Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

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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.

Powerful synthesis

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!

Classic vocoding

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.

Flexible arpeggiator

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.

Audio in

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.

Features
  • 128 user-rewritable programs
  • 37-key mini keyboard
  • Powerful synthesis
  • Classic vocoding
  • A full range of effects
  • Great sounds and expression
  • Flexible arpeggiator (6 types)
  • Clear control and classic looks

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MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder Specifications:

  • Register online and extend your warranty for an extra year, free! Product Registration is for U.S. customers only.
  • Register your KORG keyboard, keyboard rack module, or digital piano online and receive a certificate that extends the product warranty for an extra year from the date of purchase. This offer is good for US customers only for new KORG keyboards, workstations, keyboard rack modules and digital pianos purchased from us after November 1, 2002. All other products will receive the standard warranty that is included with all of KORG's products. Void where prohibited by law.
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MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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4.0

Its a great little synth

By dr.keytar

from Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Cheep
  • Durable
  • Portable
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Counter Intuitive
  • Limited Voices

Best Uses

  • Electronic Dance
  • Hip hop
  • Pads
  • Synth Rock

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

I have been the proud owner of this little synth for about 7 years now and i'm pretty satisfied. I have primarily used it for rock music. If your looking for an inexpensive way to make your own synth sounds and play them live then this is probably your board. There are good presets on this but they are all sort of one trick ponies with limited real world applications. Another good function is the vocoder but I would suggest getting a better quality mic for it.

my biggest pet peeve is how not user friendly it is. You cant really just figure it out on your own because many commands are random button combinations and its only a three letter display. Also if you don't have a pro audio / audio phyle background then your gonna have a bad time because they use a lot of that vocabulary in the controls.

all of that being said, it is a powerful little synth and if your willing to put in the time to make it work for you then its probably your best option. If your looking for plug in and play user friendly keyboards I would suggest a different model.

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5.0

Plug and Play

By mitch rosenblatt

from Boca Raton

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

Very good product. The keyboard is slightly smaller but the sound is truly impressive. I have mine connected to a Roland SH-201 and they work well together. It plays right out of the box without having to study the manuel for hours before getting any sound. User friendly and worth the price which is reasonable for this synthesizer.

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5.0

GREAT mini-synth

By Nathan

from San Diego California

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

The MicroKORG is a great synth. And the price for this is just amazing. you will not find a better synth for this price. I use this synth for many things such as, a midi controller, recording in my home studio, and live uses with my garge band. There are many great fetures and you wont run out of sounds because of how much you can do with the editing and the knobs. If you are looking into buying this BUY it. You won't regret it.

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(40 of 84 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

too great to not have

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

this is the kind of instrument that you need when playing electronic. it ahs many features and i deffinently reccomend it to nayone looking for a synth

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(60 of 124 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

oh yeah.

By e-_7LDj

from SoCal

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

I purchased this synth on recommendations from other players, message boards, and chat rooms. I found that the sound is awesome. MUCH larger than the microKorg's physical size. Very good range, excellent control and good price. Same sound engine as in the ever popular MS2000. This synth is the real deal.

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(155 of 305 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantabulous

By Ella Bella

from Philly Cheese Steak PA

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

I got my micro baby a few weeks ago and never before have I played with anything that sounded amazing and had so many great synth features. I love how easy it is to program and play. Awesome stuff!!

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(73 of 133 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

The sounds you can get from this thing are not believable, meaning unbelievable....especially when you consider it's price. Don't listen to the playa haters who will tell you this is just a toy...this "toy" will be famous one day....this thing can tear your speakers to shreds on the low end and stab your third eye with it's filters. Light weight, battery operated, and vocoder with FREE microphone. The mini keys may not be for everyone, but whatever....you'd be a fool to not try it before you knock it.

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