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  • lolmicrokorg

    Why does it seem to me that most synth people make fun of the MicroKorg so much? IMO it is affordable, sounds great, is highly portable, and looks vaguely retro (I guess?). Yes, it has mini keys, but isn't that really the only downside? It has the same sound engine as the MS2000, and we all agree that the MS2k is a great piece of hardware, right?

    Why do people hate on this synth so much? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES. NAO.
    A dead astronaut in space...

  • #2
    because its the de-facto entry synth for guitarists who want to add vague things like "ambience" and "sound fx" to their band, and the interface typically leads them away from actually learning how to program it - resulting in a bunch of microkorg noises for a while and then a FS post on craigslist 3 months later.

    a generalization, but generalizations tend to have a nugget of truth to them. this one has a whopper of a nugget of truth to it.
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    • #3
      That and it was the default hardware synth for any aspiring hipster who wanted to make indie electro.

      It is pretty good sounding though. No harm there.

      I'd shy away from it personally mainly because of the mini-keys and the 3-digit-LED programming interface. (Obviously, my personal preference is not the marketplace preference, because the Microkorg / R3 are still in production while the MS2000 / Radias are not.)
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      • #4
        I think it sounds great. I just thought other synths (the Roland VAs in particular) sounded better and had better interfaces.

        Back when we had guitarists come in here every day to ask what keyboard to add ambiences to their guitar band for under 300 dollars, I made this to show them:



        Now it seems like the keys-for-guitar-band fad has passed...
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        • #5
          Just so you know, I love that pic and have shown it to loads of people.
          Richard Formidoni
          Technology Product Manager
          Korg USA, Inc.

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          • #6
            I've never cared for the mini-keys, the display, and UI, but other than those issues, I like mine as another sound module midied to a real keyboard. I do like how it sounds overall.

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            • #7
              I think it is a great synth... Sure the keyboard in that synth case kind of sux in some ways but otherwise it just adds to portability and fun factor..

              I just love the way it sounds....
              世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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              • #8
                -jason

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                • #9
                  Just so you know, I love that pic and have shown it to loads of people.


                  Heh cool! I never knew it would make the rounds at Korg.

                  Not exactly MicroKorg on-topic, but I'm pretty sure I'll get me a MicroKeys 37 to add mobility to my setup. I love the newer microkeybeds... they feel great to play.
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                  • #10
                    Ok, so, let me get this straight.

                    It's a highly sought-after entry-level synth that sounds friggin' awesome, is blatantly easy to use, and everybody has one. This somehow makes it bad.

                    Ok, I think I got it!
                    A dead astronaut in space...

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                    • #11
                      My remainder of 2012 early 2013 predictions...

                      selfinflikted will buy a micro KORG or at least remind me he already owns THE AWESOMEST SYNTH EVA tm

                      keybdwizrd will buy a KRONOS or at least admit he already has...
                      世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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                      • #12
                        Bernard,

                        Had one when they first came out, loved it, sold it, replaced it with a NL2X(rack). :P

                        (that's a step in the "right" direction, right?)
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                        • #13
                          Bernard,

                          Had one when they first came out, loved it, sold it, replaced it with a NL2X(rack). :P

                          (that's a step in the "right" direction, right?)


                          I like the SH201 and the NL2 (x) (Rack) in the same way. Not exactly my personal taste but fine synths...

                          I wanted a MS2000 when it first came out... Held on for the Radias, realized it sounded different (not bad just like the SH201 and NL2, it has a newer VA sound). Realized I was mad not to buy the Micro KORG as I liked its sound so much and the smaller unit is a cost space no brainer... It's one of those rare things I am seriously tempted to by a second unit again! If they ever blow the last of them out I will be keen to get a No2...

                          The KORG R3 tempts me every day I just don't want to OD on three octave VA's
                          世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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                          • #14
                            so...microkorg or microkorgXL?
                            which and why?
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                            • #15
                              so...microkorg or microkorgXL?
                              which and why?


                              The XL is based on the Radias/R3 synth engine and the effects from the KAOSS line... So my comments above answer which I prefer... Real advantage for those that may prefer a more modern VA sound is extra poly, cleaner Vocoder (may also have a better mic) and lots of ROM sounds like a cool Piano and other stuff..

                              Still I would pick up another micro KORG before thinking of the XL, that's just me... The R3 would be my preference if I wanted that cleaner VA sound as it has full sized keys and a better step sequencer IF etc.... Although a harder sounding SH32 may be a better compliment to what I have already for instant tweaks and sonic mayhem etc...
                              世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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