Korg MiniKorg-700S

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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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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
August 1, 2011 @ 8:58 am
It doesn't said in the text - Sławomir Łosowski - Polish music star uses the MiniKorg 700s.
July 26, 2011 @ 3:09 pm
If anyone out there is selling the 700 or the 700s Please let me know!

July 20, 2011 @ 11:39 pm
I have a minikorg 700 that I bought new. I use it almost daily and haven't had any problems with it except that the keys tend to break with time. It has three broken keys from 35 years of extensive use and I'm looking for a replacement unit or any leads on replacement keys. Anyone out there have a complete one they want to part with, even if it doesn't work or information on where to get replacement parts?
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.
April 11, 2011 @ 2:43 pm
miniKorg 700 is now gone to UK.
Thanks for the messages.

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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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