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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Alexgator
April 14, 2012 @ 10:02 am
Great hardware piece and the synth I learned the ins and outs of subtractive synthesis on. Not exactly the phattest synth in to world but never the less a real classic. I personally wouldn't use it on any bass lines but with that being said it's still a very flexible synth. Can sound very analogy/drifty if you know what you're doing pretty decent filter as well.
ghostly
March 22, 2012 @ 9:32 am
The micron v microkorg comparisons are irrelevant as they are comletely different beasts. I loved my micron, I love my microkorg. The micron is way more advanced on almost every level, but there is something about the microkorg that just makes me want to play / tweak it, not least the portability of it. Also, call me mad but I am a big fan of the mini keys.

Also, please check out my microkorg patch creation blog - http://microkorg-patch-a-week.blogspot.co.uk.
relic
March 10, 2012 @ 4:49 am
we were able to fix the fried microkorg with the bad mothe board. check here in the forums under the help area- dead microkorg for full details. if you get one broken from getting fried from a wrong power supply, they can be fixed if your a pro with soldering.
DoDD
February 29, 2012 @ 1:23 pm
@ Tone

That's retarded. If you're an "exclusive computer music composer" you don't need a small hard synth to hook up to the computer. You need a MIDI controller.
relic
February 21, 2012 @ 8:59 am
never plug in a wrong power supply in a microkorg. just don't do it! you will blow the IC5 and prob more!
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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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