Korg Mini Pops

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

Notable users

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. Aphex Twin used the Mini Pops drum machine on his album Syro, and named its single "[[minipops 67 (120.2)|minipops 67 [120.2]]]" after it.


Minipops 3

Released 1967. Features four drum sounds.

Minipops 5

Released in 1966.

Minipops 7

Released in 1966. Featured 15 drums sounds and 20 patterns.

Minipops 20 S

Released 1967. The S denoted stereo

Minipops 35

Released 1976. Features 6 drum sounds and 9 patterns.

Minipops 120

Released 1976. Features 6 drum sounds and 16 patterns.

Minipops Junior

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