Korg has broken the pre-NAMM new product drought with news of a host of new lines announced today.
For some, leading the line-up will be ARP’s new Odyssei, billed as ‘a mobile analogue synthesizer for iOS’. Relaunched by Korg in 2015, the ARP Odyssey was said to be a complete reproduction of the original 1972 keyboard. The ARP Odyssei is an app for Apple devices (iPad and iPhone) developed using Korg’s CMT modelling and is said to reproduce the sound and feel of the original. Taking advantage of modern technology, however, the app gains the benefits of polyphony and built in effects.
Also new is a ‘real’ keyboard, the ‘monologue’ (sic) designed to follow the minilogue (another product with an uncapitallised name) armed: ‘with a completely new voice and powerful new features’.
The monologue is a 25-key, fully programmable monophonic analogue synthesiser, sharing its layout, knob-per-function workflow and construction quality with the minilogue.
Staying with keyboards, Korg is also introducing a black version of the KingKORG.
For guitarists, Korg has the next generation of its popular Pitchblack tuner, the Pitchblack Advance pedal tuner, which boasts four meter display modes and true bypass operation.
Also new is the Beatlab Mini, a training tool for drummers and percussionists. In addition to a versatile metronome function that includes a wide range of sounds, including human voice and real drum pattern sounds, this unit provides a training function that detects and evaluates the discrepancy between the metronome and the notes that the user plays.
Finally, Korg has announced the CA-2 and GA-2, compact tuners for brass bands and orchestras and guitarists/bassists respectively.