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Korg microKorg 37-Key Analog Modeling Synthesizer with Vocoder
|Price:||$399.99 & FREE Shipping. Details|
- 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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In the summer of 2002, the microKORG Synthesizer / Vocoder opened a new avenue for music-making. Combining mini-keys, battery power, a simple-to-use interface, and phenomenal sound, all at an attractive price, microKORG made the synthesizer available to every musician. The built-in vocoder and selectable-step arpeggiator add a new dimension to performing and recording without the need to master new technologies; and any external sound can be processed by the microKORG’s filter. With dedicated knobs and a complete legend to the editable parameters right on the front panel, microKORG allows each player to easily explore the joys of electronic sound creation!
One of the top-selling synthesizers in the world every year since its release, microKORG remains the champion of Korg’s successful microSERIES: the microKORG XL, microSAMPLER, microPIANO, microSTATION, microKEY, & microARRANGER.
- 37 mini-keys with velocity sensing
- 4-Voice Analog Modeling synth engine
- 128 completely editable presets
- 5 assignable realtime edit knobs
- 8-Band Vocoder with gooseneck mic
- Vocoder Formant Hold and Formant Shift
- Interactive arpeggiator with selectable steps
- External audio processing
- 3 Effects: Chorus/Flanger, Phaser, and Ensemble
- 3 Delay Modes plus a 2-Band EQ
With its compact design, the microKORG is easy to carry and set up. There's no complex menu structure --- all parameters are right there on the panel for easy access to any function.
Six types of arpeggio patterns (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger) are built in. You can adjust the length and resolution of the arpeggiated notes, and switch steps on and off to produce cool patterns easily.
You can connect a mic to the AUDIO IN1 jack of the microKORG, and use it for a powerful vocoder that applies the tonal character of a vocal input to the sound of an oscillator, producing the impression that it is speaking or singing.
With its beige-gold body color and wooden side panels, and a retro-feeling design that reflects a pop sensibility, the microKORG projects a powerful visual presence.
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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!
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).Read more ›
The presets are not that great taken by themselves, but they are good templates for experimentation. When I did a youtube search for microKorg demonstrations, what mostly came up were low-grade recreations of Daft Punk vocoder lines, or standard metallic synth lead sounds. The thing is, the vocoder is a great tool, and it's great at leads, but this synth is capable of so much more.
The real power of this synth is the amount of control one has over the sound, especially at this price. One can get everything from lush pads to sharp stabs, all very well-rendered, the quality of which you might find on tracks made by your favorite producers, any genre, be it hip hop, trance, deep house, drum and bass. I've unintentionally gotten lost for hours at a time shaping sounds and playing with jazz chords. It does much much more than the basic leads you see people using this for, that is, if you invest time in reading the manual and learning synthesizer architecture, either through books like Welsh's, or using the "Sound on Sound Synth Secrets" articles that are freely available online.
What's more, this keyboard is also a good midi controller that you can use to play sounds through your digital audio workstation, like Logic, Reason, etc... With the quantity of buttons and knobs, plus the quality of the construction and layout, this is easily worth $100.00 just for that ability. Plus, it has midi lines in and thru.Read more ›
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this MicroKorg because I wanted a small keyboard to play some analog-sounding synth sounds but couldn't afford a real analog synth. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jojo
Feels cheap... Like laughably cheap. Looks cheap in person too. I feel like one wrong move and it's going to fall apart/break on me.Published 5 months ago by Daniel candia
After 6 years of use I only have good words for this beast, it sounds like a charm and has no broken parts at all after medium use during this time.Published 5 months ago by Rubén
amazing. takes some getting used to but is the highlight of my dayPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer