MATRIXSYNTH: MiniKorg 700S K2 demonstration (1974)

Friday, June 28, 2019

MiniKorg 700S K2 demonstration (1974)


Published on Jun 28, 2019 Paul Curreri

"Functional demo of this fantastic synth. One minute surrounded by air, the next throttling wooly and present. Tangible, immediate, and expressive, the 700 series is hands down one of my favorite synthesizers -- I've owned four. This particular machine came with quite a few chips toward the backside of its wooden ends (plus a sticker), but the faceplate actually looks nice. And as you can hear, it sounds awesome."

Update: this is currently listed on Reverb here.


via this auction

"A fantastic synth, circa 1974. One minute surrounded by air, the next throttling wooly and present. Tangible, immediate, and expressive, the 700 series is hands down one my favorite synthesizers -- I've owned four.

You may notice that this is one of the rather rare models that has the additional fine-tune pitch control on the second oscillator. Super-useful.

PHYSICAL CONDITION: This particular machine came with quite a few chips toward the backside of its wooden ends (plus a sticker), but the faceplate actually looks nice.

FUNCTIONAL CONDITION Everything works well and, as you can hear in the video, it sounds awesome.

The one exception: the EFFECT switch, which turns on and off the second oscillator. This switch is finicky. This switch was finicky on the LAST one of these i had, too. I had it fixed three times on that machine before I just swore to never touch it again. After all, it’s an entirely unnecessary switch, as the fader directly above it is the volume for the second oscillator, which is just as easy to use.

When I got THIS machine, I tried it once, it seemed to work ooooookay, but not excellent, so again, I just never used it. Which is what I’d recommend to the next owner as well. It’s just not necessary, and is one of the very few parts of these machines that isn't built like a tank.

Other than that, the only thing I’d mention... a lot of folks aren't familiar with how tweakable the 700 series is via their internal pots. If desired, there is even more sonic flexibility and customization under the hood."

Cool Rad Cat Records sticker!

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