Introducing The New Korg Prologue Synthesizer!
Korg have just announced a brace of fabulous looking new products, chiefly, a full size analogue polyphonic synthesiser range in the all-new KORG PROLOGUE 8 and PROLOGUE 16.
It has been long mooted that there should be a larger more powerful successor to their fabulous and highly successful KORG Minilogue, and finally, after months of speculation, Korg have finally announced another bigger, better, badder-assed Analogue Polysynth. Initially KORG quite quickly followed the Monologue up with the surprise, smaller, monophonic version in the Monolog. A super compact, flexible little synth available in a brace of natty colorways. Perhaps an even more surprising thing about this fresh, affordable little synth was endorsement and preset sound design by none other than Mr Richard D James, AKA the Aphex Twin. Someone known for not really known for endorsing anything before apart from diverse sonic anarchy, and his own ever understated and apparently perennial genius.
So here it is the KORG PROLOGUE. Available in 2 versions, an 8 voice 49 key version, and a more generous 16 voice 61 note version. With this range flexibility many people are going to want to buy the Korg Prologue, and of course, Korg have ensured that Prologue is available at a very reasonable price considering its impressive specification and first class build quality we have come to expect from KORG. It is entering a market sector where in coming months and beyond it is going to have to fight harder and harder, but the Korg Prologue seems to have more than enough punch to hold its own in the melee. Sporting up to 2 analog VCO’s per voice, plus an all-new ‘Multi Engine’ operating as a flexible third oscillator offering a sprinkle of classy glassy digital edge amongst all of its analog loveliness. Even offering the end user opportunity to integrate custom waveforms into the mix. An adaptive analog compressor on the PROLOGUE 16 for even more sonic sculpting the KORG PROLOGUE is feature rich yet clear and concise in its presentation.
All this adds up to a very welcome evolution of the ‘LOGUE’ format, with more voices, full-size keyboard and a choice of iterations. Married to an extremely elegant front end that is derived from the panel concept it shares with its stablemates, but refines and expands on that design philosophy beautifully. For me its aesthetic seems to hark back to classic KORG synthesisers such as the DELTA and SIGMA models of yore. Overall it has a presence and gravitas that more than afford it it’s place in the market at the price. I can’t wait to see the inevitable crazy coloured ‘Limited Editions’ we will see in the Prologue’s doubtless long and successful life.
You can check the technical specifications, and shop for KORG Prologue here > po.st/Korg_Prologue