How to Use a Micro KORG

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The Korg microKORG is a cost-effective but powerful keyboard synthesizer that includes advanced sound editing capabilities, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) integration and vocal manipulation. Ideal for electronic music enthusiasts and keyboardists, the microKORG offers a smooth, user-friendly experience in spite of its somewhat confusing appearance. After only a few minutes of tinkering, you can begin creating custom music, taking full advantage of the keyboard's 37 keys and more than 100 editable presets.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn on your microKORG by pressing the black "ON" button on the back of the instrument, next to the "K" on the "Korg" logo.

  2. 2

    Select a program using the "Program Menu" knob. Each program contains a basic preset, based on the genre of the selected program, which you can edit to your liking.

  3. 3

    Select the parameters that you want to edit using the "Edit Select 1" and "Edit Select 2" knobs, near the top centre of your microKORG. You can edit two individual oscillators, which comprise your basic waveforms, low frequency oscillation (LFO) settings, pitch and additional components. You can also change the level of modulation by adjusting the "Mod" wheel. Each setting you edit changes the sound of your program, so experiment by trying a variety of different adjustments.

  4. 4

    Make your adjustments. With your parameters selected on your "Edit Select" knobs, make specific adjustments by turning the five knobs in the upper right corner of your microKORG. For example, raising the "Cutoff" will create a brighter, punchier sound, while raising the "Resonance" will create a light static effect. "Attack" determines the speed at which a note responds when clicked, and "Release" determines how quickly or slowly the note fades. Click the "Formant Hold" button to switch between "Edit Select 1" and "Edit Select 2."

  5. 5

    Play the keys on your keyboard to hear how your custom sounds are coming along. The microKORG has only 37 keys, but you can access higher and lower octaves by pressing the "Octave Shift" buttons.

  6. 6

    Save your program. When you find a sound setting that you enjoy and want to save for later, press the "Write" key, then press any "Program Number" key where you want to save your setting and finally press "Write" a second time to confirm your save.

  7. 7

    Play arpeggios. An arpeggio is a sequence of notes that you can play by pressing and holding a single key on your keyboard. Click the "Arpeggiator" button to access this feature, and try different arpeggio sequences by turning the "Edit Select 2" knob to "Arpeg. B" and adjusting the "Tempo" knob (the knob on the far right).

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