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Korg Minilogue 4-Voice Polyphonic Analog Synth with Presets (MINILOGUE)
- Flexible, powerful four-voice analog synthesizer
- Fully programmable, with 200 program memories (100 sounds included)
- Voice Mode lets you flexibly configure the four voices
- Automatable 16-step polyphonic note and motion sequencer
- Oscilloscope function shows the waveform visually
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With the minilogue, you can get your hands on the powerful sound that's only possible with real analog, and find inspiration with features including a polyphonic step and motion sequencer, on board tape-style delay, multiple sound shaping and filter options, and an oscilloscope display. All of these seamlessly integrated features make minilogue as fun and easy to use as it is powerful. It's the next-generation analog synthesizer for musicians of all types.
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As the description implies, it's a FOUR voice analogue synth, not a two voice as one of the reviews stated. There is a duophonic mode on it so that it can act like the old Arp Odyysey, but that's merely one of eight unique voice configurations, including mono, which more than covers what other monophonic synths can do, as it uses the three remaining voices for subtones (you control how much), which makes for some pretty thick basses and sub basses. The quality of this product compared to other $500 synths is clearly above and beyond. There's nothing plastic-y about this product. Metal panel, solid knobs, great display. Looking at R or Y products in the price range yields a clear difference int he approach and professional feel.
This product offers amazing sound for the money, epsecially as a true-analog instrument! I would like to have seen portamento on the panel, as it more typcial with analog, but in the end, you can find it in a menu, and for me, that's OK. Then there's the presets. A lot of analog products in this price range don't have the abilityt save sounds. This one does; as well as sequences per spot.
In short, highly unique, and highly reccomended addition to your rig, or a great first analog board. Love it!!!
Well, I sold the MicroBrute and picked up the Minilogue, as I quickly realized that the Minilogue can handle just about any of my (limited) musical needs. Rich, thick basslines? Check. Warm, lush pads? Yep. 4-note polyphony to cover chords and even some basic two-handed playing? You got it.
The Minilogue does a great job of making you feel like you are programming and playing a true "analog" device, while offering just enough digital functionality to do things like the following:
- Create, save, and download presets
- View waveforms on the visual oscillator display
- Combine waveforms using the dual oscillator setup, with further options to create complex wave shapes
Aesthetically, I found it an easy machine to fall in love with. The silver finish with black plastic knobs and faux wood finish on the input/output panel is nice touch. It feels reasonably durable for device in this price range. In lieu of the additional Korg gig bag, I had a guitar pedal case from Gator that seems to be just the right size and height to store the Minilogue snugly and securely. I look forward to hundreds of hours learning about synthesis from my Minilogue and incorporating it into some simple music projects.
This synth has a solid/sturdy build, and the knobs have a nice grip to them (not slippery). The keys are obviously smaller than a normal piano -- with fully stretched fingers, I can easily reach an octave plus a third, and I have small hands (on normal-sized pianos, best I can do is a ninth). They are also low resistance and snappy (like an organ), so it's easy on the fingers and fun to play fast/technical riffs.
The controls & parameters the knobs/switches give you over the sound generation are the true gems of this synth. You get 2 oscillators that can generate sawtooth, triangle, or square waveforms (also a white noise generator for effects). From these elementary/fundamental tones, you can shape the sound in all kinds of ways via low pass filter, delay + high pass filter, modulation, envelope generator, low-frequency oscillator, etc.; the last two (EG & LFO) can be targeted to modulate/control various other parameters like pitch, wave shape, filter cutoff, etc. for countless different combinations and effects.
Also, since almost all the control over the final resulting sound is through the knobs/switches (vs. hard to navigate menus in some synths), this is especially easy to use and almost educational in being able to see all the current parameters/values physically on the controls and how they affect the final waveform, which is also shown on the built-in Oscilloscope display when the synth is generating sound, in real-time as you adjust them.
For the price tag, this synth has very good build quality, is fun and educational, and totally worth it. It's great for messing around and discovering new sounds through experimentation with the parameters. It also has a nice sequencer (for recording up to 16 steps), so you can do some simple looping as well.
There's so much more to say about this synth, and I can't do it justice, so look up other reviews as well if you aren't sold already.
In summary, this synth is great as a minimalist tone generator for electronic sounds. It has great control over the final sound through various modulation, filter, and EG/LFO controls, and having all these controls immediately available on the panel through knobs/switches makes it very easy to use (even if you don't fully understand what each control does), simple to navigate, and educational in being able to see all the controls and how they contribute to the final sound. It has all the standard ports/connections including MIDI, USB-MIDI, AUDIO IN/OUT, headphones, and SYNC ports for tempo syncing with external devices.
The only downsides for me (thus making it 4 stars) are:
- Tuning: As it is analog, the oscillators do go out of tune over time and extended play. The synth has a built-in tuning feature you can activate any time, but it takes about 15 seconds, and you can't play while it's tuning itself. I've noticed the oscillators do go out of tune more than I'd like, especially if you exercise both oscillators & all the modulation capabilities heavily. This makes the synth less ideal/consistent for live performance and better suited for studio use & experimentation.
- 3-octave range: it is called minilogue after all. So it's great for melodies and single voice leads/riffs, but not so much full piano-style playing with 2-hand accompaniment + melody because there's just not enough range with 3 octaves. Of course, you can connect an external keyboard/controller through MIDI connectors, like a full 88-key controller, but that's not really the point of this synth.
- Sustain: I've noticed sustain pedal doesn't work for any of the patches on this synth. Again, wasn't expecting this to work anyway, and you can always substitute/mimic sustain with sustain/release portions of the envelope generator.
But besides that, this synth has all the quality you'd expect from a KORG product.
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