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Re: New Korgs

Post by Walter Ego » Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:14 pm

Could be some j**k with too much time on his hands...

but...

I really have been wondering what's been going on at Korg. The monotrons and monotribe have really whet the appetites of a lot of people (me included) and it seems like a waste to resurrect the original MS-20 Korg 35 filter just for an instrument that is close to unplayable. I have also been wondering if the death of Korg founder Tsutomu Katoh in 2011 would have ended the new line of analog devices.

I'm really skeptical about these items (and the King Korg--what a name!--is ugly as sin...it looks like a Roland product), but man, I hope it's true. Try to find an MS-20 for under two grand! Why not use the technology they obviously have and capitalize on it? If they don't do it, someone else might try.
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Re: New Korgs

Post by GuyaGuy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:42 am

Re: KingKorg XMT
"MT" means Modelling Technology on other Korg units.
Their write up for their iPolySix calls everything "analog."
So I wouldn't assume that it is even analog just yet.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by winnebago » Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:50 am

The kingkorg looks seriously awful, either way I look forward to finding out what the deal is with these. My main hope is that the mini ms20 is not a another controller.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by meatballfulton » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:32 am

winnebago wrote:My main hope is that the mini ms20 is not a another controller.
If it's going to be $500-ish there's no way it's analog, that's for sure.
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Re: New Korgs

Post by tim gueguen » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:40 am

Korg is obviously quite convinced there's a market for minikey stuff given the amount of stuff they released with minikeys post Microkorg.
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Re: New Korgs

Post by winnebago » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:53 am

meatballfulton wrote:
winnebago wrote:My main hope is that the mini ms20 is not a another controller.
If it's going to be $500-ish there's no way it's analog, that's for sure.
I personally don't mind if its a va if it sounds decent.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:44 am

meatballfulton wrote:
winnebago wrote:My main hope is that the mini ms20 is not a another controller.
If it's going to be $500-ish there's no way it's analog, that's for sure.
They could do it analogue for $500ish if Doepfer can do the Dark Energy for that and Arturia can do the Minibrute. Especially with all the R&D available from the Monotrons and Monotribe and the case design already complete from the MS-20ic. Also this has neither presets nor polyphony, two things you would definitely expect if it was a VA.

Remember this is Korg and they've got a huge distribution network and they've been developing the market for cheap analogue for the past couple of years. They will have seen how popular the Minibrute was (a year after it was announced demand is still outstripping supply) and decided they want a piece of that pie. Either way, we'll know for sure in a couple of weeks.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by madmarkmagee » Thu Dec 27, 2012 5:02 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:
meatballfulton wrote:
winnebago wrote:My main hope is that the mini ms20 is not a another controller.
If it's going to be $500-ish there's no way it's analog, that's for sure.
They could do it analogue for $500ish if Doepfer can do the Dark Energy for that and Arturia can do the Minibrute. Especially with all the R&D available from the Monotrons and Monotribe and the case design already complete from the MS-20ic. Also this has neither presets nor polyphony, two things you would definitely expect if it was a VA.

Remember this is Korg and they've got a huge distribution network and they've been developing the market for cheap analogue for the past couple of years. They will have seen how popular the Minibrute was (a year after it was announced demand is still outstripping supply) and decided they want a piece of that pie. Either way, we'll know for sure in a couple of weeks.

But the doepfer is pretty basic and the minibrute only has one vco. Even if this new ms 20 is made in china that figure is a little bit to cheap IMO. I probably would be more convinced if It was apparently a bit more.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 7:29 am

Well time will tell. ;)

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Re: New Korgs

Post by cartesia » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:09 am

hopeful.. we shall see.

king korg is a terrible name btw lol

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Re: New Korgs

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Re: New Korgs

Post by Hybrid88 » Thu Dec 27, 2012 11:35 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:
meatballfulton wrote:If it's going to be $500-ish there's no way it's analog, that's for sure.
They could do it analogue for $500ish if Doepfer can do the Dark Energy for that and Arturia can do the Minibrute.
+1 Don't see any reason why not. :)

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Re: New Korgs

Post by madmarkmagee » Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:39 pm

Does anyone know if 1/8 patch cables actually physically fit into the korg ms 20 ic ? If the midi controller board is 84 per cent the size of the original ms 20 does that mean it's fake patch cables would be scaled down too? If the ms ic does have smaller holes and this new ms uses the same case normal patch cables wouldn't fit? Are the patch cables on the ms20 ic real patch cables or are they fakes? If they're fakes why do the cables on this new ms look the same?

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Re: New Korgs

Post by Stab Frenzy » Thu Dec 27, 2012 2:08 pm

The MS-20 used 1/4" jacks, this and the ic use 3.5mm.

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Re: New Korgs

Post by Infrasound » Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:15 pm

Lots of comments over at the Spanish (I think) site.

Using my amazing combination of looking for the words which are like English, and Google translate I have discovered our South American compatriots have similar concerns to us. For instance, is it real, is one, and another person suggests it is not 3D modelling. Finally, I made out the word 'multitimbrico' and my best guess is that this person is discussing the Xmit KingKorg (or whatever it's called) and not the MS20.

It seems Korg are causing international consternation and anxiety (assuming they are responsible for this).

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