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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 affordable synthesizer. It provides powerful synthesis with ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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
Specifications
  • 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.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
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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.
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MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder
 
4.7

(based on 193 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (12)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Pre-programmed music (6)
  • Responsive / good action (6)
  • Good audio (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Electronic music (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big things come in small packages!!!

The microkorg is a great synth that has many sounds perfect for any genre (it has the same sound engine as the Korg MS-2000). AND you can completely customize the sound of...Read complete review

The microkorg is a great synth that has many sounds perfect for any genre (it has the same sound engine as the Korg MS-2000). AND you can completely customize the sound of your choice in a couple of minutes! The microkorg is easy to use, and would be great for a first time synth user, or a veteran looking to get great custumizable sounds. When using the microkorg, you'll notice that the keys are slightly smaller than a full size keyboard, but they are definitely not hard to hit, and you will get used to them after using the microkorg for about 10 min. The sounds that come out this synth are AMAZING! You can create any sound, and the easy to use arpeggiater helps out a lot. It comes with basic waveforms to edit sounds: saw, square, triangle, sin... This synth is a great size and makes it extremely portable and easy to use for shows...basically it is only limited by the user, so go out and buy one today and start experimenting! It is actually unbeatable for the price, so it is also a GREAT value.

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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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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very complicated

By Bassnash

from Nashville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

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).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a dandy!

By Presshead

from Minneapolis

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Electronic Music

    Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

    First rate point-of-entry instrument for someone learning about synthesiziwers. Great factory pre-sets, intuitive controls, easy to use, well-built. A very useful, good-sounding little keyboard. Excellent value.

     
    5.0

    Awesome synth!

    By Hud59

    from Hamnpton, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No Speakers

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music

    Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

    Bought this for my son's 18th birthday. He's already an accomplished keyboard player and he fell in love with this synth. It was really easy right out of the box. He was up and playing in minutes. We also found a lot of videos on YouTube showing how to use and explore this instrument. Worth every penny paid.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fluid jamming

    By trudeau11

    from Shreveport

    About Me Experienced

    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    big sound in a tiny package

    By dj sammy

    from New mexico

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Portable
    • Pre-programmed music
    • Realistic Sound

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use
    • Poor Instructions

    Best Uses

    • Electronic Music
    • MIDI

    Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

    its a very fun machine, get the basic techno, trance, dubstep sound of todays modern songs. The learning curve for making and editing patches is annoying. Had to watch youtube to learn. I didnt like the sound of vocoder. but overall i was pleased.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Such a Powerful Little Synthesizer

    By Brandon Ryan _

    from Laurel, MD

    Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

    This was the very first synthesizer that I ever purchased, and man, am I glad I chose this one. I use it in a two-tier setup with a Korg x50. Not only does it have a large array of sounds (both retro and modern), but you can also create your own sounds, edit the preset ones, download a new sound bank off of Korg's website, etc.... Honestly, this keyboard can really do just about everything you could want it to. It is powerful for its size, it has MIDI input/output for easy recording, and even though it has nothing to do with its performance, the fake wood panelling on it's sides are just so incredibly charming. If I had one complaint, it would be that with some settings, you can only play one note at a time, which can be frustrating if you like the sound, but want to include chords into the piece. But only a few settings out of the 100+ are this way, so I see that as a very minor thing. I would highly recommend this synth.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Microkorg - the monster

    By G

    from NY NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    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.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good synth

        By MZ8243296ismybass

        from Saratoga Springs, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

            This synth is a great value. It is very simple to work with once you know the basics. Read the manual; it's pretty clear about working with this machine. The keys are small, as many have pointed out, but this will likely only be an issue for those with very large hands or experienced keyboard players. As a string player myself, the transition was not an issue. It has a variety of sounds built in, and it's easy to both modify presets and start from scratch. The included mic is fine for playing around with and getting used to the vocoder, but I don't think I'd use it live. The wood ends are a plus. It has the capacity to process external instruments and vocals, but I have not used this feature yet. All in all, a good purchase.

             
            4.0

            KORG MICROkorg REISSUE

            By CashPANDA

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about MicroKORG Synthesizer/Vocoder:

                Excellent.
                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.

                 
                4.0

                Great Gear

                By beatnik532

                from Nashville

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fun
                • Portable

                Cons

                  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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