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Korg MicroKorg 37-Key Modeling Synth & Vocoder

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MicroKorg 37-Key Analog/Modeled Synth & Vocoder

The new microKORG is a compact-sized synthesizer that delivers the true enjoyment of synthesis. Underneath its small exterior lurks an amazingly powerful synthesizer. It is fun to play, and it delivers a sound and functionality that will satisfy everyone from the beginner to the professional. Welcome to a world of unlimited creativity.

The microKORG is a serious yet compact synthesizer with a strong personality, designed to give you the true enjoyment of creating sounds.

The tone generator features the same DSP analog modeling system as the MS-2000 – which has been acclaimed by musicians for its warmth and broad range of sounds. Offering a wide selection of waveforms, the microKORG offers powerful filters, envelopes, LFOs, effects and modulation possibilities to help you shape the sounds you want.

You can edit the sound easily and intuitively, simply by selecting parameters and turning knobs. Since it's easy to modify the sound in realtime, the microKORG can play a role in a wide variety of situations ranging from live performance, to recording, to computer control.

Powerful-sounding oscillator section

Each voice of the microKORG consists of two oscillators (OSC1 and OSC2). OSC1 provides basic analog waveforms such as sawtooth wave, square wave, and sine wave, as well as VOX Wave (human voice formats) and 64 DWGS waveforms from Korg's classic DW-8000 digital synthesizer. This is a total of 71 possible selections, more than any other modeling synthesizer! Many of these waves can be further shaped to produce classic effects like pulse width modulation, FM and other forms of waveshaping. By applying ring- or sync-modulation from OSC2 with its three basic analog waveforms, you can easily create extremely complex sounds that would be impossible using just a single oscillator. An external audio input can be used to route audio into the microKorg and process it with the filter and effects sections.

Eight oscillator types: Sawtooth wave, square wave, triangle wave, sine wave, Vox wave, DWGS x 64, Noise, Audio In

Knife-sharp filter section

The multi-mode filter of the microKORG lets you choose from two types of low-pass filter (-12 dB/-24 dB), a band-pass, or a high-pass filter. Filter resonance can be adjusted to emphasize a frequency peak, and will self-oscillate if desired. These extremely sharp filters give you the versatility to create any tone from traditional fat sounds to cutting dance sounds.

An amp section with great presence and distortion

The amp section allows you to shape the volume of the sound over time. In addition to adjustable volume and pan, you can switch a powerful distortion on/off. This can be used to add a distinctive "edge" to any sound, letting you produce extremely intense tones.

EG and LFO add subtle tonal movement

The EG (Envelope Generator), which applies time-variant change to the sound parameters, is a classic ADSR design (Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release), and can also be used as a modulation source. Two types of LFO (Low Frequency Oscillator) are provided, letting you apply cyclic modulation to the sound parameters. High-speed DSP processing ensures that vibrato, wah, and tremolo effects are produced very smoothly.

Versatile and distinctive vocoder

You can connect a mic to the AUDIO IN1 jack of the microKORG, and use it for a powerful vocoder that applies the tonal character of a vocal input to the sound of an oscillator, producing the impression that it is speaking or singing.

This is an eight-band vocoder (the sixteen filters are used in pairs) that can not only simulate the classic vocoder sounds of the past, but also shift the filter frequencies (Formant Shift function) or even adjust the level and panning of each frequency band to dramatically transform the tonal character and create highly original sounds. In addition, the Formant Hold key freezes the formants of the input vocal signal, allowing you to capture your voice and play it on the keyboard. Since the microKORG ships with a microphone, you can start using the powerful vocoder function immediately.

While vocalizing into the mic and using the keyboard to play vocoder sounds, you can "freeze" the current tone of the vocoder by pressing the Formant Hold key. This allows you to continue to play the current vocoder sound, even when you are not vocalizing. This tone will be remembered when you write the vocoder program to memory. Several of the vocoder bank programs will sound even if you simply play the keyboard. These programs were written with Formant Hold turned on.

128 programs for immediate use

The microKORG contains 128 programs covering a wide range of current and classic synth and vocoder sounds.

From the warm and rounded tones characteristic of analog modeling, to sharp and extreme sounds, you can easily access the sounds you need, thanks to the clear genre categories that the sounds are organized by.

Just select the music style/sound category you want and pick a sound! Once you select a sound the five knobs will control the most important functions you would want in performance for immediate results.

A full range of effects

The microKORG provides three types of modulation effects (chorus/flanger, phaser, ensemble), three types of delay effects (stereo, cross, L/R), and a two-band equalizer to add the finishing touch to your sound. The delay effect can be synchronized with the arpeggiator or an external MIDI clock, a great feature for live performances and groove- oriented music. All effects can be edited simply by turning knobs to create your own unique sounds.

Freely settable arpeggiator

Six types of arpeggio patterns (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger) are built in.

You can adjust the length and resolution of the arpeggiated notes, and switch steps on and off to produce cool patterns easily.

Process an external audio source via the audio inputs

The microKORG provides two external audio input jacks. You can apply filtering or effects to an external sound such as a sampler or other audio source to create truly original sounds.

MIDI controller functionality

The microKORG is perfect for use in a computer-based music production setup. Since the five knobs on the panel can transmit MIDI messages (control changes), they can be used as controllers for software synthesizers.

You can use its 37-note velocity-sensitive mini-keyboard for recording into your sequencer. And of course the microKORG can be used as an external sound module with powerful synthesizer and vocoder functionality. Thanks to its small size and battery-powered operation it's the ideal match for use with portable notebook computer systems.

Controls designed for easy access

With its compact design, the microKORG is easy to carry and set up. There's no complex menu structure - all parameters are right there on the panel for easy access to any function.

Designed for live performance, all the important controls are large and easy- to-read, even on dimly lit stages.

And by taking advantage of its realtime capabilities, you can make your stage sound even more powerful.

Pop and distinctive looks, and an included mini-mic

With its beige-gold body color and wooden side panels, and a retro-feeling design that reflects a pop sensibility, the microKORG projects a powerful visual presence.

Included with the microKORG is a miniature condenser mic for use with the vocoder that can be adjusted to the desired angle.

  • A true synthesizer with an analog modeling tone generator
  • Powerful-sounding oscillator section
  • Knife-sharp filter section
  • An amp section with great presence and distortion
  • EG and LFO add subtle tonal movement
  • Virtual patches for even more sophisticated sound-editing
  • Versatile and distinctive vocoder
  • 128 programs for immediate use
  • A full range of effects
  • Freely settable arpeggiator
  • Process an external audio source via the audio inputs
  • MIDI controller functionality
  • Controls designed for easy access Pop and distinctive looks, and an included mini-mic

Sound Generation Method
  • Analog Modeling Synthesis System
Synthesizer Program
  • Multi Timbral: 2 (max, Split/Dual Mode)
  • Voices: 4 voices
  • Sound Source: 2 Oscillator + Noise Generator; Multi Mode Filter(-24dB/octLPF,-12dB/oct LPF/BPF/HPF); EG×2; LFO×2; Virtual Patch×4
Vocoder Program
  • Voices: 4 voices
  • Sound Source: 1 Oscillator +Noise Generator; EG×1; LFO×2; 8 Channels vocoder; Level and pan of each channel can be edited; Formant Shift function
  • 128 programs
  • Modulation effects (3 types), Delay (3 types), Equalizer
  • 6 types
  • Real-Time control knob X 4 (3 level Selection), Arpeggio ON/OFF
  • 37 Keys (mini-keyboard, keyboard has velocity)
  • AUDIO IN 1,2, Level switch LINE/MIC, [AUDIO IN 1, 2 (LINE) ], [AUDIO IN 2 (MIC)]
  • L/MONO, R, Headphones
  • 3 characters×1 line with 8 segment LED
Power Supply
  • DC 9 V (AC adapter), or six AA alkaline batteries (buy separately)
Power Consumption
  • 6.4 W (MAX)
Dimensions (W) x (D) x (H)
  • 524 x 232 x 70mm/20.63" x 9.13" x 2.76"
  • 2.2 kg/4.85 lbs. (without batteries and included microphone)
  • AC adapter (DC 9 V, 600 mA)
  • Condenser Microphone

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Pros: Touch Sensitive Keys,Fun To Play,Good Sound,Versatile

I use this product to produce orginal music and in my DJ sets, and its a fantastic piece of equipment! Intuitive and fun to use, once you wrap your head around it, the possibilities never stop! Plug a turntable into its line inputs and warp your scratches. The vocoder is great also - very nice array of sounds! This could easily cost so much more for what you get and can do with it, so for the price, its quite a steal!
April 6, 2009
Vintage sound, like Zapp & Roger / Snoop
Pros: Engaging,Fresh Sounds,Good Selection,Good Sound Quality

This is a pretty cool unit, growing in popularity too. The keyboard is a little toy-like but the sound is great and the vocoder mic works good. If you're looking for that Snoop Dogg/West Coast sound, this will definitely help. Dance music also works well, nice filter section.
December 13, 2006
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