The Korg miniKORG 700FS Monophonic Analog Synthesizer was Korg's first mass-produced monophonic synthesizer released in 1973 at a time when the form of synthesizers as musical instruments had not been fully established. After a lot of experimentation, the miniKORG 700 arrived bringing the world of synthesizers to a wide group of users by offering simple operations that could produce extreme changes in sound and was championed by a strong base of admiring musicians. The miniKORG 700FS is an authentic revival of the miniKORG 700S, (an improved version of the miniKORG 700) that was released the following year. The revised miniKORG 700FS offers added functionality such as an arpeggiator, spring reverb, and aftertouch. The miniKORG 700FS is a fully-realized analog synthesizer that was developed in conjunction with the original designer, Fumio Mieda.

Beautiful Synth Leads

While the miniKORG 700 was Korg's first synthesizer, it also produced some of our synthesizers' fattest and most dense sounds. The miniKORG 700FS, features oscillators with a penetrating sound and an authentic recreation of the Traveler controller, one of the key features of the miniKORG 700. The volca keys and volca bass use the filter circuit from the miniKORG 700 because this filter's clear and penetrating characteristics were a perfect match for products that specialize in lead and bass synth sounds with a strong presence. The miniKORG 700 sound sits easily in today's music, particularly with its lead and bass synth sounds.

Possibilities as a Sub Keyboard

The miniKORG 700 came about as a sub keyboard that players would set atop their organs (frequently used in the 1970s) to augment the organ???s sound palette. Nowadays, the beautiful lead synth sound of the miniKORG 700FS works well with stage keyboards such as electric pianos, organs, and so on. The controls on the miniKORG 700 were laid out below its keys in a row so that players who set the instrument on top of their organ would find them easy to access. Even today, this layout is intuitive and easy to understand, with a unique look that no other instrument offers.

Functionality

When the miniKORG 700 was originally released, electronic components were larger, limiting its functionality due to the small space inside. Thanks to technological changes, we now have more space to add a spring reverb effect and a joystick for pitch bend and modulation. The new version also features aftertouch for added expressiveness, as well as important features an arpeggiator, USB port, Midi in a connector, and a CV/GATE in jack. The memory program button writes down the positions of the knobs and levers to recreate their favorite sounds.

Traveler Controller

The most characteristic feature of the miniKORG 700, the Traveler controller consisted of two sliders situated below the keyboard. With these controls, players could adjust the cutoff frequency, with the upper lever controlling the low-pass filter and the lower lever controlling the high-pass filter. This gave players the freedom to adjust the expressive character of the sound according to the position of the levers. By moving the levers to the left and right while playing the keys, wah-wah and muted sounds could be created along with the iconic 'traveling' sound. Since the sound passing through the filter has a lower cutoff frequency and higher cutoff frequency than the frequencies set by the sliders, all frequencies are filtered and thus no sound is heard when the positions of the two sliders are inverted. In other words, making the two sliders cross would in theory produce no sound. To deal with this, the original miniKORG 700 featured protrusions on the sliders so that they could not physically cross. The good and bad thing about this was that analog circuitry was being used.

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Brand
Model
  • miniKORG 700FS 32-Key Analog Synthesizer
Categories
Keyboard Action
  • Synth Action
MIDI I/O
  • USB MIDI
  • MIDI Input
Number of Keys
  • 32 Keys
Analog / Digital
  • Analog
Polyphony
  • 1 Voice
Key Size
  • Full Size

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