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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Chris Perzeption a professional user from Downey, CA writes:
Bloody amazing little synth! Really REALLY easy to make sounds with this. I cant recomment this baby enough! I actually prefer it to the MS2000b which doesnt have the same feel as this. GET THIS INSTEAD OF THE MS2000 - its the same but more compact and in my mind better.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-25-2006 at 12:19
Pete a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Great little synth for the size and price. Love the TRANCE sounds, the MicroKorg is going to be a great addition with my Juno-6.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-09-2005 at 19:41
bob writes:
its good, but the keys are a little small and stiff and it has some pretty unusably cheesy but nice presets, if your not planning on transporting it much and you have a better keyboard id reccomend the bigger brother rack ms2000r as I found out just after my purchase that most of them where going second hand on ebay for £150 wereas the microkorg still sells for quite high ( well £250 ). But overall its a good intresting flexable good priced portable keyboard , sorry to be a fashion victim but it would have been sexier looking if it were made in black and the green text was red/orange or somthing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-03-2005 at 11:54
jake a professional user from USA writes:
Before buying one, carefully consider buying a used ms2000r and a small midi controller or an Alesis ION.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-06-2005 at 16:11
pat mcneil a professional user from Canada writes:
This is a hard synth to rate, esp. when you consider the competition these days. Some of the micro's failings are obvious, some not:

1. Minikeys. I can't stand 'em. 2. Limited mod matrix. Some common synth tricks are not really possible here. Still, the mod matrix is a nice thing to have, but it could be better. 3. Worst presets in quite a long time. You should really get into programming this thing to hear what it can really do. Yeah, yeah, I know, *most* synths have presets that suck, but this one's particularly bad. 4. Limited polyphony. (4's okay for many purposes, really, so this depends on your application.) 5. Editing software is buggy & slow (PC version) 6. That big-ass wheel to select patches grouped into cheesy catagories. This eats up a fair amount of front panel space that could've been used otherwise, like w/a proper LCD. The 8 buttons are fine for selecting patches in this retro fashion. (Remember the Poly 800? :) ) 7. That stupid LED display - too cryptic. Lose the big wheel, and get an LCD Korg!

Now for the plusses: 1. Vocoder is good for an 8-band. There are certainly better vocoders out there, but this one's more than adequate. You can head off to quasi-Air improvisations in no time. 2. Very portable, if that's useful to you. I actually prefer it to the bulky & badly designed MS2000 rack, as a 4 voice module really shouldn't eat a half dozen rack spaces. 3. DWGS is a welcome plus. Reminds me of days of yore w/DW6000 and DW8000. It gives the MicroKorg something extra for when one gets bored of analog noises. 4. The overall sound quality is quite good. Perhaps not top quality, but @ this price point it is perfectly acceptable. 5. Editing is really a breeze. It is a bit tedious, but easy. It is very similar to the Waldorf approach actually, which I like a lot. If you find it too difficult, you should be banished to work with nothing but a roland D110 for a year until you figure out what difficult is. :)

Seriously though - that last point - the editing is *not* difficult, but could've been made easier by a proper display. Constantly having to trace one's finger across the tiny printed panel is a nuisance, I admit, but hardly difficult.

So, a mixed bag of plusses and minuses. My final verdict? Useful gadget for travelling and for filling w/occasional analog sounds. Definitely NOT a good choice for your only synth, but a welcome adjunct to an existing setup.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-26-2005 at 10:07
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