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 10, 2010 @ 1:49 pm
Simple Minds did use the Korg 770, a very similar sounding synth. The 770 was the main synth on their first record, "Life In A Day".

(I don't really know, if they used it on "Real To Real" and "Empires Of Dance" as well, because they already had a Minimoog in this time. And on "Sons And Fascination", the Roland Jupiter-4 is the dominating synth.)
December 8, 2010 @ 12:48 pm
Isn't this the synth used by Mick McNeil on a lot of Early Simple Minds stuff - "I Travel", "Celebrate, etc
June 3, 2010 @ 7:23 pm
Univox had a version of this in their lineup, alongside their guitars and basses...

Man, those guys certainly had amateur/semi-pro bands in the 70s covered, didn't they?
March 20, 2010 @ 6:56 am
This synth is endless playing fun. I can sit at it for hours and come up with one good - and extremely good sounding, full of character sounding - idea after the other. Probably due to the weirdness of the synth.

The downside is that I have so much fun, that I forget to record it, and will have another unreproducible good sound just minutes later...

The synth is extremely versatile too. Strange that it costs less than a Moog: it can do things Moogs can't do - and Moogs can do thins this synth cannot do - but both give youthat meaty ealry seventies sound that otherwise you'd have to buy a big expensive modular for.

In sum: I love it.
Bob Weigel
February 4, 2010 @ 3:04 pm
I've got to agree...these are one of the most sonically interesting mono/duo type synths. I find myself quickly adapting and finding very contiguous musical things happening. However I can't say it's *nothing* like the 700S :-). After all it is essentially two of them with the assigner options and reiteration options..but that does open up a whole new avenue of expression and I'm just so glad to have one finally.
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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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