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I don't think I've ever been as excited when I first got this. It was my first synthesizer and so I've loved and cherished it since day one - suffice to stay it's still in once piece and working like a charm.

It's called a 'Micro'Korg for a reason; it's a diddy keyboard. If you suffer from stubby fingers than you're going to have a hell of a time playing complex bars, but upon saying this, the Micro's charm is that it's not a workstation or even full-fledged keyboard.

What it lacks in size has merely been squashed into a portable, compact, power-friendly and light slab. Features such as the appegiator help with complex time signatures, while the banks of pre-set synths are stored under genre and number. The 3-digit display is slightly limiting, but heck, the very first VHS recorders were worse for trying to spell words...

The key's don't have too much initial response due to their small profile. In fact, pressing them feels like a toy due to their lack of hammer action. It's in the MicroKorgs nature to feel fun though in operation, yet this doesn't detract it from being a professional keyboard. Many bands gig with it, and even at University, 4 of my friends owned the MicroKorg - a sign of quality over brand.

The reason I say this is because of the lack of true modelling synths on the market. The Roland SH-201 is a good contender, but limited in sound. And aside from the SH-201, the likes of Roland sadly now only offer patch-filled contraptions. One, stupidly, called the Juno G! No resemblance to its formers...

MicroKorgs build quality would be about a 7/10. Although the design and features are gorgeous to look at, some of the quality perhaps isn't as expected for an expensive instrument. Upon saying this, the wooden panels are indeed wooden, and all the knobs/buttons are extremely resistant and well made.

If you're after a good old fashioned modelling synth in a patch-era of instruments then look no further. The lack of blank-banks for storing sounds is disappointing, but adds to the joy of overcoming problems. If you don't appreciate the art of modelling sounds and modifying, the MicroKorg will only dissapoint you.
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on 13 September 2013
Soundwise I give this synth 5 stars. In terms of usability I must give it 3 stars because it can be a bit tedious to program and the patch memory is relatively small with 128 presets. On the plus side you get a PC editor software (or download it from Korg) and you can make editing a breeze, on screen. You will need to buy a separate midi to PC cable though unless you've an interface already. The bases are really good by the way, artists like Liam Howlett have used for this very reason.
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on 25 February 2008
Lots of sounds , great synth leads , squeltchy basses , and nice arpeggiator. Never seen a bad review anywhere!!!
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on 3 February 2011
Excellent and very flexible instrument, sounds retro or modern and the vocoder function gives you an instant Electric Light Orchestra sound! Only slight drawback is the small keys on the keyboard but this can be midi'ed into a full size one easily. Great fun this instrument is.
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on 26 March 2008
Nice range of sounds allright, but the keys are tiny on this synth - like a kids organ keyboard. I kept hitting 2 keys at a time by mistake, and I wouldnt say I had big hands
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on 15 November 2009
great fun and a really good synthesizer. a great help if you are working in music tech.
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on 3 April 2013
Perfect. Just what I wanted and the quality is great. Good little synthesiser to use for practise and for live gigs. I will cherish this one
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on 18 July 2013
If you ever tested it at a music store, then you know what you're getting. It'd be nice if it had some memory recall for the knobs, but any other than that is great.
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on 20 May 2016
Don't be put off by the small size, this is an excellent beginners synth. It is a little restricted with what you can do, but an excellent starting point.
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on 29 March 2011
Bought for my son's 16th birthday, he thinks its fab. Product arrived even before I thought it would - good service
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