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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28 Visitor comments
December 21, 2009 @ 3:45 am
Grab it, if you find one! It is my all-time favourite! Soooooo versatile and unique!

And this is no "keyboard", it's a synthesizer! And it's no Maxi-Korg, it's a 800DV! ;o)
Robert Watson
December 20, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
This is the one keyboard that I wish that I had a long time ago. I saw the videos of the maxi-Korg on Youtube and I was impressed with the sound of the Maxi-Korg.
July 4, 2009 @ 1:14 pm
Also used by Wally Badarou (his first synth), David Ferguson/Random Hold, Dave Brock/Hawkwind and Osamu Shoji.
May 11, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
My first, my very first synth ! I bought it in 1977 and still own it. In those days it was called the "poor man's MiniMoog". And it was ! The incredible fat sound of the 2 oscillators in unison or tuned a fith apart together with the extra suboctave per VCO ánd the pulse-width modulation.... wow ! Nowadays I use it very rarely because of hte tuning problems. It takes about 1 hour to stabelize. But it is worth it. No midi, no help from quantizing sequencer programs... ;-) This baby was made in an era when musicians realy could play.......
September 27, 2008 @ 6:28 am
An AWESOME Synth! I presently own TWO and would own TWO more if I could find them! They are NOTHING like the Minikorg 700S of which I also own one and which is VERY cool too! But the Maxikorgs? I have made provisions in my will to be buried with mine (btw one is an 800DV and the other a maxikorg) The gurgling, regurgitating out of this dimension sounds/noises are unbelievable! When I got my first one I sat down to try it out for a few minutes and almost 4 hours later STILL did NOT want to leave it! PHENOMENAL synth! My FAVORITE!
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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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