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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82 Visitor comments
Heather Perkins
October 5, 2012 @ 12:46 pm
I'm actively searching for one of these in good playable condition. US preferred, but will consider the insanity of international shipping for the right synth. This was the first synth I had as a kid, and I would love to play one again.

A friend had a MiniMoog, and I liked it - but once I played the MiniKorg 700, I was hooked. Saved up all my chore money and bought one. I think for a young enthusiast it had the right balance of form and function - plus it was small enough for me to haul to remote locations and annoy people with my patented "helicopter solo." Really cool synth. I miss it!
Ty
August 17, 2012 @ 10:14 am
@Chris
Definitely interested in buying if you're still selling. Thaiqr@gmail.com
Jamie
July 12, 2012 @ 12:04 am
This was my very first synth that I bought when I was only 9 years old, and the video of this really took me back. Unlike the review on this page, the MiniKorg (mine was actually a Univox Mini-Korg K2...PRE-Korg) is capable of some really nice, fat sounds. For the life of me, even when I had it, it's controls never seemed logical and it was more of a matter of switching things on and off to make random sounds. The controls are not laid out like a typical synth (OSC-FILTER-ENV, etc.), but nonetheless, has a really fat sound.
Jim Walker
June 30, 2012 @ 6:58 pm
I would have to say that the VSE rating on the 700 is oddly off the mark. This a very flexible sound crafting machine with a very full spectrum of analog power.
Gary
June 23, 2012 @ 7:15 pm
I have a MiniKorg 700-s for sale if anyone is interested. It's still in a beautiful working condition. Can send photographs if anyone's interested. Mail me at garybaris01@gmail.com
This one belonged to my dad who purchased it new.
 
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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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