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Post by Bnielsen » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:02 am

Hey all,

I was wondering if anyone had expericence or opinion on the Korg MicroKorg synth/vocoder module.

The local shop has it on sale for $399 right now, and I've been playing around with it a lot lately.

I love the on-the-fly octave adjusts, but the keys are a touch on the smallish size for my fingers.

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Post by FredProgGH » Sat Aug 18, 2007 12:05 pm

Yeah, they're cool sounding. The best way to get around the mini-keys is to MIDI it to something else...
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Post by Bnielsen » Sat Aug 18, 2007 3:22 pm

True, but I was sorta wanting it for the non-weighted keys too

My main piano (Privia 310) is 88 keys, weighted, and its very dificult to do fast runs/arpeggios with it.


Any comparable keyboards that you know of Fred? I am looking for something less than the $2995 Minimoog Voyager lol
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Post by FredProgGH » Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:31 pm

Bnielsen wrote:True, but I was sorta wanting it for the non-weighted keys too

My main piano (Privia 310) is 88 keys, weighted, and its very dificult to do fast runs/arpeggios with it.


Any comparable keyboards that you know of Fred? I am looking for something less than the $2995 Minimoog Voyager lol

You could get a used Nord Lead or Nord Lead II off eBay for a good price, possibly. Or buy the Korg and get a real POS keyboard just as the controller. That's why I still have that Ensoniq Mirage out on stage. Find something like an old Yamaha DX-21, say- they go for nothing and the action is awesome!

Hey, there's a DX-7 on eBay for a Buy-it-now of $150. Heck, I may buy it- GREAT action on those.,
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Post by Bnielsen » Sun Aug 19, 2007 12:12 am

Ahh, I remember helping you pack that one up after Belmont!


Thank you Fred for your tips on how to find great action. :P

Seriously though, thats a great point, and im really leaning towards the Korg, im just wondering if it has a mellotron voice =p
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Post by Bnielsen » Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:53 pm

Fred,

I would appreciate a touch of your time again- I'm looking through some of the Nord products out as well.

As I mentioned above, I have a great 88-key weighted keyboard, with decent sounds that I can use for most things, but I really would like a very responsive, tweakable, synth in addition to it.

My *musts:*

-Wide array of analouge synth sounds/presets
-On-the-fly adjustments (Pitch bend + Vibrato a plus)
-Non Weighted keys
-MIDI Interface
-At least 54 key (4.5 octaves)

My *wishes:*
-Mellotron. Lots. (or easy to load samples)
-Aftertouch
-Apeggiator built in
-Easy Learning Curve
-Sound Font Compatible


I really appreciate your time - Oh, how I wish I could spend 4 hours with you in the studio =p
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Post by FredProgGH » Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:04 pm

Well, the Nord Lead seems to do the most "traditional" type analog sounds (and is the cheapest if you go for the 2 and not the 3). And it is polyphonic; it's not just for leads... the Modular does much more complex pad types of sounds (as well as screaming lead stuff). And they have a brand new one coming out called the Nord Wave that is supposed to do really crazy cross-modulated kinds of sounds. Amazingly, it will also integrate real licensed Mellotron sounds. So for tron that's your only choice! I don't think it's actually out yet but there are a few demos on the website. I'm not sure they show off the range of sounds it makes though. No one knows much about it yet.
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Post by Bnielsen » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:48 am

Hmm, okay.

How easy is it to load 'patches' into the keyboards?

Unfortunately I have very little practical exp. with the more advanced keyboard sets... again, oooh, to spend a day with you =p
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Post by Bnielsen » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:40 pm

Fred- I'm bidding now on a used Nord Lead II in great condition.

I have had the winning bid all day - its at $440, and i have a bid in up to $475

think thats still a good deal? What would be the highest you would pay?

It comes with powercord, but no manual or anything
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