The Korg KingKORG is a 61 key analogue modelling synthesizer with an intuitive layout for live performance and a vacuum tube driver circuit to add harmonic overtones and body through to full blown distortion.
A feature unique to the KingKORG is the new XMT (Xpanded Modelling Technology) modelling sound engine that simplifies the overall operation of the synth whilst still being able to produce a wide variety of incredible sounding tones. The KingKORG provides pre-set algorithms that contain combinations of familiar oscillator sounds such as sawtooth, square and noise as well as numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms to sculpt unique and personal sounds.
Korg have also included powerful and diverse modelling filters based on classic synthesizers from the ‘70s and ‘80s that allow unique sound shaping, as well as a faithful recreation of Korg’s own MS-20 analogue synthesizer. Being analogue modelled, the filters closely mimic behaviour such as self-oscillation and distortion for aggressive leads and basses.
The KingKORG also features three master effects slots, each with a choice of 6 effects. Firstly there is PRE FX which includes distortions and amp simulators; MOD FX for classic choruses and phasers; and REV/DELAY with effects such as hall reverb and modulation delay. Alongside these there are FX control knobs to fine tune the sound.
Korg has also included a vocoder section with an on-board microphone input, to get those Daft Punk robot voice sounds as well as the creative freedom to use a voice as the basis for new tonal creations. The KingKORG also has Formant Shift to modify the character as well as Formant Hold which freezes a vowel sound to be played back across the keys.
Perhaps one of the more striking features is the intuitive new panel layout that makes the KingKORG easy to use, with a dedicated display for the oscillator clearly showing the current algorithm. There is also a function for selecting sounds by type such as ANALOG or PCM, and plenty of knobs spaciously laid out that give immediate hands on control of the most important parameters, making production and performance a more tactile experience.
The main features of the Korg KingKORG include:
- 61 Dynamic Keys
- Korg’s X/Y Joystick
- 3 Oscillators
- Classic Filter Modelling
- Three Master Effects Sections
- Vaccum Tube
- CV/Gate Out for connection to monotribe or MS-20 Mini
- Vocoder Function
- Virtual Patch Function
- Step Arpeggiator
- 200 Built In Presets
- Librarian Software