MATRIXSYNTH: Korg Maxi-Korg K3 (800DV) Vintage Synthesizer 1975

Friday, September 28, 2007

Korg Maxi-Korg K3 (800DV) Vintage Synthesizer 1975

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"This is a unique vintage 1975 Korg Maxi-Korg synthesizer - serial number 0594! This synth is also known as the Korg 800DV and Univox K3 but was sold in the US under the name Maxi-Korg K3. The power of the Maxi-Korg lay in the way it could create and play sounds. In essence, it was two Korg 700S synths in a single box, so you could treat it as two distinct synths, creating two different sounds, and then playing them independently. Some other mid-'70s synths allowed you to play two notes, but these used the same patch parameters for both. Only the Maxi-Korg could produce two sounds that you could play as a composite, or as two independent synths. Yet this was only half the story, because the 800DV allowed you to allocate the voices in a huge variety of ways. This made it possible to program more realistic, more expressive, or more off-the-wall sounds than was possible on other monosynths. The Maxi-Korg was, and remains, one of the most impressive, flexible and articulate synths ever built."


  1. Obligatory Sound on Sound retro about the 800DV and its predecessors:

  2. Here's a list of some notable users of the Korg 800DV/Maxi-Korg K3:

    Dave Ball (Soft Cell, eg on the early demos and Memorabilia)
    Kaipa (Swedish prog group)
    The Cure

  3. my maxi Korg K3 will not power up any trouble shooting ideas? Chris



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