NAUTILUS pushes the boundaries of what a performance synth and
workstation is capable of. With the power of nine engines to drive a new
approach to sounds, plentiful sampling, audio recording, effects, and
processing power, there is simply no other synth that delivers more to explore
sonically, with the workflow to get you there faster than ever. Korg spent
years refining all our digital, analog, processing, and hardware technologies
and delivering them in a way that helps the musician connect with their
instrument. The result is the incredibly powerful, one-of-a-kind NAUTILUS.
– Nine different sound engines offer massive expressive power
– New sounds offered over three broad categories
– The DYNAMICS knob makes delicate expression possible
– Make intuitive changes to sounds with the Realtime knobs
– A user interface designed for easy operation
– Convenient arpeggiator and drum track functions
– Set list mode that demonstrates its power in live performances
– Open Sampling System
– 16-Track MIDI Sequencer / 16-Track Audio Recorder
– 16 Onboard Effect Processors
– USB/MIDI Host Ports Accommodate MIDI Control Surfaces
– Smooth sound transitions that eliminate dropouts when changing
sounds, regardless of the mode you’re in
– 88-key model with piano touch, 73-key model with light touch
and 61-key model available
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Nine different sound engines offer massive expressive power
The NAUTILUS features nine dedicated sound engines to
realistically reproduce sounds such as pianos, electric pianos, organs and
To start, the enhanced SGX-2 piano sound generator offers
delicate expressiveness to capture all the nuances of the acoustic piano, and
NAUTILUS features the most piano libraries ever put into one product; with
12-step velocity-switched sound, string resonance and more. The EP-1 electric
piano sound generator realistically reproduces seven different famous electric
piano sounds. The CX-3 engine – the heart of our sought-after CX-3 reissue
-covers the distinct sound of classic tonewheel organs. Add to that MOD-7
VPM/FM synthesis, the PolysixEX and MS-20EX for analog modeling, and the STR-1
for physical modeling, and you have essentially an engine for any type of sound
you’re looking to get. Used together in Program or Combination mode, these
distinctive engines create completely new timbres.
The approach to the included sound on NAUTILUS, started with
Korg setting aside our preconceptions of what sound should be like on a
conventional music workstation, and instead focused on pushing the boundaries
of sampling and programming to create a brand-new classifications of programs
that we divide into three groups:
The NAUTILUS brings you distinctive sounds including phrase loops,
prepared pianos, found percussion and more. Many seldom heard-of musical
instruments found in different regions around the world can be difficult to
play, but distinctive phrases played on these instruments are featured on the
NAUTILUS. Use these phrases as-is in your songs—let your imagination be your
guide. The NAUTILUS features sounds that were sampled for the first time just
for this instrument, including prepared piano sounds created by placing
different objects between piano strings and recording samples, or “found
percussion” sounds made by turning ordinary items into instruments to be
struck. Not only do these novel and mysterious sounds provide an unexpected
flavor to your songs, they offer broad possibilities for sound effects used in
film and TV music as well.
The NAUTILUS also offers the freshest sounds that blend in well
with today’s music scene, including synths, drum kits, special effects and
more. For synths, be sure to check out the EDM, electro and chiptune sounds for
starters. Also, the NAUTILUS features more than 50 kinds of drum kits—sounds
that most strongly reflect the changes in music over time. The special effect
sounds offer useful material like drums added to dance music to create
beats—sounds that you can put to use right away.
We’ve brought together all of the most important sounds a
workstation needs including piano, electric piano, guitar, bass guitar and
more, covering all genres. For the newly sampled piano sound, we’ve also recorded
the lovely sonic ambience of the studio, and you can mix the piano and ambience
sound as you like with the new ambience sound. A new electric piano model with
a characteristic thick sound has been added, which works great for funky
playing styles. We’ve also added many phrases that let you play back actual
performances of guitar and bass parts that keyboardists will find useful.
The DYNAMICS knob makes delicate expression possible
With the DYNAMICS knob, you can instantly control the changes in
volume and tone in response to how hard you play the keyboard (velocity); and
you can customize this knob in real time to match the keyboard playing feel
required for each style and song. Even when playing the same sound, you can
turn this knob to get the feeling of playing a completely different sound. By
finding just the right setting for your playing style, you’ll uncover even more
of the possibilities that the NAUTILUS offers.
When you activate the DYNAMICS knob and turn it to the left, the
keyboard responds more softly to your playing, giving you a wide range of
dynamics. This allows for delicate, expressive playing when accompanying a
piano solo or vocals, which directly reflects the dynamics of your performance.
On the other hand, turning the knob to the right gives a stronger, more flat
dynamic response. This brings out the sound when you’re playing in a band or
ensemble, which works best when performing with a more even feel.
The six RT (real-time) knobs at the top left of the panel give
you direct control over changes to the PROG and COMBI sounds. A variety of
functions are assigned to each knob that lets you enjoy making changes to
sounds, such as the filter cutoff and effect depth, the gate time, tempo and
swing of the arpeggiator or drum track, the type of snare drum and more. In
COMBI mode, you can group timbres and control their levels with the knobs.
Further, you can press these knobs into the panel to lock them in place,
preventing them from being accidentally changed while you’re playing. For
instance, you could use this to enable only the knobs you often use onstage and
push the ones in that you do not need.
For the NAUTILUS, we have completely rethought the user
interface, considering that panel controls tend to become denser as more
functions are added. The interface of the NAUTILUS lets users find just the
things they’re looking for once they understand the principles.
The MODE button lets you see what you’ve selected in each mode
on a single screen, from PROG and COMBI to the set list, sampling, sequence and
global modes. Each mode has tabs for each function, and the PAGE buttons offer
more detailed editing with consistent operations. With the user-friendly
navigation of the NAUTILUS, you can press the MODE button at any time to return
to the start if you get lost. A dark mode is available for the display, using
black as the primary color to reduce eye fatigue.
Six quick access buttons are also available as shortcut buttons.
The NAUTILUS further offers four templates as a continuation of the previous
user-friendly features, which can be used to select modes like PROG and COMBI,
as transport buttons for sequencer playback and recording and so on. You can
also select your own settings as you like. What’s more, you can freely assign
functions you frequently use and save them in one of four sets.
Four scenes of arpeggio patterns and drum track sets are made
available that perfectly match each PROG and COMBI preset sound. These are
useful for switching between scenes while they’re played, for use when
improvising during performance, or for expanding your vision when composing
music starting from a sound.
NAUTILUS can organize all of the resources you need to get
through a song—or a set—using the Set List mode. Using the Set List mode, the
TouchView display can host 16 color-coded touch-screen buttons; each one can
instantly call up the appropriate Preset, Combination, or Sequence—regardless
You can also select different button colors, such as when you
want to change the colors within a song while playing live. This is a powerful
feature for situations that require quick and accurate control. The Set List
mode even adds a nine-band graphic EQ, allowing the overall tone to be tweaked
to match the venue.
The nerve center of the NAUTILUS is KORG’s enormous eight-inch
(800 x 480 pixel) WVGA color TouchView display.
In addition to simply selecting a sound or choosing a parameter
with the touch of a finger, the enhanced Touch-Drag ability allows more
detailed control of parameter values. Interactive instruments and panel
graphics provide the ability to do everything from adjusting the lid of a grand
piano to connecting patch cable on a semi-modular synthesizer model.
The TouchView display also hosts a convenient new Search Function,
allowing you to search for (and preview) sounds based on their titles.
Using KORG’s Open Sampling System, NAUTILUS can quickly sample
an external audio source, regardless of whether NAUTILUS is in the Program,
Combination, or Sequencer modes. The Open Sampling Mode can even resample the
performance of the NAUTILUS itself. The user sample bank, which extends the
convenience of the EXs sample library to user samples, allows custom samples to
be loaded and played, taking advantage of the gigantic SSD capacity.
AIFF, WAV, SoundFont 2.0, and AKAI S1000/3000 format samples can
be loaded into memory via USB memory. Additionally, you can use a USB Ethernet
adapter to exchange large amounts of sample data with your computer at high
speed. Instruments or samples that you’ve previously created on your PC can be
used to construct a music production setup based on just the NAUTILUS itself.
NAUTILUS features a sequencer/recording section that offers both
16 MIDI tracks plus 16 audio tracks; a great resource for putting together a
dazzling performance or a brilliant production. MIDI sequencing makes it easy
to capture ideas, inspiration, and pro-quality phrases using the Drum Track, or
RPPR (Realtime Pattern Play/Recording) functions.
The 16-track audio recorder simultaneously captures up to four
tracks of 16-bit/24-bit uncompressed data at a sampling rate of 48 kHz. Play
along with recorded tracks, add effects, and then resample the NAUTILUS itself
and place the resampled WAV files directly in a track. When polishing your
tracks, feel free to use mixer automation and editing functions such as copy,
paste, and normalize to get the results you want.
NATILUS provides 16 internal effects to add impact to your sonic
creations. Each of the 12 Insert effects can be applied to individual or
multiple timbres in a combination, or to individual or multiple tracks of the
sequencer. In addition, two Master effects can be applied to sends 1/2, and two
Total effects can be applied to all tracks at the final stage of the sound.
A separate three-band EQ is provided for every timbre, for every
sequencer track, and for every audio track for adjusting subtle tonal balances
or for creatively modifying the overall sound.
USB/MIDI Host Ports Accommodate MIDI Control Surfaces
Any class-compliant USB-MIDI controller can be connected
directly to the NAUTILUS. Assign functions to a Korg USB MIDI controller with
pads (nanoPAD, nanoPAD2, padKONTROL) to play drum parts, and switch between
chords with chord triggers or when you’re in chord mode.
Smooth sound transitions that eliminate dropouts when changing
sounds, regardless of the mode you’re in
When you switch program sounds during a performance to get ready
for the next section, or when you switch from Program mode to Combi mode, the
sound that’s currently being output is always given priority and its effects
are maintained during the program change, ensuring a seamless transition with
no dropouts. This function has also earned extremely high praise from pro
88-key model with piano touch, 73-key model with light touch and
61-key model available
Free bundle of music software
The NAUTILUS comes with a diverse variety of music software from
Izotope including “Ozone Elements” which lets you not only create songs but
also master them using AI, “Skoove” which will help you improve your keyboard
playing skills, “Reason Lite” DAW software, as well as software synths from
KORG and other brands.
In other words, the moment you get your hands on this
synthesizer you’ll have a variety of tools to help you take your music to the
Apps for iPad/iPhone
KORG Gadget 2 Le (music production studio DAW app)
KORG Module (piano/keyboard sound module app)
Software for Mac/Windows
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
KORG Gadget 2 Le for Mac (DAW music production software)
iZotope Ozone Elements (Audio Mastering Plug-in Software)
Dimensions: (W x D x H) 88 key: 1,437 x 387 x 139 mm /
56.57” x 15.24” x 5.47”, 73 key: 1,227 x 386 x 116 mm / 48.31” x 15.20” x
4.57”, 61 key: 1,062 x 386 x 116 mm / 41.81” x 15.20” x 4.57”
Weight: 88 key: 23.1 kg / 50.93 lbs. 73 key: 14.6 kg
/ 32.19 lbs. 61 key: 13.0 kg / 28.66 lbs.
Power Consumption: 40 W
Accessories: AC cord, Quick Start Guide