is it wrong to want a microkorg?

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ken c (ken c), Friday, 20 October 2006 11:57 (twelve years ago) link

No, they are teh cuet. The tiny little keys are pretty hopeless, though.

Pashmina (Pashmina), Friday, 20 October 2006 12:02 (twelve years ago) link

Kind of but I want one too.

Jordan (Jordan), Friday, 20 October 2006 12:02 (twelve years ago) link

i have little fingers!

pretty expensive though :(((

ken c (ken c), Friday, 20 October 2006 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

No, I've wanted one my entire life, I'm pretty sure it's the synth I wanted since I found out about synths. It's a great little package. The ms2000 is a much better synth overall but costs more money of course and is not as cute and does not come with its own silly microphone for instant vocodering.

I would love to go busking with just a MicroKorg and their analogue modelling drum machine, whatever that thing's called now. Through a guitar amp, of course.

SOME LOW END BRO (TOMBOT), Friday, 20 October 2006 15:04 (twelve years ago) link

i've got one. the vocoder is nice, but editing stuff can be a bit of a pain. not enough knobs to tweak with either.
busking with a microkorg + er1 would utterly fuckin rule!

zappi (joni), Friday, 20 October 2006 16:23 (twelve years ago) link

Didn't we already have this thread?

The Redd 47 Ronin (Ken L), Friday, 20 October 2006 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

I guess I mean this thread.

The Redd 47 Ronin (Ken L), Friday, 20 October 2006 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

it is wrong, you should all be ashamed.

bell labs (bell_labs), Friday, 20 October 2006 19:27 (twelve years ago) link

I fucking LOVE playing Microkorg. Totally the $1 Value Menu offering of the nu-synth world. I actually love how small the keys are, you can reach like 3 octaves with one hand. I want one with a crappy built-in speaker and battery power though.

got yourself a fish biscuit! (nickalicious), Friday, 20 October 2006 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

You know, for synthing in the woods and shit.

got yourself a fish biscuit! (nickalicious), Friday, 20 October 2006 20:45 (twelve years ago) link

DITTO


gbx (skowly), Friday, 20 October 2006 23:04 (twelve years ago) link

They're lots of fun.

Steve Go1dberg (Steve Schneeberg), Saturday, 21 October 2006 20:15 (twelve years ago) link

Alesis Micron though.
Better and proper keys.
Though not as many knobs.

Magnakai (Magnakai), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 14:23 (twelve years ago) link

Oh I missed Nick's tip on the other thread about the used Microkorg. I still want one.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 24 October 2006 19:34 (twelve years ago) link

eight months pass...

I've been playing with Ken C's Microkorg. The keys are very very small.

I used to be dead set against them, but they are kind of fun, so long as you don't stick to the factory presets and muck about a bit. They're not intuitive to use, which is annoying. It's stupidly difficult to be able to change anything beyond Attack and Release (what happened to Decay and Sustain?).

It's stupidly easy to make bad techno. But it's also quite easy to turn into Cluster once you get the hang of it.

They sound really good through a Prunes and Custard, a Phaser and a Wah - but then again, most anything sounds good through that.

Masonic Boom, Monday, 25 June 2007 10:14 (twelve years ago) link

i love my microkorg, the unwieldy menu leads to lots of happy accidents

later arpeggiator, Saturday, 7 July 2007 23:49 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

http://www.korg.com/microsampler

looks dope y/n

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Monday, 14 September 2009 14:33 (nine years ago) link

always kinda wanted a microkorg tbh

call all destroyer, Monday, 14 September 2009 14:35 (nine years ago) link

here's the official demo:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8niRw1nbYo

i think this looks pretty sick tbh

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Monday, 14 September 2009 14:41 (nine years ago) link

The recessed controls kind of make it look like an old portable reel to reel tape recorder.

the visible spectrum is rainbows (snoball), Monday, 14 September 2009 15:50 (nine years ago) link

I will watch this as soon as the damn slow clip loads, but in the mean time, new display name...

a gift from your mind in the form of the perfect beat (snoball), Monday, 14 September 2009 15:57 (nine years ago) link

looks dope.

Ømår Littel (Jordan), Monday, 14 September 2009 16:07 (nine years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z-SSxMgvcc

damo tsu tsuki (r1o natsume), Friday, 25 September 2009 22:02 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

because i have my finger totally on the pulse i think i might buy the one we just got in on trade for myself

guh (jjjusten), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 21:56 (seven years ago) link

These things haven't come down in price much. Make sure you haggle with yourself to get a good discount.

PoMo with a shotgun (snoball), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 22:00 (seven years ago) link

Save yourself the irritation of the tiny keys, the lack of knobs, and get the MS-2000 instead.

Michael Servetus, Monday, 3 October 2011 03:53 (seven years ago) link

Forgot to mention, the MS has exactly the same synth engine.

Michael Servetus, Monday, 3 October 2011 03:54 (seven years ago) link

Didn't want to spring for a microkorg so got a monotron instread.

So. Central Mayne (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 October 2011 11:12 (seven years ago) link

oh i bought one btw

Gary Numan, or Gary Fletcher (ken c), Monday, 3 October 2011 13:25 (seven years ago) link

using this on stage here at the ILX lolrus fest.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYubrfGFtl0

Gary Numan, or Gary Fletcher (ken c), Monday, 3 October 2011 13:26 (seven years ago) link

four years pass...

anyone got any tips on how to get this thing not to sound cheezy as hell?

de l'asshole (flopson), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:28 (three years ago) link

my bandmate circuitbent his, then it died. Think these were unrelated but not sure

sarahell, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:35 (three years ago) link

i'm starting a new band and everytime i bring this to jams my bandmates are like, That Sounds Like Some Cheesy 90s Techno or That Sounds Like Nintendo... how do i hit that sweet middle ground

de l'asshole (flopson), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:46 (three years ago) link

effects, pedals

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:47 (three years ago) link

the Rhodes-y/square wave-y sounds respond very well to distortion

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:48 (three years ago) link

the presets are generally awful. reprogramming the sounds on this is *such* a bitch that, while possible, pedals are probably easier.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:49 (three years ago) link

i'm starting a new band and everytime i bring this to jams my bandmates are like, That Sounds Like Some Cheesy 90s Techno or That Sounds Like Nintendo...

Get a new band where these aren't thought of as negatives.

emil.y, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:52 (three years ago) link

nah i agree i with them.. i like 90's techno but not the stuff that sounds like a microkorg preset

the Rhodes-y/square wave-y sounds respond very well to distortion

― sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4:48 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

thx for the tip! i ran it through my boss ds-1 and dd-6 once, it was kinda cool

de l'asshole (flopson), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 20:56 (three years ago) link

DS-1 is kinda crap. It's a standard starter pedal though. I used one for a while then got something better. Try it with the Heavy Metal 2 pedal.

sarahell, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:00 (three years ago) link

all the presets that have these ridiculous envelope and arpeggio patterns built on are p worthless unfortunately (and that's a fair chunk of the presets iirc)

xp

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

built IN

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:01 (three years ago) link

also apparently it helps if you are a very good keyboardist and constantly fucking with the effects/oscillators/octaves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TB0wHB3khOg

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link

keys are so fucking tiny it's actually pretty difficult to play as a keyboard imo

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:10 (three years ago) link

i kinda like mini-keys because i have stubby fingers, sometimes it's hard to adjust back to full-size. not that i'm a competent keyboard player in any way.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:17 (three years ago) link

i haven't used the microKorg since '09/10, but did record an album using that as the only synth. lent it to a friend, and at some point i asked for it back after watching some of those Dorian Concept videos. of course i haven't so much as turned it on since.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Wednesday, 4 May 2016 21:20 (three years ago) link

I messed with my bandmate's loaner from her boyfriend (who's had a fair modicum of success in his musical career here) the other week and you just need to dump most of the presets and program from scratch like he did. had some big sinewave-y basses and stuff on there. it is very powerful (MS2000 roots) but it's not an inspiring interface.

Justin Townes' URL (haitch), Thursday, 5 May 2016 00:53 (three years ago) link

+ agree with pedal suggestions, I put everything through delay or reverb, it solves all problems.

Justin Townes' URL (haitch), Thursday, 5 May 2016 01:05 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Oh hai guess who just became a korg dealer

Here, let me Danesplain that for you (jjjusten), Saturday, 28 May 2016 06:22 (three years ago) link

yo hook me up

ejemplo (crüt), Saturday, 28 May 2016 06:30 (three years ago) link

Dude

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Saturday, 28 May 2016 09:19 (three years ago) link

is it wrong to sell a microkorg?

ciderpress, Saturday, 28 May 2016 16:44 (three years ago) link

korg is so hip rn vs roland and yamaha

home organ, Saturday, 28 May 2016 16:52 (three years ago) link

I think I'm going to put the band back together out of those little ribbon synths, an iPad and that nanoKEY studio controller

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 19:39 (three years ago) link

I ordered a miniligue in March and am still waiting.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 21:08 (three years ago) link

my minilogue lust has died down, i realized i'm happier mangling audio via plugins than trying to get fresh sounds in synthland.

sam jax sax jam (Jordan), Tuesday, 31 May 2016 21:12 (three years ago) link

I just want a bunch of mini noisemakers to fuck around with live, dedicated interfaces etc.
Dreams of the one man noise band refuse to die.

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 31 May 2016 22:19 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Korg have just announced a revamped Microkorg and a Volca that (just?) does bass kicks.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2016 18:35 (two years ago) link

what's a good synth to level up to after microkorg?

flopson, Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:45 (two years ago) link

I love the idea of the kick volca

http://www.factmag.com/2016/09/01/korg-volca-kick-microkorg-s-arp-odyssey-desktop/

Anacostia Aerodrome (El Tomboto), Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:46 (two years ago) link

The Minilogue is wonderful.

schwantz, Thursday, 1 September 2016 19:47 (two years ago) link

really want that odyssey desktop

flopson are you looking for a particular sound?

Executive Ball Clicker (euphemism) (haitch), Sunday, 4 September 2016 13:43 (two years ago) link

in truth, i probably need to spend more time with the microkorg before making an intelligent decision on which to level-up to. in terms of micro-korg presets i like the 'retro' settings and not the techno stuff, but find it sounds a bit too video-gamey-ey. and i'm not good enough at programming my own synths to land on stuff that doesn't sound videogame-ey, either. ideal would be something warm and analog with a more intuitive interface

flopson, Sunday, 4 September 2016 15:59 (two years ago) link

Programming these is so horrible

Οὖτις, Sunday, 4 September 2016 16:36 (two years ago) link

The desktop Odyssey looks wonderful.

I have a MicroKorg XL. I've never really tried to edit presets, mostly use it for synth bass in a band I play in. I found that the Volca Bass is actually better for that then the MK, so now I just use it as a MIDI controller for the Volca.

michaellambert, Sunday, 4 September 2016 16:50 (two years ago) link

i only found out about the volca(s) yesterday and now i'm kinda obsessed with em

jason waterfalls (gbx), Sunday, 4 September 2016 16:57 (two years ago) link

I bought a Minilogue and love it.

For programming a microkorg you might want to look at synthgraphics. Granted buying the Behringer knob thing and the overlay is probably as expensive, still it might make it more fun.

http://www.synthgraphics.com/microkorg.html

I bought the same thing for my Juno 1 and it changed my life. Generally I recommend everybody buy a Roland Juno 1 and the BCR with overlay, as it's a great sounding synth and still cheap.

dan selzer, Sunday, 4 September 2016 19:31 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

is programming a microKorg THAT difficult? it checks a lot of boxes for me right now and is within my budget. i'm not that worried about the presets as long as i can modify them, and i don't care if the UI is complicated as long as it makes some sort of sense.

Karl Malone, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:15 (one year ago) link

microKORG XL+ i mean

Karl Malone, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:17 (one year ago) link

also, 2:20 into this it turns into Tim and Eric show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZYqgLQe6nw

Karl Malone, Saturday, 31 March 2018 03:21 (one year ago) link

i had a microkorg years ago and it wasn't hard to program. if you already know you won't mind using a menu then you won't be disappointed

karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:25 (one year ago) link

I haven't used mine since 2010 probably but I've been thinking about going back, seeing if I can't get some interesting sounds out of it with pedals etc.

Never used the computer editor though, just tweaked knobs.

change display name (Jordan), Saturday, 31 March 2018 15:55 (one year ago) link


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