Offering both analog and digital sounds, this also includes an extended version of the Multi-Engine found in other logoe products, which enables you to customize your Drumlogue with new synth sounds.
Drumlogue contains new analog circuits from Korg engineer Junichi Ikeuchi, whose previous projects include ARP 2600 mAnd the MS-20 Mini And the ARP Odyssey. This is used to generate kick, snare, and low/high tom sounds, which promise to give your tracks “consistent richness and a thick low end”.
You can augment these analog sounds with seven digital parts, six of which are sample-based and one of which uses the multi-engine mentioned above. Sample-based parts can play your own built-in PCM ringtones and samples, which can simply be dragged and dropped from a computer via USB.
The Expanded Multiplayer now features Variable Phase Modulation (VPM) and noise generator drives, as well as a new user slot that can host full synth sounds, complete with filters, LFOs, MIDI-controlled polyphony and other parameters.
To give you a glimpse of what this technology is capable of, featuring Korg Nano, a new Drumlogue plug-in from Sinevibes, which has previously developed a number of highly regarded plugins for other login tools. This is described as a complete synthesis with dual oscillators, optional loop modulation, a four-pole state-variable filter with soft shear distortion, integrated EG and multiple LFO waveforms.
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Of course, Drumlogue also boasts a sequencer – a power of 64 steps that allows you to create complex patterns and multiple rhythms. Features include probability for each step, alternate trigger patterns for each step, micro offsets for each step, groove patterns for each path and more. You can navigate and edit sequences on the OLED screen.
There is also String mode, which enables you to create longer, more interesting patterns. You can also use repeat mode to switch between variations, and it’s said to be easy to record movement and accents. Randomization feature is available for instant trial.
The effects here, too, are divided into three categories — delay, echo, and master — that can be used simultaneously. Transmission amounts for delay and frequency effects are set independently, with multiple return points also available.
Although the main effects apply to your entire groove, it can be bypassed on a part-by-part basis, so it only addresses the parts you choose. The main effects section has a side series, bus as well. There is also audio input, which means other instruments can be manipulated through Drumlogue effects.
Speaking of I/O, Drumlogue has a lot of them, including a USB-A port for connection to class-compatible MIDI devices, standard MIDI I/O, synchronous I/O and USB MIDI. On the audio front, there are four individual outputs, a headphone and two main L/R outputs. Any part can be customized to any output, so you have a lot of flexibility in routing.
Last but not least, we have to mention Drumlogue’s design, which promises to make it user-friendly and accessible. The main parameters of the master cylinder parts have dedicated front knobs for real-time adjustment, while custom-sized pots for each part are designed to speed up the mixing process. Meanwhile, the OLED display is said to have a simple user interface that can be navigated using four dedicated coding knobs.
You’ll also notice the angle of the Drumlogue’s main panel – it’s tilted toward the user to improve ergonomics and visibility. The machine body is aluminum and there are wooden side panels.
We expect the Drumlogue to be available at the end of 2022 at a price of $600 / £529. Find out more on korg (Opens in a new tab) website.