Korg Minilogue Sound Design

This video, via Chris Stack of ExperimentalSynth, captures his sound explorations with the new Korg Minilogue.

Stack describes the video as “A quick look at a small part of the sonic possibilities inside the new Korg Minilogue”

“Using the presets as a starting point, the Minilogue can go to some pretty wild place with just a few knob and switch tweaks,” he adds.

22 thoughts on “Korg Minilogue Sound Design

    1. I’m loving the ML, but after a few days with it, I don’t think I can use the word “warm” with it. I haven’t been able to get it to go there yet, if at all. No regrets, though!

    2. The term ‘warm pads’ is kind of subjective, but I get what people mean, and that kind of sound can be dialed in. I wouldn’t say that it is what the Minilogue excels at immediately, but you can coax them out. Overall it is more on the bright side, which actually makes it pretty usefully for sitting well in a mix.

      1. turning the resonance below 5 helps too heh! the sweetwater one does have more depth like someone else said. Sound design types want to always crank the res to get more sounds out of the filter, but leaving it low lets the voices sound more fully with less treble and noise.

  1. i have been waiting for a demo with some low end but
    haven’t heard one yet. still a nice synth but maybe not for bass or low end pads
    i haven’t touched one yet tho

    1. The low end is there, especially in mono voice mode when you ad sub oscs. Really fat and punchy if you program the patch right. There is no drive at all in the signal chain, so you aren’t going to get the same dirty growl as say, a Microbrute, but it does do deep bass. Most of the demo vids you see are basically people going through the presets, and the few bass presets are only mediocre – the rest of them are mostly intended to showcase the polyphony. That’s probably why people are wondering about the bass.

            1. Haven’t messed with the audio in yet, and don’t have it right in front of me at the moment. But from what I understand, basically the signal just goes straight into the filter, and there isn’t even a level control, which would make the feedback loop thing a little iffy, if not impossible. Also you have to have a key pressed for the audio to go through, and there is currently no ‘latch’ or ‘hold’ function. This is a long video, but this guy goes into it about midway through: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-ytLq0PIpY

              1. That sounds the same as the monotribe which was pretty shite for audio in! Still, that setup should allow you to use, say a microbrute as a root note sub oscillator.

                The feedback loop trick could still work though if you put the signal through a monotron before putting back into the minilogue. You could use the monotron volume to control the feedback level, or use the filter cutoff with optional resonance and LFO!

                Possibly. I haven’t tried it.

  2. Yeah, this was by no means meant to be an exhaustive look. Just a few more sound examples for people to get a sense of it. Check out everyone’s demos (and try one for yourself) to get the full picture.

  3. I have watched several demos and it all sounds the same. Flashy little synth that does a lot but the sound quality does not seem to be there.
    That thin sound is why I did not keep the new Korg Electribe.
    Still, I find it hard to resist…maybe put it through a Moog filter….

  4. It’s been nearly 3 days of exhaustive playing and sound design and I can comfortably say that anything I can achieve with my Minilogue I can easily replicate with my King Korg. The reverse of this is simply not possible.

  5. great sounding machine but not really the right thing for sound design. these synths with limited modulation just don’t cut it but they make great lead instruments!

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