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Microphone Month 5

Korg MicroKorg questions

We’ve received a lot of questions regarding KORG’s MicroKORG so we thought we’d take the opportunity here to answer some of them here.

Q: Can I run the MicroKorg on Batteries?
A: Yes, six AA alkaline batteries.

Q: Is it a synth, vocoder, or controller?
A: Actually, it’s all three. It’s an analog emulator with a ton of control and a built-in 8-band vocoder. Additionally, it has five real-time knobs on the front panel that can transmit control changes for soft synths.

Q: What type of arpeggiation does the MicroKORG have?
A: Six types of arpeggio patterns (UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger) are built in, with control over tempo, gate time, swing, and up to a 4-octave range.

Q: Is it a preset only keyboard, or is it programmable?
A: The MicroKORG does have 128 preset sounds, but its tweak-ability is its strong suit. It has a dual-oscillator DSP synth engine and a ton of waveforms (oscillator 1 features 71 alone). In addition, 64 exclusive DWGS waveforms from Korg’s classic DW-8000 enable the microKORG to reproduce a broad collection of imitative sounds. Four filter modes are available, offering -12 dB (2-pole) low pass, high pass and band pass configurations plus an extra steep -24 dB (4-pole) low pass setting. All include resonance. Two classic ADSR envelope generators and two MIDIsyncable LFOs provide the power to shape your sounds.

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