NAMM 2018: P is for Prologue – the new Korg polyphonic hybrid synth
Back in October Korg teased us with the name of the new synthesizer they are planning to announce at NAMM 2018. All we knew was that it began with a P and might contain numbers… or not. First through some forum leakage and now direct officially from Korg we have the Prologue 8 and the Prologue 16. These look amazing!
It’s probably been the favourite suggestion for the “P” word and now it looks like it’s here and it’s as dreamy and we hoped. The Prologue 8 is a 49 key 8-voice polyphonic hybrid synthesizer, the Prologue 16 is a 61 note version with 16 voices. “Hybrid” because it combines analog and digital technology, bringing what they call “Analog power” and “the freedom of digital”.
The analog side builds on the strengths of the Minilogue and Monologue, comprising of 2 VCOs, one filter, 2 envelope generators, a VCA and an LFO. The digital side brings a third multi-engine digital oscillator bringing digital and FM waveforms to the party. “The noise generator, the VPM oscillator and the high-quality digital effects (modulation and delay / reverb) bring you complex metallic sounds and harmonics that you never thought possible.” There will even be a software editor to allow you to load your own oscillator programs.
According to the description, the Prologue is all about full-sized keys, black aluminium panels, wooden cheeks and metal pots.
Other features include an arpeggiator and the fact that it’s “bi-timbral” meaning that you can run two programs at once. On the Prologue 16 there’s an exclusive compressor section complete with mini VU meter for that additional bottom end warmth.
Price is rumoured to be around €1500 for the Prologue 8 and €2000 for the Prologue 16. I always thought the Minilogue looked a little strange, unbalanced somehow, but the Prologue gets it just right. Well played Korg, it sounds completely awesome in the video below.
- Korg Prologue website