Korg MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology  

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Overview

For years, the microKORG has been a top-selling synthesizer. Now the microKORGXL is ready to join KORG's popular lineup. Based on the same winning combination of a small footprint, 37 mini-keys, battery-powered portability, and huge KORG sound, the microKORG XL Modeling Synth is ready to expand your musical vocabulary. The fun factor is huge too. A gooseneck microphone is included for instant vocoding excitement, right out of the box.

Neo-Vintage Synth Power
The microKORG XL synthesizer carries a proud pedigree. The MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound engine is descended from the RADIAS/R3 synthesizers, while the dual effects processors come down from the famous KAOSS line. The black key/white key proportions have been adjusted for easier chording and playability; the key response has been improved for rapid-fire soloing. The square front keys give it that old-school feel too. Together with a sound-bending vocoder and six-pattern arpeggiation, KORG's microKORG XL packs a powerful sonic punch.

The 8-voice MMT synth engine offers traditional analog waveforms plus a total of 7 algorithms, including formant waveforms, noise, and PCM/DWGS waves for those vintage keyboards and strings. Cross-modulation, unison stacking, and VPM (Variable Phase Modulation) let you create sounds that would be impossible for a conventional PCM synthesizer. Sync and ring modulation make it easy to create complex and powerful sounds. Two multi-mode filters, a drive/wave-shaping circuit for distinctively distorted sounds, and EG and LFO for creating time-varying tonal change, provide plenty of parameters for serious synthesis. Virtual Patching brings it all together.

Seventeen up-to-the-minute effects deliver everything from a traditional chorus to grain shifting. In the delay, effects can be synchronized to MIDI clock for beat-sensitive situations. You can even process external sounds. The microKORG XL's amazing vocoder adds vocal characteristics to any sound, creating everything from talk-box filtering, pseudo choirs, talking instruments to vintage Sci-Fi robots. KORG's unique Formant Hold allows you to freeze the vocal input for continuous vocoder effects. Use the Formant Shift function to adjust the level and pan of each of the 16 bands, greatly altering the tonal character. The distinctive retro-styling allows for quick selection of any of the microKORG XL's 128 on-board, editable programs. For the diehard synthesists and sound designers, you can use the 3 performance edit knobs for fast, effective audio editing in performance. You're also free to select and assign your favorite parameters. Download the free editing software from the KORG website and manage sounds on your computer.

Features
  • 37-note Natural Touch action keyboard
  • 8-voice MMT (Multi Modeling Technology) sound engine with 7 algrithms
  • Dual effects processors from the KAOSS line
  • 17 effects
  • Ring and sync modulation
  • Formant Hold to freeze vocal input for more vocoder effects
  • 128 on-board, editable programs
Specifications
  • Included items
    XLR gooseneck microphone with windscreen
    Power adapter
    Interface and Keybed
    Display: Custom backlit LCD
    Keyboard: 37-note Natural Touch action
    Switches: 7; Bank (2 position), Octave Up and Down (toggle), Timbre select (2 position), Arp On/Off, Vocoder On/Off, Write, Exit/Shift
    Knobs: 7; Volume, tempo, program select (genre and category), real-time assign, edit menu selector
    Wheels: Pitch and Modulation

    Programs
    Polyphony: 8 voices (up to 4 when the vocoder is selected)
    Program: 128
    Number of timbres: Maximum 2 (when using Layer, Split, or Multi)
    Synths: 2 (oscillator + noise generator)

    Oscillator 1
    Waveform: Saw, Pulse, Triangle, Sine, Formant, Noise, PCM/DWGS, Audio In
    Modulation: Waveform, Cross, Unison, VPM

    Oscillator 2
    Waveform: Saw, Pulse, Triangle, Sine
    Modulation: Ring, Sync, Ring+Sync
    Wave-shaping
    WS-type: Drive, Decimator, Hardclip, Oct Saw, Multi Tri, Multi Sin, Sub Osc Saw, Sub Osc Squ, Sub Osc Tri, Sub Osc Sin, Level Boost

    Multi-mode filters
    Filter 1: -24 dB/oct LPF, -12 dB/oct LPF, HPF, BPF, Thru
    Filter 2: LPF, HPF, BPF
    Vocoder: 16-band vocoder, adjustable level and pan for each band, Formant Shift function, Formant Hold function
    Effects Timbre: 2-band EQ
    Master: master effects (17 effect algorithms)
    Arpeggiator: UP, DOWN, ALT1/2, Random, Trigger (6 types), Step Arpeggiator function
    Programs: 128 programs (banks A/B x 8 genres x 8 categories)

    Connections
    Input
    Audio In [Line] jack, Audio In [MIC] jack (with Audio In [Mic/XLR] switch)

    Audio In [Line] jack:
    Maximum input level: +19 dBu
    Input source impedance: 8 ohms
    Connector: 1/4" phone jack (unbalanced)

    Audio In [Mic] jack:
    Maximum input level: -11 dBu
    Input source impedance: 7kOhms
    Connector: XLR (balanced)

    Output
    L/MONO, R jacks:
    Maximum output level: +6 dBu @ 10 kOhm load
    Output source impedance: 1kOhm
    Connectors: 1/4" phone jacks (unbalanced)

    Headphone jack:
    Maximum output level: 36 + 36 dBu @ 33ohms load
    Output source impedance: 10ohms
    Connector: 1/4" stereo phone jack

    MIDI:
    In, Out
    USB connector: B type

    Misc.
    Power supply: DC9V
    Uses six AA batteries (approximate lifespan is 4 hours with alkaline batteries, not included)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
USA Warranty Policy

All Korg products purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer are warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship to the original consumer purchaser as listed below:

Labor: 1 Year
Parts: 1 Year

Exceptions: Tubes, AC Adapters, Foot Switches: 90 days

Warranty Requirements and Limitations:

-Proof of Warranty - The customer must provide proof of purchase in order to obtain warranty service. The dated sales slip or copy thereof is the only acceptable proof of purchase.

-The product must be purchased from a Korg USA authorized dealer and have a valid serial number.

Damage resulting from the following causes are excluded from the warranty set forth above:
-Misuse, including damage occurring during shipment, damage caused by battery leakage, accident, fire, unauthorized repairs, tampering, cosmetic damage or other types of damage which are the result of improper handling or abuse.
-The cleaning of controls or contacts due to exposure to dirty, dusty, or otherwise contaminated environment.
-Damage resulting from modification.
-Damage to units used for loan or rental.

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MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Keys

By dr_jep

from Walla Walla,WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Highly Editable
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Vocoder a Dissapointment

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • Learning
  • Worship

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

Best keyboard I've ever owned. Alright I'm a guitarist, so that's not saying much, but my band's keyboardist agrees. Best versatility in a small usable package for the price. Vocoder is not that great.... But, everything else: Overwhelmingly great!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly versatile synth

By Gavan Brown

from California

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I highly recommend this to any keyboard player/electronic musician or even musician in general. For the price, this synth is incredibly useful and super convenient. The portability, the USB MIDI, vocoder and flexible sound engine make this a truly amazing piece of equipment.
It has a plethora of great features for a synth of this size: flexible arpeggiator, USB is a hugely useful feature, the action on the keys is nicer than expected, the pitch/mod wheels are very articulate and the sound engine is good for the price range .A few more knobs would really improve it, and maybe a footswitch input.
It's not of super-high quality construction, but much sturdier and solid than I expected. Definitely a good gigging keyboard.
It's easy to find these at a great price and just the vocoder alone is worth it. This is by far one of the best purchases I've made in a long time.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound!

By Michael Pence

from afgsdg

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

For a synth small like this it can be PHAT!!! 2 oscs with x4 unison... Destroys xiosynths 3 osc with no unison. And has an awesome Vocoder engine... Makes great leads, pads, basses, and plucks

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

oh yeahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

By Seany BOYYY!!

from Miami, FL

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

best and first synth i had ever purchased on my life i needed a synth for a while. i also thought that i should get the micro korg but when i saw a glance of the micro korg xl.i was amazed. one of the best investments i had ever taken yet on my life. best sounds out of this world sounds its something that should be placed in to a family photo.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Good Synth for its price

By JOE-FyM1p

from O'fallon, MO

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

Yeah i originally wanted the moog, but those are way to expensive, so i decided to go with this korg xl. I am very surprise on how much conrol over this machine and the sounds that it could produce is just as good as a Korg Radius, in matter of fact this korg has radius technology built in defintly buy it.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome synth

By Blackholesun922

from Indianapolis, IN

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I got this from guitar center (after selling my original microKORG) and I am extremely in love. Awesome pre-loaded programs and the vocoder has improved drastically. Editing is much, much easier than the old micro and the LCD helps very much. The free software KORG offers online is amazing as well, you can drag and drop presets from the original microKORG and other famous korg synths right onto the mK XL. It's a freaking awesome synth. Only complaint is that the keys could be a tad bigger, but they are much better than the original. This beast tops everything competing for best portable synth. Korg > Alesis, Akai, ect.Get it.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid Synth

By Rex

from Charleston SC

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

pretty solid synth. a lot of nice presets and what not. the keys are a lot less flimsy and cheap feeling as the first microkorg. great for playing shows or just messing around. my power cord broke after a gig, and it was easy and cheap to buy a new one. very versatile for styles also. reccomend it. not for people who are really into electronic production and whatnot, but great for people in most other styles of music.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must Buy

By Matthew

from New York

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

This little machine packs in a lot of power! I can't believe the sound comming out of this thing and for the price nothing comes close. If you want a fun and portable synth then you must go out and get this!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Whoa

By ThatLeonGuy

from A boring town in Michigan

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I tried this Synth out at a music store today and all I can say is WHOA. It's got some awesome sounds(ranging from FAT synth bass and vintage-style synth tones to more trandtional stuff like piano and strings), and is fairly easy to use due to it's straightforward layout. Also the keys are a tad bigger than on the previous MircoKORG, which makes it a bit easier to play. I can't wait to take one home!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best synth ever,

By dimmiedrummer-G2qaN

from Placeville, ST

Comments about MicroKorg XL Synth with Multi-Modeling Technology:

I played with this for about a half hour at a local music store. I really liked how there weren't three million useless effects. There were just enough to have a very wide range through personalization and tweaking with effects. The keyboard, though small, was perfect for my big hands. I especially enjoyed the vocoder.As soon as possible, I am buying this.

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