Korg Minilogue

The perfect starter synth?

In the beginning of 2016 I bought a Korg Minilogue. It was my first hardware synth since the early cloudy 1980’s when I had a small Moog of some sort, which I didn’t really understand or play much.

My interest in synthesizers was high. I expected to become obsessive about it, but I really didn’t know what I was doing. I knew I needed a starter synth to learn and decide what features were important to me before I laid down thousands of dollars. The Korg Minilogue did what it was supposed to do admirably.

For me personally, with hindsight since I have had both, I’d rather start with a Novation Bass Station II for $399. A mono/paraphonic synth turned out to be more useful than I thought compared to Minilogue’s 4 voice polyphony, factoring in my distaste for mini/slim keys as well.

The mini/slim keys are a controversial subject. Many like me, hate mini keys as I discussed in my post Size Matters. An equal amount of people love them, some even prefer them over full size keys. Studio space and portability can also be deciding factors. Either way, 25 or 37 key synths are going to be bass, lead, trigger, sound effect or 2-4 note chord machines, not something a piano/organ person is gonna go for.

Fast forward 3 years to 2019, if the Minilogue format is for you, I think you be well advised to push your budget to $619. The new Minilogue XD is well worth the extra $100 over current Minilogue pricing of $519. I’d be surprised if in short time, the Minilogue didn’t drop down to the $419 price range and that might make for easier decisions for the budget conscious or first time synth owner.

I wholeheartedly recommend the Minilogue and Minilogue XD. If you need to spend $400-$600-ish, get a Minilogue or Minilogue XD. They have a little bit of everything.

Thanks!
-Yehuda

Manufacturer’s website
http://www.korg.com/us/products/synthesizers

Product support, downloads
https://www.korg.com/us/support
https://www.korg.com/us/support/download/product/0/544

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/KORGusa

Facebook user groups

Korg Minilogue
https://www.facebook.com/groups/KorgMinilogue

Videos

(Uptown Oscillators) UO Korg Minilogue YouTube Playlist

The Korg Minilogue Video List
9 YouTube tutorial videos from Marc Doty / Automatic Gainsay

Useful links

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Tech Specs

Sound generating system:

  • 2 VCO (square wave, triangle wave, sawtooth wave)
  • 1 VCF (2-pole, 4-pole)
  • 2 EG
  • 1 VCA
  • 1 LFO
  • DELAY
  • Sound Engine Type: Analog
  • Number of Keys: 37
  • Type of Keys: Slim-key, velocity sensitive
  • Polyphony: 4 voices
  • Number of Presets: 100 presets, 100 user
  • Sequencer: 16-step polyphonic with motion sequence recording 
  • Audio Inputs: 1 x 1/4″ (audio in), 1 x 1/8″ (sync in)
  • Audio Outputs: 1 x 1/4″ TRS (audio out), 1 x 1/8″ (sync out)
  • Headphones: 1 x 1/4″
  • USB: 1 x Type USB B
  • MIDI I/O: In/Out
  • Power Supply: 9V DC power supply included
  • Height: 3.35″
  • Width: 19.69″
  • Depth: 11.81″
  • Weight: 6.17 lbs.

The Minilogue features eight distinct voice-modes

  • Poly: Operates as a four-voice polyphonic synthesizer
  • Duo: Operates as a unison two-voice polyphonic synthesizer
  • Unison: Operates as an all-unison mono synthesizer
  • Mono: Operates as a mono synth with sub-oscillators
  • Chord: Produces chords
  • Delay: Voices 2–4 sound consecutively at a delay following voice 1
  • ARP: An arpeggiator operates with up to four voices
  • Side Chain: When a note sounds, the volume of the preceding voice is lowered