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Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder 

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With 37 keys and 128 user-rewritable programs, the Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder is perfect for the musician looking for a serious yet affordabl...Click To Read More About This Product

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OVERVIEW

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

It's a cool tool. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 152 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (8)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Pre-programmed music (5)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Responsive / good action (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

MicroKORG....

Many famous artists use this keyboard for a good reason. Endless sound creation, easy to pick up on, unbeatable price, portable, lightweight, great interface, perfect for learning, overall FUN and an...Read complete review

Many famous artists use this keyboard for a good reason. Endless sound creation, easy to pick up on, unbeatable price, portable, lightweight, great interface, perfect for learning, overall FUN and an amazing instrument you won't regret buying from MusiciansFriend.
128 presets, Arpeggiator 8-band vocoder, MIDI controller capabilites, and over 100 parameters for you to control in real time this synth packs everything you need for a beginner or intermediate level keyboard.
It may appear toyish to some musicians however when it comes down to it this is a synth that you will have for a long time. The mini keys may throw off traditional piano players but within a couple days I was rather comfortable with the keybed. The sound quality is amazing near the same level as the more expensive synthesizers.
For the price this synth is great, if it's your first synthesizer then I highly reccomend it over it's competition the micron and xiosynth for MicroKORG is very easy to use and you can pick up on it very quickly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very complicated

Before I get chastised for saying you need an engineering degree to figure out how to use this thing, let me preface by saying I'm a musician (i.e. the kind that plays actual...Read complete review

Before I get chastised for saying you need an engineering degree to figure out how to use this thing, let me preface by saying I'm a musician (i.e. the kind that plays actual instruments), so for my newness to the synth world, the MicroKorg will take a while to figure out. I mainly bought it to have some cool sounds/patches to layer into some of my recordings. I am not versed in MIDI or electronic music...at all. It took 2 hours and finally 2 tutorials just to figure the metronome out, so if you are a synth novice, I am thinking there might be easier pieces of equipment to use?

I do hope I can manage to wrangle my way around this thing because it seems to have a lot of cool capabilities. Most likely I will never need nor use half of them, but the half I do want to employ will be difficult to figure out, even with the instruction manual (which is nearly useless).

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MicroKORG....

By Clayton McCarthy

from FL

Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

Many famous artists use this keyboard for a good reason. Endless sound creation, easy to pick up on, unbeatable price, portable, lightweight, great interface, perfect for learning, overall FUN and an amazing instrument you won't regret buying from MusiciansFriend.
128 presets, Arpeggiator 8-band vocoder, MIDI controller capabilites, and over 100 parameters for you to control in real time this synth packs everything you need for a beginner or intermediate level keyboard.
It may appear toyish to some musicians however when it comes down to it this is a synth that you will have for a long time. The mini keys may throw off traditional piano players but within a couple days I was rather comfortable with the keybed. The sound quality is amazing near the same level as the more expensive synthesizers.
For the price this synth is great, if it's your first synthesizer then I highly reccomend it over it's competition the micron and xiosynth for MicroKORG is very easy to use and you can pick up on it very quickly.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Matt Fitzpatrick

from Ohio, USA

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Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

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Pretty sweet, i love all the pre-sets, and the fact that theyre all completely customizable makes it so much better. It has everything i need, or anyone else. Great starter keyboard if thats what youre getting it for, and great for and experienced pianist. Comes fully loaded, great buy!
i feel it could have a more "heavy duty" feel, instead of the plastic thing it has going on. I like the wood on the sides though and the vintage look. All the sounds i get out of it sound great.
Great value.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Microkorg - the monster

By G

from NY NY

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      Wow. I did a lot of research on this item and am blown away even more than I was with the sounds I heard on youtube. This thing is unbelievably cool and great. The amount of tweaking and manipulating of parameters is amazing. The stock sounds themselves are incredibly cool (and there are A LOT of them) but the fact that you can manipulate all of them VERY easily is like getting two, three, or twenty keyboards in one. I was also shocked at how small it was. I knew it was small, with smaller keys, but it's even smaller than I thought it would be. So light and portable. And the small keys work really well, and don't affect playing at all. Sometimes, it makes it even better when doing certain runs depending on the sound you're using. Overall, if you're looking for a retro (and modern) sounding keyboard with tons of great sounds that are totally manipulatable on the fly, in real time, you will be beyond happy with this little monster.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent micro synth for it's presets

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      I have experimented with many synthesizers and vsts overs the years and strongly believe that the original micro Korg is an intelligent decision if you are looking for a high variety of preset sounds. The synth is also very easy to program arp sounds to tempo as long as you read the manual about it. In my opinion it is one of the most reliable portable synths available and far better than settling for a smaller midi controller in the end.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Very complicated

      By Bassnash

      from Nashville, TN

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Portable

      Cons

      • Difficult to Use
      • No Speakers

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • Travel

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      Before I get chastised for saying you need an engineering degree to figure out how to use this thing, let me preface by saying I'm a musician (i.e. the kind that plays actual instruments), so for my newness to the synth world, the MicroKorg will take a while to figure out. I mainly bought it to have some cool sounds/patches to layer into some of my recordings. I am not versed in MIDI or electronic music...at all. It took 2 hours and finally 2 tutorials just to figure the metronome out, so if you are a synth novice, I am thinking there might be easier pieces of equipment to use?

      I do hope I can manage to wrangle my way around this thing because it seems to have a lot of cool capabilities. Most likely I will never need nor use half of them, but the half I do want to employ will be difficult to figure out, even with the instruction manual (which is nearly useless).

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unique Element for a Solo Project

      By Zedonek

      from Pittsburgh, PA

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      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      I'd been playing with a band and we had a large sound. I started a solo project and am not a very good bass player, but, given time, can figure my way around a keyboard well enough. This was a great investment for my solo project because I could get very unique sounding "bass-lines" from this little man. Many of the settings have a straight-edge sound, (in regards to how quickly the attack works and that the notes do not always slide into one-another) which gives it a synthetic, yes, but desirable sound for what, at least I'd been gong for. MGNT comes to mind, but there are many more applications than just that particular sound that are attainable through this machine. Look into it, worth the price... ten-fold.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ...

      By Taken From Tom

      from Chicago

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      i own this thing, and its so fun. You'd really have to be mentally slow to not figure things out after a bit of reading, and to create my own music on it comes with ease. i like that it's only a 37 key, it makes learning really fun and easy also. plus this synth comes from a top-line production company, and im confident it wont need to be replaced.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Korg got it right!

      By Korgtastic

      from MO-town, California

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      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      I got this synth like 2 years ago, and i use it almost every day! its got great presets, and its pretty easy to make new patches! It does sound almost analog, and the wood on the sides was a nice touch. Good for leads and sound effects. The preset basses arent on the fat side... but hey, thats an easy fix. The little keys take a little getting used to, so you might want to hook up a midi controller. the arpeggiator is pretty nice too. overall the best synth you can get in this price range

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fluid jamming

      By trudeau11

      from Shreveport

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Almost Universal Access
      • Easy to Use
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Realistic Sound
      • Responsive / Good Action

      Cons

      • Dated Connectivity

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Electronic Music
      • Family Jam
      • Learning

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      As a bassist-guitarist in an ambient improv trio, I needed a keyboard for a non piano player. This works well.

      Simple. Online tutorials galore.

      Rich sounds. Enough mod and pitch wheel and resonance control to create swell ambience.

      My teenage son and his classmates love it. We are improvising together in a way that was never before possible.

      Using a G-K bass amp, Ultimate stand.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A good start

      By Andy-WBHyA

      from Where I am

      Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

      This is a great tool. It has all the convience of digital synth, with all the cool parts of analog synth. After you learn how to properly use it, it has soooo many uses that it is almost overwhelming. Plus, after you download the patches from the german korg site, the possibilities are endless! If only it was bigger...

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