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Volume does not work Korg Microkorg Synthesizer with vocoder

The volume for this synthesizer works only when it's turned up all the way. When adjusting it from left to right, there are a bunch of clicks and pops but no sound.

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  • idealimagina Apr 23, 2009

    I pretty much have the same problem... i plug in a jack lead to L/MONO
    into my bass amp, i get nothing, also just putting headphones in the
    back i get nothing... i have ordered a USB/MIDI interface cable, but i
    don't want to have to keep using it through my laptop (that is if it
    works rather then doing what it already is doing...) any advice?


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I have this same problem and mine only works as a controller please help?!?!

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You might try to clean it. You can buy some tv tuner cleaner at radio shack. If that fails, then the pot. will have to be replaced. If you can solder and de-solder components its not hard to change out. When you open the unit up, the volume control or POT has a ohm value. Like 200, 250 ect…. It may have a K after it, that’s x 1000. Get the right size ohm value and replace it. Hope this is helpful.

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