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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
I absolutely love my MicroKorg. There is simply nothing like it out there. Wonderful sound and a very small footprint. AWESOME synth!! I sold my MS2000R to get this puppy and have no regrets. Its a winner!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-29-2004 at 21:31
Lee David a professional user from England writes:
I think all that needs to be said has been, but there are some daft idiots that have brought the overall score down by slagging off the small keys and 4 note polyphony... Don't you people look at the specs of equipment before you buy it? Would you buy a flat bed pickup truck and then wonder when you get it home how you are going to get your wife and seven kids in it? Stick to your Yamaha General MIDI preset home keyboards that you buy from Toys R Us and leave the pro gear to someone who knows how to use it! Anyway I'm posting this just to get the overall score back up again where it belongs! I knew exactly what I was buying and I haven't regretted it for one minute. Don't overlook the PC editor - it really does come into its own when you tweak away on screen - and you can load MS2K sounds into it!!!!! Just awesome!!!!! TEN STARS!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-29-2004 at 13:17
James(Prophest69) a hobbyist user from Texas US writes:
Mike, The answer to your questions about the MicroKorg are yes, it is easy to use, but if you are looking for a synth to explore non-dance/electronica waveforms find yourself a used korg wavestation....not exactly the easiest synth to figure out but its waveforms are endless! but the MicroKorg for me is very useful indeed i am a hobbiest computer/Industrial musician and i love the vintige euro sound this mini-monster can create but in order to get the most use of this machine is not with live functions (unless it is stationary because of the plastic like feel of it)but with a computer to sample and arrange the wonderful pads and arpeggios that this little beauty helps you realize! This wonderful machine is geared for pros as well as first time synth buyers such as yourself mike :) you can not go wrong with Korg!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-26-2004 at 19:31
polardark from Sweden writes:
I've had the microkorg for something like a year now. The greatest part about it is the portability. It runs surprisingly well on batteries and after getting the dedicated microkorg gigbag, it's even better. The gigbag also includes a shoulder strap thing for playing live, which is terribly cool and all, but i doubt i'll ever use it. As most people have pointed out, the microkorg is descended from the ms2000, which is really big with dedicated knobs for almost everything. Since the microkorg is pretty small and doesn't have room for that, it has an edit matrix and five rotary knobs for adjusting parameters. The edit matrix is worth a mention, because initially i found it a bitch to use. Thankfully it turned out to be mostly a matter of practice and by now it's almost second nature. Not as good as dedicated knobs and buttons, but you can't have everything.

As for the synth engine, it's about the same as the ms2k synths, so much of this applies to the ms2k as well. The vocoder has 8 bands on the microkorg instead of 16 as on the ms2k, making it sound less "crisp" and clear. Perhaps it's just me, but the microkorg generally sounds less "crisp" than the ms2k. Cheaper D/A converters maybe? The ms2k/microkorg synth engine has NO support for aftertouch, which strikes me as a bit strange. Polyphony is very limited, with a maximum of only 4 voices. Don't be fooled by korg claiming that the microkorg is multitimbral. This is a euphemistic enough statement to border on being a lie. In practice, the "multitimbrality" is mostly useless, except as a way to layer sounds on top of each other to fatten them up. Most likely, you'll end up using this synth for basses or leads more than pads.

On the plus side of things, the sound is great. The resonant filters self oscillate like they should and the built-in effects are good enough for me to even use the microkorg as an effects processor for external units on occasion. Presets suck, but who cares - it's almost completely compatible with the ms2k, so once you've got some ms2k patches up and running, this baby really begins to shine.

The patch routing is reasonably powerful and gives you good flexibility in making your own patches, once you've mastered the editor or the edit matrix. Personally, i'd have liked more control of some of the parameters, but since this isn't supposed to be a modular synth i still think it's good enough.

Quality-wise, i think this is a case of getting what you pay for. The microkorg is very cheap for what it does so don't expect anything revolutionary. I've seen better, but i've certainly seen much worse. I've had the microkorg go all weird on me on a couple of occasions after long sessions, but nothing that a quick turning off and on wouldn't fix. With the right treatment, i'd trust my microkorg to do the job.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-05-2004 at 22:55
Mike a hobbyist user from OR writes:
If I buy a microkorg it will be my first synth, my question is...is this a synth that I can just experiment with? Is hard to use? I don't want to make techno songs I just want to experiment with differnet noises, waveforms, etc. Thanks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-05-2004 at 04:35
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