Analog modeling and multiband vocoding in a compact, portable instrument.
With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is perfect for the musician looking for a serious yet affordable synthesizer. It provi...
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Analog modeling and multiband vocoding in a compact, portable instrument.
With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is perfect for the musician looking for a serious yet affordable synthesizer. It provides powerful synthesis with the same dual-oscillator DSP synthesis engine found in the MS2000, and offers a wider selection of waveforms than most other modeled synths. It also has an 8-band vocoder with many advanced features, a full range of effects, and a flexible arpeggiator. 2 audio inputs let you process other instruments through it. Also serves as a compact MIDI controller. Comes with its own microphone.
The microKORG boasts the same dual-oscillator DSP synthesis engine found in Korg's critically acclaimed MS2000 and offers a wider selection of waveforms than any other modeled synth. Oscillator 1 features a total of 71 waveforms. These include traditional analog waves like saw, pulse, sine and noise, plus more unique choices like Vox wave and cross wave. Together they provide a cool selection that can be modulated to produce an extensive range of timbres. In addition, 64 exclusive DWGS waveforms from Korg's classic DW-8000 enable the microKORG to reproduce a broad collection of imitative sounds. Sounds like bells, electric pianos, guitars, basses and more that would be difficult reproduce on an analog synthesizer. You can also apply Ring and Sync modulation from Oscillator 2 to create the kind of complex timbres that are the true sign of an advanced synthesizer.
Four filter modes are available, offering -12 dB (2-pole) low pass, high pass and band pass configurations plus an extra steep -24 dB (4-pole) low pass setting. All include resonance. Two classic ADSR envelope generators and two MIDI-syncable LFOs provide the power to shape your sounds. Add a Virtual Patch matrix that lets you create advanced modulation settings-routing the Mod Wheel to control filter cutoff or pulse width, using an LFO to control panning or amp level, etc.-and you have performance that is unheard of from a synthesizer in this price range!
The microKORG includes an 8-band vocoder with many advanced features. You can capture and "freeze" the formants of your voice, and then play it across the keyboard, or shift the formant frequency to make your voice sound male, female, like a child or just plain wacky! Best of all, the microKORG comes with its own microphone so you can start having fun right away.
A full range of effects
Three types of modulation effects (chorus/flanger, phaser, ensemble), three types of delay effects (stereo, cross, L/R), and a two-band equalizer add the finishing touch to the microKORG. The delays can be synchronized with the arpeggiator or to an external MIDI clock-a great feature for live performances or for laying down tracks. All effects can be edited to create your own, unique sounds.
Great sounds and expression
Korg has used all of the microKorg's synthesis power in the creation of 128 great-sounding presets. They cover a wide range of the latest musical styles plus many vintage favorites. Sixteen vocoder Programs are also included. The Pitch Bend wheel, Modulation wheel, and five other knobs provide flexible realtime control over filter cutoff, attack, release and other important parameters. The Edit Mode allows you to fully edit the existing sounds, or to create your own new ones.
Six types of arpeggio patterns (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger) are built in, with control over tempo, gate time, swing, and up to a 4-octave range. You can turn individual steps on or off within a pattern, providing the feel and functionality of a step sequencer.
Two external audio input jacks are provided, so you can run other instruments, CDs and more through the microKORG's filter and effects, allowing you to process sounds in truly creative ways.
A compact MIDI controller
The microKORG's compact size is perfect for the musician or DJ looking to add a synth to his or her setup when space is tight. It's also a great choice for use in a computer-based music setup. The five realtime knobs on the front panel can transmit MIDI messages (control changes), so they can be used as controllers for software synthesizers. Use the 37-note velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard for controlling other gear or for recording and editing with your sequencer. And thanks to battery-power, the microKORG is the ultimate portable controller when used with a laptop computer!
Clear control and classic looks
There's no complex menu structure-all parameters are located on the panel for easy access to any function. A large dial and LED illuminated buttons provide easy program selection even on a dark stage. With its beige-gold body, wooden side panels and retro-influenced design, the microKORG has a look that's both vintage and funky.
There's not much I can say about this that everyone doesn't already know, at least in the world of synths. This is a staple of synth music and many bands use this synth.
My first synthesizer was a Korg MicroKorg. I got it for christmas and it has been my pride and joy for 2 years. It has all the goodies in a normal synthesizer in a small portable package. Great for beginner and pros.
Essentially a less tweakable ms2000 if you really wanna dive into this analog modeller... somewhere between a ROMpler and a 90s modeler with a nice vocoder and a toy keyboard.... the tiny form factor and price tag caused me to break down and buy one on ebay.... I like it but have yet to use it in a recording because the sounds is pretty generic.
This is the small synth everybody loves. Its easy to use interface makes music composition a breeze. Fat juicy sounds emanate from this unit, but though the arpeggiator is useful, I wish it had a sequencer built into it. If you can have only one synthesizer and can't spend over $500, this is the one for you. It will take me years to explore all the possibilities.
I own the limited edition gold version.
I keep diving deeper and deeper into it and can't reach the bottom. Korg makes some of the finest synthesizers in existence at affordable prices.
I used to have this one years ago (until my friend plugged it with a wrong DC block). It was my first hardware synthesizer and I must say it was astonishing for the price that days. It was 2 OSC's, in-built arppegiator and vocoder. Design is really retro-oriented (including wooden side-plates!!), while the later XL version looks more modern (and is very different; my synth-geek friend told me this baby is much better and versatile than the XL version) The controls are actually obvious, but I find them unconvenient for real-time tweaking. The synth is nice, but I won't buy another one, for my current needs a monophonic microbrute is much better.
P.S. I told you I burnt it down. It's true. The man from the workshop told me Microkorgs are equipped in the most cheap way in terms of security and is not foolproof, so the entire motherboard was killed by a single wrong plug-in. He also told it wouldn't happen if KORG added at least a few-dollar fuse to the power circuit. Unfortunately, they didn't. Be careful if you choose this device.
I don't even perform live but I can't imagine why anyone performing synth live wouldn't own one of these. They pack so much punch in such a small, portable and reasonably priced box.
it was exactly what I needed something that I could get rid of all the stock sounds and create my own for production use and its really user friendly plus its in a small package that gets the job done.
This synth is cool, but programming it is such a pain in the ass that I don't use it much in tracks. That being said the sounds that it makes are really nice.
This is my first synth, but hot damn is it versatile. Absolutely love the synthesis process and how streamlined it is. Great built-in effects too (the delay is amazing for live use). Despite only being able to play 4 keys at once, this is easily my favorite piece of gear that I own. 10/10!
How do I, Get through one night without you? If I had to live without you, What kind of life would that be? Oh, I... I need you in my arms, need you to hold, You're my world, my heart, my soul, If you ever leave, Baby you would take away everything good in my life,
Great arpeggiator. you can use MicroKorg as a midi controller (keys). powerfull and light to carry to your gig
However, I'd do well to dig deeper. It has loads of possibilities, I'm just not to a place where I've explored it fully. Our regular rig broke down, needed an "organ" type sound on tour & grabbed it as a fix. There is a man who rings every bit of awesome out of this keyboard & it should hopefully be linked to this if I can find it.
Here it is:
While the vocoder isn't much to it, the instrument really is just fun to mess around with, but mostly to sit there for a while and come up with something crazy. But be careful, for myself it's easy to find yourself losing your body while editing.