Its Korg product week, yesterday saw the Poetry home piano, the TM-70 tuners and the KR-11 compact rhythm box. Today we get the KingKorg Neo - a 24 voice King Korg inspired (but smaller and without the physical tube) Virtual Analogue Performance Synth, with XMT engine featuring the same 138 oscillator types, the same 18 self oscillating filter models - like we saw in the original King Korg, Vocoder, FX, and a new Virtual Patching system,which allows for freely assignable routing between modules.
The 37 Key form factor has a passing resemblance to the range of OP6, Wavestate etc (we don't know if it follows the same construction) but in white - we will conform this when we get our hands on one at NAMM. There are also the same three LCD displays as the original, though without the trademark Korg scope view.
The original KingKorg was one of those Marmite synths, some thought it was a bit of an unsung classic, for others it was a bit - meh. But it is discontinued, so the only way to get yourself some King Korg action is either second hand or with the new Neo. Missed a trick not adding aftertouch though and at this price we would have liked to see that.
And so to the price - at $999 its up a level from, the $699 of the OP6, Wavestate, ModWave et al.
Loopop of course has the first look:
Uses a unique ball and spring model
The new official emulation, endorsed by Oberheim
Supercharged mono synth as plug-in
GALAXIAS Roland Cloud