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Korg microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder

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Product Highlights
  • 37 Velocity-Sensitive Keys
  • Compact Footprint
  • Analog Modeling Synthesizer
  • Assignable Controls
  • Integrated Vocoder

The Korg MICROKORG is a lightweight, portable synthesizer and MIDI controller keyboard, with 37 velocity sensitive miniature keys, serving the DJ and Techno markets. The small but intense footprint of the keyboard, and the provision for AA battery power, contribute to this keyboard's usefulness as a mobile, laptop composing and production tool. The LED illuminated selection buttons and display make live performance, in dark venues, significantly easier.

The MICROKORG is an analog modeling synthesizer with a large selection of waveforms, including a choice selection imported from one of Korg's classic digital synths, providing a unique, hybrid sound palette to choose from. The sound sources of this instrument include 2 Oscillator and Noise Generators, a multi-mode filter, 2 LFO's and 2 Envelope Generators, all of which may be interconnected by 4 Virtual Patch matrixes.

The MICROKORG is a viable master controller, with a large selection of assignable buttons and knobs. The pitch and modulation wheels, along with the 5 parameter control knobs, are real-time controllers, a welcome stage or studio performance feature.

The MICROKORG's built-ins include a Vocoder with a condenser microphone, an Arpeggiator, and a selection of modulation and delay effects, along with an equalizer. The flexible input structure and routing scheme of the keyboard allow for use of the MICROKORG as a sound processor of external microphone or line audio, with lots of unusual sonic possibilities. All of the built-ins are programmable, and the Vocoder features 16 dedicated programs, meant to demonstrate and exploit it's advanced power.

The MICROKORG is an innovative product that is packed with useful creative tools and features, and surprisingly affordable.

Note! The included power adapter is intended for 120VAC USA outlets. An appropriate adapter and/or step down transformer needs to be obtained separately for international use.

37-key synthesizer and MIDI controller keyboard with Vocoder and Arpeggiator
Analog modeling synthesis with 135 waveforms and multi-band vocoding with 16 dedicated programs
AC or 6 "AA" battery power for location and laptop composing and recording
8-channel programmable Vocoder with adjustable level, pan and Arpeggiator or MIDI clock synchronization;
Formant frequency shifting and formant freeze function for gender-bending and keyboard mapping
Condenser mic and +5 Volt microphone input for vocoder
Built-in Flanging, Phasing and Chorusing modulation effects, separate Delay group and Equalizer
Switchable mini and 1/4" mic/line inputs for dynamic microphones or line level CD or instrument audio effects or vocoder processing
Assignable controller knobs and buttons
Assignable Modulation and Pitch wheels
Modulation and Pitch Wheels and 5 parameter control knobs all with real-time controller functionality
Programmable Arpeggiator with 6 types of arpegggio motion, 4 Octave range and Step Arpeggiator function editing
MIDI clock sync for Arpeggiator
Keyboard 37 Mini-Keys, Velocity Sensitive
Polyphony 4 Voice
Multitimbral 2 Part
Synthesis Method Analog Modeling Synthesis System
Presets 128 Programs
User Memory 128 Programs
Effects Modulation Effects:
1 x Flanger/Chorus
1 x Phaser
1 x Ensemble
Delays:
1 x Stereo
1 x Cross
1 x L/R
Equalizer
Sequencer Arpeggiator
Controllers 1 x Modulation Wheel
1 x Pitch Wheel
5 x Assignable Parameter Control Knobs
2 x Edit Select/Assignable Control Knobs
8 x Program Select/Assignable Buttons
2 x Mic/Line Switches
Expansion Slots No
Sample RAM No
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TS Jacks(Left/MONO, Right), Unbalanced
1 x 1/4" TRS Stereo Headphone
MIDI Out
MIDI Thru
Inputs Audio In 1 Condenser: 1 x +5 Volt Mini Phone
Audio In 1 Dynamic: 1 x 1/4" TS Phone, Unbalanced
Audio In 2 Line: 1 x 1/4" TS Phone, Unbalanced
MIDI In
Headphone Output Yes, 1/4" TRS Stereo Phone
SCSI No
Internal Storage No
External Storage MIDI System Exclusive
Display 3-Digit x 1 Line, 8-Segment LED
Dimensions (WxDxH) 20.63 x 9.13 x 2.76" (524 x 232 x 70mm)
Weight 4.85 lb (2.2 kg)
Specialties Condenser Mic and Vocoder
Master MIDI Controller Keyboard Capability
AA Battery or AC Powered
Korg microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder
  • 1 x Condenser Microphone
  • 1 x AC Adapter (DC9V)
  • Owner's Manual
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder
     
    5.0

    (based on 8 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (4)
    • Good audio (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (5)
      • Amateur recording (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      5.0

      GET this poly synth machine

      By kisho

      from nyc

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Too Many

      Cons

      • Smallish Keys

      Best Uses

      • Eternal Companion Multius

      Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

      Pros: TOO MANY
      Cons: small keyboard..

      The Bottom Line: if you want to PLAY with UNLIMITED sounds, BUY IT. but be patient..

      this is not another casio toy.

      this is based on ANALOG synths of many decades ago,
      and it is POLY, which means you can press many keys at once
      to play chords, it is not a mono device.

      it uses semi decent dsp digital chips, that,
      in the final run , give you very close to
      ANALOG synth sounds, and Great FLEXIBILITY.

      if you carefully see the specs.. this tiny thing
      is surprisingly SIMILAR to their far more expensive
      MS 2000 analog synth !!

      microkorg has 128 preset sounds, but wow oh wow...
      those knobs , let you EDIT the heck out of them, so
      you can create your own sounds to no end !

      perhaps a far cousin to the famed NIkon F 70 camera,
      this is a similar story.. YOU need PATIENCE, and
      get a paper notebook and pen, and write down
      some of those settings ! it is mainly for
      experimentation. you can try things here, that
      you only dreamt of.. UNBELIEVABLE FLEXIBILITY.
      they call it analog MODELING synth for this reason.

      i dont recommend the WRITE FUNCTION.. that erases
      the pre programmed sound to replace it with your sound.
      so, just write down the settings, and you can pretty
      much duplicate it.. within a minute.

      you will need PATIENCE,and at least 20-40hrs Practice
      till you begin to understand the depths of this machine.
      if you are Already into synths, in only a few hrs you
      should get the hang of it..
      but even if you are
      a newbie (with patience),.. you will have so much FUN !!!

      output is stereo of course.
      KEYS ARE TINY , if you have HUGE hands, GOOD BYE and
      sayonnara....
      if you have tiny hands, you will go ape over this
      machine with never-ending adventures !

      i actually got a good piano sound, and a helicopter
      sound in total of about 40mins of playing around..
      by the 3rd session.. ( 4-5 hrs into learning
      this machine )

      i ALSO USE the zoom R24 8 input recorder...with this, to create
      Layer after layer of sound ( much like enya...) and in final mixdown
      wow...awesomeness...

      JOY oh joy of creation.

      if you want similar power, but have little patience, and yearn for presets, and need instant
      repeatability, use the OTHER KORG machines, like
      the Triton, etc etc.

      this machine is made to sit down, have FUN and Experiment with !
      it has 2 audio in, and midi in, out and thru...NO usb...

      of course, one can get pretty serious and stick
      in another identical or different KORG machine in
      series, or a guitar or two mics, etc etc...
      and PROCESS the OUTPUT of one machine, by playing
      with the 2nd machine too !!!!
      Wave shaping and molding to no end ..
      n o LI MITS to imagination !

      it has a (vocoder ) condenser type mic too..( defeatable too ) and you can
      sound like Darth Vader.. or just let water drip
      into your sink, and reshape that waveform !!

      their manual/ book must be kept aside at all times.
      too much to read, and you cant mesmerize it all !

      arpegiator is very useful...not just on or off...can be bit more complex
      for those with creativity....your option !
      prices have come down to half from original usd 500 so this is a good time
      to get it...before it stops !!! i find this , better than their xl version too.

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      5.0

      microKORG, Really its a MACRO KORG

      By Dno Bravo

      from NORCAL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • High quality sound
      • Portable
      • Pre-programmed music
      • Responsive / Good Action
      • Touch Sensitive Keys

      Cons

      • Didn't Buy It Sooner

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Chamber Music
      • Concerts
      • Create Loops And Samples
      • Dj Setup
      • Electronic Music
      • Learning
      • MIDI
      • Mpc Apc Interface
      • Producer Station
      • Recording Studio

      Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

      The microKORG is so very versatile, integration into any set up is simple and full of satisfaction. I use the microKorg as an integral piece in my Recording Studio, MPC/APC Production Station and my DJ System as well. So, I have two of these and a third available for my use any time. If you Create Music the microKorg is an Invaluable tool. Dub Step, Techno, Hip Hop and Electronica producers Get one.
      Great for movie sound producers.
      The QUALITY is top of the line every time.
      Awesome is as awesome does.
      Dno Bravo

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      5.0

      Great Synth!

      By Jon

      from SoCal

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Electronic Music
        • MIDI
        • Travel

        Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

        I bought this for my son who has finished high school and is now entering college as a music major. He writes some pretty incredible songs using this synth for effects. He's very happy with it.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great synth

        By mith the muso

        from australia

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

          What a great synth, couldnt be happier with the sound

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Synth Under $1000

          By Vigilante Joe

          from Minneapolis, MN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

          The vocoder is extremely easy to use, but, the coolest thing about the microKORG is just how versatile it is. The sounds that come out of it range from Church Organs to "Daft Punk". It's also got MIDI capabilities as well. I use this for live shows and it brings the house down.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The most powerful mini synth around

          By 612 Park

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

            I can't believe how much power and potential is packed into this machine. Knowing that you can tweak and edit 128 individual sounds infinite ways (seriously, the combinations are only limited by what you stop at) was the biggest draw to this. I've heard of many professional acts who swear by the Microkorg, and it's obvious why: you simply can't beat what it offers in size, power, and price. Needless to say, I love mine!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            microkorg

            By less one

            from lakewood colorado

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Mobile DJ
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

              very easy to find and change sounds
              easy to operate
              small compact
              easy to link to other technology

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              microKORG by KORG

              By DBaker

              from ATL

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about microKORG 37-Key Synthesizer and Vocoder:

                I bought this keyboard for my husband who was wanting one for soooo long. He absolutely loves it and spends hours upon hours making music. It has great sound and easy easy to use if you are not too familiar with synth machines. great all around value!!

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