KORG, INNOVATION AND QUALITY
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In the world of music, Korg, the prestigious Japanese brand, since its foundation in the 1960s, has always been synonymous with innovation and quality. Although synthesizers have always been his passion, Korg also works with digital effects, recording equipment, electronic percussion, and software instruments. From the hand of microFusa, experts of this brand in our country, we will learn about the history and main products of this iconic brand.
Two young people passionate about music
Korg was born in 1962 in Tokyo from the hand of Tsutomu Kato and Tadashi Osanai. Kato ran a music club. Osanai was a college boy who played the accordion and played regularly at the Kato club with a Wurlitzer Sideman drum machine. Dissatisfied with the machine’s results, Osanai convinced Kato to finance his efforts to build a better one.
Thus was born Keio Gijutsu Kenkyujo Ltd, the germ of Korg. And soon his first product, an electromechanical rhythm device, the Donca Matic DA-20, would arrive in 1963.
In 1967 he joined Kato and Osanai Fumio Mieda, an engineer who wanted to build keyboards. In 18 months he had created the first programmable keyboard that he called KORG using the first letter of each founder’s name, plus “RG”, originally planned for products intended for the organ market.
Keio’s organs were very popular in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. But, concerned about competition, Kato decided to expand and use the same technology to create synthesizers. In 1973 the first synthesizer was born, the miniKORG.
The Japanese brand has always stood out for its constant innovations. For example, the function “key transpose” (Kato’s idea) the first synthesizer with effects, or the first sound designs “sample + synthesis”.
Since then, it has always remained a leader in the digital high-tech market.
Today’s best Korg products
The Japanese brand has always maintained the highest standard of quality and innovation. microFusa presents its maximum exponents:
The Korg Krome is one of the brand’s must-have synthesizers. And with the Korg Krome 88 EX it has received a major update. It places a special emphasis on sounds that can immediately fit into productions of all kinds.
The Korg Monologue is a 25-key monophonic analog synthesizer, fully programmable and with its own sound. Though it shares the sleek design, one knob for each function, and high-quality construction with bestselling Minilogue, the Korg Monologue is a new and truly unique synthesizer for all types of musicians. Offering new sound and innovative sound design features, at an incredible price.
If the Korg Minilogue is one of the crown jewels of the brand, the Korg Minilogue xd module is the new version in desktop synthesizer module format. A 4-voice analog polyphonic synthesizer that comes with customizable digital multi-motor and built-in stereo digital effects.
The Korg Nanokontrol is an ultra slim USB powered controller. With 9 rotary controllers, 9 faders, 18 switch controls plus a transport section to help you take control of any MIDI software. The switch controls send MIDI control data or notes. And 4 adjustable scenes can be saved to control multiple applications.
The Korg Prologue is an advanced and fully programmable professional synthesizer. Preceded by the four-voice minilogue polyphonic and monophonic monophonic, it is a polyphonic analog synthesizer equipped with a standard-size keyboard. With powerful analog circuits, which come directly from previous models in the series, along with a newly developed digital multi-motor and excellent DSP effects, prologue expands the variety of sounds and the possibilities to adapt it to your needs.
The Korg Volca series is made up of a wide range of products, from sampler to bass drum generator to synthesizer, drum machine, bass maker and analog mixer. The union of all these devices generates a complete solution for music production, facilitating in a satisfactory way all the fields to be covered:
- Volca Bass: Bass Line Generator
- Volca Beats: drum machine
- Volca FM: Digital Polyphonic Synthesizer
- Volca Keys: Analog Polyphonic Synthesizer
- Volca Kick: Bass Drum Generator
- Volca Mix – Analog mixer
- Volca Sample: Digital sampler
- Volca Modular: Modular Synthesizer
- Volca Drum: drum machine
And remember that microFusa you will find all the products of this brand and many more.