FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 / Univox SR-55
Korg Mini-Pops 3 / Univox SR-55
- Foxtrot/Swing (36 variations)
- Rock 1
- Rock 2
- Rock 3
- Rock 4
- Bossanova 1
- Bossanova 2
- Waltz 1
- Waltz 2
The Korg Mini-Pops 3 (also sold as Univox SR-55 and Aria Diamond) should not be confused with the drum machine used by Jean-Michel Jarre on his Oxygene album as you often see misstated in online auction adverts. For that, you need the Mini-Pops 7. No, the MP-3 will not create the famous Jarre rhythm but it will create some nice retro analogue sounds and rhythms. Of the nine sounds available most are similar to the MP-7 with perhaps the exception of the bass drum and cymbals. Indeed, the drum sounds are created using inductor coils, or tuned resonant tanks as they are often called just as on the MP-7.
Rhythm-wise, there are twenty named rhythms but the foxtrot/swing rhythm requires more explanation. It has 36 variations of its own due to the two knobs below it that select between six drum and six cymbal variations. The other rhythms are divided into two groups, each with its own upper/lower selector switch, so more combinations are available than on the MP-7¹. As usual, rhythms can be combined.
- High Bongo
- Low Bongo
While I had the machine in pieces for minor repairs/potentiometer cleaning (nearly always the case with eBay purchases) I thought it would be interesting to scan the front panel to see if I could create an accurate interface from it for my Kontakt instrument. I did this with the MP-7 but only for the text. It seems to have worked quite well giving the interface that lived-in look! It also means that all the controls are acurately placed on the interface.
The Kontakt Instrument
Key features include 9 sounds (multi-sampled) and 20 rhythms (combinable) with 36 foxtrot/swing variations. A Setup tab with volume, pan, tune and mute for each sound, randomisation controls and customisable note and output routing.
Details of the Kontakt Instrument and how to purchase it are here. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
FK13: Korg Mini-Pops 3 Kontakt Instrument