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
Edwin Balzan
November 28, 2010 @ 2:52 pm
Here is how Human League used the 700s in Being Boiled!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdjtAIMZXTs&feature=player_embedded#!
thesauce
November 7, 2010 @ 12:31 am
the overly condescending overview above does not give this nifty synth the credit it deserves. there truly is nothing like the sound of a vintage monosynth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zANtPgP8NLc
George
September 2, 2010 @ 11:21 am
Interesting bit of footage there K Steward :) Love this synth, love the layout, different to many other synths. The sound is very fat too. :)
K Seward
August 12, 2010 @ 12:16 am
Pretty sure the miniKorg 700 is used on Alex Chilton's Like Flies on Sherbert.

A video of the recording session, check out around the 23 min mark on "My Rival":

http://vimeo.com/10266927
ThatGuitarGuy
August 4, 2010 @ 2:03 pm
Picked one up for about $200 a few years ago and I wouldn't trade it for anything - spare, possibly, a Polivoks. :)

It makes 'professional' analog-modeling synthesizers seem predictable, static and tame. It makes my KS4 feel like a toy. Sometimes late at night, when nobody is looking, I'll run it through an envelope filter and into my dual-Monotron setup for MS20-style action/response (knobs, anyone?).

Its a lot of fun to play around with in real-time, but its a real killer in the mix once injected into your DAW and cleaned up - SLIGHTLY.

Mine is a little banged up, so it does go out of tune after heavy use/being put to use for an hour+... however, this is easily remedied by nudging a slider or working that classic 'analog detune' into your sound.

4.5/5
 
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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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