At the 2013 NAMM Show today, Korg officially introduced the new King KORG synthesizer. King Korg is an analog modeling synthesizer, that Korg says is ‘based on the design philosophy of classic Korg analog synthesizers’.
While a virtual synth, the King Korg offers many analog features, including a knob-heavy design, vacuum tube drive circuitry and control voltage + gate outputs.
Here are the details:
- A full-fledged, 61-key analog modeling synthesizer designed for live performance
- Oscillators that are ‘understandable to the beginner, yet satisfying for the expert’
- Modeling filters that reproduce the sound of classic instruments
- Three master effect sections (each with six effect types) add the finishing touch to your sound
- Vacuum tube driver circuit adds rich overtones and powerful distortion
- New panel layout designed for intuitive operation
- CV/GATE OUT jack lets you control a Korg monotribe or MS-20
- Support for librarian software that lets you manage programs
- Newly designed panel layout – the newly designed panel is organized into blocks that let you focus on the controls you need while editing. While reflecting the concept of an analog synthesizer’s signal flow, KingKORG’s front panel takes full advantage of today’s technology. For example, the oscillator section has its own dedicated display that shows the name of the currently selected algorithm. You can turn the dial located beside this display to see descriptive names, and push the dial to jump to the beginning of categories such as ANALOG or DWGS. The control knobs are assigned to the most effective and important parameters for each oscillator, letting you enjoy the unique feature of an analog synthesizer — turning the knobs to transform the sound. There are also dedicated dials for each of the three master effects, making it easy to try out different effects and hear how they modify the sound. Since a self-luminous organic EL display is used, visibility is excellent even on a dimly lit stage.
- 61 dynamic, full-size keys, plus Korg’s X/Y Joystick – KingKORG features five octaves of velocity-sensitive keys, whose response can be adjusted (Normal, Shallow, or Deep) to mimic that of classic instruments. Below the dedicated octave shift buttons, you’ll find a backlit X/Y joystick.
- Favorites function for convenience in live performance -The Favorites function lets you recall frequently-used programs at a single touch. You can assign a total of 40 programs to the eight category favorite buttons for easy recall.
- 200 built-in preset programs – KingKORG provides a diverse selection of 200 stage-ready preset programs organized into eight categories such as Synth, Lead, and Bass. There’s also selection of the staple sounds you need for live performance, including numerous PCM sounds for piano, electric piano, organ, and clavinet. There’s also a user area for you to store 100 of your own sounds.
- CV/GATE OUT jack lets you control the monotribe or MS-20 – The CV/GATE OUT jack lets you use an analog signal to control a KORG monotribe or MS-20. A dedicated cable for the monotribe is included, allowing you to use the keyboard of KingKORG to play the monotribe.
- Support for librarian software that lets you manage programs – You can manage programs on your computer simply by connecting KingKORG to your computer via a USB cable and using the librarian software. The librarian software can be downloaded at no charge from the Korg website or from the website of your local Korg distributor.
It’s expected to be available in Spring 2013 for $1299 street price.