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Korg Minilogue Polysynth + Akai AX coming back

Korg just registeredMinilogue” sounds and IS very analogue, very synth and it is polyphonic and has a 16 step modulation sequencer.
in mono mode it has 2 OSCs 1 Suboscillator, in poly it has just 2 OSCs. in dual mode it has these 2 voices doubled, so 4 OSCs sounds and can be detuned.

the only unclear thing is a rack version, that might happen – but may just be some messing around with image processing software (not to mention one of those companies..) – maybe done by him since the phones jack is missing and possibly the “Sprechkäse” is another cool joke.

but from here all is confirmed – you can already buy one of these:
minilogue size

USB/MIDI in/out – Sync Clock in/out

Minilogue Specs (database)

it is 4 voice polyphonic,

it has a 16 step sequencer with 4 motion sequences (moving the knobs and record them), not yet clear if the sequence transposes…

so it is a lot like an advanced Microkorg or MS2000/Radias – but analog with

Crossmod, Ringmod and Sync and all Standard things and even Chords in the Arpeggiator.

classic dual ADSR-envelopes and LFO. So this is sort of an analog Microkorg, but of course not featuring the digital things but is technically the most affordable analog poly synth with this feature set.

there is a shape knob per VCO, so you can do PWM, Saw Mod in a PWM manner and triangle mangling likewise.

LFO seems fast enough for audio speed (again!) thanks.

In Mono Mode it has a Sub OSC as well.

delay before or after filter which is really cool for short feedback echoes!

Unverbindliche Preisempfehlung des Hersteller inkl.19% MwSt.
KORG minilogue: 713,00 EUR – Lieferzeit: Mitte Januar 2016

Minilogue Structure

2 & 4 pole low pass filter (MS10 style)
and static sum high pass filter (thinning out things for all voices)

to me Korg did a lot of things right except missing the mod wheel.
korg sequencer minilogue

it seems so.
note the “king” lettering below.

korg minilogue 2

korg minilogue

Credit to /u/frankgilcrest123 who posted the following to Reddit from a gearslutz thread. He wrote:

Surprised this has not made it over here yet. Over on the Gearslutz forum there has been talk of a new analog polysynth from korg. It will be around $500 and it is looking pretty slick. A few have confirmed the specs have been leaked on Russian gear sites and a french synth forum.

Description KORG Minilogue:

KORG Minilogue – is a  4-voice polyphonic synthesizer, with built-in reverb & delay effects.  Synthesizer has a MS-kind of sound analog engine, quick access to the 100 factory 100 user presets – all can be overwritten (afaik), 8 voice mode to create its configuration of 4 voices – unison, polyphony, and so on. 41 knobs, oscilloscope in real time gives a visual check of sound, 16-step sequencer with automation polyphonic up to 4 parameters synthesizer and more.

korg minilogue

Clock: Sync In and Sync Out interfaces with Electribe & Volca.



Forum/Diskussion und Neues dazu: Korg Minilogue – Polyphonic Analogue Synthesizer

French colleagues just reviewed it..

minilogue opened mini 1

Akai AX returning (analog synths)..

Akai says they will bring back the AX series..

It’s easy to forgot how great the analog AX series synths sounded. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of its release, check out this ‪#‎tbt‬ sound demo video. Might be a great board for us to bring back…
akai ax

Smiley Synth SM01 – Analog Polyphonic Synth

Analog und ohne Chips – 12 Oszillatoren (also 6stimmig mit 2 OSCs pro Stimme) – einfache Struktur – 1x LFO, 2x ADSR EG
Er heißt Smiley, weil der Entwickler wirklich so heißt!
Die Oberfläche wirkt so, als gäbe es nur wenige Modulationsmöglichkeiten – PWM gibt es schon, aber der Rest muss offenbar anders geregelt werden. Irgendwie cool aber vielleicht auch etwas zu simpel?

Discrete 6 voice fully polyphonic analog polysynth.
12 oscillators, 6 filter envelopes, 6 VCA envelopes, based on a vintage monosynth, but updated with precision components.
LFO mod individually assignable to voices and filter. Each oscillator individually detunable for huge vintage polysynyth sound.
Entirely handbuilt in recycled redgum by Jim Smiley.
Visit Found Sound & the SM-01 virtually via http://www.foundsound.com.au/stock?se…

UVI Falcon – add as many LFOs / envs as you like – Sampling & Synth

so viele LFOS und Hüllkurven wie man tragen kann für den neuen UVI Falcon, ein fast-modulares Konzept. Das beste ist, das zweite Video zu schauen.

  • 4 OP FM
  • PD
  • Subtraktive Synthese
  • Samples / Sample Mapping / Sample Slices
  • Key/Vel-Switches
  • Mix Synth & Samples
  • drag & drop filter, oscs, ..

if you go modular you need cables – but sometimes you don’t – if you just click your LFOs and ENVELOPES to be added to anything you want to be modulated. that’s the “near” modular concept of Falcon – a new synth by UVI who zoomed on emulations a lot in the past – this time it is a synth with sampling. here’s a demo (second video for everyone who want to know):



Sputnik Sequencer / Synth & Sampling ST4 + 64 Step – LED Display

Das hier sieht schwer nach einem interessanten Sequencer für alles aus, was nicht Noten sind, denn Notendarstellungen könnten hier vielleicht etwas schwerer abzulesen sein. Das Ganze kommt offensichtlich zur NAMM 2016, welche nicht mehr all zu lang in die Zukunft zeigt/deutet. Das Format sieht nach 4×16 Linien aus, also womöglich 64 Steps und vielleicht auch mehrere Zeilen, denn das ist digitale Technik und damit ginge viel. Die vier Buchsen unten und links die Reihen sehen nach 4 Spuren oder vielleicht auch 4 x 16 Ausgaben aus, könnten also 4x CV oder Gates oder beides sein (2 Gate, 2 Spuren) oder vielleicht ist es auch vollkommen anders? Man sieht leider keine Zuweisung, wo mehrere Spuren angesteuert werden, dennoch – ziemlich interessant, was Sputnik da bereit legt.

U PDATE: Channel 1 & 2 + Step Edit.. here we go..

  • Sample Tauglichkeit, Wellenformen (Saw, Square, Noise)
  • Hüllkurven
  • großes Display
  • VCF & VCA integriert – es ist also auch ein Synthesizer

sputnik sequencer proto
Sputnik (Roman Filippov) is preparing a new sequencer for NAMM which isn’t so far from here – it seems to be a lot like grapically nice and being aware of modulation stuff (I’d not be able to tell about notes to be shown that way, but for any modulation purpose – it looks interesting).
this is one pcb – so that should be one 64 step line to be seen in one “look” – maybe it does more – it will be ready in 2016 and it may be the size of euro racks but could and would be best in one case that fits well into or near any euro racks and others. And it can sample and has MIDI & USB.
has envelopes and waveforms (basic ones, per channel)
stand alone device.
Huge Display.

sputnik sequencer 2

AVP Synth VAS100 Digital Synth & ADB5 Analog Drum Synth

Ein kleiner digitaler Synthesizer
und ein analoger Drum Synth mit 4 Instrumenten
stellt sich vor.
Es gibt auch MIDI CV Interfaces.

the VAS100 is a small size digital synth (left)

most of it’s routing is being managed via switches
it has 2 OSCs, LFO: watch this..

ADB5 – the analog drum synth (right)

  • is a small drum synth with BD,SD, Toms, Hihats

AVP Synth

russia based.
they also got MIDI CV interfaces..
connect via FB

avr and russian classic synth

Modal 008 Analogue Synth (8 voice) with Xpander-Style Filters (with Phase/Allpass)

the original info from Modal
(so it has still some super-words in it) ;)

Modal 008 (built 2015) – Analog Synthesizer 
provides eight discrete voices of polyphony with an uncompromising analogue
architecture utilising the highest grade components throughout

Modal 008 synthesizer
Two 100% analogue VCO’s per voice
with two sub oscillators, providing sawtooth, triangle, square
with PWM and noise.

note those filters are a bit like the Oberheim Matrix12 synthesizer

 Oberheim Matrix 12 (built 1985) – Analog Synthesizer
that allows combinations of filters including phase shifting / all pass filters that really sound great for pads and stuff.


Each of the waveforms can be blended together to provide
completely new complex wave shapes Innovative and

extremely flexible 16 multi-mode filter, consisting of traditional modes such as low-pass, band-pass and
high-pass as well as more unusual notch, phase and combination modes.

Filter overdrive enables the sound to be driven to sonic extremes A range of classic analogue polysynth features such as oscillator and filter FM bringing amazing sonic power

Two LFO’s, both capable of reaching audio rates with multiple wave
shapes and midi sync
11 modulation sources with unlimited destinations. Each destination can be set it’s own unique depth, a super smooth sample rate of 10kHz and all accessible from the front panel – no menu diving 008 features a range of sequencing options

– a built in 2 Track, 12 row, 32 step sequencer with
16 dedicated step time editing knobs on the front panel and MIDI sync capabilities. Sequences can also be transposed dynamically while running

A very highly featured arpeggiator with a wide range of different modes, including ‘hold’ mode, enabling arpeggiator-based sequences to be created The Modal Electronics Animator, which enables any control parameter on the 008 to be sequenced, enabling very complex filter transisitions, wave form changes and
modulation matrix changes to be sequenced Ethernet port to connect your 008 to your network and enable updates via the internet (no more midi sysex dumps) and access to the Modal Electronics cloud features

Two part multi-timbral (bi timbral) allowing splits across the keyboard or stacks to create amazingly complex sounds Superb UI, a great departure from the norm of synthesisers, featuring a very high quality 4.3? screen with wide viewing angle, display is context sensitive where the control parameters of any control knob that is touched by the user, is immediately displayed Eight

recall banks’ are accessible directly from the front panel, enabling performing musicians to get rid of their set sheets and build set lists of presets, sequences and animations, all quickly accessible from dedicated front panel buttons. Up to ten banks of quick recalls can be created, making live performance a doddle Ultra fast (1ms) VCF and VCA envelope generators. VCF-EG is one of the 11 modulation sources that can be freely assigned to any parameter by it’s own unique amount Four Key Modes – Polyphonic, Monophonic, Unison and Stack Very high quality construction, uses a premium FATAR semi-weighted five octave key mechanism with aftertouch All voice control parameters are accessible from a well designed and intuitive front panel, that follows a traditional synthesiser work flow Combined XLR/TRS sockets for balanced / unbalanced outputs.

each of the eight outputs can be brought out individually via a dedicated d-sub socket. Optional Digital Output board providing multi voice outputs over USB (Class Compliant) with FX available Q2 2015. Two audio inputs enabling audio processing from the VCF onwards plus external MIDI in and out XY joystick and
Sustain and Expression pedal inputs for performance controls – any control parameter can be assigned to any joystick axis (X+, X-, Y+, Y-) by pressing the dedicated front panel selector button


Forum; Neuer Analoger von Modal: Modal 008 / 002R Rack

Blue Lantern – Dwarf Star – analog synth

don’t know much about this – especially how it really sounds like

it appears to me like they did modules and now try the Cwejman approach – here’s a cool looking synth (that isn’t meant negatively – it may be a good start to the (semi) modular world ..?

I just post it because I kind of liked it when I saw it – it’s a classic

• 2 OSC synth with classic wave shapes for each OSC
• has 2 sub OSCs

•2 ENVs – AR plus !? which is possibly me not seeing D/S?
•multimode filter

•can do sync and since it has jacks it can do FM as well.

•time and rev cv seems like it has a CV-able Reverb and there is a •S/H unit as well, so it has quite a lot to offer.

•2 LFOs – if I am right.

1.2k Pound isn’t super cheap, but it looks like worth an ear ..

blue lantern dwarf star

Forum • Blue Lantern – Dwarf Star.

Roland Aira – analog Synth coming up – Reon in a Roland case?

MusikMesse 2015:
Here’s a pic taken by someone at GS – on the right you see REON Synths (Driftboxes I guess – btw very high quality sounding synth!). on the left is a “normal” eurorack modular system and in between – there is a Aira-Styled something that does not seem to have patch jacks but may be some sort of:

-UPDATE: no – driftbox, they got a new modular system for us called the System 500 and digital modules series!

1) System 1 tech modeling which is obviously very good and could simulate System 100, 100m and 700 things – it may not provide a lot of voices but a good sound and access. there is a display and maybe patching is possible another way or it is sort of integrated.

2) it could be a more closed analog synth based on Reon
3) the new stuff that is in the JD Xi / Xa Synths

MY guess is – it’s a “repackaged” Reon – so it’s analog.
anyway it is new to me that Roland is doing this – but why not?
Reon got a full modular system, so sequencers and synth and other stuff could be in, not just the Driftbox – of course.

and a new System 1 Rack will be show up at Musikmesse as well!aira mod synth

Na? was könnte das sein? Neues Aira Modular-Ähnliches Ding? Das Format ist wirklich klein, daher wird die Spekulation einige Antworten nicht ermöglichen wie Mehrstimmig-irgendwas, eher ein klar abgegrenztes sehr anzunehmen ist auch das analoge “Zeug” von Reon (das ist was ich annehme, also analog und gut – aber die Größe ist weitgehend gleich) oder aber auch anders – denn rechts sieht man die Driftbox, die es bei Roland im Vertrieb gibt und die übrigens erstaunlich gut klingt.  Das kommt dann im nächsten SynMag Ausgabe 50 (yeah!)
Im Forum wird spekuliert:  Roland Aira Modular

und außerdem gibt es eine Art neues System 1 als Rack – zur Messe..