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Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder  

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        Same great synth and vocoder, in a limited edition black and red color.

        One of the top-selling synthesizers in the world every year since its release in 2002, the microKORG is considered the champion of Korg's successful microSeries. More than just another synthesizer, the microKORG virtual analog synthesizer 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 type of musician. And now for a limited time you can get this same great synthesizer/vocoder in this slick black and red colored design.

        Taking this popular synth to a new level, the microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder adds a new dimension to performing and recording without the need to master new technologies with its built-in vocoder and selectable-step arpeggiator. 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 will provide instant satisfaction.

        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.

        Powerful synthesis
        The microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder 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 to reproduce on an analog synthesizer can easily be produced with a synthesizer/vocoder hybrid such as this 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 -24dB (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. You can also add a Virtual Patch matrix to create advanced modulation settings by routing the Mod Wheel to control filter cutoff or pulse width, using an LFO to control panning or amp level, etc.

        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.

        Full Range of Effects
        Three types of modulation effects (chorus/flanger, phaser, ensemble), three types of delay effects (stereo, cross, L/R), and a 2-band EQ add the finishing touches to sound on 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, 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 Synthesizer/Vocoder'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.

        Stylish new looks with clear control
        Show off your taste for great style with this black and white colored version. You’ll be the envy of all other keyboard players when they see this limited edition synth on stage. 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.


        Limited Edition Red and Black color

        Sound Generation Method:

        • Analog Modeling Synthesis System

        Synthesizer Program:

        • Multi Timbral:
        • 2 (max, Normal/Dual Mode)
        • Voices:
        • 4 voices
        • Sound Source:
        • 2 Oscillator + Noise Generator
        • Multi Mode Filter (-24dB/oct LPF, -12dB/oct LPF/BPF/HPF)
        • EG x 2, LFO x 2, Virtual Patch x 4

        Vocoder Program:

        • Voices:
        • 4 voices
        • Sound Source:
        • 1 Oscillator + Noise Generator
        • EG x 1
        • LFO x 2
        • 8 Channels vocoder
        • Level and pan of each channel can be edited
        • Formant Shift function


        • Programs:
        • 128 programs
        • Effects:
        • Modulation effects (3 types)
        • Delay (3 types)
        • Equalizer
        • Arpeggiator:
        • 6 types
        • Keyboard:
        • 37 Keys (mini-keyboard, velocity sensitive)
        • Inputs:
        • AUDIO IN 1, and 2
        • Level switch:
        • LINE/MIC
        • [AUDIO IN 1, 2 (LINE)]
        • [AUDIO IN 2 (MIC)]
        • Outputs:
        • L/MONO, R and Headphones
        • MIDI:
        • IN, OUT and THRU
        • Display:
        • 3 characters x 1 line with 8-segment LED


        • AC adapter (DC 9 V, 600 mA)
        • Condenser Microphone

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        MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder Specifications:

        • Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC adapter), or six AA alkaline batteries (sold separately)
        • Power Consumption: 6.4W maximum
        • Dimensions (WxDxH): 20.63" x 9.13" x 2.76", 524mm x 232mm x 70mm
        • Weight: 4.85lb. 2.2kg
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        microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

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        • Easy to use (3)
        • Portable (3)


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            KORG MICROkorg REISSUE

            By CashPANDA

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer


            • Easy to Use
            • Portable
            • Pre-programmed music
            • Touch Sensitive Keys


              Best Uses

                Comments about microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

                Purchased this KORG Reissue to replace my original MICROkorg purchased in the mid 2000's.
                OSC and Effects Engine are a little dated in comparison to new boards and VST's offered nowadays, but the aged analog emulation sound set grew on me. Learning curve is moderate for operation/editing.

                The presets are basic at best. Used to use it for composition, nowadays I use it to sample. Very capable synth for any application.

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                Great Gear

                By beatnik532

                from Nashville

                About Me Experienced


                • Easy to Use
                • Fun
                • Portable


                  Best Uses

                  • Electronic Music
                  • Travel

                  Comments about microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

                  Easy to plug and play straight out of the box. Factory presets are great. Easy to edit and create patches. You can learn how to program dozens of your favorite sounds on Youtube.

                  The tiny keys take some getting used to; however, It is great to stick in a backpack with some headphones and batteries.

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                  Excellent Synth for beginner

                  By Python

                  from Baltimore

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer


                  • Easy to Use
                  • Portable
                  • Pre-programmed music
                  • Responsive / Good Action
                  • Touch Sensitive Keys


                  • Small Keys

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                    Comments about microKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

                    I borrowed one of these from a friend for four months and eventually bought my own. It's a great synth.

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