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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Bob Crain
August 9, 2009 @ 11:05 am
Also used by XTC on their earlier albums, referenced in this interview:

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=34883466&am p;blogId=503566011
hakan
May 25, 2009 @ 3:20 pm
this was used on the 2023 album by Baris Manco in 1975. there are some great examples of what this keyboard can achieve on the album.
pugface
February 28, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
demoed one like crazy and bought a EDP wasp instead. hought the knobs were quirky. But vangelis used one. wish i had bought it now as the wasp packed up and later the company.
djtelaxu
February 11, 2009 @ 9:03 pm
A friend of mine owns this synth, and was the first synth I ever spent a night tuning out to... journeys in sound... anyway, seriously fat, absolutely analog, plug it straight into a peavey valve amp and some big fat 80's toa's and away you go...
Jonny Lawrence
November 18, 2008 @ 8:03 am
THIS has been used by the cure??? How flipping awesome!! I'm supposedly buying it for christmas. And i'm looking for something quite bassy-something which you could wack out a funky drum beat to.
 
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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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