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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82 Visitor comments
August 9, 2011 @ 5:35 pm
Rex the Dog is reportedly a heavy user of the Mini Korg 700s. Its distinctive, plangent tone can be heard in, for instance, his great track "I Can See You, Can You See Me?" The animated video also briefly shows a CGI version of one.
August 9, 2011 @ 5:32 pm
My Mini Korg 700 now has a problem where when you hold down a note it repeatedly drops out briefly at regular intervals (i.e., the dropout appears to be independent of when you have pressed the key). Does anyone have any insight into this? Would be much appreciated.
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?
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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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