Synthesist Alex Ball has shared another of his synth mini-documentaries, this time taking a look at the history of the MiniKorg , Korg’s first synthesizer.

The Korg MiniKorg is a relatively simple synth, but it sounds great and is full design quirks. How many mono synths have one ring modulator, let alone three, like the MiniKorg?

And the MiniKorg’s industrial design is a reminder of how keyboard synthesizers were experiments for companies in the early 70s, and there was a wide variety in synth designs. The MiniKorg put all the synthesis controls on front edge of the keyboard, instead on the face, above the keys. The designers envisioned that you would put the MiniKorg on top of one of your other keyboards, in which case putting the controls on the front edge makes them easier to see.

Topics covered:

0:00 Background
2:19 The miniKORG 700
5:25 Impact
6:13 Legacy and the 700FS

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