Ahead of the 2019 NAMM Show, Korg has officially introduced the minilogue xd – an updated take on the minilogue that adds a digital multi-engine, a multi-effects processor, enhanced input and output, a souped-up sequencer, and microtuning support.
Analog + Digital Oscillators
The Korg minilogue xd retains the four-voice polyphony of its predecessor, but the synth engine has been enhanced.
The voice structure of minilogue xd is 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to the distinctive circuits found in the series, such as wave shaping to shape the overtones of the oscillator and a sync/ring switch, there’s also cross modulation, a sharp two-pole filter, and a drive switch that adds thickness and drives signal into minilogue xd’s filter.
The additional sound design possibilities of digital synthesis are delivered by the multi-engine that’s provided as a third oscillator. This engine, which is equipped with three different types of sound generator (noise, VPM, and user slot) lets you take advantage of a sonic character that’s different than analog, and use it at the same time as the analog engine. The unit comes offers 16 user oscillator slots that you can customize.
Digital Effects Engine
The minilogue xd also offers a high-quality digital effect engine. It shared the open development API (Application Programming Interface) of the prologue. It allows users to extend the possibilities of the hardware via an SDK (Software Development Kit) and dedicated development tools.
The three types (modulation effects, reverb, and delay) can be used simultaneously, letting you choose from a wide range of options, including chorus, ensemble, warm tape delay, and a diverse variety of reverb.
The minilogue xd has 16 user effect slots that you can customize.
Korg minilogue xd Audio Demos:
“minilogue xd elegantly combines and expands upon the best features of our analogue line,” says Korg’s James Sajeva, Director of Music Technology Brands.
Pricing and Availability
The minilogue XD will be available late winter 2019 for $619.99. See the Korg site for more info.