Korg Prologue 8 - 49 Note Polyphonic Analog Synth

Korg Prologue 8 - 49 Note Polyphonic Analog Synth


The ultimate multi-voice, multi-timbre, multi-engine.
A new-generation of flagship analog synthesizer.

Key Points
  • 49 keys Natural touch keys
  • 16 Voice Polyphony
  • 500 Voices
  • 4 Voice modes

  
Manufacturer: Korg
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Korg Prologue 8 - 49 Note Polyphonic Analog Synth

The ultimate multi-voice, multi-timbre, multi-engine.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW, BUT MAY HAVE BEEN DEMOED.

As much as people have loved the Korg Monologue and Minilolgue, there has been many potential customers wishing for a full-size key Pro type version. Well, now you have a 49 and 61 key version in the new PROLOGUE. Call us on 01524 410202 to put one on back-order.

 

 


A new-generation of flagship analog synthesizer.

The ultimate multi-voice, multi-timbre, multi-engine.

prologue is a fully-programmable, full-featured, professional synthesizer. Preceded by the four-voice polyphonic minilogue and the monophonic monologue, it’s the long awaited debut of the flagship: the prologue.

prologue is a polyphonic analog synthesizer equipped with a full-sized keyboard. With powerful analog circuits that are descended directly from the earlier models of the series, together with a newly developed digital multi engine and gorgeous DSP-based effects, prologue expands the variety of sounds and the possibilities for user customization.

The lineup is comprised of two models that cover musicians’ needs for not only stage use, but also studio, home, or touring use: 16-voice 61-key prologue-16, and the eight-voice 49-key prologue-8. These instruments are capable of sounds that go beyond existing analog synthesizers.
   

  •     16/8-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 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.


16/8-voice analog sound


The prologue is a polyphonic analog synthesizer with 8 or 16 multitimbral voices. KORG’s analog synthesizer development in recent years has culminated in the prologue, which was designed using 11,000 discrete electronic components. Although the prologue is a flagship instrument, it still retains the inviting feel and accessibility of its predecessors. It features a pure analog path, impeccable sound quality, stunning presence unlike any other poly synth, and the same intuitive interface as the minilogue and monologue, granting you intuitive access to a vast world of analog synthesis.

The prologue uses a structure of 2VCO + MULTI ENGINE, 1VCF, 2EG, 1VCA, and 1LFO. In addition to distinctive, original circuitry, such as wave shaping to shape the oscillator’s overtones and a sync/ring switch, prologue also features a two-pole low pass filter with enhanced sharpness, drive that adds powerful distortion, and a low cut (high pass) switch. Every detail has been improved on from minilogue and monologue. Its sound covers every sonic possibility: fat basses, powerful leads, and the beautiful pads that you expect from a polyphonic synthesizer.



Newly developed multi-engine

The ingenuity of prologue goes beyond its analog design. The newly developed multi engine is provided as VCO3, adding digital waveforms and FM. This multi engine, which is equipped with three different sound engines, can be combined with the analog VCOs to expand prologue’s sonic potential far beyond that of a traditional analog synthesizer.

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 SDK (Software Development Kit) that allows developers to program, customize and extend the capabilities of the multi-engine and digital effects and is expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018. The prologue provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and users can use the prologue Librarian software (also expected to be available for download in the spring of 2018) to load into their prologue new oscillators and effect programs created by developers with the prologue SDK (Software Development Kit).

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.



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

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