Korg MiniKorg-700S

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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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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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85 Visitor comments
March 11, 2014 @ 8:57 am
I'm looking for two Minikorg 700 or 700S slider end caps, green and yellow, that's the Repeat and Portamento sliders. Anyone out there have some spares?
March 2, 2014 @ 5:56 pm
James, in my opinion, yes, the 700 is definitely worth having. I use mine constantly and have never missed the ring modulator or any other features. The sound is pure 70's awesome and the horizontal "traveler" filter controls make it a very expressive instrument to play.

I got mine as part of a trade and wasn't planning on keeping it. After messing around for a few hours it quickly became one of my favourite instruments. Now only a very compelling offer would make me trade it...maybe a Promars or and SH-5, otherwise it's a keeper!
James Cardigan
January 15, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
All of you guys should probably check out Glass Candy and Chromatics if you want to hear how tasty the low end on this synth can get(particularly the songs Beatific and Kill for Love) Live, the only synths on stage are 2 700s model K1 synths and man do they groove on those.

I've recently been looking at the 700 model and I've been wondering if $500 for one is worth it. I know it only has 1 oscillator and lacks a ring modular, unlike the 700s, is it worth getting?
December 30, 2013 @ 6:41 am
saw the cure using this synth. would love to get my hands on one, if you have one for sale please contact deibid_ at hotmail dot com
November 9, 2013 @ 8:39 am
Simple synth with a nice retro tone. Great for melodic leads.

I already have a 700, but if you happen to have a 700S for sale at a decent price, please get in touch:
aerevanescens [at] hotmail [dot] com
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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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