by Rob Puricelli | 4,8 / 5,0 | Approximate reading time: 2 Minutes

Tall Dog Korg Conversion Kit Desktop  ·  Source: Tall Dog Electronics

Tall Dog Korg Conversion Kit Desktop  ·  Source: Tall Dog Electronics

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An ingenious design for a much sought after desktop option for KORG’s hugely successful recent synth releases goes live on Kickstarter, courtesy of Tall Dog Electronics.

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KORG’s Clever Synth Platform

When KORG announced their wavestate synth back in 2020, it garnered many hugely favourable reviews. It was soon followed by the opsix, KORG’s excellent interpretation of algorithmic FM, and the modwave, a hark back to classics like the DW8000. These synths shared a number of things, not least their familiar styling. Internally, they all used a version of the Raspberry Pi platform (Compute boards, to be precise). In a world ravaged by a global pandemic, it made sense to cut costs by adopting a platform that could be used for numerous projects.

A Missed Opportunity?

These synths soon gathered a large and enthusiastic following. However, a couple of things soon rose to the top of the wish list. One was bigger keyboards, the other was desktop versions. KORG teased the wavestate SE, an enhanced 61 note version that never materialised, but they never entertained the idea of desktop version. One or two brave souls took a hacksaw to their opsix’s but nothing official was forthcoming.

Unlocking the Keyless Fun

So now, modular manufacturer Tall Dog Electronics have come up with a KORG Desktop Conversion solution that supports all three synths. Each kit comes with everything you need to convert your keyboard into a desktop module that cuts both depth and height by half! Conversion takes about 30 minutes and requires no soldering.

Tall Dog Korg Conversion Kit Desktop · Source: Tall Dog Electronics

Beyond Keys

Once converted, optional side panels can adapt the tabletop synth with angled stands and even VESA compatible mounts. These are all sold as affordable add-ons. There’s even an option to send your KORG synth to Tall Dog and have them do the hard work.

Final Thoughts

With just one day gone on the Kickstarter, Tall Dog have exceeded their goal and good deals can be had on multiple purchases. It’s always great to see small companies delivering where larger ones can’t or won’t. Hats off to Tall Dog. I look forward to seeing more keyless KORG synths everywhere soon!

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Early bird backers can get one kit for $164 USD/£133 GBP. When those have all gone, the price jumps to $174 USD/£141 GBP. If you buy two or three in one go, you’ll get a discount off the full price.

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One response to “Tall Dog Desktop Conversion Kit for KORG’s Synths”

    iixorb says:
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    I am surprised Korg didn’t spot this potential themselves, especially as they dabbled with this ‘removable / detachable’ concept with the Radias and the M3 Workstation 15 years ago. Different design team with a different vision, I suppose.

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