Korg M500 Micro-Preset

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The Korg Micro Preset synthesizer is a curious late 1970s beast with a slightly bizarre matrix of pre-set sounds, including laughable woodwind and similar noises and a low-quality keyboard all housed in a wooden box! It's a 32-note monophonic preset synthesizer with 6 push-button presets including voice, synth1, synth2, brass, string, and wood. Its single-oscillator design has only rudimentary decay/release envelope controls and no access to the guts of the sound generation stuff. Perhaps it was aimed at the beginners market.

Once you're over the outward appearance, a bit of probing will reveal a noise box that sounds remarkably similar to the MS-10 at times. There is a lot of fun to be had with the 'traveller' control, a sort of filter and resonance control rolled into one, offering interesting squelchy acid-style bass run effects. In fact, like the MS-10, bass is about all you'll get out of this oddity in terms of useful noises. But overall this is a bit of a novelty synth, and is not especially playable nor distinctive - apart from its looks! There are absolutely no MIDI, CV nor similar inputs so you can forget about any of that. Add N To (X), The Human League, OMD, Jean Michel Jarre, OMD, Pop Will Eat Itself and Brian Eno are thought to have used the Micro Preset.

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40 Visitor comments
December 17, 2008 @ 11:48 pm
I've own this one for years. It's the only true analog I have. The review is right it does sound a lot like the ms-10 (judging by the virtual version put out by korg.) I would use it a lot more if it would just hold it's tuning. I don't want to pay for a repair because I only bought it for $75.
Bob Weigel
November 23, 2008 @ 2:33 pm
Indeed the bassoon particularly is an awesome useful patch in my way of thinking. Laughable? Hehe. Hey it's just presets of the same hardware as the classic Korgs that came before it. Very cool little machine. The real lack is no pitch bender. Ive thought of turning one into a keytar.
October 28, 2008 @ 9:40 am
This keyboard makes all my 'virtual analog' synths sound like kazoos. The only problem with old kit like this is the upkeep and tuning.
Martin Lambeth
September 8, 2008 @ 3:32 pm
You bastards! The wood wind was superb, really delicate, you could mix in a bit of woodblock sound to get a tonguing effect as part of the attack and the portmento would get you a real searing swoop through the attack part of the sound. A bit of echo helped too. OK, yeah, the rest of it was naff, but you picked on the one sound that I really liked.
August 26, 2008 @ 1:50 pm
it's a lovely little thing with it's very own character and exceptional cheery sound.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 6 Sounds: voice, synth1, synth2, brass, string, and wood
  • LFO - Vibrato with depth and speed
  • Filter - 'Traveller' control - filter and resonance slider
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 32 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1977 - 1980
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Korg product brochure.

    Information provided by Chris Stone and Tatu J. Lund.

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