Korg microKORG Synthesizer with Vocoder

Compact Analog Modeling Synthesizer with 8-band Vocoder and Microphone
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Analog Modeled Synth and Vocoder

The microKorg delivers the quality sounds and features you expect from Korg at a price that will astound you. Powerful synthesis is the nature of this beast! The microKORG boasts the same dual-oscillator DSP synthesis engine found in Korg's critically acclaimed MS2000 and offers a wider selection of waveforms than almost any other modeled synth. In addition, 64 exclusive DWGS waveforms from Korg's classic DW-8000 enables you to reproduce a broad collection of imitative sounds that are traditionally difficult reproduce on an analog synthesizer with the microKorg.

Korg microKorg at a Glance:
  • 8-band vocoder
  • Flexible presets and audio inputs
  • Compact and portable
8-band vocoder

The microKORG also includes an 8-band vocoder with many advanced features. You can capture and "freeze" the formants of your voice, and then play it across the keyboard, or shift the formant frequency to make your voice sound male, female, like a child or just plain wacky! Best of all, the microKORG comes with its own microphone so you can start having fun right away. Combine all of this with four filter modes, three types of modulation effects (chorus/flanger, phaser, ensemble), three types of delay effects (stereo, cross, L/R) and a two band EQ and you have all the tools you need to make driving leads that cut through your mix or lush pads that takes your audience to synthesis heaven.

Flexible presets and audio inputs

To get you started, Korg has included 128 great sounding presets covering a wide range of the latest musical styles. Two external audio input jacks are provided so you can run other instruments, CDs and more through the microKORG's filter and effects allowing even more creative possibilities.

Compact and portable

For the musician on the go, this mini-keyboard sports 37 velocity sensitive keys, MIDI in/out and thru and can run from it's power supply or 6 AA batteries. All parameters are located on the panel for easy access to any function and a large dial and LED illuminated buttons provide easy program selection even on a dark stage.

Korg microKorg Features:
  • Sound Generation Method: Analog Modeling Synthesis System
  • Synthesizer Program: Multi Timbral=2 (max, Normal/Dual Mode)
  • Voices: 4 voices
  • Sound Source: 2 Oscillator + Noise Generator,
  • Multi Mode Filter (-24dB/oct LPF, -12dB/oct LPF/BPF/HPF), EG x2, LFO x2, o Virtual Patch x4
  • Vocoder Program: Voices = 4 voices
  • Programs: 128 programs
  • Effects: Modulation effects (3 types), Delay (3 types), 2-bandEqualizer
  • Arpeggiator: 6 types
  • Keyboard: 37 Keys (mini-keyboard, velocity sensitive)
  • Inputs: AUDIO IN 1, and 2
  • Level switch: LINE/MIC,
  • Outputs: L/MONO, R and Headphones
  • MIDI: IN, OUT and THRU
  • Display: 3 characters x1 line with 8 segment LED
  • Power Supply: DC 9 V (AC adapter), or six AA alkaline batteries (sold separately)
  • Dimensions: 20.63"(W) x 9.02"(D) x 2.8"(H)
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs.
  • Accessories: AC adapter (DC 9 V, 600 mA), Condenser Microphone
Korg microKorg - State-of-the-art analog modeling and multiband vocoding in a compact, portable instrument!

Additional Media

Read the Korg microKORG Easy Start Guide
Read the Korg microKORG Owner's Manual
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Korg microKORG Review
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Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Analog Modeling
Number of Keys 37 (mini)
Type of Keys Semi-weighted (Mini)
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel
Polyphony 4 Notes (Synth), 4 Notes (Vocoder)
Number of Presets 128
Number of Effects 7
Effects Types Modulation, Delay, EQ
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 1 x TS (Mic/Line), 1 x TS (Line)
Audio Outputs 2 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru
Power Supply 6 x AA Batteries (Not Included), DC 9 V (Included)
Height 2.76"
Width 20.63"
Depth 9.13"
Weight 4.85 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number microKORG

Customer Reviews

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This lil synth is monstrous!!! My 1st one grew feet some years ago & walked. But then I got a 2nd one... BEASTLY synths!!! Keybass patches are BEEFY!!
Music background: Producer, Engineer, Musician

Great keyboard, better midi controller

First off, the synth sounds are amazing and really easy to program with the layout. I didn't like the wave limitations, so I started using this as a midi controller. It's PERFECT for easy use of plugins, because you can scroll through preset banks with ease using the program type knob and buttons on the left side of the control panel. This makes my digital synthesis a lot easier to get into, because I don't have to click on the mouse to get from preset 3 to 77, instead I'm there in a flash with this controller. Not to mention, the keys are great. I have really big fingers (can't use a blackberry) and this thing is great. The action is perfect, I can tap my pointer and middle finger on a key and it registers the different notes no matter what the speed. A great synth and midi controller. Vocoder is pretty awesome. For being almost all plastic it's pretty tough, I knocked it off my desk a few times loading gear onto different desks a few time, still goes 100%.

Big thingies come in small packages

I bought this after a few weeks of its release. It was one of a kind. The whole look was attractive. I was hooked on the looks alone. Very compact and it's a Korg. The sound is superiror as expected from Korg. For a small package, it packs plenty. The portable, sleek design is beautiful. The sound is truly powerful that for such a tiny thing, this can compete with the big boys. Beware of immitators, just stick with the microKorg!
Music background: Recording engineer, producer, pro musician, hobbyist

Holy crap pretty sweet

The microKORG is one of the best steals out there right now. It has amazing standards I just started playing keyboard about a year ago. but this took my little skills and turned me into a professional. I can add serious texture to my band. anyone looking to improve the sound of their music(wether that be in a band or as a solo musician)should give this baby a try you have nothing to lose. GO GET IT BYAAAH!!!!
Music background: Keyboarder in a band


I don't think people understand how legendary this synth really is. It has caused a revolution of other synths following in its footsteps. So many awesome new synths are modeled after the microkorg cause synth manufactures know that the micro korg is beast. If you are into synths this is a classic and i highly highly recommend this synth to anyone. I think its perfect for newbies and as an ad on. Classic synth sounds! I have both analog and digital synths and a pretty impressive collection and the micro org is one of them!
Music background: composer

Sweetwater Advice

Ryan Murray

The microKORG has got to be one of the coolest synths out there. No in-depth menus to navigate, just really stellar sounds and easy customization of every waveform. The vocoder adds a cool element to any track, and the genre-specific categories make it even easier to find the sounds you want. It's so easy to fall in love with the microKORG, it's a must-have for anyone remotely interested in synths.

Robert Koch

The Korg microKorg is a remarkably powerful synth in a small and affordable package. The versatility accompanied with this synth is astounding. I love the arpeggiator and how many different variations with every preset there are. You can even write your own arpeggiated sequence with it. Add in the cutoff, attack, resonance, and release knobs and you have endless options in this little synth. Definitely a great buy for adding to your synth rig or starting fresh!

Carson McClain

This keyboard is going to be legend. The microKORG is one of those keyboards that a begineer can define his music career with. It's also a synth that any keyboard player would love to add to his rig for the vocoding capabilites. I love the arpeggiators, the bass sounds, and the way that Korg separates its sounds in a genre-specific manner. The microKORG is destined to be a synth legend you will never want to sell.

James Masterson

Being a solo songwriter, I rely on ease of use and portability. The Korg microKORG has been a great for me! Between its quick hookup, ability to easily make all kinds of different sounds I never could have imagined, and vocoder that lets me get a little crazy, this has been a great addition to my setup!

TJ Walstrom

What can I say other than WOW!!! The microKORG has all you need in a synth in a small affordable package. From the complex sounding arpeggiator to the versatile vocoder, the microKORG is a great unit for any electronic music writer to add to their collection. When you sit down with the microKORG, it pretty much forces you to create with its very distinct sound and ease of use. In fact, it is so user-friendly you can create your own unique patches with the simple push of a button.

Ryan Murray

One of the main things that attracted me to the microKORG was that it wasn't as intimidating as the giant keyboard workstations with more functions than I have time or patience to learn. For I am by no means a keyboardist... I just want to get the coolest sounds with as little effort as possible. Is that really too much to ask? Well according to Korg, no. Opening the box, I literally felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I had the microKORG plugged in and powered up before even noticing that an operator's manual was in the box too. No matter, I would just see how far I could get on turning knobs and pushing buttons aimlessly. The microKORG made me sound like a pro... well maybe not a pro, but it fooled me into thinking I actually knew what I was doing. Much of the functionality of the microKORG really is self-explanatory. There is a giant knob that controls the genre of sound you are accessing, eight patches of different sounds per bank, and two banks per genre. So right off the bat without any real work you have access to sixteen different sounds per genre, of which there are seven. Additional to the genres, there is an option for the built-in vocoder. A condenser microphone is included, but you can also plug your own dynamic or condenser microphone in. The other obvious knobs are across the top, and are for your cut-off frequency, resonance, attack, decay, and tempo control. Use these in any way you want to sculpt your sound however you prefer. An arpeggiator kicks in when you - get this - press the arpeggiator button. There are also controls for changing octave, three up and three down, and the essential pitch and mod wheels. After playing around for a while, I wanted to really dig into what the microKORG had to offer. But how much power can a 37-key mini-synth pack? As it turns out, a lot more than I thought. After reading into the manual for a mere thirty minutes, I came to realize just how much customization is available for each sound. Whether you plug another instrument into the microKORG, or use the preset sounds, every waveform is customizable. The best part is, whether you want to surf through the six different arpeggiator settings, change the settings of the two oscillators, add noise, sweep filters, add delay, mod FX, flanger, whatever... it's all done by the twist of a couple of knobs. No difficult menus and screens to navigate, just cool sounds that make it easy to start making music. Edit the patches to your content, so next time they are just the way you like them. It became evident that the microKORG would make it every easy to build synth tracks in my DAW of choice, and something like this can really get the creative juices flowing. Beginners and pros alike would both have good reason to want this little synth. It has MIDI in, out, and thru and could easily work in a studio or live rig for todays retro-pop, electronica, or even hip-hop artists. A good amount of today's pop music is synth-driven, and that makes the microKORG very relevant. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone with the slightest bit of interest in synthesizers. It's user-friendly, light and portable, and it sounds really cool. The microKORG has absolutely won my heart, and a place in my home studio. Korg must have read my mind, because this is how I picture making music. The coolest sounds with as little effort as possible... the microKORG is exactly what I was looking for.
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Matt Milner

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by Korg's MicroKORG unit. Being a drummer I haven't had much opportunity to sit down with a synthesizer so I really didn't know what to expect Opening the box, I felt a little better: this pint sized powerhouse features a clean layout, easy to read and understand controls, a 37 mini-key velocity sensitive keyboard, the familiar pitch bend and mod wheels and even a flexible gooseneck condenser microphone for use with the 8 band vocoder. I plugged the unit in and patched it into the line inputs on my MOTU audio interface and began going through the 128 preset sounds. Monitoring was provided by my Event Studio Precision 8s. The presets are divided up by genre into 8 groups: Trance, Techno/House, Electronica, Drum n' Bass, Hip Hop/Vintage, Retro, Sound Effects/Hits, and Vocoder. Each group has 16 programs. Without any tweaking at all this unit is amazing. Just running through the presets I found some huge basses, cutting lead sounds, pads, vintage synthesized strings and even some amazing rhythmic patterns featuring the programmable arpeggiator. Using the large selector knob and oversized, lit program keys it was a breeze to switch quickly between programs. Many of the sounds have that classic analog grit and biting tone that could prove useful in a myriad of situations. After spending a good long time playing the presets, I wanted to get my hands dirty doing some actual sound creation. Opening the manual I quickly figured out how to both edit preset patches and start brand new patches from scratch. The MicroKorg offers 2 sound generating oscillators each with 64 waveforms to choose from, so the sound creation capabilities are vast. Of course each waveform can be edited and tweaked with complete independence greatly expanding the range of tones available, and if that wasn't enough: each waveform can have it's own programmed arpeggiator sequence. I should also mention Korg's "Virtual Patch Matrix" which allows you to control different modulation parameters such as filter cutoff, pulse width, panning etc. from the mod wheel or an LFO. So what does this all add up to? Incredible sounds and limitless possibilities Being able to edit so many parameters independently means that you can have a program where moving the mod wheel changes the cutoff frequency on one waveform and modulates the pitch on the other at the same time. With the programmable arpeggiator you can choose up to six patterns with control over tempo, gate, time, swing and up to a 4 octave range. Even cooler is the fact that each waveform can have an arpeggiator pattern that's totally different. If this was all the MicroKorg offered it would be an amazing unit, but Korg has thrown in a bunch more cool features: a classic 8-band vocoder ready to use out of the box with the included condenser microphone, two external audio input jacks to process other instruments through the MicroKorg's filters and a built-in effects processor offering flanging, chorus, phasing, delay, and EQ. This is a unit that could prove indispensable for gigging keyboard players, composers, sound designers, and studio owners. All of the preprogrammed sounds are top shelf, and you can make pretty much any sound you can imagine, whether it's a recreation of an analog classic or a brand new creation. With MIDI I/O and the ability to run on battery power, the MicroKorg could also be the perfect companion to the mobile studio. Chalk up another hit from Korg!
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See also: Korg, Korg Synthesizers