Korg M-500 SP Micro-Preset in very good cosmetic condition and superb working order. It is in good clean condition...
Korg M-500 SP Micro-Preset in very good cosmetic condition and superb working order.
It is in good clean condition for a synth that’s over 30 years old (they were made from 1977-80): the ‘wooden’ casing is in good order overall and all pots/sliders work as they should (please see detailed photos). The slider caps and Moog-style knobs are not original to the synth, but look very good.
There are no known faults with this synth – it is working 100% as it should.
In use, sliders, pots and buttons move smoothly and noiselessly.
(Please note: it is always possible with vintage equipment that some crackly pots/sliders may develop over time when equipment has not been used – even during shipping – this can usually be easily rectified either by use or with a bit of switch-cleaning spray).
This is the more sought-after version of the Micro-Preset with the built-in speaker underneath.
On the face of it, this is a simple little preset synth, but it is capable of a wide range of classic sounds and is very expressive – it’s a really enjoyable synth to play, and very easy to achieve great results. Contains the classic Korg35 filter chips that were used in the MS series synths, and certainly this can sound very like an MS-10. Experimentation can yield surprising results (particularly that you can press two preset buttons at once to mix the sounds) – the two Synthe buttons allow further tonal shaping using the manual filter and modulation depth controls. The repeat button is very cool: a very inspirational synth to play.
OMD used it extensively, as did Human League – add a little delay/reverb/phasing and this little synth can sound very big.
Below are a couple of YouTube clips that demonstrate what this synth can do (with thanks to the uploaders); they aren’t using the built-in speaker for these demos, and some effects have been added.
It is a UK 240v model: the plug will be removed before shipping abroad unless the buyer requests otherwise. It will be left on for USA/Canada/Japan for use with a step-up transformer – not included (we do not recommend using cheap generic Chinese mains transformers and can supply high quality UK-made transformers if required).
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