Korg microKORG by Pale Pyramid
This review is about the korg micro KORG . It's pretty ubiquitous on stages of local clubs do to it's low price , flexibility and wide spread availability at music stores and online retailers . The sound engine is taken from the MS2000 which came out in the year 2000 . the MS allows for full access to it parameters with dedicated buttons knobs much like vintage synths prior to 1983 . It's a digital synth with an analog modeling engine . The microKORG has the same sound and goal in mind but it is, well, micro . It has mini keys for one and only a few knobs that share parameters
It is surprisingly sturdy given it's small thin plastic frame and thin wooden edges . it's toyish in a way that old small Casio's are . The upper portion of the display is metal . The plastic is hard . They key's look child like but is deceivingly comfortable to play .
There are knobs for control filter cut off, resonance, envelope attack and release time , and tempo . They can be reassigned to control anything else in realtime . The idea is that you read below off a printed list and reassign in this manner . It has MIDI . It also has a mic mounted vocoder which comes included . You can replace this with your own if you'd like . It has 128 programs . I find the presets silly but it gives and idea of what you can do and you with this synth . They are easy to overwrite . The MicroKORG has 2 oscillators and 71 waveforms . Only 4 voices of polyphony , so be aware . A multi mode resonant filter . It has a 6 pattern arpeggiator , built in effects and much more . You can do quite a bit with this little synth .
I would describe it as bit thin but convincingly analog . The filters are a give away that it's digital but are very useable none the less . The thinness is a good thing . I find It easily fits in a dense mix where some of my older analogs need some EQing before they can share the frequency spectrum with the rest of the mix . I like it for pads . A pad should fill in space , not take it up . The arpeggiator is pretty cool as well . I don't have a vocoder on my other synths . I never use it but it's nice to know if i need it it's there . It's by no means the best sounding vocoder, nor the microphone that comes included . But it's useable .
CONCLUSION - This is bang for the buck's best synth deal . There are plenty of other synths I pine for but they don't have a $400 new price tag . Build is sturdy enough for gigging . Size wise it's easy to transport . It may take an introductory amount of time to learn to program it .