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The miniKORG 700FS is a late reissue of its first mainstream synth

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In 1973, Korg released their first mass-produced mono synthesizer – the miniKORG 700. It’s a historic instrument, but often overshadowed by models like the Minimoog Model D. And even when it comes to its own products, it is MS-20 usually comes to mind first. Now Korg is finally giving the 700 the recognition it deserves with a 100% analog reissue of the miniKORG 700FS. The company even brought back the original designer, Fumio Mieda, to oversee the development.

To be completely exact, this is a reissue of the 700S, released the following year. It’s almost identical to the 700, except it adds a second oscillator and a ring modulation circuit for richer sounds. The FS also adds a lot of modern equipment while staying true to the original. Smaller and modern components allowed the introduction of a spring loaded reverb reservoir as well as a joystick to control pitch and modulation. The updated keyboard also supports aftertouch, there’s an arpeggiator on board, plus five-pin MIDI input, CV / Gate input, and USB port.


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