UPDATE: Korg has now released full details of Korg Nautilus – find out more here!
Our jaws dropped when our German-language sister site gearnews.de messaged us frantically earlier today, telling us about a new leak via a Danish store, emnordic.dk. Compared to the other leaks we’ve seen in the last 24 hours, namely the SQ-64 and opsix, this image delivers fewer clues. Will Nautilus include all those nice synthesizer collections? And how will it compare functionally with the Korg Krome? Questions over questions.
Our first impressions are of a new, cheaper version of the Kronos. We suspect that samples will be loaded in, that Korg will save on all non-essential connections but include all the features of the previous incarnations of this concept, just using simple and inexpensive components.
So where is Korg going with the Nautilus? One direction the company could take is moving towards simpler, more touch-focused implementation, with fewer hardware control elements. The operating concept of the Kronos, remember, is already quite touch-y. But it has its limitations; the screen doesn’t understand gestures. All you do is tap the screen and then change a parameter. We hope that this aspect will be developed further in the Nautilus.
Then there’s the crucial aspect of price. The trend towards cheap synthesizers is very strong, leading Korg from the luxury instrument Oasys to the Kronos – will that trend continue to the Nautilus? We suspect that we may see a release in three versions, with keyboards in the 60-, 70- and 80-key range.
Obviously, these musings are all highly speculative. All will be revealed when we get the full story from Korg. We’ll get you any and all updates we receive on this intriguing new workstation.
What’s your take on the new Nautilus? Let us know in the comments below.