January 12, 2007

Open Thread: An experiment...

by Chris Randall

One of the blogs I read on a daily basis has an Open Thread every day (several, actually) where people can just discuss what's on their mind. I thought I'd give that a whirl here. It remains to be seen whether or not it'll work, but here 'tis. Obviously, we should stay within the general realm of topics normally discussed here. Have at it.


Page 5 of 5

Jan.14.2007 @ 12:48 PM
What do people think of the microKorg?

At first I wasn't even considering the microKorg as an option. It is just too "grooveboxy" and seemed more like a preset toy. But I downloaded the manual, and it actually is a pretty damn powerful synth. Virtually any part of the synth (LFO, amp env, filter env, oscilators) can be pluged into virtually any other part of the synth... The patching is equivalent to a smaller modular system. It can take line in audio, or vocoding stuff.

If I was using the microKorg as a sound source (and not for any sort of actual performance), there is all sorts of stuff that can be done. I can sample a sound into the sampler, trim it and compress it and edit it in the sampler, run it back through the microKorg to do some filtering and modulation on it, sample it back into the sampler again, then run the sound through the vocoder, etc., etc. It seems like there is a lot of potential for really mangling sounds.

Is there anything wrong with the microKorg? Given that you can get one for something like $350-$400 new, which seems awefully cheap, there has to be some problem with it, right? From reading the manual, the synth engine seems super powerful... but it just looks so much like a toy it makes me nervous.


Jan.14.2007 @ 1:13 PM
I've messed around with the microKorg a few times. Nothing horrible about it in my opinion. The biggest drawback for me were the tiny keys, but for your purposes it doesn't sound like that would be an issue. I think it actually sounds better than the other synths in that rough price range (Alesis, Roland), and probably the most "analog". You should check it out at Guitar Center. That's always an awesome time. You can practice your Satriani licks while you're there.

Jan.14.2007 @ 11:46 PM

the microkorg = korg ms2000. it's the same synth in a different package. the ms2000, though, has a 16 step sequencer (x3), which can modulate any parameter that's modulatable. nice.

for about the same $ as the micro, you can get an ms2000r (the rack/tabletop version.) it's much easier/faster to program than the micro, too.


Page 5 of 5



Sorry, commenting is closed for this blog entry.