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Korg’s Next-Generation Performance Synth Workstation


Fortified with nine powerful sound engines — each optimized for a specific task — the Korg NAUTILUS pushes the performance envelope for synth workstations. Leveraging Korg’s latest cutting-edge technology, NAUTILUS advances the state of the art with its robust feature set, which gives you fingertip access to a massive arsenal of premium sounds, full-featured sampling and HD audio recording, studio-grade effects, and stunning processing power — all harmoniously integrated into a sleek, robust chassis that’s easy to transport and looks incredible onstage. Korg KRONOS set the standard for the modern, multi-engine music workstation. Now, NAUTILUS gives keyboardists the sonic capabilities of KRONOS, with an even larger soundset, in a streamlined, more affordable Japanese-built performance synth workstation.


Pianos are the bedrock of most keyboardists’ soundsets, and NAUTILUS features the largest number of advanced piano libraries ever contained in one product. Not only is NAUTILUS fortified with all the gorgeous grands and uprights from KRONOS and Grandstage, but it also features an updated version of Korg’s SGX-2 piano sound generator, which leverages 12-step velocity switching, sympathetic string resonance, variable ambience, and more to bring out the nuanced expressiveness of your acoustic piano performances. From the mellifluous tones of a legendary German piano to the thrilling sounds of a famous Italian grand, Korg’s SGX-2 piano engine delivers a level of detail that captures every delicate nuance of these intricate instruments.


Korg’s renowned EP-1 electric piano sound generator reproduces seven classic electric piano sounds with stunning realism, while the CX-3 engine — the heart of Korg’s coveted CX-3 reissue — serves up the distinctive sound of legendary tonewheel organs. Add to that MOD-7 VPM/FM synthesis; the PolysixEX, MS-20EX, and AL-1 for analog modeling; and the STR-1 for physical modeling, and you have a dedicated engine for any type of sound you’re looking for. Deployed together in Program or Combination mode, these distinctive sound engines create entirely new timbres.


The most powerful sound engine in Korg’s history, the HD-1 High Definition PCM sound engine is built on Korg’s proprietary low-aliasing sample playback oscillators and features full-bandwidth multimode resonant filters and fast, smooth envelopes and LFOs for flexible signal modulation. Acclaimed industry-wide, Korg’s PCM sounds are meticulously crafted by a specialized team. As technology advances, data that was previously omitted due to technical limitations has been drawn back into service for NAUTILUS. While the impressive quantity of waveform memory might be roughly equivalent to a computer-based sound engine, the real difference is in the superior level of quality and finish that become manifest when you play these sounds as instruments on your NAUTILUS.


NAUTILUS takes sampling to the next level with out-of-this-world sounds like “Nails Piano,” which combines a piano with chromatically tuned samples of nails being dropped on the floor! Korg’s Open Sampling System lets you quickly sample any external audio source, whether you’re in Program, Combination, or Sequencer mode. You can load custom samples into the user sample bank via USB memory to take advantage of NAUTILUS’s massive 60GB SSD capacity. NAUTILUS supports samples in AIFF, WAV, SoundFont 2.0, and AKAI S1000/3000 formats. What’s more, you can exchange large amounts of sample data with your computer at high speed using a USB Ethernet adapter. And, uniquely, you can use instruments or samples you have created on your Mac or PC as the basis of a NAUTILUS production.


NAUTILUS’s nerve center is its expansive new 8-inch (800 x 480 pixel) WVGA color TouchView display, which lets you choose a sound with the touch of a finger, and gives you deep, intuitive control over every parameter. The display’s Touch-Drag capability means you can, for instance, adjust the lid of a grand piano or connect a patch cable to a semi-modular synth model with just a simple finger swipe! The display also has a convenient Search function, which allows you to search for (and preview) sounds based on their titles. Korg’s TouchView display, together with the real-time knobs, not only integrates, streamlines, and simplifies the operations of a very sophisticated high-tech instrument, but it also puts your creativity front and center at all times. And that, friends, is what it’s all about.


Included software bundle:

  • KORG Collection M1 Le (synthesizer sound module)
  • UVI Digital Synsations (synthesizer sound module)
  • AAS Ultra Analog Session (synthesizer sound module)
  • AAS Strum Session (acoustic guitar sound module)
  • AAS Lounge Lizard Session (electric piano sound module)
  • Reason Studios Reason Lite (DAW music production software)
  • Skoove free 3-month trial of Skoove Premium (online piano lesson)
  • KORG Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
  • iZotope Ozone Elements (audio mastering plug-in software)
  • KORG Gadget 2 Le (music production studio DAW app for iOS)
  • KORG Module (piano/keyboard sound module app for iOS)

Korg Nautilus 88 88-key Synthesizer Workstation

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