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
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?
macbeth
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
Charles
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
Jen
September 30, 2013 @ 10:06 am
I have a Univox Mini Korg for the 1970's, it still works but could use some work I think. I'm looking to sell mine but am not sure on the asking price. Any ideas?
Rxke
August 6, 2013 @ 5:40 am
Indeed out of this world. Don't get weirded out by the strange labelling, after 10 minutes of finding your way, it's no big deal.
Very, *very* good oscillators, IMO. Can quite easily sound downright filthy, too :-)
Not to everyone's tastes, definitely, but you'll know straight-away if this one is for you or not. If it is, it blows you away. 200%.
 
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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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