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      Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder (702244)
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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.

Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder 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

    Can serve as a compact MIDI controller


Korg 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.


Korg MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder

USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

Register online and extend your warranty!
Register your new 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.

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  • Accidental damage protection (new gear only)
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  • Free Shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% Coverage for Commercial Use
  • Extended Return Period
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  • No Lemon Guarantee
  • Free Transfer of Coverage to a new owner
  • Repair Costs Covered for up to 3 years from date of purchase
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Product Reviews
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  • MicroBeast!!

    As reviewed by Jamal on 7/26/2010

    I love this little synth, I've had mine for years and it just keeps performing and performing. It's been through many shows and always ends back in my studio being used constantly. Patch A13 and A14 are the infamous patches that will sound good with virtually and application. With all the different genres I make this synth never lets me down. If you're looking into buying it, just buy it. You won't regret, the guys at Korg never lets you down.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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  • If you're deciding between paying your rent or buying this product. Buy this Synthesizer

    As reviewed by Chris Keith on 8/31/2012

    I can tell you first hand, as a seasoned musician who's played all kind of keyboards, from the best to the worst, this device is worth it's weight in gold, and is 2nd to none in it's musical class. I have not been paid to do this and I'm not the type that writes reviews for anything. This actually goes to show exactly how impressed I am with this products performance. Don't delay buy this today and you will not want to put it down. Guaranteed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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  • Good Starter

    As reviewed by HeartsUnfold on 1/3/2007

    We purchased a MicroKORG for our ScrEmo band 2 years ago & it has added a lot of originality to our sound. It is nice for the price, but at times it feels more like a toy than a professional synth. You could spend hours farting around with it but a few key features are missing that would have made this the ultimate synth in its class. The some 180+ effects are nice & sound awesome & the vocoder is guaranteed to impress your friends. I just wish Korg had added a TAP-TEMPO button to the machine! I just love the ease of use and versatility of the arpeggiator but we can?t use it in our band with live sound. Short of starting a song with a metronome, you can?t really use one of the best features on the machine. We purchased the Alesis Micron, which costs about the same, to make up for the lack of this ability. If the MicroKORG had a TAP-TEMPO button, I would definitely go with it, but it doesn?t. After a year, the volume knob started making a scratching sound when you turn it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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