Discussion in 'Synths / Samplers & VSTi' started by Kev, May 26, 2003.

  1. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    I have a microKorg on appraisal.
    I am a sucker for a presets machine and still love my JV1080's.

    Has anyone spent some time with one of these ?
    I'm happy so far BUT has anyone got a gut reaction to this unit and what will I regret in the future if I lay the cash down ? The sounds may date fast?

    It seems to do all the things we want. Tracks the midi and is easy to operate. It has the Vocoder , the on board Mic and also has line input 1 & 2 (stereo ?). It is relatively cheap.


    any thoughts ?
  2. popcorn

    popcorn Guest

    Hi ,Kev!

    I checked it at the shop last month and even I have fully upgraded Triton I like the fat sound of that little baby!The vocoder is better than Trtion's ,so I'm thinking to buy one MicroKorg!
    But I haven't check this one since that case.


  3. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001

    I posted a mini-review of the microKorg here a couple of months ago. I've been using it quite a bit both live and in the studio.

    Live, I use it for synth basses, vocoding, worm leads and arpeggiator parts. Its got the greatest "Flashlight" bass sound plus, the keys are so small, you can get all those slides by "strumming" it. I usually just pick it up off the stand and hold it Roger Powell-style.

    I like that its small, especially since I'm already carrying around a Motif 8 which is one big sumumabitch. As a study in contrasts, the microKorg looks quite dinky in comparison.

    Programming is pretty easy onboard once you figure it out (like everything). The editor is pretty good and kinda lets you "see" everything. I wish it had more modulation routings.

    In the studio I've used it on a few projects. An '80s German rock band (more Europe than Scorpions) it pretty much made all the tracks. I mean, the first time they heard it they gave it a big "Jawoll". We used it for a variety of things from blippy arpeggiator parts to pads to synth brass.

    Speaking of those blippy arpeggiator parts, I must mention how elegant the sync is. You set it to "auto" and make sure you're sending to it. That's all! Yes, many other machines do it the same way but this is one of the first ones to actually do it.

    I haven't used the vocoder too much, I think its a bit underwhelming at this point. It could be the included mic but I can never get it to track the way I thought it should.

    The downside is, I really wish it had USB so I could use it as a laptop interface. However, with something like a Yamaha UX16, you could be pretty portable.
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I haven't been back here for a while and as it turns out I did purchase the Micro before reading the above.

    I'm very happy with the purchase and just love the sync and the arpeggiator parts. The Editor on the mac has a random function. I'm not a big programer so having something random to start with could help me get outside of the presets. I was in the shop a few days ago and a kid put his fingers on a Micro and I recognised it instantly.

    Nate is right about the Vocoder. Althought this was a major drawcard for this unit I don't think I have made anything worthwhile with it yet. Not enough for a front line Vocoder but I think I'll try it on some background parts. Back in the mix things should be cool.

    Yeah, I think I'm pretty happy with my birthday present to myself. :D
  5. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Feb 28, 2001
    Hi Kev

    I had better luck with the microKorg's vocoder once I compressed the living $*^t out of the mic. Gating helps too.
  6. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Thanks Nate.

    Next time I'm in Vocoder mode, I'll use an aux and do some processing before the microKorg. Perhaps I'll even try some filtering as well as the comp.

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