MATRIXSYNTH: Korg Micro Preset Vintage 70s Analog Mono Synth M-500 SN 790330

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Korg Micro Preset Vintage 70s Analog Mono Synth M-500 SN 790330

via this auction

"These are great-sounding and very expressive little instruments, especially melodic in the higher registers and bass, not massively versatile but permanently underrated and great to have at hand. Also beautiful through effects, delays, reverbs, overdrives especially, easy to get lost noodling on this one, melodies seem to flow out of it!

Some of the parameters will only work on certain presets, as per the design & not a fault with this unit. The dark grey buttons are the synth-ier ones, the rest are various presets. Some fantastic vowel-ey sounds from the filter.

Everything working smoothly and crackle free. You'll soon learn a few tricks and how to use the sliders and knobs in real time to affect the filter, vibrato and pitch.

The tip of the Portamento knob has snapped off. I weighed up the time/ effort/ benefit cost and left it as it is.. You can still operate it with a screwdriver, but you might as well set it permanently on and control any Portamento from the dedicated knob instead."

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