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Manufacturer's ID: KOH MICROKORG
What we say:
At A Glance:
The Microkorg from Korg is still going strong since its release in 2002. The affordable synthesizer helped shape modern music and can be heard on countless albums. This is thanks to its compact size, flexible sound engine, vocoder and easy to use interface. The Microkorg is perfect for adding synths to a live or studio setup without breaking the bank.
Features We Love:
Powerful Synthesis Engine
The synthesis engine on the Microkorg is very flexible and offers a large variety of waveforms, and deep editing controls. Not to mention the unit is packed with fantastic presets that inspire creativity from the moment you switch it on. I’m sure you could pick out plenty of factory presets on modern songs if you listen closely enough.
The Vocoder on the Microkorg is undoubtedly one of its greatest features. By using the on-board microphone, you can play your voice like an instrument on the keys. This is really easy to use, and can be a powerful musical tool to have in your arsenal.
Compact and Affordable
The Microkorg is very compact thanks to it’s 37-mini key design. It makes a great addition to a live or studio rig, where you need a flexible synthesizer and space is limited. This is notably good for guitarists or singers who want to add some synths to their show without dedicating a large amount of stage space.
- Powerful, flexible synthesizer
- Compact design
- Very affordable
- Great vocoder on board
- Presets sound great
- Microkorg Synthesizer
- AC adapter (DC 9 V, 600 mA)
- Condenser Microphone
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 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. 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 modes and settings 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 vocoder in this price range!
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 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 create your own new ones.
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 - 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!
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.
- Programs: 128
- Modulation effects (3 types)
- Delay (3 types)
- Arpeggiator: 6 types
- Keyboard: 37 Keys (mini-keyboard, velocity sensitive)
- AUDIO IN 1 (3.5mm and 6.35mm TRS)
- AUDIO IN 2 (6.35mm TRS)
- L+R OUT (6.35mm)
- Headphones (6.35mm TRS)
- IN, OUT and THRU
- Dimensions: 20.63"(W) x 9.13"(D) x 2.76"(H) 524mm(W) x 232mm(D) x 70mm(H)
- Weight: 4.85 lbs. 2.2 kg
- Korg microKORG
- AC adapter (DC 9 V, 600 mA)
- Condenser Microphone