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Korg MiniKorg 700

24-Jul-2017

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Korg MiniKorg 700



Category:  Products / synth / old analog mono

Added: 13-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: discontinued  |   S/H price: 100 - 150 uk

Korg MiniKorg 700

Yes!... Here is a right old bargain blast from the past, the Korg Minikorg 700. I just got this synth from the classifieds here at Dance-Tech !!, so hey people... The Classifieds DO sell!... This cost me £100 from Sandy up in Nottingham.... Not a well known 'Analog' classic with yer typical 'Classic' price tag, but a real stonkin' little machine!

The S-700 is a true analog monosynth from the 70's era I guess, but if anyone knows more on that score let me know. The sound is very distinctive. Like most older analog synths, it's not in any way a general all round synth, but rather has a particular sound.... You like that sound or you dont. The unit is an original made in Japan job, and is constructed of matal sheet & wood !!

So... The controls... Well, it's all real simple..... Starting from the left, you've got a main Volume slider, followed by two sliders marked 'Traveller'... These two are in fact the Resonance & Filter controls.

Next comes 'Attack & Pecussion', which is Korg-speak for Attack & Decay!... followed by those two big silver knobs... (see the piccie!)... Now these look to me like they were grafted on from an old black & white TV set.....but hey, they are actually brilliant to handle... Nice & chunky!.... Probably these are as I say, not the original knobs... correct me if wrong here!

Anyhow... These two rotary knobs control the transpose for the oscillator, and the other switches between Saw, Square & I think some type of reduced sawtooth wave... It's too harsh for a sine wave, and too soft for a saw wave... so your guess is as good as mine for that one!...... The other selections are for two different chorus modes... one narrow, & one VERY wide... Awesome as they say out west!... This analog chorus section beefs up the sound massively, giving a huge de-tuned twin oscillator type of sound... Massive.....Brilliant harsh lead or bass type sound !!

Ok. After the sound select, you've got a further selection of sliders & switches, covering Portamento On/Off & Speed.... Vibrato On/Off & Vibrato Speed & Depth.... Sustain... Pitch... and a couple of real cryptic ones entitled 'Repeat, Bender, Bright & Expand!..... Of these, the 'Bright' switch seems to add some treble & top mid....The 'Expand' switch seems to add more bass-end funnily enuff, and the 'Bender' switch causes a struck note to bend up to pitch a little.... But the 'Repeat' switch is knackered I reckon, cos it doesn't seem to do anything....No worries......as it is....dead tatty, and lovingly re-painted at some point in best enamel black, I'm WELL pleased with this baby !!!......what a wicked harsh sound it has....really harsh if you want it to be, and as for that chorus...... HUGE!

Anyhow... Apart from that, its got a mains plug, and an output socket..... well two output sockets actually....so Maybe it's got stereo chorus... I'll have to try that later... Anyhow... enuff guff..... I'll get some RA3 files going and paste 'em up so you can hear this beastie!... L8ers.








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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

One of the few wicked CHEAP genuine analog synths !!!

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

test....1.....2.....3......4.....5

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Sandy
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Hi Kilo!

Glad you like the synth! To answer your question, the original oscillator knobs were very flimsy and dodgy, so the replacement knobs from a disused Amstrad stereo seemed to fit the bill quite well.....! Yes, I loved it for many good years and it appeared on some of my best recordings, so I'm glad to know it went to a good home! Sandy. :-)

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

heh heh...... I knew I reckognised those knobs ( as the actress said to the bishops !!)......good old Alan Sugar !!

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Uman
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Hey,



I've got one too (for the equivalent of 60 pounds)

coming in a wooden -err... flight case !

I've read that Vangelis still has one in his setup.

It's oone of the second model which includes

MORE effects such as a cross-mod, knobs on the left

of the top panel (I have a picture of it).



Also called 'Minikorg' I think.

Sounds juicy.



Play it loud.

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Steve
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Date: 19-Jan-99

One of the coolest one-oscillator synths you can get. Also known as the MiniKorg. It was used extensively by Greg Hawkes of The Cars, especially on the first album and the Candy-O album. Check them out! The synth line solos on "Just What I Needed" and "Bye Bye Love" are done on this machine. Check out its big brother, the MaxiKorg, too......a two-oscillator version of this synth!

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: JB
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Wasn't the MiniKorg 700 the one as shown above and

the 700S the one with the second VCO and additional

features on the top panel to the left of the keyboard?

Anyway I used to have a 700S six years ago and used to

love the unique sounding filters with those hilarious

sliders.

How many other synths had a trap-door at the back to

hide the mains lead & plug?

Korg certainly haven't been as inventive ever since.

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Dan
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I have a Mini-Korg 700 but no "S" in model type.

Is this the same or earlier?

I want more information.

Cheers.

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Lasse Viklund
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I love the MiniKorg 700S, but the one on the picture you have on this page is a Korg 700. I´m a real old-Korg-freak. Check http://www.viklund.com/studio.html I also have a mp3-file - all sounds are made with Korg 700S at: http://www.viklund.com/mp3/lasse1.mp3

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: ViRuS
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Date: 19-Jan-99

By the demo here............

THIS THING IS A MOTHERFUCKING BLAST!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WANT ONE!!!!!!!!! GODDAMN JIMMIE! THIS SOME SERIOUS GORMAE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Morten Ek
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Info from Peter Forrest's book "The a-z of analohue synthesizers"



Produced Jun 1973-1979

Original price: £499

Target price £100-140 (1994)



Users include: The Cars, The Cure, Paul Hardcastle, Kitaro (x6)



•Two VCF's; two noise sources; switchable delayed vibrato; autobend, like Roland SH7

• Three types of LFO wafeform/destination

• No mod/pitch-bend wheels

• More reliably in tune than most of its then rivals

• Decents sounds, chunky controls, good build quality, wooden end panels

• One of Kitaro's all-time favourite synthesizers



I'm sorry to say I don't have one myself.

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Lasse Viklund
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Check http://www.algonet.se/~viklund/korg/ for info about Really old Korg synths

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: william
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Date: 03-Mar-03

Holy shit! I have a Univox K2, which is the same thing. It has a plate on it which says "Mini-Korg" and came in a wooden box, as well. I have to say I'm so glad I have this, and I got mine for $50 U.S.!!!! I mainly use it for basslines, but I can emulate about half of Fad Gadget's sounds with it , too.

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Date: 03-Mar-03

Oh yeah, that little door in the back makes me wish I still did drugs. I think they built this one for Hawkwind!

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Date: 04-Mar-03

Sorry for the multiple posts, but I scrolled back up and noticed that this one doesn't have the Osc mix and sound controls (Duet, Noise 1, Noise 2, etc...) on the top panel. It seems from the description that it still has these features, but I can't see where. The Univox K2 is apparently the 700S.

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Lasse Viklund
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Date: 25-Sep-07

I have made some demos for the really old Korg synths. Please listen at www.viklund.com

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Ken Davis
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Date: 08-Mar-08

I have used Mini Korg and Mini Korg 700S for over thirty years. Both Kitaro and I collect them so we've always got a spare as these synths are unique to our sound and rare, in good condition.
With over a million CD sales worldwide many of the tracks featuring the Korg700S they have been a major part of my musical success. www.cdbaby.com
www.youtube.com
Ken Davis (International Composer)

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Product:  Korg - MiniKorg 700
Name: Buck Buchanan
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Date: 12-Sep-08

I wanted to correct a few mistakes and points of confusion in the
description of the Mini-Korg. I got mine a few days ago and love the
sound of that filter!

The two Traveller sliders control the cut-off frequency of the
low-pass filter and high-pass filter, respectively. There is a little
mechanical ridge on my HPF slider that has been filed off, so it
is possible to set the HPF to a higher frequency than the LPF. If that
ridge were still there it would be impossible to do this.

The two envelope control knobs are "Attack", which goes from "Fast" at
the top to "Slow" at the bottom, and a second unnamed slider which
goes from "Percussion" at the top to "Singing" at the bottom. The
second slider is a sort of combination Decay/Sustain slider. At the
top ("Percussion") there is a very quick decay and no sustain. As you
slide it down, the decay time increases. After a certain point toward
the bottom ("Singing") the sustain level climbs above zero. All the
way at the bottom and the sustain is infinite (until you release the
key.)

The "Bright" switch turns on and off the resonance of both filters.
There is only a single "On or off" setting and no way to adjust the
resonance amount.

The "Expand" switch causes the envelope to affect the filters' cut off
frequencies. When "Expand" is off, only the amplifier is affected by
the envelope.

The "Repeat" control simply causes whatever note you're holding down
to repeat at a speed determined by the "Repeat Speed" slider. It
doesn't arpeggiate.

If you have the "Sustain" switch set to on (down), then it seems the
sustain portion of the "Percussion/Singing" control is ignored. Even
if you keep the key held down, the note will fade out to nothing. The
note will also continue to fade to nothing even after you've released
the key. With "Sustain" off the note will stop sounding as soon as
you release the key.

The rest of Dance-Tech's description is accurate. As far as I can
tell, both the LPF and HPF are resonant, and when "Expand" is switched
on, they respond to the envelope in slightly different ways. You can
get some really cool sounds when you sweep the filter frequencies past
each other while holding down a note. You can also get some really
drippy filter sounds by setting the oscillator to the lowest range,
turning on "Bright" and "Expand", and setting the LPF way down around
20% and the HPF at about 40%. You get two overlapping resonant chirps
splashing against each other. Turn on the "Repeat" switch and you get
a nice burble.

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