It’s not quite a new synth from Korg. Minilogue Bass is an artfully updated limited edition polyphonic analogue synthesizer with a new bank of specially curated sounds.
The new look is certainly very striking. Korg says the swirling front panel gives a visual sense of a swelling bass sound. Apparently, the inverted and gleaming black and red keys make it more approachable and enjoyable. I didn’t know white and black keys were so scary, but the keyboard does look fabulous, and I feel a noticeable drop in anxiety just gazing at it. Overall it’s very stylish. I can’t help but be reminded a little of the Aphex Twin-inspired AFX Bass Station II from a couple of years ago.
Beyond the look, the Minilogue Bass remains unchanged in terms of hardware, firmware and architecture. This is the original Minilogue, not the Minilogue XD, so you don’t get the digital multi-oscillator, effects or upgraded sequencer. The Minilogue Bass keeps it real as a decent, fun and very playable 4-voice polyphonic analogue synthesizer. The specs are as they’ve always been; 2 VCOs, filter, 2 envelopes, VCA and an LFO. There are 8 play modes, including polyphonic, duophonic, chord and arp modes, plus a 16-step sequencer.
Perhaps more exciting is the new bank of specially curated and bass-focused sounds harvested from some great sound designers and artists. Artists like Michihiko Nakanishi, Hikaru Yamamoto, Devonwho and Minoru Koike.
The Minilogue Bass will be available in very limited numbers, but I haven’t found out exactly what that means yet. I’ll update this article once I know. The price is £649 which is significantly more expensive than the regular Minilogue. Maybe this is one for the synth collectors.
- Korg Minilogue Bass: Korg