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 16, 2013 @ 5:03 pm
Just tried to fix a wobbly volume knob that would cut out by using super glue in the potentiometer. DON'T DO IT. doesn't work. Just get the part from Syntaur and replace it.
That said, if your careful with screws and have a desk to put little parts I recommend taking it apart and use window/glass cleaner + cotton swabs/q-tips and cleaning all the parts. I bought mine used and made it look new again. Take the keys off and carefully wash them in hot water + soap. Highly highly recommend cleaning it!
June 18, 2013 @ 10:30 pm
I owned a microKORG for a while, and played around with it quite extensively. Korg probably did themselves a disservice in styling it like a classic analog and selling it as analog-modeling - it doesn't sound like even a cheap real analog synth. (Which is why I eventually sold it.) It's really pretty good for what it *is* - a grainy, crunchy, trance machine - but don't go in expecting a budget Minimoog or you'll be sorely disappointed.
March 25, 2013 @ 4:18 pm
Very good pocket synthesizer. I have one in Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) and I want to change now for Apple iPad or sell it. The Vocoder is wonderful and looks great on the table of a DJ. (Contact: miscachivaches@gmail.com )
March 25, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
FYI, the MK is *fussy* about what MIDI interfaces it will work with.
Specifically, different units may/may not pass MIDI events both ways between devices (or computers).
Alternately, the interface may work fine for DAWs, but the Korg "Sound Editor" will have problems (EG: Failing to write to the device).

From my own experiences:
M-Audio UNO 1x1 (http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Uno.html)

E-mu xMIDI 1x1 (http://www.creative.com/emu/products/product.aspx?pid=19089)
January 16, 2013 @ 10:15 am
From this great instrument came out the vocoder on Moloko's "Sing It Back". Also used by Trentemoller on live shows. I got 2 just to get the proper balance when layering the vocoder that is also stunning with a Talkbox. Edit options can get you to sound like Kanye west and Daft Punk in no time. Original sounds are unbelievable for this one and don't get it's size wrong, It can blow any stage easily.
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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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