The KORG Collection was one of the first plugin suites from a major hardware manufacturer. It is now updated to KORG Collection 4 with three new plugins from the early part of this century; the microKORG, ELECTRIBE-R and the KAOSS Pad. Are these worthy additions to what is already a fine, but somewhat expensive suite?
I think it is fair to say that nobody outside of KORG saw these three coming. KORG have a rich history of classic hardware synths. Synths like the legendary PS Series or things like the Delta or Lambda were high on people’s wish lists. These additions have taken some by surprise.
The microKORG is one of KORG’s most successful instruments of all time. It’s a cracking little synth whichever way you look at it. Originally launched in 2002, this analog modelling synth delivers immediacy and big sounds from a small form factor. It even includes a vocoder and goose neck mic. These features are retained for the plugin. Your audio input of choice serves as the vocoder input.
KORG’s ELECTRIBE series of groove boxes gained a huge following in the early noughties. Updated over the years, different versions covered analog-modelled synthesis, rhythms and sampling. The ER-1, replicated here, was the quirky drum machine of the family. It comes with all the patches and sounds of the three hardware iterations, as well as those from the iOS series for iPhone and iPad.
The third new item in the KORG Collection is the KAOSS Pad. This was another hugely successful product for Korg in the early 2000s which went some way to blurring lines between effect and instrument. It allows the user to sample, loop and manipulate those samples using a large, illuminated touch pad. It has found its way onto countless recordings over many genres and is capable of some wild sounds!
More Information on KORG Collection 4
Each plugin is available for $149 each, discounted to $99 for a limited time or as part of the KORG Collection 4 bundle at $399. The cost of the collection can vary based on what parts you already own. Existing KORG Collection 3 owners qualify for a $99 upgrade to v4. 64bit AU/VST/AAX plugins are supplied with Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 and above required. Korg Collection 4 supports Apple Silicon.
The original hardware microKORG is still available to buy.
KORG Collection 4
- KORG microKORG: KORG
- KORG ELECTRIBE-R: KORG
- KORG KAOSS Pad: KORG