Korg Prologue 16 Analog Synthesizer

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Product Description

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.

Korg Prologue 16 Analog Synthesizer Features

  • Keys 61 keys (Natural touch keyboard with velocity)
  • Sound Generation Analogue sound generator + Multi digital sound generator (Noise, VPM, User)
  • Maximum Polyphony 16 voices
  • Programs Over 500 voices (more than 200 preloaded, 300 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
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 24-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.

Open source means that the prologue’s development is ongoing. It provides 16 user oscillator slots and 16 user effect slots, and you can use the dedicated librarian software (expected to be available for downloading around early spring 2018) to create your very own oscillators and effect programs, and load them into prologue.

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.

The prologue is a two-timbre synthesizer that lets you play two different programs simultaneously.

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Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Korg Prologue 16 Analog Synthesizer Specifications
  • 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), Pitch EG Int, Sync, Ring, Cross Mod Depth
    • Multi Engine: Noise/VPM/User, Octave, Type, Shape
    • Multi Engine Types
    • Noise Generator: 4 Types
    • VPM Oscillator: 16 Types
    • User Oscillator: 16 Slots
    • 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), Mod (Fast, Slow, Bpm), Rate, Int, Target (Pitch, Shape, Cutoff)
  • Main Effect Parameters 
    • Mod Effects: Off/On/Select (Chorus, Ensemble, Phaser, Flanger, User), Speed, Depth
    • Chorus: 8 Types
    • Ensemble: 3 Types
    • Phaser: 8 Tyepes
    • Flanger: 8 Types
    • User: 16 Types
  • Delay/Reverb Types
    • Delay: 8 Types
    • Reverb: 8 Types
  • L.F. Comp Off/On, Gain
  • Controls
    • Wheels: Modulation Wheel That Can Modify Different Parameters for Each Program, Pitch Wheel
    • Knobs: Portamento Knob, Voice Spread Knob
  • Display
    • Main: Real-Time OLED Oscilloscope Provides Visual Feedback of Parameter Changes
    • Multi Engine Section: 7 Segments X 6 Digit Led Display
  • Audio Connections
    • Head Phone Jack (Stereo Phone Jack) 
    • Output L/Mono, R Jacks (Monaural Phone Jack Unbalanced)
  • Sync Connections 
    • Sync In Jack (3.5 Mm [1/8 inch] Mini Jack, Maximum Input Level 20 V)
    • Sync Out Jack (3.5 Mm [1/8 inch] Mini Jack, Output Level 5 V)
  • Midi Connections
    • Midi In Jack
    • Midi Out Jack
  • USB Connections 
    • USB B Jack
  • Control Connections
    • Expression Jack
    • Damper Jack (Half Damper Is Not Supported)
  • Power
    • Power Supply: Ac Power Supply Terminal
    • Power Consumption: 38 W

Customer Reviews

Alex Hooks Submitted: 9/26/2018
Product Rating
Excellent Versatile Synth
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I actually have been looking for a synth that could mix well with my musical genre. I picked the Prologue 16 over the others because it is supposedly open source, which I am patiently waiting for. I love the Multi Engine and quality of sounds. This synth is a beauty. I do wish it had auto knobs though. IMO this synth is an instant classic with a sound all it’s own. The ability for programmers to offer expansion effects, oscillators and presets was the main reason I bought it. Of course with AMS I got 12 easy payments which was very quick and painless. This was my first purchase and I plan on many others.
Yoshi Submitted: 9/5/2018
Product Rating
Really great quality synth a classic.
What is your opinion of this product?
This product is pretty good im liking it.
Luna Submitted: 8/15/2018
Product Rating
The best modern korg synth out now!
What is your opinion of this product?
I prefer the prologue 16 to the minilogue and monologue. Full size keys are nice and synth engine is out of this world! I do wish there were more lfo options and midi thru, but still incredible at this price point!
Jonathan Johnson Submitted: 7/21/2018
Product Rating
New favorite synth
What is your opinion of this product?
I’ve had this Synth for a few months in the studio. It is used on almost every song. Every artist that has come in and even brought their on Juno’s or other synths has ended up using this. The flitters are smooth and have very little stepping even at the highest resonance. The only thing I wish, was that it had more routing options and a second LFO. But, I can always use a prophet or soft-synth for more complex sound design. Most importantly, the ocilators sound incredible. Very happy with this thing.
Bob I. Gomez Submitted: 6/19/2018
Product Rating
Korg does Analog
What is your opinion of this product?
I was skeptical about a 16 VCO analog synth for under $2k. I saved a bit by purchasing the scratch & dent model. It looks fine although there does seem to be an issue with the compressor meter. It basically sits in the red zone with little movement. Otherwise the Prologue is very nice. Keys feel good & build quality is very good.
davydakid Submitted: 4/22/2018
Product Rating
Definitely worth the wait!!
What is your opinion of this product?
I pre-ordered this bad boy as soon as I saw a picture of it. I waited 2 long months to receive it and when it finally came in, it didn't disappoint. The build quality is superb boasting a sleek aluminum body and smooth knobs that have the perfect amount of resistance. The VPM/wavetable oscillator sounds amazing, allowing for sound design that extends beyond the reach of a typical analog polysynth. I know some people complain that there's only one LFO and no aftertouch, which might be an inconvenience for some but for me I didn't find it to be a problem. The LF Compressor sounds really good too, helping boost the low frequencies while adding rich, warm harmonics to the signal. I can't speak more highly of this product. Great job Korg!
Brian Submitted: 4/20/2018
Product Rating
Unconventional synth great analog sound.
What is your opinion of this product?
I wavered on buying this synth due to the “limited” modulation options but really that isn’t true Korg has just given you eccentric pathways to give movement. The multi osc is particularly useful for this. You can crank it up in the mix to give an FM thwack, or blend in a little tuned noise with the traditional oscillators. It’s still very new to me but I’ve had great fun layering Timbres of sounds with rising pitch enveloped then running them through the submarine reverb (which causes the reverb trails to descend). Easy soundscapes with plenty of movement. Drive in the filter is also great both for pads and snarling leads. User oscs and effects should be interesting but nothing exists yet so time will tell. Did not influence my buying decision. I chose the 16 for voice count capabilities when layering timbres, not the compressor. You can have timbre 1 doing 8 voice poly and 2 doing 8 voice unison stack, etc... that’s the strength of the prologue and 8 voice limits this.


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