Korg Microkorg

in 66Khz Studio Kit on September 4, 2020
Korg Microkorg Schematics

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The Korg Microkorg is a very deceptive looking synthesiser. Why? Well, it shares the same architectural design as the Korg MS2000 but wrapped up in a highly portable unit that omits most of the hands-on controls, it can even be run on batteries like the Roland Boutique series of today the Microkorg should not be underestimated in its capabilities.

The control knobs feel solid, and it has a thirty-seven-note keyboard, housed in plastic casing and wood end cheeks, all round the unit feels it could take a bashing and survive if you are planning to take it out with you.

There is plenty of information on the surface that can help to get you going without reading the manual. The five knobs to the top right-hand side can be assigned to other parameters by default they are set to cutoff filter, envelope attack, release and resonance.

When purchased brand new, you get a mic with the unit for the vocoder, (to be honest this mic is trash).

So, what exactly do you get for your money? Well just like the MS2000, MS2000R and MS2000B synths by Korg it still is only a 4-voice analogue modelling synthesizer. One program can be played at a time.
In terms of sound sculpting and generation, it has two oscillators with sixty-four DWGS waveforms and seven regular ones in the form of sine, triangle, sawtooth, pulse wave, noise, cross-wave, vocoder and you can process external audio. The vocoder is an eight-band one, the cutoff filter is a resonant 12/dB or 24/dB, there are two attacks, decay, sustain and release envelopes. There are several effects on board as well nothing spectacular, but they do the job. Everything that can be edited sound wise can be controlled via midi.


It should be noted there is no USB port on the unit. This synth is an excellent introduction to the world of synthesisers and some nice sounds can be gleaned from the unit. It’s a cool synth to noodle about on and get some rough sketches going, but for the money, you can’t go far wrong.

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