• The result

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 17:29 0 comments

    I'm very happy with the result. After spending a lot of time studying the service manual It also feels like I have a better understanding of the inner workings of the Microkorg. Now I can continue enjoying this wonderful machine without the need for headphones or external speakers.

  • Putting it all together!

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 16:57 0 comments

    The Microkorg case is now modded, and it's time to attach the amplifier and speakers. I glued them both to the bottom of the case. I'm using PL600 adhesive so hopefully they won't start moving around.

    I also added a relay with RC delay to increase the time before the speakers are connected to the amplifier (in case I get Turn-on and Turn-on pops), but after some initial testing I came to the conclusion that the relay wasn't needed.

    Finally I can close the lid and start enjoying my Microkorg with internal speakers!

  • Some additional modding...

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 16:43 0 comments

    I wanna be able to turn off the power to the amplifier, so I drilled a hole in the case and added a  switch

    I also want a power indicator so I don't forget to turn off the power to the amplifier, so I added an LED next to the volume knob.

  • Time to mod the Microkorg case a bit

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 16:34 0 comments

    The speakers are not going to fit without removing the battery compartment, so I simply had to remove it (It's a feature I haven't used anyway).

    Since the battery hatch will not be used from now I added some glue to keep it closed. I drilled holes for the speaker cones to improve the treble, and added some metal mesh for protection.

  • Power is also needed

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 16:11 0 comments

    The amplifier is not going to be a good amplifier without supply voltage. So I soldered a cable from the 9V in the Microkorg to the amplifier. 

  • Finding the perfect spot

    Dennis Johansson10/14/2022 at 15:55 0 comments

    So now I have my amplifier and my speakers, but I still need to find a good place to take the audio signal from the Microkorg to the Amplifier. I don't think using the headphone output is a good choice, so I had a look in the service manual (which pretty much includes the entire schematic!) and found a spot just before the headphone driver. This spot also allows me to adjust the speaker volume through the volume potentiometer.

    I opened up the Microkorg case in search of the spot to extract the audio signal. Using the service manual as reference I was able to solder a signal cable in the right location.

  • And the amplifier!

    Dennis Johansson10/13/2022 at 16:31 0 comments

    I continued searching for a better amplifier solution and found the PAM8610 module, which has higher power rating than the PAM8403. I ran some tests with the speakers from the Sharp TV and was happy with the result. It's probably not the best Class D amplifier module but I think it's good enough.

  • I found the speakers!

    Dennis Johansson10/13/2022 at 16:22 0 comments

    Since there is limited space inside the Microkorg the selection of speakers is quite limited, but I found a pair of used speakers from a Sharp TV that might do the trick.

  • Some initial testing

    Dennis Johansson10/13/2022 at 16:13 0 comments

    I started searching for an audio amplifier and came across the PAM8403 Class D amplifier. I thought it might work as the internal audio amplifier, so I ran some tests with Visaton bf45 speakers. I wasn't happy with the amplifier (and the speakers) so I continued searching.

  • Start of a journey

    Dennis Johansson10/13/2022 at 16:05 0 comments

    I've had my Microkorg for a couple of years now and it has served me well. I think it's a really fun machine that's capable of producing some really sick sounds, but I think it's time to deal with the lack of internal speakers.