Korg Maxi-Korg 800DV

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A popular duophonic/monophonic classic from Korg. It's got 2 analog oscillators that can be used for one fat monophonic sound or 2 VCO's per voice for a fat duophonic sound. Flexible design with 2 voltage controlled filters and even a ring modulator. The Maxi-Korg is a great source of early Korg sound that rivals competitors like the OSCar and Roland SH-synths. No MIDI, no memory, but good bass and screechin' leads! It has no CV input either, though it can be modified to accept externnal control from the less standard Hz/V protocol (also used by Yamaha).

Most people usually understand it best as two separate MiniKorgs inside one keyboard with all the controls to both. Most people will stack both voices as the triggering can be tricky as duophonic. It has the very effective ability to delay one voice before it triggers when played mono. It has been used by Kitaro, Vangelis and Soft Cell.

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Mikael Lindgren
September 24, 2008 @ 1:14 pm
The Korg 800DV has also been used by The Cure, Gino Vanelli and the swedish prog-group Kaipa.
knobexploit
September 10, 2008 @ 12:58 pm
Can fully agree with Pepe, super nice instrument.
Has been named "Korg's MiniMoog" Does some very solid analog synthesis with a sound character next to none.
Beware it has that Resin covered VCO module.
Replacing the VCO means hard work finding a donor synth or replacement part.
Sounds a lot like the 700s but having 2 identical synths next to each other (a bit weird if i may say) opens up a whole range of sounds impossible with only the 700s.
Must have for any serious sound mangler, rare to find and a bit heavy but worth the investment.
Pepe
August 15, 2008 @ 1:55 pm
This is a beauty and a beast in one housing. It is versatile, reliable and so unique! The 'Traveler'-Filter rocks and belongs to the best I've ever heard. I'm so glad that I own one in nearly perfect and original shape. I couldn't imagine to ever sell it.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 2 - Duophonic
  • Oscillators - VCO x2: Scale (64', 32', 16', 8', 4', 2'), Waveform (triangle, square, sawtooth, pulse, PWM), Pink Noise, White Noise; SUB OSC x2: Scale (32', 16', 8', 4', 2')
  • LFO - LFO x2: PWM + Vibrato
  • Filter - VCF x4: Traveler (High Pass, Low Pass)
  • VCA - VCA x2 + ENVELOPE GENERATOR x2: Attack Time, Singing Level, Range Selector, Mode Selector
  • Keyboard - 44 Keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1975
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg Electronic Music Instruments Vol. 5 (catalog).

    Additional information provided by Nick Kent.

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