Korg Minilogue Analog Synth at the Winter NAMM Show 2016

The Korg Minilogue is easily the most talked-about synth at this year's NAMM show. It's a 37-key four voice polyphonic analog synth with intuitive controls and an absolutely classic sound. In this NAMM 2016 Reverb interview, Joe chats with Tatsuya Takahashi at the Korg booth. Takahashi is a hardware engineer and the man responsible for many of the Korg instruments we know and love.

Takahashi explains that with the Korg Minilogue, they wanted to create something completely new featuring a total redesign of the circuit while maintaining a familiar structure that users could quickly relate to. “Bringing interest back into synthesizers is a big part of what we do at Korg,” he says. The price of this synth is $499.99, making it relatively approachable for many musicians.

One of the standout features of the Korg Minilogue is the oscilloscope display that gives users visual feedback. “You can actually look at the sound; look at what you’re doing to the signal while you’re working on it,” Tatsuya explains. This serves as a useful education tool.

Korg brought analog synthesizers back in 2009 with the MS-20 mini Monophonic Synthesizer and the Arp Odyssey Duophonic Synthesizer. These products were a nod to the beloved analog synths of the 1970s. The Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Analog Synthesizer is both a tribute to the past as well as a product of innovation.

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