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
June 11, 2014 @ 8:56 am
Gerry - the in/out jacks are an inline feature, you can insert an effect into the signal before the VCA, if the signal is ported through the out but not back in you get nothing. It has separate signal outs for both the top and bottom, can run separated or as one signal using the upper out as a mono mix of both. Run through any effects, this thing goes out of this world. I use a Quadraverb a lot when playing it, they go very well together indeed.
December 21, 2013 @ 2:03 am
steve - thanks for sharing that! So in theory, you could hook up any FX processor, yes? (Like an Alesis Quadraverb, or Yamaha Rev-7, Lexicon, BOSS pedals, etc) You could then take all that, out the MaxiKorg's output jacks & into another FX processor. It seems sort of like the insert & master FX on modern synths & workstations. I own modern digital synths (Kronos, PC3K, etc) & some vintage hybrids (DW800, Casio HT-6000, etc) but no pure analog synths. I badly want a MaxiKorg & someday wish to own one. You can't get near them for less than $2,500, IF you can even find one!
December 13, 2013 @ 12:31 pm
I have had one of these amazing synths for over 25 years. Last week I learned something I never knew that expands the range of sounds and patterns you can create exponentially. On the back panel, next to the upper and lower output jacks are a pair of "effect in/out" jacks for each. They can be used to run effect pedals through the board, currently I have a phaser on the lower and a digital delay on the upper. I cannot believe the expanded range of possibilities it has given me with just those two. I can adjust the settings with my eyes closed but this is a new world that has just opened up.
October 3, 2013 @ 4:19 am
I am in the UK, have a mint condition one, was fully recapped a couple of years ago...and...am selling it on ebay! Just search for 'maxikorg'.
September 17, 2013 @ 12:44 am
Hey Fred did you 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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