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Korg microKorg 37-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer with Vocoder

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  • Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling Synthesis System
  • Synthesizer Program: Multi Timbral=2 (max, Split/Dual Mode)
  • Voices: 4 voices
  • Arpeggiator: 6 types
  • Outputs: L/MONO, R, Headphones
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 6 x 12 inches ; 8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000WS0SC
  • Item model number: MICROKORG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,648 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

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MicroKorg Synthesizer and Vocoder

With the MicroKorg analog modeling synthesizer, hardware matters. The built-in vocoder and selectable-step arpeggiator add a new dimension to performing and recording without the need to master new technologies. External sounds can be processed by the MicroKorg's filter and more. With dedicated knobs and an index to the sound-editing parameters available on the front panel, MicroKorg allows each player to go as deep into the sound engine as desired. But for many musicians, just choosing the sounds from the convenient categories provides instant satisfaction.

Korg MicroKorg Synthesizer / Vocoder
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Korg MicroKorg Synthesizer / Vocoder
8-band vocoder

Korg MicroKorg Synthesizer / Vocoder
Run other instruments, CDs and more through the MicroKorg's filter and effects. View larger
Classic Looks, Clear Control

With its beige-gold body, wooden side panels and retro-influenced design, the MicroKorg analog modeling synthesizer has a look that's both vintage and funky. A large dial and LED illuminated buttons provide easy program selection even on a dark stage. There's no complex menu structure--all parameters are listed and accessible from the panel for easy access to any function.

Great Sounds and Expression

Korg has used all of the MicroKorg's synthesizer and vocoder 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 players to fully edit the existing sounds, or to create new ones all their own.

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Korg MicroKorg Synthesizer / Vocoder
128 completely editable presets. View larger
Powerful Synthesis

The MicroKorg synthesizer uses an advanced dual-oscillator analog modeling sound engine. Oscillator 1 features a total of 71 waveforms including 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 can easily be produced with a synthesizer vocoder such as the MicroKorg. Ring and Sync modulation from Oscillator 2 can be applied 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 modes and settings include resonance. Two classic ADSR envelope generators and two MIDI-syncable LFOs provide robust sound-shaping power. Add a Virtual Patch matrix to 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 vocoder in this price range.

Classic Vocoding

The MicroKorg includes an 8-band synthesizer 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 touches to sound of the MicroKorg synthesizer/vocoder. 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.

Flexible Arpeggiator

Six types of arpeggio patterns (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, and Trigger) are built in, with control over tempo, gate time, swing, and up to a 4-octave range. Using buttons on the MicroKorg's front panel, individual steps can be turned on or off within a pattern, providing the feel and functionality of a step sequencer.

Audio In, Creativity Out

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 compact size of the MicroKorg synthesizer vocoder is perfect for the musician or DJ looking to add a synth to his or her setup when space is tight and it is 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 synthesizer vocoder is the ultimate portable controller when used with a laptop computer.



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The sounds are amazing!
Ryan Howey
It's also fully programmable, you can alter the sounds already included, or you can erase one of the settings and start from scratch.
BENJAMIN MILER
Korg microKorg Analog Modeling Synthesizer with Vocoder is a classic compact instrument.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Vynny VINE VOICE on May 1, 2011
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I have another video review for the Korg M50 61 Key Synthesizer Workstation which is similar to this video review so feel free to check it out if you get chance.

I purchased the microkorg more for the vocoder than the soft-synth but I have to say that both elements are equally stunning. Now this video review of the MicroKorg only covers the very basics - think of it as an overview from someone who has had enough time to play with the keyboard, but has yet to fully get into the deep side of the programming. I haven't even skimmed the surface of what this keyboard can do in terms of sound and versatility.

The synth sounds themselves are amazing as you will hear from the video, and that's despite me using the camera's onboard mic to record. And the vocoder is every ELO fan's dream!

Really for the price there's nothing on the market and it should be in every keyboard musician's toolkit, whether you're a studio performer or a live player. I feel that even the 'sequel' to the MicroKorg, the MicroKorg XL,is less useful as it relies more on connection with a computer than hands-on in the field programming that the MicroKorg can do.

Anyway - have a look at the video and see what you think. Personally I love it!
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By BENJAMIN MILER on December 20, 2007
The MicroKorg is probably the finest synth you'll ever get at that price. It's very small (same size as many of those toy keyboards you grew up as a kid, but this is no toy), and has 37 keys, although the big criticisms here is Korg opted for toy keyboard-sized keys, rather than full-sized keys (the similar sized and similarly priced Alesis Micron, also 37 keys, used full-sized keys). It's a four note polyphonic virtual analog synth capable of fantastic analog sounds, with all the great sounds of the '70s, '80s, and '90s! It's essentially a Korg MS-2000 in a small package, but with an 8-band vocoder (instead of 16-band), and a superior arpeggiator, great for all you electronica and techno buffs out there, or those who want to create Tangerine Dream-like rhythms without the bulky gear that group had to use back in the glory days of the mid '70s. I've been aware of vocoders for ages, and of course, was a huge trademark in Kraftwerk's sound (they started using vocoders starting with 1973's Ralf & Florian, which is one album prior to their famous breakthrough, Autobahn), I am so happy to now personally own a vocoder, that is, one included in a synth. It has a condensor microphone for use of a vocoder, although you can hook up any standard microphone too. Like most any synth made in the last 20-25 years, it's MIDI, so you can have it interact with other MIDI synths, drum machines, your computer, or any other MIDI device.

Although it comes with an AC adapter for home and studio use, you'll be happy that you can use 6 AA batteries, so you can bring it with you on your next camping adventure (plus it has a headphone jack too, since hooking it up to speakers might be a bit difficult in the Great Outdoors).
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Radovilskiy on November 17, 2008
bucks but, this product is frekin awesome, i bought it and i am glad i did, the synths are full programmable, the best thing about this synth is that it is SO versatile, has many banks to make and save sounds on, comes with a manual thats clearly laid out. it has a headphones out (1/4") stereo out L & R (2 1/4") dynamic 1/4" and included condenser mic (with mic in) line in and a midi in, out and thru. i am glad because i can use some other midi device to control its tiny keyboard. one of the coolest things i didnt know about the keyboard when i bought it, was it has a 6 AA battery panel to power it, so u dont need wall outlet, the sound quality is fantastic, i had it hooked up mono so im sure stereo is phatty. the synths have a wide range of dynamic controls, and sound like big bucks, for the money you pay for it. it only has truly 3 downsides
1. small cheap feel keyboard (can be a plus because the unit is quite portable)
2. few knobs to get the job done, so you have to go through each set of sound variables to really program the sound, which makes it difficult to do it live.
but once u programmed your sound to where u want to play with only few variables you have got it down
3. ive noticed that almost always i have to turn the knob to its full range, both up and down for it to activate its function as if it re-calibrates everytime on its range of motion (in order to edit a variable, such as arpegiator gate time)

i do recomend you try the unit at a store before buying amazon, so you can see if this unit is for you,
overall with its limitations, and functionality and quality, i must say this unit IS for me! thank you KORG!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Love on March 2, 2009
I bought this unit, and I was immediately on my way to making new music. The wood panels and knobs give it a retro look, but don't be fooled, as it kicks out the latest jams with ease. If a vocoder is not found in your current gear, then this would be a great addition. I found that it was very interoperable with my existing equipment, so that I could make new fat tunes. The knobs and controls are almost all cross compatible with my Yamaha synth. It should be noted that it does not have an input for the foot controllers, but it does accept sustain from an external controller. Anyway, by itself it is a fine synth too, and the small keyboard is not too small. It comes in handy for a few things, like short rolls, which come off great. People are really showing off their talent with this thing. Check the vids. It comes with a condenser mic, so that you can get underway with the vocoder right out of the box, and it accepts line and stereo in audio feeds. This synth is the right size to carry around, and play it on your lap. It rocks!

It is likely that there is a new model coming out soon, so wait for the new one, wait for the price to come down, or get it now. Your choice. I recommend the latter, as it is already a reasonable price.

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proclus
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