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Korg - PROLOGUE 16 - Sixteen Voice POLYPHONIC ANALOGUE SYNTHESIZER

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Korg are back with the all new Prologue which may be the modern analog polysynth you've been looking for. Featuring 61 full-size keys and 16 voices, with the added bonus of Split, Layer, and Crossfade modes, Korg know how to pack a punch of sound and the new Prologue is no different. Each voice boasts two analog oscillators plus a digital oscillator offering FM and wavetable synthesis. Throw in four different voice modes, an arpeggiator, a dual effects section, with a whopping 500 program locations for saving your creations, the Korg Prologue is a power house of a synth.

The Prologue is as versatile as it comes whether you are looking to make some trippy electronic sounds or a big room tech house monster. Korg developed a new filter design for the Prologue synthesizer. But don't stress in this case it's silky smooth with perfect harmonic richness.

Add in Korgs long list of extra's and you will see why the Prologue really is one beast of a synth for its price point.

Noise generator
There are four types of noise generator, indispensable for percussive sounds or sound effects. Experience how digital filtering can produce direct changes in the color of the noise.

VPM oscillator
The VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) / FM oscillator was newly developed for prologue. Its metallic and sharp sounds with their complex overtones could never be obtained by analog means. With 16 types of oscillator and the SHAPE knob, you’ll be intuitively guided through complex sound design. Combine these wave shapes with prologue’s gorgeous analog filters, and prepare for sounds you never thought possible.

User oscillator
The user oscillator section lets you load oscillator programs of your own creation. Sixteen slots are provided, and one type of morphing wavetable oscillator is built-in as a preset.

Digital effects
The high-quality digital effects feature pristine 32-bit floating-point processing, and add a further polish to the sound of the prologue. With two effect units provided (a modulation effect and delay/reverb), you can choose from a wide variety such as chorus or ensemble, warm tape delay, or diverse reverbs. The user effect slots let you load effect programs of your own creation.

User-customization
The prologue offers an open API (Application Programming Interface) that allows to customize and extends the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects. It provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and you can use the dedicated librarian software (expected to be available for downloading around early spring 2018) to create your very own oscillators and effect programs, and load them into prologue.

What types of sound will you create by combining the expanded digital oscillators with analog synthesis? You can create original programs and share code to participate in the user community. Start with sample code provided by KORG. The prologue belongs to you.

Analog comp/booster
The exclusive VU meter is available only on the prologue-16, and indicates the newly developed master effect L.F. COMP. It’s a low end booster/compressor using an analog circuit, delivering a solid sense of presence that cannot be obtained from a simple EQ. You’ll particularly notice the difference in high-volume stage performances where maximum dynamics can be utilized.

Bi-timbral
The prologue is a two-timbre synthesizer that lets you play two different programs simultaneously. In addition to layer and split, you can use crossfade to smoothly transition between the main timbre and sub timbre. An ample 16 or 8 voices ensure that the player’s advanced performance needs will be met.

Voice modes
The prologue provides voice modes that let you freely combine the 16 or 8 voices for performance. The standard POLY mode lets you play chords with up to 16 or 8-note polyphony. MONO mode is ideal for bass using the sub-oscillator. UNISON allows you to generate thick lead tones by sounding all voices in unison. CHORD lets you play chords with one finger. In conjunction with the DEPTH knob, you can use these modes to obtain a variety of effects.

Four voice modes

  • POLY: Operates as a poly synth with up to 16 or 8 voices. Turn the VOICE MODE DEPTH knob to switch to DUO mode, in which the instrument operates in unison as a poly synth with up to 8 or 4 voices.
  • MONO: Operates as a mono synth with sub oscillator.
  • UNISON: Operates as an all-unison mono synth.
  • CHORD: Plays chords.

Arpeggiator
The powerful arpeggiator opens up a world of limitless inspiration. It provides a four-octave range, and six arpeggiator types including manual set. From phrases that could not be performed on a keyboard to sequence-like sound designs, the arpeggiator can play a versatile array of roles.

Program sort
The program sort function lets you instantly change the sorting order of the 500 programs. You can sort by category, alphabetical order, use LIKE to view the programs that you marked as your favorites, FREQUENT to sort the programs in order of their frequency of use, or ENVELOPE to sort the programs in order of their envelope shape (note duration). By choosing from eight different sorting conditions, you’ll be able to quickly find the sound that you need, without interrupting the tempo of your rehearsal or production workflow.

Eight program sort methods

  • PROG NUM: Sort by program number.
  • CATEGORY: Sort by program category.
  • ALPHABETICAL: Sort programs alphabetically.
  • LIKE: Sort by programs that you “liked.”
  • FREQUENT: Sort by how frequently you used the program.
  • ENVELOPE: Sort by envelope shape.
  • RANDOM: Sort randomly.
  • LIVE SET: Sort programs registered in a live set.

Japanese-made natural touch keyboard
The attention to detail expected of a flagship extends to prologue’s playability and design as well.

The keyboard is a high-quality Japanese-made natural touch keyboard, providing the same superb touch and feel as on KORG’s high-end workstations, and allowing a high degree of expressive power.

prologue’s body emanates beauty and the presence of a boutique synth, and newly redefines the look of a classic synthesizer. The black aluminum front panel features the same curvature as the minilogue, and sports a beautiful hairline finish. Metal knobs with a sense of weight, diamond-cut silver indices, and oak wood side panels are some of the details that emphasize the high quality of this Made In Japan instrument.

Key Features 

 

  • 16-voice analog synthesizer circuit.
  • Newly developed multi-engine equipped with three types: noise, VPM, and user.
  • High-quality digital effects.
  • An open API (Application Programming Interface) for user-created oscillators and effects
  • Newly developed L.F. COMP. (Low Frequency Compressor) analog effect (prologue-16 only).
  • Bi-timbre support.
  • Voice modes that allow voices to be flexibly recombined.
  • Arpeggiator equipped with a variety of types and range settings.
  • Program Sort allows rapid access to 500 programs.
  • Japanese-made high-quality natural touch 61-key keyboard.
  • Oscilloscope function shows the waveform visually.
  • Tough and stylish body made of aluminum and wood.
  • Sync with another groove machine to enjoy jam sessions.
  • Lineup includes a 16-voice 61-key model and an eight-voice 49-key model.
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    Specs
    Keyboard
    prologue-16
    61 keys (Natural touch keyboard with velocity)
    prologue-8
    49 keys (Natural touch keyboard with velocity)
    Sound Generation
    Analogue sound generator + Multi digital sound generator (Noise, VPM, User)
    Maximum Polyphony
    prologue-16
    16 voices
    prologue-8
    8 voices
    Programs
    500 voices (more than 250 preload, 250 user programs). 
    Each program provides a program sort function that includes voice mode and timbre settings, and allows up to 8 × 4 banks of live set programs to be registered.
    Voice Mode
    4 (POLY, MONO, UNISON, CHORD). 
    The VOICE MODE DEPTH setting allows different parameters to be varied for each mode.
    Timbres
    Max two timbre (Main timbre, Sub timbre) 
    Layer, crossfade, and split settings are possible.
    Arpeggiator
    6 types (Manual, Rise, Fall, Rise Fall, Random, Poly Random). 
    Tempo and note range can be changed
    Program Sort
    8 (PROG NUM, CATEGORY, ALPHABETICAL, LIKE, FREQUENT, ENVELOPE, RANDOM, LIVE SET)
    Main Synth Parameters
    VCO1
    WAVE (SAW, TRIANGLE, SQUARE), OCTAVE, PITCH, SHAPE
    VCO2
    WAVE (SAW, TRIANGLE, SQUARE), OCTAVE, PITCH, SHAPE
    MODULATION
    PITCH EG (ALL, VCO1+2, VCO2), PITCN EG INT, SYNC, RING, CROSS MOD DEPTH
    MULTI ENGINE
    NOISE/VPM/USER, OCTAVE, TYPE, SHAPE
    MIXER
    VCO1, VCO2, MULTI
    VCF
    CUTOFF, RESONANCE, EG INT, DRIVE, LOW CUT, KEYTRACK
    AMP EG
    ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN, RELEASE
    EG
    ATTACK, DECAY, SUSTAIN, RELEASE
    LFO
    WAVE (SAW, TRIANGLE, SQUARE), MODE (FAST, SLOW, BPM), RATE, INT, TARGET (PITCH, SHAPE, CUTOFF)
    Main Effect Parameters
    MOD EFFECTS
    OFF/ON/SELECT (CHORUS, ENSEMBLE, PHASER, FLANGER, USER), SPEED, DEPTH
    DELAY/REVERB
    OFF/DELAY/REVERB, TIME, DEPTH
    L.F. COMP (prologue-16 only)
    OFF/ON, GAIN
    MULTI ENGINE
    Noise Generator
    4 types
    VPM oscillator
    16 types
    User oscillator
    16 slots
    MOD EFFECTS
    CHORUS
    8 types
    ENSEMBLE
    3 types
    PHASER
    8 types
    FLANGER
    8 types
    USER
    16 slots
    DELAY/REVERB
    DELAY
    8 types
    REVERB
    8 types
    Controls
    Wheels: Modulation wheel that can modify different parameters for each program, pitch wheel 
    Knobs: PORTAMENTO knob, VOICE SPREAD knob (only on prologue-16)
    Display
    Main
    Real-time OLED oscilloscope provides visual feedback of parameter changes
    MULTI ENGINE section
    7 segments x 6 digit LED display
    Input/Output connectors
    Headphone jack (Stereo phone jack)
    OUTPUT L/MONO, R jacks (monaural phone jack unbalanced)
    SYNC IN jack (3.5 mm [1/8"] mini jack, maximum input level 20 V)
    SYNC OUT jack (3.5 mm [1/8"] mini jack, output level 5 V)
    MIDI IN jack
    MIDI OUT jack
    USB B jack
    EXPRESSION jack
    DAMPER jack (half damper is not supported)
    Power Supply
    AC Power Supply terminal
    Power Consumption
    prologue-16
    38 W
    prologue-8
    23 W
    Dimensions (W x D x H)
    prologue-16
    874 mm x 348 mm x 118 mm/34.41" x 13.70" x 4.65"
    prologue-8
    709 mm x 348 mm x 118 mm/27.91" x 13.70" x 4.65"
    Weight
    prologue-16
    9.1 kg/20.06 lbs.
    prologue-8
    7.5 kg/16.53 lbs.
    Included Items
    AC power cable
    Accessories (sold separately)
    Soft Case
    SC-PROLOGUE soft case (For prologue-16/prologue-8)
    Sync Cable
    SQ-CABLE-6 Sync cable
    Damper Pedal
    DS-1H damper pedal
    Pedal Switch
    PS-1 pedal switch, PS-3 pedal switch
    Expression/Volume Pedal
    XVP-20 Volume/Expression pedal, XVP-10 Expression/Volume pedal
    Foot Controller
    EXP-2 foot controller