Korg microKorg

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An MS2000 in sheep's clothing. The microKorg is a very cool and retro-looking version of the MS2000 analog modeling synthesizer. This compact keyboard is designed for portability and can run on batteries! But inside the microKorg is the exact same synthesis engine and sounds found in the killer MS2000 and MS2000R synths!

The keyboard's 37 keys are small and almost toy-ish. But they have a firm response and feel natural enough to play. The case is a sturdy plastic and there are wood end-cheeks. There is a plethora of written info on the face of the instrument and reminds one of the old Poly-800 and DW-8000 synths. The five knobs above all this writing initially control the filter cutoff, resonance, envelope attack and release times, and the internal tempo. But they can be assigned to control every other parameter available in real-time. Their assignable functions are what is written below them (hard to read in the dark). The top-mounted vocoder input microphone (included) hasn't been seen on a Korg since the decades-old VC-10!

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The microKorg has 128 Programs organized into 8 categories: Trance, Techno/House, Electronica, DnB Breaks, HipHop/Vintage, Retro, SndFX/Hits, and Vocoder. The sounds are great and inspiring. There is only 4-voice polyphony and only one Program can be played at a time. But as a hands-on, real-time dance machine, this really is all you need...one hand on the keys and the other on the knobs!

The microKorg has two oscillators with 71 waveforms (7 simple analog waves + 64 DWGS waveforms from the DW-8000), a multi-mode resonant 12 or 24 dB/oct filter, 8-band vocoder, two ADSR envelopes, 6-pattern arpeggiator, oscillator sync, ring modulation, two MIDI-syncable LFOs, programmable multi-effects, and more! All knobs and buttons send/receive MIDI controller data. External audio can be vocoded and/or processed through the filter, effects and EQ via the included microphone or standard 1/4" stereo inputs. A built-in USB Interface would have been nice for true lap-top portability, but is currently absent. But in its affordable price range, the microKorg is an awesome synth for beginners, DJs, and even the pros looking for a compact performance synth with retro style, flexible programing and excellent sounds!

It's been used by Air, Atomizer, Bare Naked Ladies, Beck, Prodigy, Yesterdays, The Killers, KMFDM, Royksopp, Owl City, LCD Soundsystem, Jean-Michel Jarre, Nick Rhodes (of Duran Duran) and The Pet Shop Boys.

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169 Visitor comments
July 23, 2014 @ 6:33 pm
I have it a few years and what can I say ??? it is great , so fat bass sounds !!! it looks like a toy but it's not a toy :) I love it !!!!
July 5, 2014 @ 2:35 pm
Good things come in small packages! The Microkorg is a cute & fun, but also powerful & awesome sounding synth. I own high end synths like Korg Kronos X, Z1, Triton, Alesis Fusion, Kurzweil PC3K, Yamaha Motif w/PLG150-AN, EX5, & more, but the Microkorg's sound really surprised me. In reply to "steve n - November 26, 2013 @ 7:18 pm", I'm more interested in how a synth SOUNDS, & I buy musical instruments based on that. (I guess I'm weird) But personally I think the Microkorg looks cool. Also, it IS velocity sensitive. (I don't know someone could claim to have owned one, but not know that)
Eddie B
June 6, 2014 @ 2:29 am
The keys absolutely are velocity sensitive. Not everyone has to like this synth, but ignore any comments about how it looks. Or about it not being velocity sensitive. The stats are right up there in the article. This is a fantastic synth, and there is a reason that every professional Music Producer, DJ, Keyboardist, and Synth programer, owns one of these. I don't like menues either, but once you program a sound, you can easily set the pots along the top to tweak the features you want for live action. Adding to the list of people who use this machine; Devo, Black Milk, Skrillex, Madlib.
February 13, 2014 @ 1:58 pm
In my experience a very nice synth and can plug in nicely to a number of vintage guitars. Have very fun memorizes of playing this instrument and looking all so fashionable as it matches quote a few of my vintage dresses nicely.
December 21, 2013 @ 1:42 am
1st let me say that I love Korg. I've owned a M1, M1Rex & OW/1fd, DDD-1 & currently Poly 800, DW8000, DDD-5, Trinity TR-Rack, Z-1, Triton Pro X w/EXB-MOSS & Kronos X 88.
But if anybody is looking for an affordable "beginners" synth, I implore them to go with an Alesis Fusion. 2 weeks ago I picked one up for $499 in excellent condition. While not quite in Kronos league (that's not even debatable, it's a simple fact) it is an extremely powerful & amazing workstation, w/analog & physical modeling. There is nothing in the Fusion's price range, (or even double it) that comes even remotely close.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 4 voices
  • Oscillators - Dual Oscillator Analog Modeling Synthesis System: 7 waveforms: sine, tri, saw, pulse, noise, cross-wave, vox, plus 64 DWGS waves, external audio
  • LFO - 2 LFOs with sample and hold
  • Filter - Multi Mode Filter (-24dB/oct LPF, -12dB/oct LPF/BPF/HPF)
  • Effects - 3 types modulation (chorus/flanger, phaser, ensemble), 3 types delay (stereo, cross, L/R), 2-band EQ, 8-channel vocoder, 6 pattern arpeggiator (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger)
  • Keyboard - 37 Keys (mini-keyboard, velocity sensitive)
  • Memory - 128 programs
  • Date Produced - 2002
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