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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85 Visitor comments
James
March 11, 2010 @ 1:05 am
I bought a 700s in 91 for 100 bucks because i couldn't afford the newer synths at the time. It was awesome! It can make any sound you can think of and the amazing control you have over every detail of the sound in real time while playing made this a great soloing keyboard or bass. It started to smoke through the keys one day and burn something out. I meant to fix it then my dad tossed it or sold it. I want one but if anyone has a clue where let me know. I would take this over anything. combined with a juno 60, I was lost in space for years
Mike O
March 5, 2010 @ 4:09 pm
I had one 30 years ago in a 70's/80's "New Wave" / Punk Rock band - I modified it w/the controls on top - one of best little synths ever - wish I never sold it - it was "just what I needed..."
Nikkm
February 2, 2010 @ 5:07 pm
Spotted in use by Heaven 17 on BBC Feb 2 2010
zufo
December 21, 2009 @ 11:53 pm
I just picked one up from a lady living on a farm. she gave it to me for free!! and its totally mint! That plus a Roland EP-30 also mint. Merry Christmas free. Wow i rarely get lucky but did today.
Robert Watson
December 19, 2009 @ 12:43 pm
I used to have a Mini Korg but I got rid of it several years ago. I wish I still had it. Those things are hard to come by. It had a great sound.
 
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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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