Korg has announced a strategic alliance with noted pro audio product designers Greg Mackie and Peter Watts. Their company, M&W, has been instrumental in the behind-the-scenes development of products for numerous major manufacturers over the last 15 years.
“We are very excited to be working with Greg and Peter,” says Korg President Seiki Kato, “I have personally known this team since the mid-'90s, and have always wanted to collaborate on new products that combine Korg’s engineering and manufacturing expertise with Greg and Peter’s innovative design talents.”
According to Greg Mackie, “We are looking forward to helping Korg expand their impressive and well-earned reputation into the pro audio domain. Peter and I have been ‘gestating’ some product concepts that are perfect for KORG, and which we think will be well received in the market. These guys have a powerhouse engineering department and they are a joy to work with.”
Greg Mackie is the founder of a number of prolific pro audio companies, including Mackie Designs (now Loud Audio), TAPCO, and AudioControl. Peter Watts was previously the VP of engineering and chief designer for digital mixers and related products at Mackie Designs. He then founded Stonepower Ltd in China as an independent professional audio design house, before co-founding M&W with Mackie in 2009.
Korg VP of Worldwide Marketing, John McCubbery, says that the first Korg products designed by M&W are slated for third-quarter 2019 release.