Korg's Volca series has become extremely popular for its small size, small price tag and huge sound. The fully analogue micro machines are capable of big sounds and have become a staple for live electronic music perfrormance be it for basslines, FX or just random clicks and noises.
Korg have released a Monopoly board game skin for their popular Mono/Poly app. Originally announced on March 31st, many thought the new-look update was an early April Fool’s, but users found the new design waiting in their updated app.
It uses the colour scheme, design and icons from the legendary board game, as well as updading the X/Y section and modulation routing sections. There’s even a new randomiser function in the form of two dice that will change your settings with a tap.
Korg have announced a brand new poly synth called Prologue. The new 16-voice synth features two oscillators, two envelopes, one filter and LFO as well as new digital effects and what Korg are calling a ‘Multi Engine’. Essentially operating as a third oscillator, Multi Engine offers more synthesis types like FM, as well as providing users with the chance to create their own oscillator wave shapes and save them directly to the hardware.
Korg have unveiled the Volca Mix – a miniature performance mixer aimed at tying together their range of Volca synths and drum machines. The mixer features three 3.5mm inputs, three DC power ports for single-plug powering, multi-purpose HP/LP analogue filters, faders and sends on each of the three channels and a 3.5mm and RCA output. There’s also Mute buttons on each channel for quickly dropping out and bringing in elements.
Propellerhead have announced the latest update to the classic DAW Reason. Version 10 sees some new instruments added as well as a huge sample collection licensed from Sample Magic. Europa is a new ‘shape-shifting’ instrument, incorporating wavetable technology and adding tonnes of modulation options for silky analogue-style bass and biting digital bells.
Grain Sample Manipulator allows you to manipulate samples and loops using granular synthesis while Klang, Pangea and Humana add tuned percussion, world instruments and vocals tio Reason’s sonic palette.
Korg have brought another classic synth into the modern age, this time in the form on the classic Mono/Poly. The original was a beast, allowing you split its oscillators across four voices, aswell as combine them all for a huge mono sound.
With the new iMono/Poly app, Korg are bringing that sound to the iPad and iPhone with some extra features such as effects and eight virtual patches for modulation. The app also comes with 256 brand new presets so you can start creating right out of the virtual box.
Korg is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their flagship portable synthesizer by releasing a special anniversary edition microKORG.
It features a platinum front panel, black wood side panels and black knobs. It will be available this summer for £329.
Since its release in 2002, the microKORG has long been the entry synth for musicians wanting to try their hands at synthesis without shelling out big bucks. Despite its modest price tag, notable musicians from Outkast to Trentemöller have used the synth.
Korg's chief engineer Tatsuya Takahashi has stepped down from his role at the Japanese technology company.
Creator of popular synths like the Minilogue, MS-20 Mini and the Volca range, the respected engineer made the announcement via his Facebook earlier today.
He announced he'll be making the move from Tokyo to Cologne later this year to "explore new areas where sound and technology can have positive social implications".
Korg have confirmed the launch date for their Gadget production software for Mac OS.
It will be released on 28th February and sold via Korg’s new Korg Shop, however the cost of it might surprise potential owners, coming in at a introductory price of £159 then rising up to £240 - bearing in mind that the original iOS app clocks in at around £40. This makes it quite a pricey offering, pitching it in the price range of other major DAWs.