Korg 770

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An ancient synthesizer from Korg. Aside from being very old, there isn't much else to say about the 770. It was released in 1976, is monophonic, very limited in design, flexibility and sonic possibility. It can make some weird noises largely due to its retro-cool ring modulator. You can also run external sounds through it. Bass, string and lead sounds are ok. It's got a fast envelope, auto bend, and LFO re-trigger too. An ole' classic that's fun to play with and useful if you're in the mood for buzzy analog sounds. It is used by Freddy Fresh, Simple Minds and The Human League.

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30 Visitor comments
joe
December 1, 2009 @ 10:41 pm
years ago,I bought an arp axxe and the korg 770 from somone, later I decided to sell the korg770 because it was NOT that great sounding, After a while I got bored with the axxe and sold that(mistake!) But after seeing the way old synth prices climbed over the years,I should have kept em both ! I remember when an original minimoog costed $700,now they're $4000 ! I bought a TB303 for $300,now they're about $2000 ! I know the korg 770 is NOT nearly as popular as a moog and the likes but the Korg770 is still usefull, its still a clasic,its got some cool features,ring mod,external input. And it WAS used by some well known artists too. So honestly, if somome was selling one for $1500 I really would not be surprised today. These days a lot of people use the same computer programs and a lot of stuff has a typical sound and quality, back in the days of old equiptment(like the korg770) each piece had its own caracter,that's my opinion. Keep you're REAL gear! Especially analog.
Micke
April 5, 2009 @ 10:02 am
The Mini-Korg 700S is the "Warm Leatherette" synth, not the 770.
NMM
March 29, 2009 @ 8:48 pm
How can you fail to mention that this is the "Warm Leatherette" synth? Daniel Miller, Silicon Teens, The Normal, Depeche Mode etc..
Pickanother one
March 8, 2009 @ 11:55 pm
Aside from having good oscillator stability and rugged construction, this was the worst synthesizer Ive ever owned out of 50+ in my career. Thin and weak even with the decent traveler filter arrangement. Only 32 keys? The mini korg was much better. After seeing a recent ebay posting for 1500$ + [beep] ? Seller should be ashamed. Rare and rare for all the right reasons..
ferlbahoo
December 21, 2008 @ 3:05 am
The Scale Noise is wonderful and unique -- the resonance is very high to produce pitched (i.e. "scaled" rather than "scale") noise that sounds otherworldly. It's the main reason I've kept mine. It's a strange and pleasantly unusual voicing.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 1 - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - VCO-1: Scale (64', 32', 16', 8', 4', 2'), Waveform (triangle, square, sawtooth, pulse, PWM, External Signal).
    VCO-2: Coarse Tuning (16'-1'), Fine Tuning, Mode Selector (sawtooth, Ring 1, 2, Scale Noise, Pink Noise, White Noise).
  • LFO - 2 (LFO2 is called VCO Vibrato)
  • Filter - (2) VCF's: High Pass and Low Pass (Traveler).
  • VCA - VCA + ENVELOPE GENERATOR: Attack Time, Singing Level, Range Selector, Sustain Selector, Envelope Mode Selector, Trigger Mode Selector
  • Keyboard - 32 Keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - VCF foot pedal; CV/Gate mods can be added; Mouth/Breath Controller
  • Date Produced - 1976
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg Electronic Music Instruments Vol. 5 (catalog).

    Thanks to Mark Strijbos for providing some information.

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