Korg microKORG
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Korg microKORG

microKORG, Analog Modeling Synth from Korg in the micro series.

Virtual Decadence 10/01/2007

Korg microKORG : Virtual Decadence's user review

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Nothing to add. I bought this keyboard (250 euros used, almost new .. one case) for lead riffs or bass and the vocoder.

The mini-keyboard, I had a dj with the Korg Legacy. I am not a pianist, guitarist, so I get used to but everything (including what is not terrible). And I have other much better keyboard master of all fawn. I plan to also use it for my guitar sound module Midif.

I am far from being an expert in synthtiseur (I only know software versions) and it is in this spirit that must be taken my humble opinion on the BTE. Also, I'm a fan of the analog 70's 80's that sound

UTILIZATION

The edition sounds: many have talked about it and complained. But do not forget the software publisher's website tlchargeable Korg. And everything becomes clearer.

You connect the MIDI keyboard (I / O) and the software automatically synchronizes the buffer patch with your edition of MK. For someone like me who comes mostly from the world of software plugins, made all the difference. It has a better view of architecture and a graphical interface Bouzin quite enjoyable.
And then, with multiple surfaces MIDI CONTRL, I will not delay me CRER ddi a preset for the MK edition more "intuitive" with knobs and faders (on the Novation Remote 25 such ).

The manual is clear ... for someone who knows the basics of DJ synthse analog type.

I do not like the edition with the keyboard itself but with the software sound-editor of Korg (Mac OS X for me), I put 10.
Unlike linn134, I would recommend a beginners in synthse but with the software publisher and a good tutorial on analog synths.

SOUNDS

What I wanted is a little trick to do on scne what I usually do with the Korg Legacy Collection or the GForce Minimonsta (see Oddity of the same editor). : Very low "fat", screaming leads and webs psychs well filters.

For it was not bad at all. I read somewhere that a silent sense multiple MS-20. The medium I agree, it lacks some features the essential personality of MS-20: the 2nd filter (for a LPF and HPF) and the richness of the patch. Even if the MicroKorg is far from being ridiculous at the modulation matrix.
Are We There Yet even closer sounds "most classic" MS-20 and Polysix from the same (well except for the limited 4-way), at least from what I get done with the VSTi version of the Legacy.
Pass on my POD or a small Vox amp crunch that (for sound leads, not for sub-bass), he has a potato which is well suited what I do (which is a group of rock guitar not Tangerine Dream).

If I compare other VSTi-inspired "analog" I would say even when I came to have warmer sound with the Minimonsta (which in addition has a modulation matrix almost completely te). I would also have an AIM filter "moog-like".

Otherwise it's still the same vocoder that encouraged me the most I pay for this toy (it's not super practical scne with vocoders software) and I admit that I'm bluffing by the quality of sound. OK I used the plugin plutt EVOC20 Logic (20 bands) that can make intelligible voice but great for the MK scne will more than the case (especially as it is not to the daft punk but to synthetic choirs derrire the lead vocal).

In rsum I especially use it as almost monophonic lead synths and vocoder. Surely not to reproduce Fidler (is impossible) the wealth of some VSTi (I agree with linn134, the Legacy Collection is much richer for a pro sound design ... but for a newb, the microKORG is simpler than the MS20).
It is not everything but it's not what I asked.

OVERALL OPINION

Assets:
- Lgret the compactness of the battery operation .. I'm going to the trainer everywhere.
- Engine synthse not so "cheap" you might think (at the same time I heard dj stuff a lot on the MS2000 including professional recordings) . I love the Korg sounds as a general rule even if a will never be worth a real analog era.
- The vocoder thundering given the low number of bands (I did like everyone else, I put an SM58 in the ass instead of micro fun included).
- The possibility to treat (mostly filter) as an audio signal on an MS20 but also simplistic. For Goldfrapp's voice, not bad.
- The arpgiateur is really well thought out (I only know that of the Polysix and the endless possibilities with the environment in Logic Pro). Especially the possibility of each of the eight dye CRER not nice rhythmic figures.
- The current price
- Large vintage buttons

Cons:
- Part polyphony and the filter is far from a Moog, and yet the price goes, I do not see.
- Whether, if the presets. Argh ... y'en goods containers. Now even if you're not a pro at synthse To create its own presets, there are plenty on the web (knowing that you can use the presets made for the MS2000).
- If I quibble (it is for the a), I would say the select banks with "styles": trance, techno, dn'b, vintage, hip-hop ... nase is. I prfr labels by type of sounds: leads, basses, pads, FX, arp ... because it was exactly as I will arrange my own presets.
So nothing rdhibitoire for less.

If I had 4000 euros, I would pay a Minimoog Voyager as everyone :-)
But at the bargain price, I do not know better deal than this MicroKorg. APRs must listen linn134 is something limited but worth the s'intresser programming and pull through full effects. The quality-price ratio even when top.

Some tips to find patches for the MK (and tools to convert the patch MS2000):
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/korgms2000
http://www.korgforums.com/forum/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=18