With 16 voices and customisable oscillators, the new Prologue is one of Korg’s most powerful synths in decades.
It always seemed likely that Korg were working towards something big. Having delivered a range of smaller and cheaper analogue synths over the last few years, it’s time for something altogether more ambitious in the form of the new Prologue, a flagship synth available in 8-voice/49-key format ($1,499.99) or a full-fat 16-voice/61-key option priced at just under $2,000. The keyboard will make its public debut at NAMM 2018 next week.
At first glance it’s visually similar to the Minilogue and Monologue, but Korg explain that the spec is a lot more comprehensive: “The new Prologue is a two-timbre synth that allows two different programs to be played simultaneously. In addition to layer and split, the Prologue provides four voice modes: Poly, Mono, Unison or Chord, allowing the user to freely combine the 16 or 8 voices for performances.”
On top of the fully analogue synth engine, there are also options for user-customisable digital oscillators and effects, which should lend the synth its own unique character.
Whereas Korg have been actively targeting more affordable price points with releases like the Minilogue, Volca and MS-20 reissues, the Prologue is a much more high-end offering, set to compete with rivals like the DSI Prophet Rev2 and OB-6.
We’ll bring you a full report as soon as we get our hands on one. For now, check out the images below, along with Korg’s new KR-55 drum machine and Volca Mix mixer.