NAMM 2015: New Analog Synths and a KAOSS DJ Controller from Korg


Korg continues to find much of its present to be a celebration of its past, and this year at NAMM is no different. The company brings a bevy of new and innovative products to the table, but first (and honestly most attention grabbing) is the announcement of the re-release of the legendary ARP Odyssey synthesizer. It is an 86% scale recreation that sees the body extended out to protect the keys; otherwise the synth looks just the same. It features all three filters from the original, and supports audio input along with CV and gate I/O. A few modern touches, such as USB MIDI, are greatly welcome, assuring this classic will fit comfortably in with modern production.

Korg has also re-shaped the classic MS-20 as a desktop module in kit form, adding an FM mode and filter select switch, alongside a new oscillator synch. The kit includes the brand-new SQ-1CV sequencer, which supports Hz/V and V/Oct, and will work not just with the desktop MS-20, but with any analog synth that supports CV input.

Even with all this synth-mania, DJs were not left out in the cold at the Korg booth this year, with love for them coming in the form of the KAOSS DJ, a DJ controller with KAOSS FX, synths, and audio I/O integrated right in. Tailored to work seamlessly with Serato DJ Intro right out of the box, KAOSS DJ can also function as a stand-alone mixer. Its two touch platters sandwich a full KAOSS Pad with 120 effects.

You can learn about more new products from the 2015 NAMM Show at this link, courtesy of B&H.