KingKORG NEO is a virtual analogue synthesiser that stands out with its analogue-like layout and intuitive, flexible editing. This compact powerhouse features 37 full-size keys and a versatile vocoder, making it perfect for both studio and stage. With our cutting-edge XMT sound engine, it delivers a wide range of classic and futuristic sounds. Designed for the contemporary musician, the KingKORG NEO is the ultimate tool for exploring new soundscapes and pushing musical expression.
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KingKORG NEO features our XMT virtual analogue sound engine. XMT stands for eXpanded Modelling Technology and was created to offer an expansive array of sounds while ensuring simplicity in operation.
Gone are the days of laborious oscillator adjustments for sound crafting. The KingKORG NEO streamlines this process with pre-set algorithms. These carefully designed combinations of different oscillator types and quantities empower you to quickly shape rich, stage-ready tones with ease.
Embracing the demand for diverse tonal capabilities, the KingKORG NEO comes loaded with a wide range of oscillator algorithms. From the classic sawtooth and square waves to the more intricate noise patterns typical of analogue synthesizers, and extending to PCM/DWGS, this synthesiser is equipped to cater to an extensive variety of musical needs and preferences.
Crafting character with iconic modelled filters
In the heart of the KingKORG NEO lies its meticulously designed filter section, a cornerstone in defining the synthesiser's unique sonic character. We’ve infused KingKORG NEO with a diverse range of filters, each adding a distinct flavour to your sound creations, an aspect where analogue modelling truly shines.
The KingKORG NEO's filter collection is a treasure trove for sound designers. It encompasses a wide array of essential analogue modelling filter types, enabling you to sculpt sounds with precision and ease. But we didn't stop there. We've painstakingly modelled filters that echo the iconic analogue monophonic synths of the '70s – the go-to for punchy leads and deep basses. We’ve also captured the essence of polyphonic synths from the vibrant new wave era of the '80s, and the legendary filters from Korg’s own MS-20 analogue synth.
One of the most captivating features of these filters is their ability to self-oscillate when you dial up the resonance – a hallmark of classic analogue synthesis. This capability opens up a world of sonic possibilities, from creating ethereal textures to crafting powerful, resonant tones.
KingKORG NEO synth comes equipped with a balanced XLR input on its front panel, and includes a rugged, high-quality microphone. This setup invites you to dive into the world of vocoding instantly.
At the core of the KingKORG NEO's vocoder is a sophisticated 16-band filter, rivalling dedicated vocoder machines. This powerful feature allows you to craft classic vocoder tones, but that’s just the beginning. By shifting the filter frequency with the formant shift function and finely adjusting the level and pan of each band, you open the doors to an array of unique and original sounds. Whether you’re aiming for vintage charm or contemporary edge, this vocoder adapts effortlessly to any genre or style.
But there's more – the KingKORG NEO redefines flexibility. Timbre B can ingeniously be used as a modulator, providing an alternative to the traditional microphone input. This allows the vocoder effect to be seamlessly blended with the synth sound, paving the way for limitless sonic exploration.
Moreover, each of the three oscillators, A and B timbres, can be individually selected as a source for the microphone input. This unique feature enables you to synthesize a rich mix of voice and instrument, creating a fusion of timbres that’s both innovative and captivating.
The KingKORG NEO elevates your sound with three master effect slots, each offering six distinct effect types.
The PRE FX slot brings the grit and edge of effects like distortion and amp simulator. MOD FX infuses your tracks with the classic charm of phaser, chorus, and tremolo. For creating expansive atmospheres, the REV/DELAY slot offers ambient effects including hall reverb and modulation delay. Adjusting and selecting these effects is straightforward, thanks to dedicated dials on the front panel for each slot, complemented by FX control knobs for detailed fine-tuning.
Embrace the spirit of classic synthesisers like the MS-20 with the KingKORG NEO’s innovative Virtual Patch system. This intuitive feature brings the flexibility of physically patching synthesizers into the digital age. With six Virtual Patch assignments available for each timbre, you can virtually connect control signals like EG, LFO, or joystick movements to key sound parameters, including pitch and cutoff. This seamless integration allows for intricate modulation and a deeper exploration into sound-shaping, giving your music a new dimension of sonic creativity.
A universe of inspiration
KingKORG NEO’s extensive library of 200 stage-ready preset programs is created for the modern music maker. These presets span across eight categories like SYNTH, LEAD, and BASS and offer an intuitive gateway to finding the perfect sound for any scenario.
Step up with arpeggiation
The KingKORG NEO comes equipped with a versatile step arpeggiator, a tool that breathes life into your performances by automatically generating arpeggio phrases based on the chords you play. Tailor your sound even further by selecting from six different arpeggio types. You can specify the duration, interval, and on/off status of each step, opening up a vast array of rhythmic possibilities.
The KingKORG NEO is designed with an original panel layout that combines the classic feel of analogue synthesizers with the best of today's technology. Its layout is thoughtfully organised into blocks, streamlining your workflow by putting the right controls at your fingertips as you edit.
The oscillator section boasts a dedicated display showing the name of the currently selected algorithm. With a simple turn of the adjacent dial, you can browse through the options, see descriptive names, and quickly jump to different categories like ANALOG or DWGS. The control knobs are strategically placed to adjust the most crucial parameters of each oscillator, allowing you to experience the tactile satisfaction of shaping sound in real-time.
Enhancing this intuitive experience, the KingKORG NEO features dedicated dials for each of its three master effects. This setup makes experimenting with different effects and hearing their impact on your sound as straightforward as it gets. And thanks to the self-luminous organic EL display, visibility is crystal clear, whether you’re under the bright lights of the stage or in a studio setting.
Additionally, the NEO’s Favourites function is a boon for live performance. With the ability to assign up to 40 programs to eight category favourite buttons, accessing your go-to sounds is as simple as a single touch.
37 keys (velocity and release-velocity sensitive)
Sound generating system
XMT (eXpanded Modeling Technology)
Max 2 timbres (Layer / Split)
Structure: 3 oscillators (choose from analog, noise, DWGS, PCM, and MIC IN types)
Number of types: 138 types (32 analog and noise, 40 DWGS, 65 PCM, 1 MIC IN
Structure: 1 filter (choose from LPF, HPF, BPF)
Number of types: 18 types (7 LPF, 5 HPF, 6 BPF)
Structure: EG 2 units, LFO 2 units
Routing: Virtual patches 6 set
Sections: Program effects x 3 (PRE FX, MOD FX, REV/DELAY) + EQ (2Band)
PRE FX: 6 types (DISTORTION, DECIMATOR, RING MOD, GT.AMP, EP.AMP, TONE)
MOD FX: 6 types (FLANGER, CHORUS, U-VIBE, TREMOLO, PHASER, ROTARY) REV/DELAY: 6 types (HALL, ROOM, PLATE, TAPE ECHO, MOD DELAY, BPM DELAY)
16-band vocoder, formant shift function, formant hold function
Up to 8 steps (number of steps can be changed), 6 types (UP/DOWN/ALT1/ALT2/RANDOM/ TRIGGER)
Number of programs: 300 programs (200 preset / 100 user)
Number of categories: 8 categories
Main: 16 x 2 character OLED display
OSCILLATOR, FILTER: 128 x 64 pixel OLED display
Connector: XLR type (balanced)
Connectors: 6.3mm TS phone jacks (Unbalanced)
Connector: 6.3mm (¼”) stereo phone jack
DAMPER (half-damper not supported)
USB B connector
AC adapter jack (DC12V)
Dimensions ( W x D x H)
565 x 338 x 92 mm / 22.24” x 13.31 “ x 3.62
3.1kg / 6.83 lbs.
AC Adapter, Vocoder mic (+ windscreen)
Accessories (sold separately)
XVP-20: Expression/volume pedal, EXP-2: Foot controller, DS-1H: Damper pedal, PS-1, PS-3: Pedal switch
All new products are sold with a 2-year manufacturer warranty which is upgraded to 3 years when bought direct from Korg UK.
Certified Refurbished products also come with a one year warranty.
We offer a 30-day returns period on all products purchased directly from Korg UK.