not because of its synth engine but because of its polyphonic after touch keyboard and long pitch ribbon.

    Yamaha EX5 did a lot of what the kronos does today but with limited cpu power..

    korg make fantastic synths but please get back to people who can actually play and not just press buttons to trigger sounds.

    its great to see korg going back to analog synths.

    No other synth like my old ARP 2600 (with I sold to underworld) can move air and brake speakers like that machine.

    Come on Korg do something Yamaha had but lost,make a great playable synthesisers and let our fingers do the talking again.


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  14. I own the Korg Electribe MX-1 SD and the full Korg Kaossilator series. I wish Korg to release a new ” Ultra-tribe” or something called like that. It should have:
    -25 Drumparts, 15 Synthparts
    -real drum trigger pads
    -a lot of FX for the parts
    -easy songmaking functions
    – A inbuilt Kaossilator/Kaosspad for playing the parts and doing some effects on the fly
    -Sample-function, and some buttons to fire Oneshots
    -A colorful bigger screen in the middle on a 45° angle
    -endless and more precious knobs, enough of them like on the access virus TI2 desktop.
    -a 25-key or button(could be on the trigger pads) keyboard, polyphonic
    -should be the size of the mc 505 or bigger, weight is not relevant
    -enough inputs,outputs, midi, maybe cv, sd card, usb, maybe battery powered too

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  15. A cheap analog drum-machine in the spirit of the monotron series. For making fast retro beats to jam along with.

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  16. The Korg Synth 700 would be really nice for a reissue

    Come on Korg I know you can do analog right!

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  17. I would love to see the korg prophecy, the electribe series and of coarse the legacy analog series as RE rack extensions. Followed up by a kp-4, which combines the features of the quad and the kp-3. Wouldn’t mind seeing a nano-xl USB controler with cv connections…and finally what everybody wants a revamp of the ms-series in some form. I figure if arturia can make a sh-101 on steroids for cheap, then korg can really go all out on a analog mono synth with all those lovely features of the past, and new features that will make it shine. With the success of their monotribe/ monotron series, it’s only logical for them to continue down that road…which you might say is that the waters been tested and it’s time for them to jump all the way in. Korgs been able to dominate the 500.00 below market for so long, but new bloods coming up strong, it’s time for korg to step up the game again and show everyone why korg really is the last of the great synth manufactures.

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  18. I love the analog Lego-style modular idea! This is something I’ve been wanting to see for some time…small modules and then maybe three large modules (for sequencer, efxs

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  19. 1. A patchable analog synth, inspired by the MS-20 or MS-30.

    2. Korg Kaoss 4 (presuming the “quadra” wasn’t intended as #4). It could have user assignable effect for the X and Y. Wouldn’t a D-beam be cool, to give a Z-axis? And an open architecture and SDK would be cutting edge, for 3rd party effect programming.

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  20. All-analog VCO polysynth with knobs and sliders, capable of classic analog as well as futuristic sounds. Will buy.

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