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KORG is one of the leading manufacturers of electronic musical instruments in the world.


The company started "like so many" with the idea of being able to improve something.

For 5 decades now, KORG has been known as a technological pioneer in musical instruments and tools: From the production of the first synthesizer in Japan to the development of the Music Workstation to the invention of the first portable tuner and much more. The ambition to always bring to the market cutting-edge, very user-friendly and innovative products of the highest quality is the driving force behind the entire company.

Everything finds its origin 50 years ago, when KORG founder Tsutomu Katoh was a club owner in the early 1960s. Tadashi Osanai, a well-known Japanese accordionist, played regularly at Katoh's club. Katoh had the idea to underlay his employee's accordion playing with the beat of a rhythm machine. Osanai, himself an engineer and graduate of the prestigious Tokyo University, was sure he could build such a rhythm machine himself and convinced Katoh to finance his efforts. In 1962, Katoh rented a small factory on the "Keio" railroad line, where both men began development. The young company was called Keio Electronic Laboratories, which later became KORG a compound of the words "Keio" and "ORGel".