Korg Nautilus-88 – 9 Engines in One Workstation Keyboard
The highlight of the Korg Nautilus-88 is obviously the nine powerful sound engines that push the keyboard performance to the next level with thousands of premium sound sets. However, is it only the sound engine that makes this workstation keyboard that was released in early 2021 so special? Of course not, because there is a lot more than meets the eye, let’s find out more shall we?!
A workstation keyboard that has the capability of a synthesizer has been one of Korg’s greatest arsenals for decades. We can backdate from the era of Korg M1 in 1988 to Korg Triton in 1999 and Korg Krome EX in 2019, all of them gained so much love and attention from all aspiring musicians and producers around the world no matter what the genre. Now, with the Nautilus-88, Korg once again created a milestone of pushing the boundary of a synthesizer workstation keyboard that works great on and off the stage, especially in the recording studio.
Next, we have an 88-key with an RH3 type of keyboard installed in the Nautilus-88 because why not? Nowadays, acoustic piano players have started to love to play on a digital piano or keyboard not only because they will get to play around with so many sounds and features but also because some of them have a playing experience that is equal to the acoustic piano. That’s what you will find in the Nautilus-88 RH3 (Real Weighted Hammer Action 3) keyboard. The RH3 keynotes lets you feel the difference in the key weight which is heavier in the lower register and lighter in the higher register, for an acoustic piano player this playing experience does sound familiar. For your information, the Nautilus series has two types of keyboard, the RH3 in the Nautilus-88 and another one is the Natural Touch Semi-Weighted in the Korg Nautilus-61 and 73 keyboards.
Let’s go over to the “heart of the machine”, yes you will be playing with nine powerful synthesis sound engines in total, they are SGX-2, EP-1, HD-1, AL-1, CX-3, STR-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX, and PolysixEX. We are not going to talk about all of the sound engines but some that would be a favorite for every player.
Starting with Korg’s acclaimed premium SGX-2 sound engine which is probably the top choice of the piano-type player because this engine is the mastermind behind the real acoustic piano tone. Next, we have the EP-1 sound engine best known as the MDS Electric Piano, able to produce high-quality electric piano tones, best for Jazz or Pop music. Now to the synthesizer group, the Nautilus-88 is installed with 5 types of synth engines – HD-1, AL-1, MOD-7, MS-20EX, and PolysixEX – where you can easily customize to create the tone of your taste. Don’t forget the CX-3 engine which is derived from Korg’s legendary tonewheel organ of the same name. These amazing sound engines are also supported by several types of polyphony based on the type of sound engine that is being used, starting from 40 to 180 notes. In total, you will get to play with over 2200 premium tones.
The Nautilus-88 is the all-in-one keyboard you need for music production and stage performance. Especially for music production, 16 built-in MIDI and Audio tracks are ready to get you started to produce your own music, plus over 250 drum kits and 16 built-in effect processors will get your music more pumped.
Of course, with these many features, Korg’s team has figured out how to make it easier to navigate their way around with the TouchView interface and control panel with buttons that can be easily customized.
The sea-dweller “NAUTILUS” itself is the main concept of the keyboard design. That’s why the team at Korg in Japan came up with this sleek and elegant design with Black as the main color.
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