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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AlphaFire
September 17, 2011 @ 2:24 pm
@p6
I really hate the way you show the MK off as a Casio VLT-1 or something like that. They are wannabe.( I use a Jen SX1000 so don't call me one of the 'Idiot Generation', btw).
Yes, it is overused by today's boring guitar-based bands, and yes some of the sounds have become cliches, but it holds potential. Just because a synth is user friendly, doesn't mean it is a 'cheap 'n' beep' toy, for 3 year old Johnny to bang around on. It requires more attention and skill for that. This attiude is what alientates the so called 'idiot generation' from getting into the wonderful world of synths.
Joni
September 2, 2011 @ 5:45 pm
I love this, it's a wallet-friendly and easy to use piece of gear. I did however find it a little uncomfortable to edit. So what did I do? I programmed a VSTi editor for my own use and run it integrated with my DAW. The mK works wonders if you get around the editing, especially since the virtual patching-feature is one of those hidden gems, let LFO1 modulate LFO2 and you get some beautiful randomness.
Klarity
August 21, 2011 @ 10:59 am
A really great synth despite the rap it gets. Too many people get it because their favorite hxc band uses it. I'm not a huge fan of the "ship in a bottle" editing, but once you're used to it you can pretty much tweak the sound to your liking. 2 oscillators, 4 voices, and a 12-24 lp, hp, bp has some pretty great potential. Use the virtual patching to make endless pads and really dark, weird drones. Oscillator sync provides those evil dnb basslines, and the filter eg gives you anything from smooth 70's padlines to distorted 303 squelches. did I mention the arp, delay, and multitimbre? 5 stars.
iug
July 27, 2011 @ 3:45 am
I wrecked my decently bass heavy headphones with this one at not even half volume!
Elmo
July 15, 2011 @ 8:04 am
This synth is a modern design classic. I don't think it's difficult to programme, it's practically got the manual printed on it. For years its been the synth of choice for guitar oriented bands who decide to experiment. This is because it's obviously not a 'serious' keyboard players instrument, therefore a non piano player doesn't feel intimidated by it and the audience isn't going to expect anything virtuosic, just some retro filler. It came out at the right time and fit the niche perfectly.
 
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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
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THROUGH
  • Date Produced - 2002

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