CAIN++ User Oscillator for Korg *logue synthesizers

CAIN++ is a user oscillator to emulate plucked string instruments using the Karplus/Strong approach. Since the parameters are not absolutely intuitive, here are some hints by the author for a couple of patches: C++lavinetShape: MaxShift Shape: MaxPluck: 1S Volume: 1S Color: 1Frequenzy: 20Waveform: 1 C++GuitarShape: MaxShift Shape: MaxPluck: 43S Volume: 1S Color: 1Frequenzy: 20Waveform: 1 […]

Comparing the Korg prologue and minilogue xd

A couple of days ago, I had the occasion to directly compare both synths. Since there are more soundsets available for the xd than the prologue, I used Sunny Synths prologue panel, which can import minilogue xd paches. Those files can be extracted from the librarian provided by Korg, or extracted from an xd soundbank […]

The Korg prologue synthesizer

After the minilogue (2016) and the monologue (2017), Korg released the prologue in 2018. Finally keyboardists get something similar to the minilogue with full sized keys (available in flavours of 8 voices and 49 keys respectively 16 voices and 61 keys). What remained consistent were the two analogue oscillators and their waveshaping capabilities. The filter design differs significantly. Additionally, […]

The Korg minilogue xd synthesizer

The current lineup of Korg’s logue synthesizers consists of the minilogue (2016), the monologue (2017), the prologue (2018) and the minilogue xd (2019). Slowly and steadily they conquer the terrain of analogue synthesis. The minilogue xd shares the form factor with its predecessor minilogue, though featurewise it is more a shrinked prologue than an enhanced […]

The Korg minilogue synthesizer

In 2016, Korg released the Korg minilogue. Despite its size (and mini keybed), it is an synthesizer with excellent audio qualities. It still is sold for about 70 € less than its successor, the minilogue xd, which appeared in 2019 (after the release of the flagship prologue in 2018). Surprisingly, it provides features the xd […]

Updating the firmware of a Korg prologue

As with the minilogue xd, the prologue updater tool asks to consult the user manual for details how to boot the synth into update mode. Unfortunately, neither the german nor the english manual contain the information required. It’s simple. Just hold the buttons six and eight while powering the synth on and wait until the […]

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Korg prologue and minilogue xd – Using liked programs aka favorites

Both synths provide a favorite system. Unfortunately they work differently and are hard to remember in case you only use them every now and then. So here’s a quick reference. minilogue xd You can register up to 16 favorites using the panel buttons: Select the program you want to register. Hold the Shift button. Press […]

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Setting up Korg’s logue SDK

At least during the last decade, Korg became a company which constantly generates “Products that customers love™”. From Legacy collection over Kronos to Minilogue, further to the famous Prologue and finally the Minilogue xd, Korg keeps the market busy. The recent Minilogue xd borrows an outstanding feature from the Prologues. Users can write their very […]

Updating the firmware of a Korg Minilogue XD

Korg provides a firmware updater tool which does all the magic for you. It requires to turn the Minilogue XD into »Update mode«. Unfortunately, unlike advertised, neither the english nor the german manual provide any hint how to accomplish that. On youtube I found a video explaining how to do it for the Minilogue – […]

The Sequential Prophet Rev2 synthesizer

The history of Sequential’s (or temporarily Dave Smith Instruments’) legendary Prophet synthesizers started over 4 decades ago. For details, head over to Youtube. The REV2 features a fully analogue signal path, though its oscillators are not voltage, but digitally controlled (DCOs instead of VCOs). Compared to its predecessor 08, it is being said that the […]

Modulation matters

Modulation is a key ingredient to synthesizer sounds. Modulation adds movement to the sounds, making them less static. Common modulation techniques include envelopes to shape the volume and partials over time, low frequency oscillators (LFO) to periodically alter the pitch of oscillators (vibrato) or the volume of the sound (tremolo), or velocity to add volume […]

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Synth Programming – Access Virus Filter Balance

The Access Virus is a very flexible analogue modeling synthesizer. Besides its oscillators, the two filters contribute to its premium audio qualities. General The two filters can be used in two serial modes, a parallel mode, and a split mode. Filter 1 can be used in both 12 and 24 dB modes. It also provides […]