is it wrong to want a microkorg?

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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 (eight years ago) link

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

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

oh i bought one btw

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

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

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

The Minilogue is wonderful.

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

Programming these is so horrible

Οὖτις, Sunday, 4 September 2016 16:36 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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 (three 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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