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Korg Nautilus

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:18 am

Anyone get the email from Korg about this new workstation?

My heart is hoping that it's a ground-up re-design of the Kronos concept, complete with a filing system that doesn't make me want to self-harm, but my head (and the video) is strongly suggesting it's a re-hash of the Kronos I know and hate (I sold my Kronos after repeatedly wanting to throw it out of a high window).

What do we think/know?
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:48 am

Sounds like it's a cut-down Kronos. :headbang:

And no aftertouch. Sigh. :evil:
Korg say: "NAUTILUS pushes the boundaries of what a performance synth and workstation is capable of"

With no aftertouch. No... aftertouch. A 'performance' synth with... no aftertouch. Seriously? That 'boundary' was pushed back in the 1970s. Seriously, Korg - if you want to 'push boundaries', then how about MPE and MIDI 2?

Count me out. :frown:
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby blinddrew » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:52 am

I was going to make a poly-aftertouch joke but i'm already too late!
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:01 am

The Elf wrote:Sounds like it's a cut-down Kronos. :headbang:

And no aftertouch. Sigh. :evil:
Korg say: "NAUTILUS pushes the boundaries of what a performance synth and workstation is capable of"

With no aftertouch. No... aftertouch. A 'performance' synth with... no aftertouch. Seriously? That 'boundary' was pushed back in the 1970s. Seriously, Korg - if you want to 'push boundaries', then how about MPE and MIDI 2?

Count me out. :frown:

Me too. Unbelievable :protest:
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Arpangel » Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:27 am

Looks scary, made my eyes go funny, doesn’t look friendly at all.
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Dave B » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:19 pm

Hmm.. interesting.

Now The Elf and I disagree on the Kronos. I am happy to acknowledge it is quite a flawed beast, but it is still a beast. I'm now fairly comfortable with using it live as well and part of me has been wondering about getting a 61key version for an upper keyboard (I tend to work in pairs). That way, I would have everything I needed - including inputs for the lower and a passable organ sim - in the top and could make that my common keyboard for the various rigs I have.

The Nautilus looks ok, it has a good display, uncluttered panel, proper IEC power and a pair of inputs. It ticks almost all the boxes. It even seems to have the same amount of polyphony. So far so good.

The aftertouch thing is just silly. Why? Really ... why? (sigh)

And the price - it's about 2 grand for the 61 key version. That's not outrageous ... but .. I can pick up an actual Kronos s/h for much less than that. For my tastes, it's priced just a little higher than I think it should be. A little lower and I think it would do really well and walk over the Roland and Yamaha competition.

Anyway .. I won't be getting my mits on one anytime soon for a fiddle. So .. nice .. but not wanting me to dust off my trusty cards...
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Rich Hanson » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:35 pm

Loopop on YouTube has a review of it posted this morning. It didn't particular excite me (but I'm in one of my moods so it didn't stand a chance anyway :P )
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby desmond » Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:37 pm

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Anyone else getting serious Wavestation vibes from the design..?
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Dave B » Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:13 pm

Good point - it's almost a Wavestation/Wavestate mashup.

Probably why I like the look of it ... ;)
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Martin Walker » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:13 pm

I thought its clean lines were a tribute to my old faithful Korg M1, but with a colour screen.

(and even the M1 had aftertouch!)


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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby Eddy Deegan » Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:18 pm

I'm sorry to repeat myself, but I find the concept of a synth workstation costing anywhere from £1949 to £2549 that doesn't have aftertouch to be bonkers, and not in a good way :crazy:

I also noticed in a couple of youtube videos that the screen response seems incredibly sluggish.
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby BJG145 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:15 pm

Hmm, interesting.

I shall reserve judgement until SOS have got their mitts on it.
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby nickle15 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:38 pm

It appears to share the same color scheme as the Krome EX, with the more charcoal colored face plate. Currently watching Woody's Piano Shack "live" video review.

So far my thoughts are that I'm very excited to potentially have roughly the same engines as are available in the Kronos, without the same price tag. But with the discounted price on the Kronos right now I'm wondering if it's actually a better deal overall. Also makes me wonder if the Nautilus is the first in a few new rollouts from Korg - meaning, maybe a true replacement for the Kronos is on the way?
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby The Elf » Mon Nov 09, 2020 3:50 pm

nickle15 wrote:maybe a true replacement for the Kronos is on the way?
For a short while back then I thought this may be it.

To me the Nautilus looks like a tired old donkey in a new hat.

The Kronos is really just a bunch of virtual instruments running on a dedicated PC (look inside the case to see a PC motherboard, complete with printer port!). When I decided to ditch the Kronos I created my own custom 'Kronos' in my laptop. My 'Kronos' is more powerful, more capable and far, far more flexible.
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Re: Korg Nautilus

Postby nickle15 » Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:48 pm

The Elf wrote:
nickle15 wrote:maybe a true replacement for the Kronos is on the way?
For a short while back then I thought this may be it.

To me the Nautilus looks like a tired old donkey in a new hat.

The Kronos is really just a bunch of virtual instruments running on a dedicated PC (look inside the case to see a PC motherboard, complete with printer port!). When I decided to ditch the Kronos I created my own custom 'Kronos' in my laptop. My 'Kronos' is more powerful, more capable and far, far more flexible.


That's an interesting tidbit and makes a lot of sense! The biggest hurdle I've had to using more virtual instruments is my inability to figure out how to assign knobs, sliders and buttons on a physical keyboard to control the virtual instrument settings - filter, etc. If I could solve that issue I know I'd get a lot more use/enjoyment out of the virtual instruments I have currently.
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