Korg Announces Scores of Upcoming Releases
The new year has barely begun, but already it is looking like it will be a big one for synthesizer enthusiasts. The 2024 NAMM show is being held in California, with more than 3000 brands showcasing their products. One of these brands is Korg, which is entering 2024 with scores of new releases. Along with a full-scale reissue of the Korg PS-3300, first released in 1977, Korg is expanding its range with some new hardware. Below are some of the highlights that synth fans have to look forward to this year.
Korg NTS-3 kaoss pad kit
The Nu:Tekt NTS-3 kaoss pad is a new effects unit that, according to Korg, seamlessly integrates the iconic KAOSS XY touchpad interface and KASS effects into a compact and powerful DIY kit.
The NTS-3 offers up to four effects playable at the same time, along with deep editing options for unparalleled versatility. With its Sync In/OUT connections, it can be used to play in sync with other devices, too. No soldering will be needed to assemble the DIY kit, but Korg is including reversible metallic black and KAOSS-reminiscent metallic red side panels so users can personalize their NTS-3.
Korg NTS-1 Digital Kit MKII
The NTS-1 Digital Kit MKII is a programmable synthesizer kit that builds on the compact and powerful NTS-1. In addition to a new keyboard, the MKII boasts a built-in sequencer, fresh sounds, and expanded MIDI capabilities. It is also powered by an even more powerful processor than its predecessor and upgraded logueSDK for a new wave of custom content.
Korg Wavestate, Opsix and Modwave Modules
Wavestate Webpage: https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/wavestate_module/
Opsix Webpage: https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/opsix_module/
Modwave Webpage: https://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers/modwave_module/
Korg is expanding its digital synth range with modules based on the Wavestate, Opsix, and Modwave. According to Korg, these are aimed at musicians and producers in need of more flexible setup options and who may not necessarily need a keyboard. The modules have a height of 4U and can be rack-mounted or placed on a table at several angles. They all support MIDI 2.0 Property Exchange as well as AfterTouch. Korg has also stated that patches and programs will be interchangeable between the modules and their plug-in counterparts.
Wavestate is a wave sequencing synthesizer originally released in 2020 featuring radically re-imagined Wave Sequencing 2.0. Opsix is an FM synth, while Modwave is a wavetable synthesizer.
Korg Opsix MKII
The Korg Opsix is getting an updated version in the form of the Korg Opsix MKII. This altered FM synthesizer is based on the sound engine of the original Opsix, but Korg has expanded the number of simultaneous voices and voicings to 64 voices. Korg is also promising that it is fully compatible with the sounds and samples of both the original Opsix and the Opsix Native Software.
Korg KingKorg Neo
The KingKorg Virtual Analog Synth is getting a refresh in the form of the KingKorg NEO. The NEO sports a new look, new sounds, a great vocoder, and 37 full-size keys. Users can get into vocoding instantly thanks to the NEO’s rugged, high-quality microphone and balanced XLR input on its front panel. According to Korg, the sophisticated 16-band filter of the vocoder rivals that of dedicated vocoder machines.
Korg is releasing the KR011, describing it as a compact yet feature-packed rhythm machine. According to Korg, it offers a portable solution for musicians who want to bring variety and fun to their music practice. KR-11 features lots of rhythm patterns, customization, intuitive and easy control, as well as 16 velocity-sensitive pads and plenty of sounds for finger drumming. It has a headphone/line-out jack for external audio output and makes use of a newly developed speaker system and Acoustage Bass technology. Finally, it can be powered using either the AC adaptor or 4 x AA alkaline batteries.