Could I re-house a Microkorg to fit larger keys..?
Old 30th December 2012
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Could I re-house a Microkorg to fit larger keys..?

So is it possible to re-house a Korg Microkorg so that it could use larger keys? I've never stripped a synth down, but basically I have a housing/keyboard (see pics below) that has 37 keys (like the Microkorg). I'd therefore like to transplant the MK into this housing... I hate the small keys on my Microkorg, so this just sort of occurred to me when I was checking out the modded 'Micromoog' (bottom pic) :





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Or you could buy an MS2000.

Especially because:

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Or you could buy an MS2000.

Especially because:



Don't risk it.
Ha! The Microkorg seems to have been customized a couple of times, so I was hoping someone on here could shed some light on that.

An Alesis Micron or Akai Miniak both look good candidates - especially as they have the larger keys... anyone?
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The reason that those customizations work is probably because the keyboard is connected to the main unit with a ribbon cable - that'd make it relatively easy to tilt the panel.

What you want is a replacement; if you don't want to use MIDI you have to find a keyboard and make it talk properly to the actual "engine". Also possible, but I wouldn't go there without experience
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Or you could buy an MS2000.
^ This.

Another option might to just strip it down to a module/desktop version sans keyboard, then just use an entirely different keyboard via MIDI.
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^ This.

Another option might to just strip it down to a module/desktop version sans keyboard, then just use an entirely different keyboard via MIDI.
hmm.. I have a MS2000 already.. there must be an easy synth to drop in?
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The reason that those customizations work is probably because the keyboard is connected to the main unit with a ribbon cable - that'd make it relatively easy to tilt the panel.

What you want is a replacement; if you don't want to use MIDI you have to find a keyboard and make it talk properly to the actual "engine". Also possible, but I wouldn't go there without experience
I've done this before with a midi controller (ribbon cable and all), but ... if the keys on a Miniak or Micron are the same size, I think I'll go with that option.
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This is cool:



Alesis Q25
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Alesis Q25
Wait, wait, wait... that's 'Shopped, shurely? I've an MS2k and it's certainly wider than an Alesis Q25!?
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Q25 is 19" wide.
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Q25 is 19" wide.
Didn't realize the MS2000R was narrower than an MS2000... weird. Makes sense though when you take away all those schematic diagrams and such.

Looks great!
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Q25 is 19" wide.
daaaaammmnnn... I've a 19 & 3/4" gap to fill... the Q25 would be slightly too short, that could've worked well :(
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Ha! The Microkorg seems to have been customized a couple of times, so I was hoping someone on here could shed some light on that.

An Alesis Micron or Akai Miniak both look good candidates - especially as they have the larger keys... anyone?
I'm sure Jeff at Customsynth.co.uk could do this for you.
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Korg R3?
Yeah, if I can find one for $100!
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I'm sure Jeff at Customsynth.co.uk could do this for you.
Argh, for 1 million pounds maybe....
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daaaaammmnnn... I've a 19 & 3/4" gap to fill... the Q25 would be slightly too short, that could've worked well :(
that would be about 1/3 of an inch in either side which would mean you could easily use that with a few wooden shims on either side. A simple cheap wooden yardstick on its side would be a perfect fit
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