Korg KingKORG 61-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer

61-key analog modeling synthesizer with Tube Preamp, Vintage Effects, Vocoder, Arpeggiator, CV Control, Oscillators, Filters, and Modulation Controls
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A Synth Designed for Live Performance

The full-sized KingKORG analog modeling performance synthesizer lets you take a world of totally tweakable synth tone onstage. It sports all of the oscillators, filters, and modulation toys you'd expect from a real analog synth, as well as the hands-on controls you need to put them to work. A real tube preamplifier and a killer collection of vintage effects complete the picture. But that's not all. Throw in a vocoder, USB I/O, and a powerful arpeggiator to be prepared for any gig. Designed with the live performer in mind, the Korg KingKORG synth has all the toys you need and more.

Korg KingKORG Analog Modeling Synthesizer at a Glance:
  • Powerful modeling delivers killer oscillator tones
  • KingKORG has the Classic filter sounds you want
  • Get your hands on your tone with front-panel knobs
Powerful modeling delivers killer oscillator tones

A 3-oscillator x 2-timbre design lets you generate thick and rich sounds on the Korg KingKORG synth. The newly developed XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) modeling sound engine is proprietary Korg technology that produces a broad range of tonal variations. The KingKORG provides pre-set algorithms that contain combinations of various types and numbers of oscillators, letting you dial in the sounds you need. Oscillator algorithms include sawtooth wave, square wave, and noise, in addition to numerous PCM/DWGS algorithms.

Get your hands on your tone with front-panel knobs

The Korg KingKORG's user interface has performance in mind! Every essential control is quickly accessible on the front panel. The KingKORG is divided into blocks for ease of use. Each block provides all the functions you need for that operation. Blocks include Oscillator, Filter, Amp, LFO, EQ, effects, and more. Everything you need is in easy reach without deep menu scrolling. For really quick changes, the KingKORG has eight buttons to instantly call up your eight Favorite sounds and settings.

KingKORG has the Classic filter sounds you want

Korg spent a lot of time making sure that the KingKORG's filters were the best they could be. Besides the typical synth filters, Korg reproduced the filters of the analog monophonic synths used for lead and bass in the '70s, the polyphonic synths of '80s new wave music, and the filters of Korg's famed MS-20. NOt only do these filters sound amazing, but they are easy to use and dial in. KingKORG's analog-modeling technology delivers unparalleled flexibility in molding new and vintage tones.

Korg KingKORG Analog Modeling Synthesizer Features:
  • 61-key analog modeling synth tailored to live performance needs
  • Powerful oscillators and modeling filters for all levels of players
  • Vacuum tube driver adds rich overtones and powerful distortion
  • Three effects sections let you add the perfect finishing touches to your sound
  • Extensive hands-on controls let you tweak settings on the fly
  • Built-in vocoder
  • CV/GATE OUT jack lets you control a Korg monotribe or MS-20
  • Korg's superb XMT (Xpanded Modeling Technology) sound engine
  • MIDI In, Out; USB/MIDI port
Korg's KingKORG analog modeling synth was designed with live performers in mind.

Additional Media

KingKORG 61-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer User Manual

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 61
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Joystick
Polyphony 24 Notes
Number of Presets 200
Number of Effects 20
Effects Types Distortion, Reverb, Compression, EQ, Chorus/Phase, Delay, U-Vibe, Ring Modulator, Rotary, Tremolo, Phaser
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x XLR
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x 1/8"
USB 1 x Type B
Pedal Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Power Supply Included AC Adapter
Height 3.78"
Width 40.43"
Depth 12.32"
Weight 15.43 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number KINGKORG

Customer Reviews

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Terrible marketing for a groundbreaking synth

I've owned several synths. I learnt to program on a D5, progressed to a VFX (awesome sound, terrible filters), a D70, SY77 (too complicated), K5000 (headachingly complicated), Blofeld (great sound, aweful UI), Sledge (great UI aweful sound), Virus Ti (meh) and a Radias: Probably the closest to a perfect synth. If only one could PM the DWG waves. Then came the King. Terrible name (but I can see where they were going with that). Beautiful UI. But why market this as a VA synth???? Under the hood is MMT2, exactly what I wanted from the Radias. One can phase modulate the DWGS waves (VERY not VA!). Plus those filters! Moog, Oberheim, Roland and Sequential Circuits are all faithfully recreated (though with cryptic names so as to avoid any patent issues). 3 0scillators of VA, DWGS, FM, Phase Modulation, PCM mayhem! Its SO easy to recreate just about ANY synth sound! JP8 strings, DX pianos, PPG pads. Then there are the sooooo smooth effects, the warm to decimating tubes (yes! Real tubes!!!!!), arpegiator. I should stop. Three words: WOW. WOW. WOW.

18 months later.....

I posted a review 18 months ago. I have since bought a virus (sold it) Waldorf pulse 2 and blofeld(both sold), Roland system-1 (still have it) kirg minilogue(deeply in love). I've gone through several other instruments but the one I will not part with is my King. I've been using synths since my first Juno in 85. I bought the King at a big close out discount of 450$ because they initially didn't sell at all. Now they are commanding good prices on eBay. Why? Because people are finding out how good this synth is. You can fall in it and come up with a usable sound! This korg is simply awesome. After 18 months and a dozen purchases I still have my king. Seriously it's worth every penny
Music background: Professional 25 years

Pure Awesomeness!

I will say that I'm largely in the softsynth domain for the last five years. I used to have a Kurzweil K-2500XS, so I've experienced some of the best hardware out there. I moved to a DAW and (a LOT of) softsynths and samples (Kontakt libraries, not free-standing rubbish) over the last five years. Recently, I decided to get a synth for recreational use, as opposed to using a MIDI controller and always having to link up a bunch of things with MIDI before even getting to playing. I wanted the keyboard version of my bass, so I could just pick up and play along with something on a whim, but still alter the sound in realtime, and even do recreational synthesis. My criterion were simple: NON-menu-diving, real-time control of the sound/synthesis, and 61 keys. (I find less than that limiting.) I also wanted to stick around $1k. The choices were slim. I saw a review of the StudioLogic Sledge 2.0. I tried that for $1k. I won't belabour the point; if you want to know what a nightmare it was, I left a review on that product's page. After developing a huge distrust of StudioLogic's Sledge and their QA, I looked for an alternative. I found the KingKorg. Yes, it's $300 more. But what you get is more than 3x that in a jump in quality! I need to stop comparing it to the synth I just came off of, at some point. Because this unit shines not just in comparison, but in its own right. Some of the highlights: * Semi-weighted keys which don't suck. I'm a fan of synth-action. My old K-2500XS was fully-weighted, and I've played some Kurzweil semi-weighted before. I don't like the way they do weighting, really. This Korg has semi-weighted keys with a bit of resistance and solidity to them, but they're still synth/organ-action enough to not hinder me. * Accessible, up-front synthesis. I haven't started hardcore on programming from scratch, but it's like a slightly condensed version of the Sledge. They just put bank selectors on the relevant sections, rather than duplicating whole banks of knobs. It's just as easy to tweak in realtime, though. * Once you actually figure out how it works (the docs suck on this aspect), nice split zone functionality. What's lacking in intuitiveness is made up for by the fact you can actually control the octave spread of each split zone, which the Sledge could not do. * AWESOME stock patches! This is one area where not many synths actually come off that well. But every patch I've tried has been relatively normalised against the entire library, and they're -extremely- polished patches. Full organ with fast/slow leslie toggle? Check! Only thing missing is drawbars, but it's even got expression on the joystick. The Moog-esque leads on this thing are just gorgeous! The strings are lush! The phase string patch I just found is useful against many old synthwash tunes. It's just plain polished and and extremely well-programmed set of patches. * A -lot- of effects, and they're usable against either timbre bank. They're also MUCH higher quality than many effects you'll hear on other units, including the Sledge, and even some softsynths. They sound gorgeous! * The vacuum tube. I could practically just leave it there, because when you hear it, it speaks for itself. From warming/enhancing, to bringing full-on drive, having that makes such a huge difference! * Gorgeous and clear OLED displays! * Accessible, easy-to-use, and well-laid-out controls! * Solid construction, yet only 15.8 pounds or so. * It actually looks much better in person than in any video or photo I've seen, including my own. There's something about the finish which makes it look much better in person, and which doesn't convey in photos/video. It actually looks fantastic (and that was my one doubt when getting it...although can anything be worse than the school-bus orange of a Sledge? No, so I jumped...). It really -looks- like a pro unit. Seriously, I play this thing through a 200w Peavey Bass Max 112 combo amp tuned to mid-range, and it's just plain lush sounding. It is a thing of beauty, and I really do not think I could be happier with the unit. It's -exactly- what I wanted for recreational use. I'd be thrilled to death with it even had I not gone through the hell I did with the Sledge first. It's a pro-grade unit which will serve recreational and professional needs. Portability (not really an issue given my usage patterns) is a plus for gigging, I'm sure. It's just plain awesome, and really high-quality. I definitely feel I got my money's worth, and then some! (Usually 61-key is $2.5k+, and I can even name probably a dozen or two units which cost that and still have 49 keys or less.) Don't let the VA nature of it be a detractor. It's absolutely capable of crystal clear sounds which will blow you away. It has all the versatility of a condensed set of realtime programming knobs, with none of the true analog drawbacks. I'd say -jump- at the chance to own this!

Long Live the King

Back in the ‘70’s the first synthesizer I ever owned was a little quirky monophonic thing called, appropriately, the Mini Korg. The second was a big quirky polyphonic thing called the Yamaha CS-60. I loved both of these contraptions and the outrageous analog sounds they could make. While there certainly are some very excellent modern analog modeling synthesizers out there that sound great and have all the standard analog synthesis controls, nothing seemed to have the quirkyness that made early synthesizers so much fun until I saw something called the KingKorg (one word evidently). The King has an excellent analog synthesizer model with an incredible sound that can become way huge really quickly. Each timbre (of which there can be two – either layered or split) has 3 oscillators, but each oscillator has the standard analog waveforms (and lots of other stuff), but they have double oscillators called ‘Dual Saw’, Dual Square’ , etc. so each of the three oscillators can play 2 detuned sounds making the 3 oscillators sound like 6. If that’s not enough for you there are the ‘Unison’ saw, square, etc. waves that each put out 5 detuned sounds, so the 3 oscillators can sound like 15! Layer 2 timbres and you have 30! Add the unison feature and you have 60 – yikes! A program with 3 regular waveforms can sound as thick and rich as most folks would ever need. There’s a very nice filter section with the excellent KingKorg filters as well as models of filters from the Mini Moog, Prophet 5, and others. One great feature I love is the ability to put the analog oscillators out of tune, so if you repeated hit, let’s say, a ‘C’ note, each ‘C’ will be a slightly (or hugely) different pitch – this sounds exactly like my old CS-60 with the advantage that the oscillators can be put back in tune with the twist of a knob instead of spending days with an oscilloscope and voltmeter. The keyboard is light and fast with 3 triggering options – perfect for fast synth leads. Besides all the analog stuff, the King was quite a selection of sampled sounds – I haven’t played with them much, but they seem good enough to use if you needed a piano sound for a song, and I’m sure they would also make interesting fodder for the extensive filtering options! If you’re looking for a quirky, fun, lightweight analog synth with a great sound and lots of fun tools and effects, this would be a great choice. The only people who might be disappointed with this are those who are looking for something to play piano and Hammond organ on all night – there are better axes for that job. But, if you love big filter sweeps, thick analog brass sounds, riding the joystick to add just the right amount of vibrato and pitch bend to your searing sawtooth synth leads, and long portamento slides with lots of tape echo, this Korg is indeed King.
Music background: Pro...

i was WRONG

i saw the news and the NAMM and i was yawning. i own a Kronos so i couldnt see wanting this. I WAS WRONG. i spent a few hours on this beast and thats the best way to describe it. i have seen the VIRTUAL ANALOGS and they are nice! but this one really pushes the envelope. the interface is designed in such a way that in no time you could edit the King with your eyes shut, and when you do turn a knob its amazing how much sound you can get out of it. powerful yet still warm. you can ASSAULT the ears without actually hurting them. it is capable of beautiful warm analog bliss or you can push it into some very aggressive esoteric territory. DUB STEPPERS TAKE NOTE! it is the most fun Ive had programming a synth in Decades. ignore the silly name. ITS AN AWESOME SYNTH
Music background: Pro Musician-studio and stage

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Carson McClain

I'll admit, I didn't want to like the KingKORG. I'm not sure why - maybe because I've been on an analog synth kick for a while. But it has more than convinced me... this board is GREAT! Its layout is awesome, the sound selection is great, and its ease of use is an A+. The sounds are very valid - bunches of current, vintage, Mellotron, and PCM sounds, along with plenty of extra sounds to add to ANY keyboard rig. (And the effects sound really great, too!) Plus, the knobs have been laid out with common sense - a real benefit. The KingKORG is a fun board that anyone can get good sound out of - and everyone who plays it is going to want one.
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