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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82 Visitor comments
orlando56
April 20, 2011 @ 5:12 pm
I just acquired a 700 and it is a fun little synth indeed. (Wish it were a 700s, but what are you gonna do?)

To Bedroom Disco: I'm not sure if this applies to your question, but the 700 has high-note priority (unlike, say, the Minimoog which I believe has low-note priority, and the Little Phatty which is switchable). If you hold down a note and strike a higher note, it will sound (but not retrigger the envelope). But if you hold down a note and strike a lower note, it won't sound until you release the higher one.
Jay
April 11, 2011 @ 2:43 pm
miniKorg 700 is now gone to UK.
Thanks for the messages.

Jay
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.
 
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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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