Korg Berlin, a research and development division of industry stalwart Korg, has recently unveiled its inaugural prototype, an "Acoustic Synthesizer" - the Acoustic Synthesis_phase5.
Korg Berlin, a research and development division of industry stalwart Korg, has recently unveiled its inaugural prototype, an “Acoustic Synthesizer” – the Acoustic Synthesis_phase5.
This innovative device combines the characteristics of an acoustic instrument with synth-like controls. Unlike conventional synthesizers that rely on oscillators, the phase5 utilises tuned metal forks to generate distinct fundamental notes and overtones, mimicking the sound of a real acoustic instrument.
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By using acoustic resonators instead of electronic circuits, the device possesses unique qualities such as producing reverb effects similar to those of an electric guitar when positioned near an amplifier, and emitting ringing sounds when dropped or struck against a surface.
According to Tatsuya Takahashi, one Korg Berlin’s co-founders, the aim is to capture the organic essence of acoustic instruments while maintaining the controllability of a synthesizer. The phase5 is currently still in the prototype phase, and its potential release will be determined based on public interest.
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To get a closer look at this groundbreaking instrument, you can watch the introductory video provided by Reverb below:
For more information, head to Korg Berlin’s website.