Korg Mini Pops

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Mini Pops was the name given to a number of early drum machines from the Japanese musical equipment company Korg during the late 1960s[1] and the 1970s.[2] The machines were based around a number of preset rhythm patterns,[3][4] such as waltz, samba and rhumba.

Notable users[edit]

One notable use of a Mini Pops drum machine was by French musician Jean-Michel Jarre, it was used throughout his breakthrough album, Oxygene. This rhythm was achieved by overlaying two of the presets in a manner not intended by the machine's original design.[3] Aphex Twin used the Mini Pops drum machine on his album Syro, and named its single "minipops 67 [120.2]" after it.[5]


Minipops 3[edit]

Released 1967.[6] Features four drum sounds.[7]

Minipops 5[edit]

Released in 1966.

Minipops 7[edit]

Released in 1966. Featured 15 drums sounds and 20 patterns.[8]

Minipops 20 S[edit]

Released 1967. The S denoted stereo

Minipops 35[edit]

Released 1976. Features 6 drum sounds and 9 patterns.[9]

Minipops 120[edit]

Released 1976. Features 6 drum sounds and 16 patterns.[10]

Minipops Junior[edit]

Released 1972. Features 10 preset rhythms.[11] also has a footswitch to stop and start the rhythms.


  1. ^ http://matrixsynth.blogspot.com/2011/04/korg-mini-pops-3-vintage-analog-drum.html
  2. ^ http://www.estecho.com/gear/Korg_Mini-Pops_120.php
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.vintagesynth.com/korg/mp35.php
  5. ^ "7 pieces of gear that helped define Aphex Twin's pioneering sound". factmag.com. Retrieved 11 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Korg Mini Pops 3". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  7. ^ Moogulator, Mic Irmer. "Korg Minipops 3 Drummachine/Module simple sequencer". www.sequencer.de. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Korg Mini Pops 7 (1966) | Aerozone JMJ". aerozonejmj.fr (in French). Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Korg Mini Pops 35". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Korg Mini Pops 120". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Korg Mini Pops Junior". Encyclotronic. Retrieved 26 September 2018.