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
jaychong
March 6, 2011 @ 1:57 pm
Purplecat !! Calling Purplecat.

Would you give me $300 for the mini Korg?
It has one key at the bottom end that needs to be tightened up
and a classic cigarette burn on the right side wood. But it's in total working
condition and being well taken care of.

I'm in Northern Cal/Brentwood

Let me know.
jvsoundandlight@gmail.com
GregoryO
March 5, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
purplecat,

I found my Mini Korg.
It was left behind by a keyboard player I used to jam with in the 70"s.
It has one tweaked key, but is in good condition otherwise.
I used to have a blast with this thing "back in the day."
I used to jam with Manfred Man back then.
A great instrument.
Purplecat
January 16, 2011 @ 2:52 pm
This is a great little synth. Far better than the Moog Satellite or any such small mono synth. Great bass, easy to use & stable. I stupidly sold mine 20 years ago & have been trying to find one for a fair price ever since. I have a Sequential Circuits Fugue that I use now since the mono part is pretty good but every time I use it I STILL miss the Univox MiniKorg.
daniel
December 13, 2010 @ 12:22 am
sorry to add on more thing... i have the 700s... the one with the extra goodies on it... not the stripped down 700. yeah... that one is a bit more of a one trick pony.
daniel
December 13, 2010 @ 12:17 am
this synth kicks serious @ss. you have to milk it a little bit, but its actually capable of tons of sounds. i still use mine for recording songs all the time. ive played lots of moogs and things like that from that year and this being an affordable synth at the time... it was a freak'n sweet thing!! still is.
 
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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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