Korg MiniKorg-700S

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MiniKorg-700S

The MiniKorg-700S is an old and simple monophonic analog keyboard from Korg. It is a dual-oscillator synth related to Korg's first monosynth, the single oscillator MiniKorg-700. Most of the controls are located in an odd place beneath the keyboard so as to make room above the keyboard for a sheet-music stand. Some controls have bizarre names like Bender, Traveler and Expand for the auto-bend, filter and envelope, respectively.

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MiniKorg-700

It has three ring modulators for some strange sounds and noises. Sometimes a decent bass sound for techno music can be achieved using the MiniKorg's hi-pass and low-pass filters. The two oscillators can be de-tuned and they offer triangle, sawtooth and square waveforms. There are some strange analog effects built-in as well such as portamento, a rudimentary repeat-delay, auto-bend (bender), vibrato and Chorus and Noise waveforms.

This limited and quirky little synth is a nice collectors item but rarely seen or used anymore. It has relatively no performance controls like pitch/mod, but for ancient analog technology, this synth is quite stable and reliable. It is still quite capable of generating a very analog bass sound, thud, thump, growl or squeal. The wood side-panels and large primary colored knobs and sliders are a sure sign of Vintage status. It has been used by The Cure, ComaTeens, Kitaro, Human League, N-Trance, Vangelis, the Normal, Stevie Wonder, The Cars and Paul Hardcastle.

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83 Visitor comments
Chris
March 5, 2012 @ 10:35 am
I have a 700 for sale if any one is still looking? I've had it around 12 years but mostly been carting it around for the last 6 and it now doesn't want to switch on. Not entirely sure why as worked fine beforehand. It also now has one broken key. I no longer use or need it so thought someone might find it useful here as I've seen a few requests. Mail me at chrisatkombine.co.uk
henrik
December 22, 2011 @ 4:01 pm
Rex the Dogs first single consist entirely of the MiniKorg700s. Are we witnessing a renaissance for this magic synth? He uses the Minikorg as his main synth and it´s quite amazing what he gets out of it,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYHFR7pKleU
Henrik
December 19, 2011 @ 5:35 pm
Steve D'Agostino used the 700 recently while playing with John Foxx. Much good, analogue gear from the event on this video, where they present them all.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfQzFIZabk
jeroslav
December 3, 2011 @ 3:49 pm
I have the 700 for a week and i figured out that you can make the baby play like with two synced oscillators! Don't know how it works electrically, but if you tighten up the knobs for octave and waveform you can precisely position them on the right spot between the octaves and waveforms and you have it. Dual waveforms don't work so well,but the combination of octaves makes a huge difference!
PlanetAntonio
November 10, 2011 @ 8:56 pm
I have this unit, practically since birth. it is a vital tool for creating soundscapes, and one of the fattest sounds around. 1 thing i should mention, In spite of the name of the model, I believe this is not manufactured by Korg, but by Univox.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs (sawtooth triangle, square)
  • LFO - Yes
  • Effects - 3 Ring modulators, Portamento, auto-bender, Vibrato, Repeat, Chorus, Noise
  • Filter - High-pass and Low-pass filters
  • Keyboard - 37 keys
  • Memory - None
  • Control - None
  • Date Produced - 1974

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